December 2007

Hurry and enter Em’s Winter Book Giveaway contest! It’s almost too late, so I’m glad I remembered to post this just in time. You can win some great books!


I’ve found a challenge to participate in for 2008: The 888 Challenge. The challenge is to read eight books in eight different categories in ’08. They can overlap with other challenges, and eight books can overlap into different categories. I’m not going to choose books now, but I’ll leave a link to this in the sidebar as well. I found this one through Alyssa. I reserve the right to change this at any time, but for now here’s what I have:

Category 1: Non-fiction

Category 2: Favorite re-reads

Category 3: Books found through other bloggers

Category 4: Adult novels

Category 5: POD books

Category 6: Books published at least 10 years ago

Category 7: Debut novels

Category 8: First in a series books

I’ve decided to start my own challenge. Check out the details here, and you can always get back to that through the link in the sidebar. Basically, I want to find new books and authors in 2008, and this is a way to do so!

I’d like to share a few cool links from around the internet.

Over at Look Books, there’s a great post about the Newbery awards.

Jacket Whys is a great new blog about children’s and YA book covers.

I’m sure many of you, as book lovers, will be able to relate to this post at ForeWord.

Check out Little Willow’s post about YA as opposed to adult books.

And that’s about it, for the moment.

I don’t know if I’ll be around to do this when 2008 actually starts, so I’ll go ahead and post this early. So here they are, my reading (and blogging) goals for the year 2008.

In 2008, I am recycling my goal to read a book a day, 365 books. Actually, I think it’s a leap year so 366. In 2007 I only read about 300, but hopefully I can actually meet the goal in 2008!

I also want to keep remembering to record all the books I read, title and author at the very least, and preferably some more information and notes, but that’s not a requirement. The records should be kept in my notebook and also posted online for a set time period. I can’t decide if that should be months or something shorter–every week, or twice a month? I guess we’ll see.

I also want to review every book I read, with the exception of those read for school. Reviewing my history textbook would be stupid.

Those read for school count towards the number read if I read at least 75% of the book (with novels, I’ll read it all, but with, say, the Princeton Review Guide to the AP World History Exam, I might skip a section or two).

I want to complete at least 5 different challenges over the course of the year. Hopefully that’ll introduce me to some great books I would not have read otherwise! I may create my own challenge, too.

I’d love to participate in the Cybils again, and try to read a bigger percentage of the nominees than I was able to this year (which should be doable as I won’t have finals. I had mostly semester-long classes this year, and will have mostly year-long classes next year).

I want to  keep up with this blog better! By this I mean updating review lists more often, posting more interviews, actually doing the Tell An Author You Care thing every month that I promised to do but forgot to do ages ago, and maybe adding a new feature (details on that later).

I’ll make this a page of its own as well as a new post, linked to in the sidebar, and if you think I’m not keeping up with it well enough, tell me! I’d also love to hear about your reading goals for 2008.

I was going to participate in the Saturday Review of Books Challenge. I picked out some good books, and I still might finish that list, but the challenge is done and I failed miserably. Hopefully I’ll try some new challenges in 2008, though! Congratulations to all the people who finished that one.

So, 2007 is almost over. I read some great stuff this year, but unfortunately I didn’t make my goal of 365 books. So I guess it’s my goal again for next year, but that’s another post (reading goals for 2008). I have a confession to make: I forgot to keep track of the books I read past about September. As you may have noticed, due to a lack of reading lists. But I’d like to go ahead and mention some that really resonated with me personally, limited to first-time reads (as I did reread a few favorites). There are so, so many more that I adored, but these are the ones I remember well even months later, the ones I’m eager to reread as I make this list, and the ones that really made me think. It’s a long list, but I had to cut a lot of great books out! Series books that I read all of this year are listed together. Before I start the long, long list, though, I’d like to mention my “shortlist” of my top ten (well, it’s more, but they’re listed by entry with series together). This was really hard to narrow down, but if you don’t want to look at the whole long list, check this one out. I have also decided on a best book of the year:

The best book I read in 2007 is Ophelia, by Lisa Klein.

  1. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  2. Set in Stone by Linda Newbery
  3. Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds and Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
  4. The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  5. The Nature of Jade by Deb Calletti
  6. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  7. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
  8. A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern (Edited to add: the American title–I read the British edition–is There’s No Place Like Here.)
  9. Red edited by Amy Goldwasser
  10. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  • Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, Charmed Thirds and Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  • Set in Stone by Linda Newbery
  • The Big Shuffle by Laura Pedersen
  • The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
  • Kitty Goes Californian by Pepper McNeil
  • Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson
  • My Secret and Postsecret, edited by Frank Warren
  • The Poker Diaries by Liza Conrad
  • Rock My World by Liza Conrad
  • Does My Head Look Big In This? By Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Looking For Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  • The Brief History Of The Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
  • Buried Onions by Gary Soto
  • The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • While I Live by John Marsden
  • Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan
  • The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead
  • Sammy and Juliana In Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Silenced by James DeVita
  • Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
  • Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
  • Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
  • Harley, Like A Person by Cat Bauer
  • In The Garage by Alma Fullerton
  • The Straight Road To Kylie by Nico Medina
  • A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern
  • The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • Secret Society Girl and Under The Rose by Diana Peterfreund
  • Gentle’s Holler and Louisiana’s Song by Kerry Madden
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  • Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
  • Evolution, Me, And Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
  • The Kings Are Already Here by Garret Freymann-Weyr
  • Life As It Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux
  • Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  • Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Red, edited by Amy Goldwasser
  • Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  • Or Not by Brian Mandabach
  • Reaching For Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
  • Go Figure by Jo Edwards
  • Snitch by Allison van Diepen
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher

I reserve the right to add anything I read/think of before January 2nd :-) I hope that gives everyone some ideas to spend their Christmas gift cards on!

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