Reading 2008

These are the books I read in 2008, all 320 of them. I’m linking to the blog posts where I discuss them (and provide further links).

Key: a=Audiobook; g=Gift (I didn’t choose the book for myself); l=Read it aloud to someone; n=New to me; p=Partial Reread (I’ve started the book before, but not finished it, or I’ve read part of the book in another publication previously); r=Reread (I’ve read the whole book before); w=Read it for work.

  1. The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. n
  2. Knitting by Anne Bartlett. g,n
  3. Ffangs The Vampire Bat and the Kiss of Truth by Ted Hughes. l,r
  4. Step Up Science: Keeping Warm by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  5. Step Up Science: Circuits and Conductors by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  6. Step Up Science: Habitats by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  7. Step Up Science: Moving and Growing by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  8. Step Up History: Why did Henry VIII marry six times? by John Gorman. n,w
  9. English Children’s Costume 1775-1920 by Iris Brooke. n,w
  10. American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs by Priscilla Harris Dalrymple. n,w
  11. Animals in Danger: Polar Bears by Helen Orme. n,w
  12. Usborne Famous Lives: Nelson by Minna Lacey. n,w
  13. Usborne Famous Lives: Churchill by Katie Daynes. n,w
  14. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. n
  15. Step Up History: War and Change: Ireland 1918-1924 by Richard McConnell. n,w
  16. Animal Story: Lioness Summer. n,w
  17. Silence Is Thy Praise: The Life and Ideals of Rabbanit Batya Karelitz by Esther Austern. n
  18. The Jewel and the Journey by Miriam Walfish. n,w
  19. Science Essentials: Chemistry: Materials by Denise Walker. n,w
  20. Animals in Danger: Lions by Helen Orme. n,w
  21. Animals in Danger: Rhinos by Helen Orme. n,w
  22. Animals in Danger: Elephants by Helen Orme. n,w
  23. Zoom! Human Body by Nicholas Harris. n,w
  24. Putting Out The Fire: Your Unique Role in Bringing Jews Closer to Torah by Aharon Ungar. n,w
  25. Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith. n,w
  26. A Place in History: The White House by Karen Price Hessell. n,w
  27. The Art Book for Children: Book 2 by Amanda Renshaw. n,w
  28. Seashells by Josie Iselin (photographs) and Sandy Carlson (text). n,w
  29. Artists in Their World: Salvador Dali by Robert Anderson. p,w
  30. Great Rivers of the World: The Rhine by Tony Allan. n,w
  31. No Greater Treasure : Stories of Extraordinary Women Drawn from the Talmud and Midrash by Shoshana Lepon. n
  32. Kaleidoscope by E. Toker. n,w
  33. Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: a story-maker’s journey by Michael Morpurgo. n
  34. Dogs by Catherine Johnson. n,w
  35. The Essential Edward Hopper by Justin Spring. p,w
  36. The Best of British Scrapbooking and Cardmaking by Joanna Campbell Slan. n,w
  37. Usborne Famous Lives : Cleopatra by Katie Daynes. n,w
  38. Wood by Andy Goldworthy. n,w
  39. Usborne Famous Lives: Alexander the Great by Jane Bingham. n,w
  40. Outlander (Cross Stitch) by Diana Gabaldon. p
  41. Start Scrapbooking by Joy Aitman. n,w
  42. Skullcaps and Switchblades by David B. Lazerson. n
  43. Leading Lives: Emmeline Pankhurst by David Downing. n,w
  44. Get Writing!: Write that Poem by Shaun McCarthy. n,w
  45. Stories with a Twist by Nachman Seltzer. n
  46. Barriers by Ruth Arieli. n
  47. Keeping Pets: Freshwater Fish by Tristan Boyer Binns. n,w
  48. Get Writing!: Write that Report by Shaun McCarthy. n,w
  49. Positively Postcards by Bonnie Sabel and Louis-Philippe O’Donnell. n,w
  50. Drawing Now : Eight Propositions by Laura Hoptman. n,w
  51. Keeping Pets: Cats by Louise & Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  52. Great Britons: Leaders by Simon Adams. n,w
  53. The 1930s Scrapbook by Robert Opie. n,w
  54. Step-Up History: Mary, Queen of Scots by Rhona Dick. n,w
  55. Living Kaddish by Rabbi Gedalia Zweig. n
  56. Destination Detectives: United Kingdom by Rob Bowden. n,w
  57. Usborne Famous Lives: Captain Cook by Rebecca Levene. n,w
  58. Sew What! Skirts by Francesca Denhartog & Carole Ann Camp. n,w
  59. Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon. r
  60. The Shul Without a Clock by Emanuel Feldman. p
