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Reading Review for 2008

In 2008 I read around 190 volumes of manga and graphic novels and 55 books. These estimates might be a bit on the low side, because I sometimes forget to track everything that I’m reading. For books, I think I enjoyed reading Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley books the most, and I still need to read the final volume in the series. I think that will be my first book read in 2009. The worst book I read in 2008 was undoubtedly Breaking Dawn.

New manga series I enjoyed in 2008: Song of the Hanging Sky, Sand Chronicles, High School Debut, and the VIZbig edition of Vagabond. A bunch of series I’ve been reading for a few years ended: Hana Kimi, Basara, and Tramps Like Us. The manga I enjoyed the least were Heavenshield and Yozakura Quartet.

I finally got around to reading Ed Brubaker’s Captain America, and I found it extremely entertaining. I also had my mind blown by the first of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World reprints. Those were the graphic novels I liked the most in 2008.

Books Read, December 2008


Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn
Jeghaala by Steven Brust
King of Sword and Sky by C.L. Wilson (also reread the first 2 books in this series)
Street of Five Moons by Elizabeth Peters
Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmerman


Boys Over Flowers #32
Nana #13
Naruto #1-6
The Wallflower #2
Silver Diamond #1
Sugar Princess: Skating to Win #2
We Were There #1
Castle of Dreams

Books Read, November 2008


This was a brain candy book month.

Dark Side of the Moon and Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Boy Who Followed Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Jane and the Man of the Cloth by Stephanie Barron
Borrower of the Night and Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister

Manga and Graphic Novels

The Dreamer, The Name of the Game, Will Eisner Reader, and To the Heart of the Storm by Will Eisner
Wallflower #1
Afro Samurai #1
Forbidden Dance #1, 3, 4
Apothocarus Argentum #6
Fourth World Omnibus Volume 1 by Jack Kirby
Death of Captain America #2 by Ed Brubaker
Angel’s Coffin by You Higuri
Song of the Hanging Sky #1 and 2
Penguin Revolution #6
Jyu-Oh-Sei #1
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden #7
All Star Superman Volume 1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

Books Read, October 2008


Raising Twins After the First Year: Everything You Need to Know About Bringing Up Twins – from Toddlers to Preteens by Karen Gottesman – This book was not very useful.
The Talented Mr Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game by Patricia Highsmith

I think I read another book or two, but I forgot to write them down.

Manga and Graphic Novels

Honey and Clover #2
Sugar Princess Skating to Win #1
Kyo Kara MAOH! #1
Make Love and Peace #1
Skip Beat #14
High School Debut #5
Tail of the Moon #12
Kitchen Princess #7 and #8
Shinobi Life #1
Black Jack#1
Boys over Flowers #31
Venus in Love #4
Nana #12
Her Majesty’s Dog #10
Death of Captain America #2

Books Read, August 2008


Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
A Sherrilyn Kenyon book, I forget the title
Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old by Louise Bates Ames and Frances L. Ilg

Manga & Graphic Novels

One Pound Gospel #1
Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes
Kiichi and the Magic Books #1
High School Debut #4
Skip Beat #13
Nana #10
Fruits Basket #20
Death of Captain America Book 1
Minima! #1
Mixed Vegetables #1
Zot! Black & White Collection
Your and My Secret #2
Genju no Seiza #1
Suppli #3
Queen’s Knight #12

Books Read, July 2008

I was on vacation for a good chunk of this month, so I read a ton of light and fluffy books.


The Devil’s Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe
Cast in Courtlight and Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara
Night World Vol 1 by L.J. Smith (Secret Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Spellbinder)
5 of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books
Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron

Manga and Graphic Novels

Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker
Yurara #5
Monkey High #2
Love Master A #1
Short Sunzen #1
Walkin’ Butterfly #3
Tail of the Moon #11

Books Read, June 2008


Simply Divine by Wendy Holden
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Sharing Knife Trilogy (Beguilement, Legacy, and Passage) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Manga and Graphic Novels

High School Debut #3
Nana #10
Tail of the Moon #11
Venus in Love #3
Boys Over Flowers #29
Love Attack #1, 2
Nephilim #1
Short Suzen #1
Basara #27
Skip Beat #12
Sand Chronicles #2
Gorgeous Life of Strawberry Chan #1
Queen’s Knight #11
Y The Last Man #1-10
Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story (reread)
Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 2: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven

Books Read, May 2008


Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
Farm Fatale and Azur Like It by Wendy Holden

Manga and Graphic Novels

Fullmetal Alchemist #14, 15
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne #4, 5, 6, 7
Pretty Face #1
One Piece #1
Demon Diary #1
Fairy Tail #1
Cardcaptor Sakura #4
Jack of Fables #1, 2