Did you read much in 2008?  Are you hoping to read more in 2009?  Isn’t it hard to find a good book?  I am always on the lookout for one.  If I’m reading a good book, I’m concerned about my next book.  My reader friends and I regularly ask each other, “So…what are you reading?”

This is a link to the NY Times List of top selling books in 2008.  Have you read any of these?  I’ve only read 3 on these lists, but I have a few of them by my bed ready to read.  Sometimes I agree with these lists and sometimes I don’t.  I think friends are the best way to find a good book.

What do you think are the best books you’ve read in 2008?  Stephanie has a list of books on her blog Pointed Meanderings.  I am going to use her list to help me choose books this year.

Here are  some  I enjoyed in 2008:

  • The #1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. I loved reading about the culture of Botswana.  I have never been  that interested in going to Africa until I read about the gentle, refined people in this book.  I have read several in13720279 this series and have downloaded some from iTunes so I can listen when I travel to meetings.
  • A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein. I came to appreciate Hillary Clinton. I didn’t really like her until I read this book. I thought she might be the next president and wanted to know what we were in for.  I was drawn to it because of the author (Watergate) and because I had read that she was not happy with it. She thought it portrayed her in a negative light. I was impressed with her story.
  • The New Testament in the Easy Reader Version. It seemed fresh in a version other than the NIV.
  • A Year of Wonders was about the plague in England. It was a heavy, serious but beautiful book about strength and weakness of character.
  • Sophie Kinsella – anything she writes….She is so fun. It’s junk food!
  • Three Cups of Tea chronicled the adventures of an American man in the mountains of Pakistan.  He was so moved by the needs of the people that he built several schools for their children.  True story.   I don’t know if I really enjoyed this book as much as I was glad I had read it.  Not a great sales pitch, huh?
  • I’m currently reading The Friday Night Knitting Club and have Scarpetta on my nightstand. (Thanks, Stephanie and Sam’s Club)

What did you read last year? Share it with the rest of us.  We all need help finding something good to read.