  61. Through the Lens : National Geographic Greatest Photographs. n,w
  62. International Organizations: European Union by Petra Press. n,w
  63. Amigurumi by Annie Obaachan. n,w
  64. Beadwork by Robin Bellingham, Hana Glover & Jema Hewitt. n,w
  65. Bikes of Burden by Hans Kemp. n,w
  66. Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon. r
  67. Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon. p
  68. Spud Goes Green by Giles Thaxton. n,w
  69. Magic Moments: The Greatest Royal Photographs of All Time by Arthur Edwards. n,w
  70. Never Change by Elizabeth Berg. g,n
  71. The Chronicle of Western Costume: From the Ancient World to the Late Twentieth Century by John Peacock. n,w
  72. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. a,n
  73. England: An Aerial View by Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn. n,w
  74. England: The Mini-Book of Aerial Views by Adrian Warren & Dae Sasitorn. p,w
  75. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Toward Genocide by David Downing. n,w
  76. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: The Nazi Death Camps by David Downing. n,w
  77. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Persecution and Emigration by David Downing. n,w
  78. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Origins of the Holocaust by David Downing. n,w
  79. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Fighting Back by David Downing. n,w
  80. World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Aftermath and Remembrance by David Downing. n,w
  81. The Essential Rene Lalique by William Warmus. n,w
  82. Trench Art by Nicholas J. Saunders. n,w
  83. Animal Groups: Life in a School: Dolphins by Richard & Louise Spilsbury. n,w
  84. Hitler’s Forgotten Victims: The Holocaust and the Disabled by Suzanne E. Evans. n
  85. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett. r
  86. The Will by Chaim Greenbaum. n
  87. Daughters of the House by Michele Roberts. n
  88. Shutting Up Shop: The decline of the traditional small shop by John Londei. n,w
  89. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. r
  90. Pure Ducky Goodness: The First Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett. r
  91. Contemporary Papier Mache: Colorful Sculpture, Jewelry, and Home Acessories by Gilat Nadivi. n,w
  92. Animal Groups: Life in a Herd: Elephants by Richard & Louise Spilsbury. n,w
  93. The Good, The Bad and The Pugly: The Second Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett. r
  94. Super-Simple Creative Costumes by Sue Astroth. n,w
  95. 62% More Awesome: The Third Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett. r
  96. A Blizzard of Lizards: The Fourth Sheldon Collection by Dave Kellett. r
  97. Dogs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. n,w
  98. The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel. n,w
  99. The Cave of the Yellow Dog by Byambasuren Davaa & Lisa Reich. n
  100. Pharaoh and the Fabulous Frog Invasion by Osher Werner. n
  101. Don’t Yell Challah in a Crowded Matzah Bakery! The Book of Kosher L’Pesach Humor & Stress Relief by Mordechai Schmutter. n
  102. China Court by Rumer Godden. a,n
  103. Just a Week to Go! by Yeshara Gold. r
  104. The Rav Shach Haggadah by Rabbi Asher Bergman & Rabbi Yaakov Blinder. r
  105. The Capital Ring by Colin Saunders. p
  106. Stories of Spirit and Faith: Fascinating Tales from Life in Aleppo by Rabbi David Sutton. n
  107. Cranford and other stories by Elizabeth Gaskell. n
  108. Overheard in Dublin Again edited by Gerard Kelly and Sinead Kelly. r
  109. Children’s Fashions 1860-1912: 1,065 Costume Designs from “La Mode Illustree” ed. by JoAnne Olian. n,w
  110. Men’s Fashion Illustrations from the Turn of the Century ed. by Jean L. Druesedow. n,w
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  112. Ten and a Kid by Sadie Rose Weilerstein. n
  113. Exiled Down Under by Miriam Szokovski. n
  114. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. n
  115. Everyday Dress of Rural America, 1783-1800 with instructions and patterns by Merideth Wright. Illustrated by Nancy Rexford. n,w
  116. Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin. n,w
  117. Shoes and Slippers from Snowshill by Althea Mackenzie. n,w
  118. A Vision of Yemen by Sheikh Hassan Al Thani. n,w
  119. Decorative Stencils by Kathryn Collyer and Carol Daniel. r
  120. Wildlife Monographs: Cheetahs by Dr Tracey Rich and Andy Rouse. n,w
  121. People on the Move: Economic Migrants by Dave Dalton. n,w
  122. Modern Peacemakers: Aung San Suu Kyi: Activist for Democracy in Myanmar by Judy L. Hasday. n,w
  123. 100 Things You Should Know About Penguins by Camilla de la Bedoyere. n,w
  124. Mystery of the Amazon by Gita Gordon. n,w
  125. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. n
  126. Only a Show by Anne Fine. n,w
  127. Keeping Pets: Dogs by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  128. Tell Me About Sojourner Truth by John Malam. n,w
  129. The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran. r
  130. Flambards by K. M. Peyton. n
  131. Lights from Jerusalem: Stories and Perspectives from the Holy City by Sara Yoheved Rigler. n
  132. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. a,n
  133. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit. a,r
  134. Great Cities of the World: London by Gill Stacey. n,w
  135. The Essential Johannes Vermeer by Christopher Sweet. n,w
  136. Graphic Biographies: Rosa Parks: The Life of a Civil Rights Heroine by Rob Shone, illustrated by Nick Spender. n,w
  137. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. r
  138. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. n
  139. The Story of Slavery by Sarah Courtauld. n,w
  140. Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War by Marcia Williams. n,w
  141. Kitschy Crafts: A Celebration of Overlooked 20th-Century Crafts by Jo Packham and Matt Shay. n,w
  142. A Closet Full of Shoes: Simple Ways to Make Them Chic by Jo Packham and Sara Tolliver. n,w
  143. Keeping Unusual Pets: Chipmunks by Belinda Ogle. n,w
  144. Keeping Unusual Pets: Chinchillas by Tom Handford. n,w
  145. Keeping Unusual Pets: Ferrets by June McNicholas. n,w
  146. Martin Luther King by Rob Lloyd Jones. n,w
  147. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. r
  148. The Red Volcanoes: Face to Face with the Mountains of Fire by G. Brad Lewis and Paul-Edouard Bernard de Lajartre. n,w
  149. Mrs Tinne’s Wardrobe: A Liverpool Lady’s Clothes 1900-1940 by Pauline Rushton. n,w
  150. The Epileptic Bicycle by Edward Gorey. r
  151. The Essential Rene Magritte by Todd Alden. n,w
  152. Shining Star by Chani Altein. n,w
  153. Eco-Action: Buildings of the Future by Angela Royston. n,w
  154. Keeping Pets: Mice by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  155. Physical Science in Depth: Heating and Cooling by Carol Ballard. n,w
  156. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. r
  157. Family Matters by Leah Fried. n
  158. Autumn Rain by Rachel Schorr. n
  159. The Fortune Seekers by Libby Lazewnik. n
  160. Yikang’s Day: From Dawn to Dusk in a Chinese City by Sungwan So. n,w
  161. The Essential Alexander Calder by Howard Greenfeld. n,w
  162. World Almanac Library of the Middle Ages: Feudalism and Village Life in the Middle Ages by Mercedes Padrino. n,w
  163. The Hidden Hand: Uncovering Divine Providence in major events of the 20th century by Yaakov Astor. n
  164. Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki with Rande Brown. r
  165. Animals in Danger: Orang-utans by Helen Orme. n,w
  166. Francis Drake & the Armada by John Guy. n,w
  167. Great Cities of the World: Paris by Gill Stacey. n,w
  168. The American Art Book (Phaidon). n,w
  169. Keeping Unusual Pets: Snakes by Sonia Hernandez-Divers. n,w
  170. A Fashionable History of Hats & Hairstyles by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  171. A Fashionable History of the Shoe by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  172. Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. r
  173. A Fashionable History of Dresses & Skirts by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  174. A Fashionable History of Coats & Trousers by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  175. A Fashionable History of Underwear by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  176. A Fashionable History of Jewellery & Accessories by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  177. A Fashionable History of Make-Up & Body Decoration by Helen Reynolds. n,w
  178. Light Shining Through the Mist: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey by Tom L. Matthews. n,w
