Read in 2008

This is my (incomplete, sorry) book list for 2008. I also fill in the gaps with the New Yorker, Artforum, Mothering, Martha Stewart Living , Dwell, KoreAm, and Vogue – as far as print goes. Damn, I get a lot of magazines… To view my cyber reading habits, look under my Links page. You can see my Books Read 2007 list here.

  1. The Diamond Cutter: The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life by Geshe Michael Roach.
  2. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child by Thomas Verny, M.D., with John Kelly
  3. Getting Things Done by David Allen (just finished it for a second time)
  4. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin (excellent inspirational reading for expecting mothers)
  5. Any Place I Hang My Hat by Susan Isaacs (fast, fun read)
  6. Away by Amy Bloom
  7. Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (abandoned this one because I didn’t want to read about somebody killing her mother while I was pregnant)
  8. And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  9. Human Wishes by Robert Hass (poetry)
  10. Birthing from Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz
  11. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond (on audio)
  12. And Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  13. The Golden Spruce by John Valliant
  14. A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown
  15. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
  16. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  17. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer
  18. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  19. Speed Cleaning by Jeff Campbell and the Clean Team
  20. Diaper Free: The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene by Ingrid Bauer
  21. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  22. All’s Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  23. Nellcott is my Darling by Golda Fried
  24. In Revere, In Those Days by Roland Merullo
  25. Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
  26. Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy

I used to meet with a bookclub once a month in Palm Desert, California – we were mostly teachers and one school psychologist. I read with them for only a year, but they have been meeting for several years. You can see their complete book list here.
Other Book Lists

Caryn is a French-speaking, tree-hugging, yoga-teaching brainiac who happens to reside in Joshua Tree. She also writes poetry and crusades against insensitivity around the world. If you are curious as to what she’s feeding her brain, you can check out her current reading list here.

And here you can find a Best 100 Novels list by Random House. There are actually two lists: one by the board and one by readers.

Literary Blogs

The Elegant Variation – a blog written by LA-based writer Mark Sarvas. He has the reputation of being a jerk, but I don’t know yet if that rap is merited. His blog looks interesting and smart, and he covers substantial literary ground. His blog also been noticed and awarded things on both sides of the Atlantic.