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Question: It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?

Answer: Since I already listed my top fifteen of 2008, I’ll take this opportunity to just expand a little on why I loved some of those books. Not all; just a handful.

Ten Cents A Dance is Christine Fletcher’s second novel, and it’s amazing. It’s set in 1940s Chicago, and the setting comes absolutely to life, and Ruby’s voice is captivating. I really can’t recommend this one enough.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley is actually a February 2009 release, but I read it in 2008, and it is brilliant. It’s contemporary realistic fiction, and it really goes above and beyond what I expected (and I expected awesome). This is just me reminding everyone to buy it when it comes out!

I Love You, Beth Cooper is absolutely hilarious!  Larry Doyle manages to make it one of the funniest things I’ve ever read, while still keeping a reasonable level of intelligence (I am not one for too much stupid-funny).  

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is Stephanie Kuehnert’s debut, and it’s a real and gritty and honest and all things awesome book about life and music and all kinds of human relationships. It’s a wonderful book, and if you’re one of the few people who hasn’t read it already, what are you waiting for?

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart, is an excellently written and very intelligent, and also very enjoyable and relatable novel. If you haven’t read it–again, what are you waiting for? It’s fantastic.

And, though I loved many more books, I’ll stop talking now.