2008

Year in Review

This year featured two of our most-loved books: Great Expectations and All Quiet on the Western Front. Both sit highly in the favourite titles from 10 Lovely Years, the only year to feature twice in that list. Other titles are also memorable: Death and the Penguin and The Big Sleep are particularly well-regarded by the group, with The Stars My Destination acting as foil for those sceptical towards sci-fi.

Rating Table 2008

Title Rating Owner
1 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 3.38 Anthony
2 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque 2.48 Catherine
3 Death and the Penguin by Andrew Kurkov 2.25 John
4 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler 1.80 Anthony
5 Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones 0.90 Baljit
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester 0.90 DKB
7 December Heat by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza 0.45 EmmaJ
The Prime Minister: The Job and Its Holders Since 1945 by Peter Hennessy 0.45 Baljit
9 Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg 0.34 DKB
10 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 0.23 Kay

Complete Selection 2008

Books Read in 2008 include:

December – DKB

  • Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg
  • Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

November – Anthony

  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Man is Wolf to Man: Surviving Stalin’s Gulag by Janusz Bardach
  • The Fifth Child by Doris May Lessing

October – EmmaJ

  • Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk
  • Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
  • The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield

September – Kay

  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
  • What We Are Made Of by Thomas Hettche
  • A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd

August – Baljit

  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

July – DKB

  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Starship Troopers  by Robert A. Heinlein

June – Catherine

  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  • Emigrants by W.G. Sebald

May – John

  • Death and the Penguin by Andrew Kurkov
  • Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

April – Anthony

  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor
  • A Country Doctor’s Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov

March – EmmaJ

  • December Heat by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargos Llosa

February – Kay

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Shutterspeed by Erwin Mortier
  • At the Edge of Light by Maria Peura

January – Baljit

  • The Prime Minister: The Job and Its Holders Since 1945 by Peter Hennessy
  • Blair’s Britain, 1997-2007 by Anthony Seldon
  • More Time for Politics: Diaries 2001-2007 by Tony Benn