  179. The Magic of M. C. Escher introduced by J. L. Locher. n,w
  180. Living Jewels by Poul Beckmann. p,w
  181. Living Jewels 2 by Poul Beckmann. p,w
  182. Queen Victoria by John Guy. n,w
  183. The Kingfisher Atlas of the Medieval World by Simon Adams. Illustrated by Kevin Maddison. n,w
  184. Remembered: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Julie Summers and Brian Harris (photographer). n,w
  185. International Organisations: UNICEF by Deborah A. Grahame. n,w
  186. Patricia Lynch: Storyteller by Phil Young. n
  187. Wildlife Monographs: Polar Bears by Dr. Tracey Rich & Andy Rouse. n,w
  188. Wildlife Monographs: Puffins by Heather Angel. n,w
  189. Topiary for Everyone by Bobby Meyer. n
  190. Beginner’s Guide to Bead Netting by Madeleine Rollason. n,w
  191. All About Compost: Recycling household and garden waste by Pauline Pears. n,w
  192. All For The Boss by Ruchoma Shain. n
  193. The Danger Zone: Avoid Working in a Victorian Mill by John Malam. n,w
  194. Step-Up History: The Great Famine by Feargal Brougham and Caroline Farrell. n,w
  195. Step-Up History: Children in Victorian Times by Jill Barber. n,w
  196. Great Lives: Gandhi by Philip Wilkinson. n,w
  197. Look Inside: A Victorian House by Richard Wood. n,w
  198. Animal Story: Gorilla Mountain by Dougal Dixon. n,w
  199. Animal Story: Orang-Utan Rescue by Dougal Dixon. n,w
  200. Animal Story: Polar Bear in the City by Dougal Dixon. n,w
  201. Step-Up History: The Indus Valley Civilisation by Rhona Dick. n,w
  202. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. n
  203. My Life in My Hands by Alison Lapper with Guy Feldman. r
  204. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling. a,n
  205. The Story of Costume by John Peacock. n,w
  206. Great Lives: Mao Zedong by Fiona MacDonald. n,w
  207. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. n
  208. Reaching the Stars by Ruchoma Shain. n
  209. Brain Waves by Shuli Mensh. n
  210. Emma Brown by Clare Boylan. g,n
  211. Extreme Motherhood by Jackie Clune. r
  212. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. a,r
  213. Step-Up Geography: Scotland by Alan Rodgers and Angella Streluk. n,w
  214. Step-Up History: Famous Scots by Rhona Dick. n,w
  215. Step-Up History: Robert Bruce by Rhona Dick. n,w
  216. Women’s Costume of the Ancient World by Paul Louis de Giafferri. n,w
  217. London: The Panoramas by Mark Denton. n,w
  218. Great Lives: Marie Curie by Philip Steele. n,w
  219. The Bamboo Cradle by Avraham Schwartzbaum. r
  220. Memoir of Jane Austen by James Edward Austen-Leigh. a,n
  221. Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner. a,p
  222. Miracle Ride by Tzipi Caton. n
  223. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. a,p
  224. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai. r
  225. Planting & Building by Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe. r
  226. Coming Home compiled by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz. n
  227. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. a,n
  228. The Swoop! by P. G. Wodehouse. a,n
  229. The Kingdom Didn’t Fall by Meir Baram. n
  230. Patricia Brent, spinster by Herbert Jenkins. a,n
  231. The Fantastic Flying Journey by Gerald Durrell. r
  232. Watership Down by Richard Adams. r
  233. March by Geraldine Brooks. n
  234. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. a,r
  235. Up the Attic Stairs by Angela Bull. r
  236. Mother by Kathlen Norris. a,n
  237. Baby Animals by Jane Burton. r
  238. The Return Of Tarzan By Edgar Rice Burroughs. n
  239. Last Orders at Harrods: An African Tale by Michael Holman. n
  240. The Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. a,n
  241. The Illustrated Guide to Massage and Aromatherapy edited by Catherine Stuart. n
  242. Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. a,n
  243. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. a,n
  244. Free Air by Sinclair Lewis. n
  245. Pugs: G-d’s Little Weirdos by Dave Kellett. n
  246. Probable Sons by Amy le Feuvre, a,n
  247. Shark Attack by Tom Jackson. n,w
  248. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Marcia Williams. n
  249. Heartbeat by Sharon Creech. n
  250. Arctic Hero: The Incredible Life of Matthew Henson by Catherine Johnson. n
