1.01.2008

Booklist 2008

I only read about half of my 2007 booklist, as I ended up reading a whole bunch more that weren't on the list. Thanks to GoodReads, I'm much more organized about my reading than I used to be, and I'll have a ready-made comprehensive list of the books I finish in 2008 come 2009. I currently have over 100 books on my to-read list at GoodReads, but these are my priority books for 2008.

1. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter: Carson McCullers (church book discussion group selection)
2. Practically Perfect in Every Way: Jennifer Niesslein
3. Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera: Bryan Peterson
4. The Little Prince: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
5. One Hundred and Forty Five Stories in a Small Box: Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, How the Water Feels to the Fishes, and Minor Robberies: Sarah Manguso, Dave Eggers, Deb Olin Unferth
6. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life: Barbara Kingsolver
7. Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus: Mark Yaconelli
8. The Best American Nonrequired Reading: Dave Eggers, ed. (Introduction by Sufjan Stevens!)
9. Housekeeping vs. the Dirt: Nick Hornby
10. The Children's Hospital: Chris Adrian
11. The Secrets of St. Francis: A Meditation: Christian Bobin
12. Atonement: Ian McEwan (I've actually started this - read the first two chapters. But I may have to set it aside and read something else, as it is a terrible book to read immediately after finishing What is the What by Dave Eggers. The prose is so flowery and the people are so rich compared to the spare writing and harrowing experience of the Lost Boys of Sudan; it's just not working for me at the moment.)
13. Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi (reread for book discussion group, though I'll probably miss the discussion)

Last year was the Year of Katherine Paterson - and I did read quite a few of her novels, though not as many as I'd hoped. It would seem that this is the Year of Dave Eggers. I can't seem to get enough of him and his McSweeney's crowd these days.

Happy reading in 2008!

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