Books Read in 2008

For the sixth year in a row, here are all the books I read this year. (I read 34 books this year and 31 last year, so it seems I’m pretty consistent.)

(Previous lists can be found here: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003.)

They’re listed in the order I read them, except for the two fiction books which I listed separately at the bottom. My favorite nonfiction books were #’s 4, 16, 20, 25, and 32. The two fiction books by Khaled Hosseini were both excellent as well.


1. Every Second Counts, by Lance Armstrong

2. Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And
How You Can Too
, by Shauna James Ahern

3. Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, by Phoebe Damrosch

4. See You in a Hundred Years: Four Seasons in Forgotten America, by Logan Ward

5. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan

6. The Lady in the Palazzo: At Home in Umbria, by Marlena de Blasi

7. Not That You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions, by Steve Almond

8. Living in a Foreign Language: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Love in Italy, by Michael Tucker

9. Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, by Aimee Liu

10. Cheer!: Three Teams on a Quest for College Cheerleading’s Ultimate Prize, by Kate Torgovnick

11. Bitter is the New Black, by Jen Lancaster

12. The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York, by Chandler Burr

13. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, by Eric Weiner

14. Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir, by Jennette Fulda

15. Pretty Is What Changes: Impossible Choices, The Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny, by Jessica Queller

16. Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics’ Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams, by Jennifer Sey

17. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, by Mary Roach

18. Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, by Bella DePaulo

19. C’est La Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and–Voila!–Becomes Almost French, by Suzy Gershman

20. Honeymoon with My Brother: A Memoir, by Franz Wisner

21. Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?: A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics, and Professional Hedonism, by Thomas Kohnstamm

22. I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley

23. Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me, by Ben Karlin

24. Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer, by Jen Lancaster

25. The Kabul Beauty School: The Art of Friendship and Freedom, by Deborah Rodriguez

26. Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress, by Debra Ginsberg

27. Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, by Stephanie Klein

28. Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited, by Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein

29. Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone, by Beth Lisick

30. Don’t Let The Lipstick Fool You: The Making of a Champion, by Lisa Leslie

31. The Woman Who Can’t Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science, by Jill Price

32. Madness: A Bipolar Life, by Marya Hornbacher


33. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

34. A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

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