  251. Kiss of Death by Malcolm Rose. n
  252. The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Manhattan District. a,n
  253. The Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. n
  254. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. n
  255. Cite Them Right by Richard Pears & Graham Shields. p
  256. The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird. n
  257. In Black and White by Dov Haller. n
  258. The Wonder Stick by Stanton A. Coblentz. a,n
  259. Almost A Man by Dr Mary Wood-Allen. n
  260. The Girl’s Guide to Being a Boss by Caitlin Friedman & Kimberly Yorio. n
  261. Adventures of a Brownie by Miss Mulock. a,n
  262. Blue Star over Red Square by Carmela Raiz. n
  263. The Jewish Kingdom of Kuzar by Rabbi Zelig Shachnowitz. n
  264. The Jacobite Wars: Scotland and the Military Campaigns of 1715-1745 by John L. Roberts. n
  265. High Adventure A Narrative of Air Fighting in France by James Norman Hall. a,n
  266. Stickeen by John Muir. a,n
  267. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. a,r
  268. Educating Our Daughters, Why? by B. C. Glaberson. n,w
  269. A Touch of Warmth by Rabbi Yechiel Spero. n
  270. The Winds of Change by Lena Spitzer. n
  271. The Tale of Grandfather Mole by Arthur Scott Bailey. a,n
  272. The Biography of a Grizzly by Ernest Thompson Seton. a,n
  273. Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon. a,n
  274. And Rachel Was His Wife by Anonymous. r
  275. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. a,n
  276. Foul Play by Tom Palmer. n,w
  277. Akiva by Rabbi Meir Marcus Lehmann. n
  278. Artist Trading Cards by Leonie Pujol. n,w
  279. Graphic Biographies: Martin Luther King Jr by Gary Jeffrey & Chris Forsey. n,w
  280. Graphic Biographies: Harriet Tubman by Rob Shone & Anita Ganeri. n,w
  281. Graphic Biographies: Nelson Mandela by Rob Shone & Neil Reed. n,w
  282. Who Was Mary Seacole? by Paul Harrison. n,w
  283. Natural Disasters: Forest Fires by Laura Purdie Salas. n,w
  284. Blazing Bush and Forest Fires by Louise and Richard Spilsbury. n,w
  285. You Wouldn’t Want To Be A Victorian Miner! by John Malam. n,w
  286. I Wonder Why Volcanoes Blow Their Tops and other questions about natural disasters by Rosie Greenwood. n,w
  287. Waiting for Anya by Michael Morpurgo. n,w
  288. Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy. n
  289. My Special Brother by Rena Schiff. n
  290. Just Between Friends by Sara Wiederblank. n
  291. Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs. r
  292. Why Eating Bogeys is Good For You by Mitchell Symons. n
  293. A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder. n
  294. Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay. n
  295. A Rose Among Thorns by Rochel Schmidt. n
  296. Into the Fire by Miriam Walfish. n
  297. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. n
  298. The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars. n
  299. A World of a Difference by Elisheva Mintzburg. n
  300. King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo. n
  301. Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo. n
  302. Cool! by Michael Morpurgo. n
  303. Dear Olly by Michael Morpurgo. n
  304. The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. n
  305. Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo. n
  306. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. a,r
  307. Long Way Home by Michael Morpurgo. n
  308. The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo. n
  309. Escape from Shangri-La by Michael Morpurgo. n
  310. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. a,r
  311. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. a,r
  312. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett. r
  313. Gifts to Treasure by Tehilla Greenberger. n
  314. Transfused With Hope by B. Berger. n
  315. In the Dark by Deborah Guttentag. n
  316. Elephants on Acid by Alex Boese. n
  317. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. n
  318. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. n
  319. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. n
  320. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. n

One Response to “Reading 2008”


    NaCroCal and Gabaldon too?….following my bliss. RoseMarie

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