Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekly Geeks #19 - Best books published in far!

Even though I didn't do so well on last week's WG task, I think I can do this one, although it does feel a little early to be starting doing best-of posts!

I’m not asking for any specific number of favorite books, because some people don’t read many brand new books. If you’ve only read two 2008 books this year and hated one of them, then just mention the one you liked. Please limit your list to 10 books, though, if you read a lot of new books. You don’t have to put them in any certain order, either.

1. Compile your list of favorites. Please be sure that books you choose actually were published in 2008, or at the very earliest in the winter holiday season of 2007. Sometimes books that come out then are left out.

2. Come back and sign Mr Linky with the url to your top books of 2008 post.

3. If you happen to see any non-WG bloggers making similar lists, please grab the url and come put it in Mr Linky for them. Let them know you’re doing that, please, in case they have some sort of objection; if they do, they can ask me to remove their link. I’ve already seen a couple favorites of 2008 posts, which is another reason I wanted to get started early.

4. Feel free to make changes to your list if you read something new in the next few weeks. After about October 25, I can’t guarantee your changes will be reflected in the master list. We’ll probably start compiling lists around then.

5. Please consider whether you’d like to help me compile lists.

So far this year I have read 29 books that have been published this year. There are six stand out books so far, and then quite a few honourable mentions. It will be hard to limit those honourable mentions but we will see how we go!

The six standout books are:

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Delicious by Sherry Thomas
Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffries
The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

The honourable mentions are:

Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander
Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong

I am surprised that there were that many reviews to link to. Whilst I am not in a reading slump, I am definitely in a reviewing slump. I've lost my reviewing mojo! Oh no.


  1. I'm surprised we don't have any in common Marg, but I have the Potato Peel thingy on my list to be acquired

  2. I have Potato Peel on my stacks. I can't wait to read it (but I have to). The Host . . . checked it out and didn't get it read before the library wanted it back. Darn. I'll try again, when I don't have so many other books screaming at me.

  3. I like this question--I may have to borrow it next week. I also liked the Shaffer book a lot as well as the Delors!

  4. I, too, have Potato Peel and Host on my wishlist. I'm amazed, so far, that I've read so few of the books other Geeks have read! But, I'm telling you, if my wishlist is anything to go by, I'll have something to read 'til I die. Of course, I might have to live to be 200 to read them all...details...

  5. I would probably need to live to a 100 in order to read all the books that I want long as there were no new books published in the meantime!

  6. Uh oh, I don't think I've read anything published this year! I'm going to have to go check...your list looks interesting, though! and I have to start reading some Stephanie Myer!

  7. I have not read Stephenie Meyer till date!

    Do check my short list

  8. Great list! And now seeing that the Potato book is on almost every list, I may have to hit a bookstore today :)

  9. Interesting list of standout books, Marg. I'm familiar with few authors name but not whole lot of the other. Guess this mean am just far behind reading *grin*

    And I love the way your word it "Not in a reading slump, I am definitely in a reviewing slump"...I surely hope you haven't lost your reviewing mojo, as I have enjoy reading your thoughts on each books daily. I may not comments too often but I do read your blog :)

  10. I haven't read any of these yet, but like most people I have
    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society on my list!

    ~SmallWorld Reads, visiting from Weekly Geeks

  11. I need to get with the program! I haven't read any of those books...

  12. Looks like a great list Marg. I think I have only read a couple. I really have got to read Robert Alexander latest The Romanov Bride.

  13. I haven't read any of the books on your list either. I think it's really interesting how so many can of us can post the best books we've read and liked, and in the big scheme of things there's really not a lot of overlap. My favorite read of 2008 so far has been Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright. It's an awesome story of hope and second chances that is set in post-Katrina New Orleans. And so far I haven't seen it on anyone else's list either. :)