Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 in Review

2008 was a mega year for reading. I read 168 books and 51,663 pages. I completed 25 reading challenges (sadly I didn't quite finish The Classics Challenge this year). I also saw 19 films in the cinema, but didn't quite get around to reviewing them all. I did review a coupleof games as well in 2008 and when my reading decreased in November and December I found myself playing more so hopefully I will get to review more in 2009 (look out for reviews of Fable II and Fire Emblem Shadow Dragon which I have nearly finished and hopefully Zelda Phantom Hourglass and Final Fantasy IV as well).

So let's see, what were my favourite books of 2008...

Overall Favourite : American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Favourite Fantasy : The Wood Wife - Terri Windling and Tamsin - Peter S Beagle ( I couldn't choose between them sorry!)
Favourite Fairy Tale or Retelling : Briar Rose - Jane Yolen
Favourite YA : Here, There be Dragons - James A Owen
Favourite Graphic Novel : Fables v4 March of the Wooden Soldiers - Bill Willingham
Favourite Manga : Death Note v1 - Tsugumi Ohba
Favourite Urban Fantasy : Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs (honourable mention Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison)
Favourite Fiction : Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (honourable mention Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides)
Favourite Anthology : Silver Birch, Blood Moon - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Favourite Classic : Perfume - Patrick Suskind
Favourite Non-Fiction : Piece by Piece - Tori Amos & Ann Powers (honourable mention Candy Girl - Diablo Cody)

Books Read 2008

1. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
2. The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones - Alan Moore (writer) and Ian Gibson (artist)
3. Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood
4. Thud! - Terry Pratchett
5. Persepolis (Complete Edition) - Marjane Satrapi
6. Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
7. Snow White, Blood Red - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
8. Fire & Hemlock - Diana Wynne Jones
9. The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
10. Seeing Redd - Frank Beddor
11. Ironside - Holly Black
12. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
13. Black Thorn, White Rose - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
14. Iron Kissed - Patricia Briggs
15. The Secret River - Kate Grenville
16. The Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns - Brian Jacques
17. Witch Week - Diana Wynne Jones
18. Names of Magic - Dylan Harrocks and Richard Case
19. The Books of Faerie: Auberon's Tale - Bronwyn Carlton and John Ney Rieber
20. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
21. Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Fantasies and Fairy Tales - Lester Del Rey & Risa Kessler
22. Beowulf - Seamus Heaney
23. On Beauty - Zadie Smith
24. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer
25. The Scar - China Mieville
26. The Worst Witch Saves the Day - Jill Murphy
27. Shrine of the Morning Mist v1 - Hiroki Ugawa
28. The Trial - Franz Kafka
29. Sandman v1: Preludes & Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman
30. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling31. Lucinda, Darkly - Sunny
32. The X Files: Skin Deep - John Rozum
33. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
34. Roverandom - JRR Tolkien
35. The Onion Girl - Charles de Lint
36. Small Island - Andrea Levy
37. The Books of Magic: Transformations - John Ney Rieber & Peter Gross
38. Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
39. Black Swan, White Raven - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
40. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
41. Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier
42. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle
43. The Sandman v2: The Doll's House - Neil Gaiman
44. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer
45. Black Orchid - Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
46. Snow White and Rose Red - Patricia C Wrede
47. Legends of the Dark Crystal v1 - Barbara Randall Kesel, Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim
48. Tales from the Perilous Realm - JRR Tolkien
49. The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
50. Iron Council - China Mieville
51. Peter Pan in Scarlet - Geraldine McCaughrean
52. Mr Punch - Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
53. Thomas the Rhymer - Ellen Kushner
54. The Accidental - Ali Smith
55. The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood
56. Broken - Kelley Armstrong
57. The Goose Girl - Shannon Hale
58. The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy
59. Storm Front - Jim Butcher
60. Return to Labyrinth v1 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie
61. Return to Labyrinth v2 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie
62. Nightmares and Fairy Tales: Once Upon a Time... - Serena Valentino
63. Tam Lin - Pamela Dean
64. Silver Birch, Blood Moon - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
65. Goddess of the Night - Lynne Ewing
66. Briar Rose - Jane Yolen
67. Slam - Nick Hornby
68. Death Note v1 - Tsugumi Ohba
69. The Invisible Ring - Anne Bishop
70. Death Note v2 - Tsugumi Ohba
71. Bizenghast v1 - M Alice LeGrow
72. No Humans Involved - Kelley Armstong
73. Bizenghast v2 - M Alice LeGrow
74. Bizenghast v3 - M Alice LeGrow
75. Bizenghast v4 - M Alice LeGrow
76. Weight - Jeanette Winterson
77. Lion's Honey - David Grossman
78. Wild Swans - Jung Chang
79. The Wee Free Men - Terry Pratchett
80. Vampire Doll - Erika Kari
81. Perfume - Patrick Suskind
82. Nightmares & Fairy Tales: Beautiful Beasts - Serena Valentino
83. Candy Girl - Diablo Cody
84. The Wood Wife - Terri Windling
85. The Three Incestuous Sisters - Audrey Niffenegger
86. Tarot Tips - Ruth Ann & Wald Amberstone
87. The Magicians' Guild - Trudi Canavan
88. Black Heart, Ivory Rose - Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
89. Beauty - Robin McKinley
90. Death: The High Cost of Living - Neil Gaiman
91. A Hat Full of Sky - Terry Pratchett
92. Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
93. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
94. Transformations - Anne Sexton
95. Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson
96. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
97. Spider Man and The Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do - Kevin Smith
98. Camelot's Shadow - Sarah Zettel
99. Zel - Donna Jo Napoli
100. The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
101. Tangled Webs - Anne Bishop
102. The Ladies of Grace Adieu - Susanna Clarke
103. Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
104. Fables v3: Storybook Love - Bill Willingham
105. The Book of Ballads - Charles Vess
106. Touch the Dark - Karen Chance
107. Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
108. Spring-Heeled Jack - Philip Pullman
109. Jack of Fables v1: The Nearly Great Escape - Bill Willingham
110. Hood - Stephen Lawhead
111. Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
112. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer
113. Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
114. Piece by Piece - Tori Amos & Ann Powers
115. Messenger - Lois Lowry
116. Bite - Various
117. The Black Tattoo - Sam Enthoven
118. Fables v4: March of the Wooden Soldiers - Bill Willingham
119. The Screwtape Letters - CS Lewis
120. The Complete Maus - Art Spiegelman
121. Camelot's Honour - Sarah Zettel
122. Enna Burning - Shannon Hale
123. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
124. Emily the Strange: Lost, Dark and Bored v1 - Rob Reger
125. Nightmares and Fairy Tales v3: 1140 Rue Royale - Serena Valentino
126. Tarot for Self Discovery - Nina Lee Braden
127. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
128. Coraline - Neil Gaiman
129. Y the Last Man v1: Unmanned - Brian K Vaughan
130. The Novice - Trudi Canavan
131. The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
132. Kin - Holly Black & Ted Naifeh
133. Understanding the Tarot Court - Mary K Greer & Tom Little
134. Minion - LA Banks
135. Tamsin - Peter S Beagle
136. Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman
137. Big Fish - Daniel Wallace
138. The Amulet of Samarkand - Jonathan Stroud
139. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
140. Dates from Hell - Various
141. Scent to Her Grave - India Ink
142. River Secrets - Shannon Hale
143. Death Note v3 - Tsugami Ohba & Takeshi Obata
144. Here, There be Dragons - James A Owen
145. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
146. Gloom Cookie v1 - Serena Valentino
147. Gloom Cookie v2 - Serena Valentino
148. Dark Wraith of Shannara - Terry Brooks
149. Stardust - Neil Gaiman
150. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
151. Dark Prince - Christine Feehan
152. The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories - Leo Tolstoy
153. The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
154. The Testament of Gideon Mack - James Robertson
155. The Gathering - Anne Enright
156. The Golem's Eye - Jonethan Stroud
157. Eleanor Rigby - Douglas Coupland
158. High Lord - Trudi Canavan
159. Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult
160. Sky Burial - Xinran
161. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
162. Ptolemy's Gate - Jonathan Stroud
163. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison

