I read quite a bit in 2008. 62 books, if you combine unabridged audio and actual paper books. A few favorites:
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A fun and child-appropriate story that is beautifully written. This set me on the path of exploring my purpose.
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Enlighteningly good fun.
- Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk. If you don't like to laugh when things get seriously, um, effed up, then this isn't the book for you. But it's hysterical if you see the humor in humanity's failings.
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. This was on sale at Audible for less than $10, so I didn't even read the description before I purchased it. It turned out to be one of the weirdest, most wonderful books I've ever read.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris. This series got somewhat buried in Twilight mania this year, but at the suggestion of a few friends I delved into these books. Boy, was I glad I did! They're wickedly good fun. Part mystery, part comedy and part romance, the narrating main character is endearing - funny and likable, and the introduction of new characters occurs at a perfect pace throughout the series. It is the basis for the HBO series True Blood, though the show takes a much less comedic approach.