Sunday Salon – Best Books of 2008 (So Far)

I saw this on another blog and decided I wanted to adopt the idea as well. What are the best books I have read in 2008 (regardless of when they were published)?

So far in 2008, I have read 131 books (whew!)

The best of the bunch are:

A Good Indian Wife: A Novel
Remember Me?
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Failure is not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
Curse of the Spellmans: A Novel
The Sound of Language: A Novel
The Host: A Novel
Driving Sideways: A Novel
Belong to Me: A Novel
Sweet Love
Violet on the Runway
The Right Stuff
The Post-American World

A Good Indian Wife – Anne Cherian
Remember Me – Sophie Kinsella [Review]
Under the Banner of Heaven – Jon Krakauer
Failure is Not An Option – Gene Kranz
Curse of the Spellmans – Lisa Lutz
The Sound of Language – Amulya Malladi [Review]
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
Driving Sideways – Jess Riley [Review]
Belong To Me – Marisa de los Santos
Sweet Love – Sarah Strohmeyer [Review]
Violet on the Runway – Melissa Walker
The Right Stuff – Tom Wolfe
The Post-American World – Fareed Zakaria


  1. I liked the pictures. I have only read Atonement from your list, which I loved. Have you read Saturday by him? That is an excellent book.

  2. I loved Belong to Me as well, but I felt like the twist near the ending was a bit soap opera-esque. Wasn’t Under the Banner of Heaven fascinating?

  3. Atonement? Great story, I loved it!
    (Another book by McEwan which I’ve read was the Amsterdam, it was somehow too simple.)

  4. One of the main reasons I liked Belong to Me was because of the way de los Santos writes – she has such a lyrical quality.

    I haven’t read Saturday, but I have it at home on my ever-increasing TBR pile! I agree about Amsterdam – not on par with Atonement. I did like On Chesil Beach though

    Under the Banner of Heaven was probably one of the best books I’ve ever read – absolutely enthralling!

  5. It looks like you’ve read a good mix of books this year so far and 131! Whew! I, for one, am impressed. I’ve read the Krakauer book and always wanted to read the Wolfe book. Right now, I’m working through a book by another Wolfe: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe.

    The book, The Sound of Language, looks interesting.

  6. Thanks for the comment earlier…The Glass Castle was a tough one, but the chapters are very short (usually 2-4 pages each), so you can take it in manageable snippets. Definitely worth a read, though.

  7. Atonement is the only book on your list I’ve read, but *what* a book! šŸ™‚

  8. 131 is a staggering number. Well done

  9. 131??!!! Spectacular!

  10. I picked up Post-American World from the library yesterday. I’m glad to hear it is one of your favorite reads this year.

  11. I’ve had Under the Banner of Heaven sitting around for awhile, but seeing it labeled The Best has inpired me to dig it out and move it up!

  12. Great idea!! And well done, too! I’m impressed… and what a great week of reading you had this week, too!

  13. 131? Oh, to have that much time to devote to reading must be heaven!

  14. Thanks for reminding me about The Sound of Language. I added it to my wishlist a few months ago after reading a review but then forgot about it. It does sound really good.

  15. wow, 131 books! That’s great. I wonder what your year total will be – do you have a goal?
    I’m glad to hear Belong to Me is one of your faves so far. I have that on my TBR stack and am looking forward to it.

  16. Your number has blown me away. You are a reading GIANT!

  17. 131! my goodness, that’s great!

    I also was not a fan of the American Psycho movie, but I am curious about the book as well.

  18. I am so honored to be included in that collection of amazing books!!!

    (LOVED Under the Banner of Heaven…in fact, one of my characters is reading it in Utah.)

  19. That’s alot of books! I’ve been wanting to read Remember Me? And I’m reading Driving Sideways now. Great list – thanks for sharing!

  20. 131 already?! Wow! I’m hoping to break 100 for the year! I’m about halfway there now, so I’m hopeful I’ll make it.

    Both The Host and Atonement are in my TBR pile. A few of the books you listed are ones I’m not familiar with, but I’m definitely going to check them out.

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