The Year in Reading: January 2008

Thus beginneth the review of my year of reading.

2008 was a pretty good reading year. I read forty-five books, of which twenty-two were fiction and twenty-three nonfiction. This is pretty similar to my tally for 2007, which you can read about here.

Now, let’s dig into the detail. Thanks to LibraryThing, I’m able to compile a quick ‘n’ easy list of books read in 2008. I’ve noted the title, author, publication year, fiction/nonfiction, and how many stars I gave the book out of five.  Starting with —


The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America Are Winning the Culture War, Dan Gilgoff, pub. 2007, NF ****

  • A rare and in-depth look at how the Dobson empire operates. Despite recent setbacks, look for FotF to continue to be a powerful player in local and national politics.

Shakespeare: The World as Stage (Eminent Lives), Bill Bryson, pub. 2007, NF *****

  • Great overview of Shakespeare’s life and times — with emphasis on how much we know of his times and how little of his life.

Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, David Michaelis, pub. 2007, NF *****

  • A stand-out biography of a complex man whose influence on modern pop culture is underappreciated only because it is so ubiquitous.

Beginner’s Greek: A Novel, James Collins, pub. 2008, F ***

  • Collins’ favorite author is Trollope, and he’s been compared to Austen. I look forward to reading his next. Will it be another comedy of manners?

One Response

  1. I remember seeing the Shultz cover and thinking it was adorable, but I had seen anyone review it! I’m not much for memoirs, but you make it sound intriguing, I’m thinking about adding it to my TBR pile…

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