Challenges Completed 2008

Sci-Fi Experience
Twisted Fairy Tales Challenge
Series Challenge
Spring Reading Thing Challenge
Themed Reading Challenge
Once Upon a Time II Challenge
Book Awards Reading Challenge
Irresistible Review Challenge
End of the World Challenge
Non Fiction 5 Challenge
Young Adult Challenge
The Inklings Challenge
The Graphic Novel Challenge
tl;dr Challenge
RIP III Challenge
Man Booker Challenge
Challenge with Nymeth
Series II Challenge
Chunkster Challenge
What's in a Name Challenge
A~Z Challenge
Mythopoeic Challenge
First in a Series Challenge
2008 TBR Challenge
Short Story Reading Challenge

Films Watched at the Cinema 2008

1. Sweeny Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
2. Jumper
3. Juno
4. Definitely Maybe
5. The Spiderwick Chronicles
6. The Other Boleyn Girl
7. Ironman ****
8. Persepolis ****
9. Sex and the City **1/2
10. Hancock ***
11. Kung Fu Panda ****
12. Wanted ****
13. Batman: The Dark Knight ***
14. Hellboy II: The Golden Army ****
15. Get Smart ***
16. Tropic Thunder ****
17. City of Ember ***
18. Ghost Town ***
19. Burn After Reading ****1/2

10 comments:

Bobbi said...

Wow - your year in review makes me tired! Congrats on all the challenges!

I'm gearing up for 2009 challenges, but I've promised myself I'm not doing as many this year - haha!

Sorry I haven't been around in a while, but works kept me busy.

See ya in 2009!!

Chris said...

You read some really kick ass books this year Rhinoa! I'm so happy to see that the best book of the year was American Gods :) It's an all time favorite of mine. You always blow me away with the number of books you read...this year is no different!

Nymeth said...

I'm also very happy that your overall favourite was American Gods :D As for your other picks, I love the ones I've read...which just goes to show I should read the others :P

Literary Feline said...

Mega is right! You did an amazing amount of reading, Katie!

I am glad you enjoyed American Gods so much. Neil Gaiman is such a good author.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Alice Teh said...

Omigosh!... I am breathless just by looking at your list! 168 books! *fainted*

Happy New Year to you and I wish you another spectacular year of reading!

Kim L said...

Amazing. Simply amazing that you managed to read so many books this year! Best of luck with 2009 reading.

Kailana said...

You had an awesome reading year! Congrats on finishing all those challenges. You read some really great books! Here's to great reading in 2009!

mariel said...

That is an awful lot of books woman! Looking forward to reading American Gods.

Sherry said...

I'm glad to see that someone else enjoyed Owen's Here, There Be Dragons. I thought it was lots of fun.

The Saturday Review at Semicolon this Saturday is dedicated to book lists. You’re invited to share a link to yours.

samantha.1020 said...

Wow! You had a great year of reading :) Hope you have a great new year!!