Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: The Year in Reading

Clock Hands
My initial reading goal for 2008 was simply to read more books than I had in 2007. I read 17 books in 2007, the fewest I've read in one year since the fourth grade. When it became apparent in January that I would easily top my 2007 total, I reset my goal to 75 and hoped that I would not only achieve that, but perhaps break 100.

I ended the year with 125 books by 105 different authors, a total of 28,591 pages; and a monthly average of 10.42 books with an average of 228.73 pages per book. December was my best month with 21 books, while April was the only month I read fewer than 6 books.

January - 11 Books; 2,914 Pages
1. Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
3. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
5. Buried Fire by Jonathan Stroud
6. Magyk by Angie Sage
7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
8. The Tenth City by Patrick Carman
9. War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
10. Doctor Who: The Stone Rose by Jacqueline Rayner
11. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
12. Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards

February - 7 Books; 1,769 Pages
13. Doctor Who: The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards
14. Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole
15. Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts
16. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island by Mike Tucker
17. Emma by Jane Austen
18. Doctor Who: Winner Takes All by Jacqueline Rayner
19. Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole

March - 6 Books; 2,024 Pages
20. The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by David S. Bell, M.D.
21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
22. Doctor Who: The Price of Paradise by Colin Brake
23. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
24. Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
25. Torchwood: Another Life by Peter Anghelides

April - 2 Books, 470 Pages
26. Torchwood: Slow Decay by Andy Lane
27. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

(I wish I had been blogging in April. I can't remember why I read only two books this month.)

May - 7 Books; 1,696 Pages
28. Doctor Who: Only Human by Gareth Roberts
29. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
30. Doctor Who: The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons
31. Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole
32. Torchwood: Border Princes by Dan Abnett
33. Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey by Tami Brady
34. Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman

June - 9 Books; 1,901 Pages
35. Torchwood: Something in the Water by Trevor Baxendale
36. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
37. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
38. Doctor Who: Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole
39. Bikeman by Thomas F. Flynn
40. You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
41. Truth and Consequences by Keith Olbermann
42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
43. Torchwood: Trace Memory by David Llewellyn

(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as #42 was completely unplanned but incredibly appropriate.)

July - 12 Books; 2,940 Pages
44. Doctor Who: Wetworld by Michael Michalowski
45. The White Mary by Kira Salak
46. Tan Lines by J. J. Salem
47. Aberrations by Penelope Przekop
48. Kaimira: The Sky Village by Monk and Nigel Ashland
49. What the Dormouse Said by Amy Gash
50. The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman
51. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
52. Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
53. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
54. A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
55. The Silent Gondoliers by William Goldman

August - 9 Books; 2,777 Pages
56. First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
57. The Joy of Spooking: Fiendish Deeds by P.J. Bracegirdle
58. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
59. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
60. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
61. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
62. One Bad Apple by Sheila Connolly
63. Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe
64. Creepers by Joanne Dahme

September - 10 Books; 2943 Pages
65. The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
66. The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams
67. Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
68. The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
69. Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins
70. Run by Ann Patchett
71. A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
72. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
73. When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale
74. Torchwood: The Official Magazine Yearbook by Titan Books

October - 14 Books; 2,252 Pages
75. Tethered by Amy MacKinnon
76. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
77. The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
78. Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis
79. Torchwood: Pack Animals by Peter Angelides
80. Belly of the Whale by Linda Merlino
81. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull
82. Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
83. The Darker Side by Cody McFadyen
84. Doctor Who: Forever Autumn by Mark Morris
85. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
86. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
87. The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
88. Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

November - 16 Books;
2,989 Pages
89. Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
90. Doctor Who: The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham
91. My Dad, John McCain by Meghan McCain
92. Barack by Jonah Winter
93. Dead Ringer by Mary Burton
94. The Darkness Under the Water by Beth Kanell
95. Inside the Hub by Stephen James Walker
96. Birdie's Lighthouse by Deborah Hopkinson
97. The Lighthouse Children by Syd Hoff
98. Grit for the Oyster by Suzanne Woods Fisher, et al.
99. The House on Tradd Street by Karen White
100. Doctor Who: The Forever Trap by Dan Abnett
101. Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides
102. Billowing Sails by Debora M. Coty
103. Oblivious by Cyndia Depre
104. The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs

December - 21 Books; 3,916 pages
105. Blood Island by H. Terrell Griffin
106. Rowan of the Wood by Christine and Ethan Rose
107. Into the Mist by Patrick Carman
108. Santa Clawed by Rita Mae Brown
109. Doctor Who: Ghosts of India by Mark Morris
110. Doctor Who: Shining Darkness by Mark Michalowski
111. Kinnakeet and the Lighthouse by Jon, Valeska and Jean Fripp
112. Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue by Angeli Perrow
113. Sirius: The Dog Star by Angeli Perrow
114. Captain's Castaway by Angeli Perrow
115. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
116. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
117. Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
118. Doctor Who: Snowglobe 7 by Mike Tucker
119. Sisters of Scituate Light by Stephen Krensky
120. The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage
121. The Lighthouse Keeper's Breakfast by Ronda and David Armitage
122. The Light at Tern Rock by Julia L. Sauer
123. Torchwood: Skypoint by Phil Ford
124. Night of Flames by Douglas W. Jacobson
125. Mythology by Edith Hamilton


  1. Nice list! I see you've read a decent amount of Dr Who - I've been hoping to rent the series from Netflix but haven't had time so far!

  2. Congratulations on surpassing your goals! Happy New Year!

  3. Congratulations on surpassing your reading goal, Ruth! It looks like you had a wonderful reading year. I hope you have a Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year Ruth!! Wow, you surpassed your reading goal by leaps and bounds, congrats!

  5. Happy New Year Ruth! That's a fantastic reading list, congratulations!

  6. S. Krishna: Thanks! A friend got me interested in Doctor Who about two years ago. It's a fun series. Let me know what you think once you have a chance to Netflix it. I love the episodes where they go back in time to meet historical figures. "The Unquiet Dead" with Charles Dickens, "Tooth and Claw" with Queen Victoria, and "The Unicorn and the Wasp" with Agatha Christie are a few of my favorites.

    Alyce: Thank you!

    Literary Feline: It was a great year, reading-wise. Blogging has added a wonderful new element to my reading.

    Bonnie: Happy New Year and thank you!

    The Tome Traveller: Thanks so much!

    Callista: It is a lot of Doctor Who; when I was typing the list, I was a bit surprised by how many I'd read. I got most of the Who novels for Christmas 2007 and had a lot of fun with them in 2008. They're a great diversion while the show is on hiatus.

  7. Some of those titles are on my wish list. :) If I haven't said this, let me do it now. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. Bless your heart. This is an amazing list. Happy New Year!

  9. Oh my! You read a lot of books, Ruth! :)

  10. Hi! I just wanted to let you know we gave your blog the Butterfly award! Hop on over to our blog to check it out. :-)

  11. Deborah Hopkinson will be on blog tour Feb. 22-28, 2009. Please contact me if you are interested in interviewing her.

  12. What a fantastic post! What a great year in reading! Happy New Year and 2009 reading.