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Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

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It's getting close to the end of the year 2009!


And that means its about the time that we at Barnes& start looking at our Best Of lists.


As you can see from last year's feature this year's feature our Best Of lists highlight our favorite books in a number of different literary genres, as well as our favorite DVD's and albums. 


This year, however, we opened it up a bit - meaning that we want you, our community, to get involved and show us your Best of 2008 lists.


Your lists don't have to be confined to literary genres - or even to books released this year, or even to books at all.   You can make a list of the best books that you happened to read this year - or even a list of the best books that you've been meaning to read this year.  And of course more traditional lists - the best mystery books of the year, or the best science fiction, or the best books on current events - are more than welcome.


To participate, use our EssentiaList feature to make your own Best of 2008 lists, and then post them here in this thread.   We'll choose what we think are a few of the best lists, and include them in this year's feature.  Please be sure to include (Best of 2008) in the title of your EssentiaList so that we know its a part of this.  The feature will be going up in early December - which is coming sooner than we all expect - so start making your lists now!


To get us started, here are a couple of my own personal examples - the best books that I read this year and my top 10 albums of the year.   Now its your turn, make your own lists, post them in this thread.  And of course any comments on other peoples' lists are not only welcome, but encouraged!


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Re: Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

Fun! I just completed my Top 10... though I must warn you, only one of the books actually came out this year! :-P


Can't wait to see everyone's list! 

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Re: Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

This is my first offering - Best Books I Read 2008.


I'll probably drum up a few more later.

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Here's my Top 13 Paranormal Fantasy releases of 2008. This has been a remarkable year for paranormal fantasy and if anyone who has never read paranormal fantasy before is interested in delving into this genre that fuses fantasy, mystery, romance and horror, here's a great starter list for you!


1. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison (9780060788704, $24.95)
2. The Iron Hunt by Marjorie Liu (0441016065, $7.99)
3. Legacy by Jeanne Stein (9780441016266, $7.99)
4. The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson (9780060898939, $6.99)
5. Personal Demons by Stacia Kane (9780809572557, $6.99)
6. Storm Born by Richelle Mead (9781420100969, $6.99)
7. Underground by Kat Richardson (9780451462121, $21.95)
8. Hotter Than Hell by Jackie Kessler (9780821781043, $15.00)
9. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (9780441015665, $7.99)
10. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (9780061245091, $6.99)
11. Lord of Bones by Justine Musk (97800451462206, $6.99)
12. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk (9780451462404, $6.99)
13. Ghost Radio by Leopoldo Gout (9780061242687, $25.95)

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I particularly enjoyed reading Eugene Onegin and The Iliad with Laurel's Epics group and Agnes Grey, Northanger Abbey and Rebecca with Melissa's Literature by Women group.  Bentley's leadership of the History group and My Early Life by Winston Churchill made that book interesting to me again and in the Shakespeare group I found Connie's leadership of both Julius Caesar and Macbeth contributed to excellent discussions Jon's moderation of the Current Events club and of Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World has also led to a a number of stimulating discussions.


I find that my enjoyment of books is greatly enhanced by the input and leadership of Reader-Moderators and Moderators/Administrators and have found that without strong leadership the clubs seem to flounder.  In particular, I commend Laurel's superb leadership through some very difficult classic epics, discussions of which, without her guidance, superb research and informed comments, would have fallen by the wayside. 


Thankyou B&N - I am sorry the overseas postage is too expensive for me to buy your books but I do appreciate y'all!





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Re: Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

Here's a link to my favorite books of 2008.



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Re: Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

I've made my list. There are 16 books on it.

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Re: Let's see your personal Best of 2008!

Hi, All!


I've put together a little "EnJOYable in 2008" list.






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Not sure if this is going to work and haven't put too much time into this (on a SHORT break at work) but here goes: