2008 was an okay year for me, in terms of my reading. I didn’t read nearly as many books as I would have liked, but I read some really high-quality books. And so, I’m going to look back at this year.

Total Books Read (including re-reads): 55
First Time Reads: 50
Pages (first reads only): 16,859

Top Reads
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The King’s Daughter by Sandra Worth
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I could have easily listed more than five, but I tried to keep it to five books that really stuck with me this past year.

Biggest Disappointments
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins
Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

As far as disappointments go, this isn’t a bad lot. None of these books were bad books; I just didn’t love them the way I loved other books I read this year.

The first half of the year was a bit slow for me. By June 30, I had only completed 20 books (and this was with being unemployed from mid-April through the end of June; I started working again in mid-July). But things picked up a bit in the second half of the year, and I finished with 50 books, which was my goal for the year.

Overall, I think I’d say I got a lot of quality reading in, but not much in the way of prolific reading.

I’ll post my plans and anticipation for my 2009 reading later on.