Books I 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


  1. I read “The Kabul Beauty School” and loved it.

    I’m about to start A Thousand Splendid Suns, and I have high hopes for it because the Kite Runner was such a gripping read!

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 9:05 am #
  2. LOVED “I Was Told There’d Be Cake”! Good call.

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 9:39 am #
  3. Cool! Now we need a list of your favorites:)

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 10:52 am #
  4. I am always fascinated by your year end lists. You read so much non-fiction and that just amazes me (plus I always find great non-fictions from your list and I almost always read some of yours the next year, so thank you for that.)

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 10:57 am #
  5. Read more fiction.

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 11:01 am #
  6. Sagan: I already said in the post what my favorites were! (I just listed the numbers in the list though, I was lazy.) :)

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 11:22 am #
  7. Happy New Year to you! :)

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 11:37 am #
  8. I wanna read so many of these…moose is the first on (next one?) on my list!

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm #
  9. Wow, you read a lot! I get quite a few books finished when on vacation, but other than that I struggle to finish my book club book each month!

    The only one on your list I’ve read is “The Geography of Bliss.”

    Posted January 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm #
  10. LOVED Kite Runner! Actually, I didn’t read it, but had the audio book and saw the movie! I’ve been wanting to read “A Thousand Splendid Suns” but have not gotten around to it yet!!!

    Happy New Year! :)

    Posted January 2, 2009 at 10:56 am #
  11. Amazingly, I think we only have one book in common – Sloane Crosleys.

    Posted January 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm #
  12. I am so impressed! My count for 2008 is only 19! (Although that is more than one a month; which I’m impressed to discover!)

    Posted January 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm #
  13. i love both of khalded hosseni’s book, so amazing! i’ll definitely have to check out some of that non fiction you read too.

    Posted January 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm #