The end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009

baby_new_year2 2008 was a pretty good year for me, as far as I can remember. I know for sure I read some great books and graphic novels. And, since I’m such a big fan of lists and factoids, here’s some totals and tops for my 2008 reading life. This is all just book-related stuff, mind; I’ve got a couple more resolutions that aren’t and so I didn’t put them down here.

Top 10 Novels Read in 2008 (in no particular order):
1. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower – C.S. Forester
2. Miles From Nowhere – Barbara Savage
3. The Gatecrasher – Madeleine Wickham
4. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
5. Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
6. Summerland – Michael Chabon
7. Gun, With Occasional Music – Jonathan Lethem
8. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
9. Galileo’s Daughter – Dava Sobel
10. Operation Red Jericho – Joshua Mowll

Top 5 Graphic Novels Read in 2008 (in no particular order):
1. Homunculus – Hideo Yamamoto
2. Mail – Eiji Otsuka/Housui Yamazaki
3. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service – Eiji Otsuka/Housui Yamazaki
4. Sand Land – Akira Toriyama
5. Gokusen – Kozueko Morimoto

In 2008 I:
– read 163 books total (including graphic novels and rereads)
– started my own book blog (and kept it)
– wrote 43 reviews (only 11 of them posted here)
– won one book contest (from Wendi!)
– renewed my library card after noticing it had been expired for nearly two years
– bought approximately 250 books
– saw David Sedaris at Barnes & Noble and got my book signed!
– got a job at a campus library (and kept it)
– met some really nice book bloggers

In 2009 I resolve to:
– check more books out from the library
– kill at least half of my TBR pile
– hold a book contest
– try out for an internship at a publishing house
– finish all the book challenges I signed up for

I hope you all are having a lovely New Year’s eve, and that this next year will bring good things into your life. Oh! And if you’ve got any top 10 lists or book-related resolutions, let me know in a comment and I’ll link to them in this post. Let’s see how long we can keep them, eh? 😀

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