Books Read in 2008

The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan

Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter – Phoebe Damrosch

Firegirl – Tony Abbott

Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food that Loves Me Back . . . And How You Can Too – Shauna James Ahern

The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter, and Tears at the World’s Most Famous Cooking School – Kathleen Flinn

Slam – Nick Hornby

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter – Kim Edwards

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

Because of Winn-Dixie – Kate DiCamillo

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

The Boy I Loved Before – Jenny Colgan

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town – Kimberly Willis Holt

The Design of Everyday Things – Donald Norman

Tantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hatchet – Gary Paulsen

Missing May – Cynthia Rylant

Holes – Louis Sachar

Th1rteen R3asons Why – Jay Asher

Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything in Italy, India, and Indonesia – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Moon, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler

P.S. I Love You – Ceclia Ahern

The Cay – Theodore Taylor

The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac – Gabrielle Zevin

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor

Book of a Thousand Days – Shannon Hale

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant

Jane Austen in Scarsdale: Or Love, Death, and the SATs – Paula Marantz Cohen

The Wednesday Wars – Gary D. Schmidt

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory

The Return of Jonah Gray – Heather Cochran

The Little Lady Agency and the Prince – Hester Browne

Click – Ten Authors

Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

Beowulf: A New Telling – Robert Nye

Lawn Boy – Gary Paulson

One-Handed Catch – M.J. Auch

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party – M.T. Anderson

The Devil’s Arithmetic – Jane Yolen

Angus, Thongs, and Full-frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison

Remember Me? – Sophie Kinsella

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

A Wind in the Door – Madeleine L’Engle

Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett

On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God – Louise Rennison

The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer

Certain Girls – Jennifer Weiner

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

The Market – J.M. Steele

The Taker – J.M. Steele

Nothing But the Truth – Avi

Just Ella – Margaret Peterson Haddix

Love, Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

Up All Night – Peter Abrahams, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Sarah Weeks, Gene Yang, Patricia McCormick

The Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Speare

Shadow of a Bull – Maia Wojciechowska

Smiles to Go – Jerry Spinelli

The Slave Dancer – Paula Fox

Love the One You’re With – Emily Griffin

100 Days and 99 Nights – Alan Madison

The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke

Cicada Summer – Andrea Beaty

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder – David Weinberger

When it Happens – Susan Colasanti

Kira Kira – Cynthia Kadohata

Good Enough – Paula Yoo

The Magic Half – Annie Barrows

The Redheaded Princess – Ann Rinaldi

Slipping – Cathleen Davitt Bell

Caught Between the Pages – Marlene Carvell

The Juliet Club – Suzanne Harper

My Dad’s a Birdman – David Almond

Revolution is not a Dinner Party – Ying Chang Compestine

The Willoughbys – Lois Lowry

Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park – Steve Kluger

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clark

Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon and Dean Hale

Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

Alive and Well in Prague, New York – Daphne Grab

Planet Pregnancy – Linda Oatman High

The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love – A. E. Cannon

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

New Moon – Stephenie Meyer

Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday – Garth Nix

Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer

Monster – Dean Walter Myers

Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer

The Possibilities of Sainthood – Donna Freitas

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos – R.L. LaFevers

Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko

Forever – Judy Blume

Jip, His Story – Katherine Paterson

Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

Thoreau at Walden – John Porcellino

Sweethearts – Sara Zarr


Story of a Girl – Sara Zarr

Tex – S. E. Hinton

The Declaration – Gemma Malley

How NOT to be Popular – Jennifer Ziegler

Shakespeare’s Secret – Elise Broach

High Dive – Tammar Stein

Crispin, Cross of Lead – Avi

Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas – Louise Rennison

Dragon’s Blood – Jane Yolen

Looking for Alaska – John Green

Vegan Virgin Valentine – Carolyn Mackler

American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang

My Mother the Cheerleader – Robert Sharenow

The Chocolate War – Robert Comier

Light Years – Tammar Stein

Wicked Lovely – Melissa Marr

Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants – Louise Rennison


Homecoming – Cynthia Voigt

Guyaholic: A Story of Finding, Flirting, Forgetting . . .and the Boy Who Changes Everything – Carolyn Mackler

What I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell

The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson

Away Laughing on a Fast Camel – Louise Rennison

Einstein for Beginners – Joseph Schwartz and Michael McGuinness

Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers – Louise Rennison

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green

Fly on the Wall – E. Lockhart

Startled by His Furry Shorts – Louise Rennison

Paper Towns – John Green

Dicey’s Song – Cynthia Voigt

Love is a Many Trousered Thing – Louise Rennison

Stop in the Name of Pants – Louise Rennison

Frindle – Andrew Clements

The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own – Nina Garcia

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

Girl 15, Charming But Insane – Sue Limb

The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

Olive’s Ocean – Kevin Henkes

Savvy – Ingrid Law

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Jeanne Birdsall

Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson

A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks – E. Lockhart

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  1. Wow Janssen. You are amazing. I can proudly say that I have read 13 books (this year mind you) from your list. I feel a bit pathetic right now… 🙂

  2. Wow! How did you like P.S. I Love You? What are your thoughts on movies based on books? Do you like to see the movie first or read the book first? Does it matter?

  3. There’s a book called Chasing Vermeer? I’m amused, simply because I once read a book by a different author called Chasing Cezanne. Hee.

    Impressive list, lady!

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