NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Books Read In 2008

If I finish The Book Of Samson before midnight, I'll add it. I have to think about my favorites, and I'll post that later. Until then, here it is. The List of What I Read In 2008:

Goal: 100 -- Reached Nov. 8, 2008
Final Total: 125


1. War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
2. World Without End by Ken Follett
3. The Complete Fables by Aesop
4. Timbuktu by Paul Auster
5. Morality For Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. American Youth by Phil LaMarche
9. Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind


10. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
11. The Courts of Love by Jean Plaidy
12. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass
13. The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin
14. Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind


15. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
16. The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
17. In The Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
18. Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind
19. The Queen's Secret by Jean Plaidy
20. The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
21. Christ The Lord: The Road To Cana by Anne Rice
22. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
23. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


24. Temple of the Winds by Terry Goodkind
25. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe
26. No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
27. Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind
28. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
29. Nada by Carmen Laforet
30. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
31. The Devil's Bones by Jefferson Bass


32. Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind
33. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
34. The Crusader by Michael Alexander Eisner
35. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
36. Travels In The Scriptorium by Paul Auster
37. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg
38. Allah Is Not Obliged by Ahmadou Kourouma
39. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
40. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir
41. The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson
42. The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander
43. The Swallows of Kabul by Yasmina Khadra
44. John Adams by David McCullough
45. Compulsion by Jonathan Kellerman
46. The Attack by Yasmina Khadra


47. Mistress of the Sun by Sandra Gulland
48. The Sirens of Baghdad by Yasmina Khadra
49. The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark
50. The Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind
51. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
52. Stealing Athena by Karen Essex
53. Time's Arrow by Martin Amis
54. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
55. The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
56. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
57. His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
58. Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott


59. Homo Politicus by Dana Milbank
60. The Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman
61. Phantom Prey by John Sandford
62. Mistress of the Revolution by Catherine Delors
63. When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops? by George Carlin
64. The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver
65. My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes
66. Odd Hours by Dean Koontz
67. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
68. The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
69. Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind
70. Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk


71. Testimony of an Irish Slave Girl by Kate McCafferty
72. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
73. The Gospel of Judas by Simon Mawer
74. Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais
75. The Queen's Lady by Barbara Kyle
76. Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
77. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer
78. Killer View by Ridley Pearson
79. The Concubine by Norah Lofts
80. Phantom by Terry Goodkind
81. When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris


82. The Conqueror by Georgette Heyer
83. The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
84. The Tsarina's Daughter by Carolly Erickson
85. Confessor by Terry Goodkind
86. The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria
87. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
88. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones


89. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett
90. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
91. Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman
92. Naked by David Sedaris
93. Man In The Dark by Paul Auster
94. Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King
95. Wild Boy by Andy Taylor
96. Roots by Alex Haley
97. Heat Lightning by John Sandford
98. Devil Bones by Kathy Reichs


99. Bones by Jonathan Kellerman
100. Cards On The Table by Agatha Christie
101. Me of Little Faith by Lewis Black
102. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn
103. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
104. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
105. The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
106. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
107. The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
108. Faro's Daughter by Georgette Heyer
109. The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth


110. The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie
111. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
112. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
113. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer
114. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
115. Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie
116. The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie
117. N or M? by Agatha Christie
118. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
119. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
120. Light In August by William Faulkner
121. Evil Under The Sun by Agatha Christie
122. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
123. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
124. Holidays On Ice by David Sedaris
125. The Intellectual Devotional: American History by David S. Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim

Short Stories:

1. (Jan.) "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe
2. (Feb.) "Battle Royal" by Ralph Ellison
3. (Mar.) "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield
4. (Apr.) "The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted" by Elizabeth Berg
5. (Oct.) "God Sees The Truth But Waits" by Leo Tolstoy
6. (Oct.) "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner
7. (Nov.) "Up In Michigan" by Ernest Hemingway
8. (Nov.) "The Destructors" by Graham Greene
9. (Nov.) "A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty
10. (Dec.) "Blue Winds Dancing" by Tom Whitecloud
11. (Dec.) "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain

It's been a great year, and I'm so excited to start the Challenges for 2009!
Happy New Year, Everyone, and Happy Reading In the Coming Months!


Anonymous said...

I am so very impressed! You read some really deep (not to mention long) novels this year and still came up with 125. Someday I'll be like you, too... ;)

Passages to the Past said...

Holy cow Batman! That's a lot of reading!

Lezlie said...

Literatehousewife ~ Thank you! I get a lot of help from long commutes and audiobooks. I did get some really good stuff in this year though. Wait until you see what's on the burner for 2009! I can't wait to get started! :-)


Jo-Jo said...

