Posts from ‘December, 2008’

Top ten reads in 2008

2008 has been an amazing year of reading for me. Thanks to the Internet I have read many more great books than in other years. In fact about five of my all time top ten will come from books read (but not necessarily published) in 2008. In previous years, I picked books from the shelves of […]

Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

Books Before Blogging Review I finished this book about six months ago, and remember it as a beautifully written, well researched book, with a great ending. It is set during the American depression, and centres around Jacob, who finds himself working for a circus after he is unexpectedly orphaned. Life in the circus is described so […]

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Books Before Blogging Review I finished reading this book about 8 months ago, and I remember it as an interesting, insightful book about life as a hermaphrodite. The book spans eight decades, and three generations of a Greek family who migrate to America in the 1920s. The main plot is told by 41-year-old Cal, who […]

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Booker Prize in 1993. It is the first Roddy Doyle book I have read, so I didn’t really know what to expect.  It follows Paddy Clarke, as he grows up in 1960’s Dublin, witnessing the break down of his parent’s marriage He has a real talent for being able […]

Friday Finds – Count the Petals of the Moon

I saw Count the Petals of the Moon Daisy, by Martin Kirb, listed as someone’s favourite read of 2008, so had a quick look on Amazon, and saw it had some great reviews. I’ve added it to my wish list, and will try to get hold of a copy in 2009. Has anyone else read it? […]

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