01 January 2009

2008 Books List

Well, here's the list for the year. You can see that I fell a bit short of the "50 Books" goal, but it's still a pretty hefty list, if you also consider I gave the old school try on Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson in addition to everything on the list. It was a good reading year, that much is certain: there are some really good volumes on this list. My recommendations are in bold. Happy reading!

1. 1776 by David McCullough
2. Desperation by Stephen King
3. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
5. Duma Key by Stephen King
6. The Sandman Vol. 1, Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III
7. The Centered Life by Jack Fortin
8. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
9. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
10. 1916: The War for Independence by Morgan Llywelyn
11. 1921: The Great Novel of the Irish Civil War by Morgan Llywelyn
12: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
13: 1949: A Novel of the Irish Free State by Morgan Llywelyn
14. 1972: A Novel of Ireland's Unfinished Revolution by Morgan Llywelyn
15. 1999: A Novel of Ireland and the Search for Peace by Morgan Llywelyn
16. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
17. World Without End by Ken Follett
18. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal by Aaron Allston (seriously, could we have a few more colons in that title?)
19. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
20. Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (in German, Discipleship is Nachfolge (following-after), the source of my blog title)
21. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines by Karen Traviss
22. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
23. Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
24. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
25. Cell by Stephen King
26. Ethics by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
27. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
28. Beowulf - translated by Seamus Heaney
29. Hero of the Underground by Jason Peter
30. Druids by Morgan Llywelyn
31. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Tempest by Troy Denning
32. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Exile by Aaron Allston
33. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Sacrifice by Karen Traviss
34. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Inferno by Troy Denning
35. The Irish Civil War by Tim Pat Coogan & George Morrison
36. The Greener Shore by Morgan Llywellyn
37. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Fury by Aaron Allston
38. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelation by Karen Traviss
39. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
40. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
41. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman
42. The Sandman, vol. 2: The Doll House by Neil Gaiman [graphic novel]
43. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
44. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
45. Just After Sunset by Stephen King
46. Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible by Troy Denning
47. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
48. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
49. Peace Like A River by Leif Enger


  1. What a great list! I loved "Peace Like a River" and just got his new book as a Christmas present for one of my sons.

  2. I'm surprised you only read the first Sandman. It's a good story and easy recreational reading. Or maybe you don't think it's a good story. I highly recommend the rest of the series, at any rate.