Wowza...that is a ton of books! Congratulations! I will be looking forward to what you have for next year.

Anonymous said...

You had a good year in books! I didn't start keeping track until mid-year and in that time I read 67.

Lezlie said...

Amy ~ Thanks! I think it's the most I've ever done!

Jo-Jo ~ Thank you! I only wish I could read faster. There is always so much we want to get to.

Bermudaonion ~ Thanks! That's a lot for half a year! I've been keeping track in a journal since 1993, with only a couple of years missed. It's enlightening to go back and read the old lists sometimes and see how my tastes have evolved.


Kara said...

Fantastic year of reading!!! I hope to get to 100 in 2009.

I am so excited to start my challenges - and thanks to your official list - I have joined far too many**grin**.

Kara said...

Fantastic year of reading!!! I hope to get to 100 in 2009.

I am so excited to start my challenges - and thanks to your official list - I have joined far too many**grin**.

Lezlie said...

Kara ~ With all the great challenges, you'll get to 100 with no problem at all! :-) Happy New Year!


Literary Feline said...

What a great list of books, Lezlie! I love Agatha Christie mysteries. I really must get back into them.

joanna said...

Well done Lezlie, very impressive! Happy New Year!!

Lisa said...

WOW! I'm very impressed with this list -- both the number and the great books you read. Happy New Year!

The Bookworm said...

wow, thats alot of books!
Happy New year :)
I still havent read Odd Hours, hope to soon.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Leslie, What a wonderful achievement. Your reading list for 2008 looks quite interesting -- a real variety of genres!

So what's up for you this New Year?

BTW, Happy New Year to you, too!

Lezlie said...

Literary Feline ~ Thanks! Agatha Christie is so fun to read. I just did too many in a row to finish out the Challenge. I'll be spacing them out better next time. :-)

Joanna ~ Thank you!

Lisa ~ Thanks! It's a personal record for me, so I'm very happy!

Naida ~ Thanks! I'll be curious to see what you think of Odd Hours when you get to it.

Brenda ~ Thanks! Variety is the spice of life, right? :-) I have a ton of Challenges lined up for 2009, plus I'd like to read more short stories, essays and poetry. I'm ready to get started!


Anonymous said...

I just love the crazy variety of stuff you read! and how much, too, of course!

Kelly said...

Great list! It looks like you read a lot of classics this year. I meant to read War and Peace but never got around to it. Having a new born really put a cramp in my reading schedule : )

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great (and varied) list!

Lezlie said...

Bkclubcare ~ Thanks! I need to switch things up or I get bored.

MyUtopia ~ Thanks! A baby would definitely make things more difficult. I don't know how all you moms do it. Hats off to you all!!

Agirlinthisvicinity ~ Thanks! I'm hoping to add poetry books in 2009. And maybe a little more nonfiction.


Terri said...

Nice going, Lezlie! Wonderful variety of books. 125 is my goal for 2009.

Have a wonderful 2009 - thanks for all your blog encouragement this year. And thanks - I think - for getting me interested in the challenges!

Lezlie said...

Thanks, Terri! And you're welcome! You will have a ball with all the challenges. The secret is not to take them too seriously and just have fun exploring the possibilities. You'll do great! And I'll be there cheering you on all year. :-)


Darlene said...


Lezlie said...

Thanks, Dar!

Booklogged said...

My head is literally spinning. I first saw that your read War & Peace in Jan and still had time to read 8 more books. Then I noticed that one of those 8 was Brave New World! Holy smokes! How do you read those heavy sluggers and 6 others? May I quote from an earlier comment? Someday I want to be like you. So awesome.

Lezlie said...

Booklogged ~ Thank you so much! Some of those books are audiobooks that I listen to on my hour-long commute, which helps not only my reading numbers, but keeps me from debilitating road rage. ;-) Also, I started War & Peace toward the end of Dec. 2007, so I had a bit of a head start on that one. I list my books in the month I finish them, so I always have a carry-over or two in January.


Serena said...

wow, now I wonder what my monthly breakdown in reading is...whether I read more books in one month versus another...hmmm...time to investigate.

Happy New Year!

Lezlie said...

Serena ~ I think I've always recorded them by month. It is fun to look back and see the breakdown.


Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

Wow! Great list -- such a good mix of "important" books and entertaining ones. I like to see my old favorite Jean Plaidy show up.

What is most impressive is that you reviewed almost all of them. Dang! I might have read as many, but no way could I review as many!!!!!

Lezlie said...

Rose City Reader ~ Thank you! I really like Jean Plaidy, too. I have a reissue of one of her Victoria Holt mysteries here to review that I'm looking forward to.

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