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Subject: Your favorite book you read in 2008
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 5:09 PM ET
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What was your favorite book you read in 2008?

Mine was Beneath a Marble Sky. A close second was Eat, Pray, Love.

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The Host - Stephanie Meyer

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Heart Shaped Box and The Road were two favorties on mine this year. :)

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 6:34 PM ET
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A tie.....Water for Elephants and The Kite Runner

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Just listed in that other post, but if I had to narrow it down...Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.  Different, engaging, heart rending, great plot.

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Water for Elephants and There's No Place Like Here.  Both were excellent on audio CD.  :)

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I too must weigh in with a tie for "the best" book I read this year   -

Eat, Pray, Love and An Instance of the Fingerpost.

Some others I really enjoyed were - all of the books in the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell, Breakfast With BuddhaWater for Elephants, the Kite Runner and The Secret Magdalene.



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Shelley what's an Instance of the Fingerpost and Breakfast with Buddha about? They sound good.

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The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

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Ivy - An Instance of the Fingerpost is a historical fiction/murder mystery.  Very compelling.  It takes place in England in the 1600s.  There's a  lot of political intrigue thrown in.  If you do a search here, you'll find it along with several reviews.  It's a long book, and the writing style is a bit difficult (written in what would've been the way the language was spoken in that time period).  Once you get into it, though, it's fine. What makes it unique is that the story is told from the viewpoints of 4 different characters.  As you read each version, some more truths are revealed, but the deeper the mystery becomes.  It's a big favorite with a lot of historical fiction readers.  Breakfast With Buddha is a newer book.  The basic synopsis is that a 40-something man gets roped into taking a cross country car trip with his whacky sister's guru.  Of course the man learns a lot along the way.  I always refer to it as a man's version of Eat, Pray, Love.  LOL!  I'm not sure if there are reviews here yet at PBS, but I bet if you looked it up at Amazon there would be some. 

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They both sound interesting Shelly, thanks!

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Yarrow by Charles de Lint

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A Thousand Splendid Suns and Life's Golden Ticket

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The "Burke" series by Andrew Vachss

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i loved water for elephants..I read so many I cant remember which one i liked the best..

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I keep hearing about Water for Elephants. What's it about?

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

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Meet John Trow by Thomas Dyja


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I've had a browse through my book journal and there isn't one single book that stands head and shoulders above the rest--i read many excellent books this year, and picking just one isn't even possible. I read over 200 books already and there's still more than half a month to go, so there is a possibility of the 'best book' being still to come. I typically have a devil of a time even narrowing it down to my Top Ten--I always feel like I'm slighting several others and end up with an 'honorable mention' list as well. LOL


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Ivy - it's about a circus in the 1930's.

My favorite was East of Eden - read it for the first time this year.

Subject: Favorite Book of 2008
Date Posted: 12/9/2008 2:37 PM ET
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A Passion for Killing  - Barbara Nadel

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My favorite is The Proud Breed by Celeste de Blasis.  It made me angry, made me cry, made me laugh and made me think, and I learned alot about the State of California and the people who settled it.   I loved it.


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OOhh, that one sounds interesting Jane! I may have to check it out.

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I would pick "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote.

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I loved The Time Traveler's Wife, I just can't remember if I read it this year or last year.  I also loved The Thirteenth Tale.