Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cathy's Top Ten Reading Lists of 2008

As I said in an earlier post, I had 23 books graded A+ to whittle down until they fit comfortably in two lists of ten each. I love mysteries, so I always make one list just for that genre. The second list of ten is for all genres combined. In the past, making these lists has been rather easy. The stand-outs really stood out. Whittling this year's bumper crop of excellent books was painful, and for the first time I have two authors with two books each.

Without further ado, here are my lists of Top Ten Reads for 2008 (in no particular order):

Cathy's 2008 Top Ten Mysteries:
Cathy's 2008 Top Ten Books (All Genres):
If you'd like to see other folks' Top Ten Reads in Crime Fiction, head on over to Kerrie's blog, Mysteries in Paradise.

What are some of the best books you've read in the past year? This inquiring mind is always looking for recommendations!


  1. I love your comfortable looking picture Cathy

  2. I have only read No Time for Goodbye. So much catching up to do.

  3. Okay Cathy, what Denise Mina book should I start with?

  4. I haven't read any of those books, but I did treat myself to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo when I was Christmas shopping. A little present from me to me.

  5. Loved the photo at the top. I want to climb in and be a part of it.

    Loved your lists. I read The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time some time ago but remember really liking it. Perhaps I shall reread it.

    Here are the books I gave an A too in my 2008 books read:

    When You Are Engulfed in Flame by David Sedaris

    A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

    We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver

    The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

    The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

    Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

    Wow! Didn't even get 10 ... must be choosier about what I read in 2009!

  6. I have several of those in Mt TBR so I will have to seek them out. The only book from your lists that's also on mine is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - what a great book. The 2nd book in the series is out here now so I have bought it and plan to read it some time in January.

  7. I plan to compile my list and post it tomorrow. I am pretty sure Craig Johnson will be somewhere on my top ten list this year. :-)

    I am looking forward to one day reading something by Denise Mina. Stieg Larsson's book is another one I hope to eventually get to. And I will definitely be reading Johann Teorin's book this next year.

    Great list, Cathy!

  8. Thank you for some great ideas Cathy..

  9. I have The Cold Dish and Dragon Tattoo in my TBR stack. Glad to know they're going to be good!

    Happy New Year!


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