Saturday Review of Books: January 3, 2009

I love reading another reader’s list of favorites. Even when I find I do not share their tastes or predilections, I am provoked to compare, contrast, and contradict. It is a most healthy exercise, and one altogether fruitful.
~T.S. Eliot

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Review of Books.

Here’s how it usually works. Find a review on your blog posted sometime this week of a book you’re reading or a book you’ve read. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can just write your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Now post a link here to the specific post where you’ve written your book review. Don’t link to your main blog page because this kind of link makes it hard to find the book review, especially when people drop in later after you’ve added new content to your blog. In parentheses after your name, add the title of the book you’re reviewing. This addition will help people to find the reviews they’re most interested in reading.

However, this week only, SATURDAY, January 3rd, will be a special edition of the Saturday Review of Books especially for booklists. You can link to a list of your favorite books read in 2008, a list of all the books you read in 2008, a list of the books you plan to read in 2009, or any other end of the year or beginning of the year list of books. Whatever your list, it’s time for book lists. So link to yours.

(Yes, you can still link to a review of an individual book.)

1. Laura (Books read in 2008)
2. Laura (Abbreviated reading list for 2009)
3. Laura (A Place on Earth)
4. Carrie, Reading to Know (2008 Reading List)
5. Jennifer, Snapshot (Reflections)
6. Manders (the 2008 book list)
7. Moomin Light (Best books read in 2008)
8. Anne (Books Read in 2008)
9. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Bookish Plans for 2009)
10. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (Best Books of 2008)
11. 3M (Best of 2008)
12. At A Hen\’s Pace (Books Read in 2008–Annotated)
13. 3M (Books read in 2008)
14. 3M (Reading Challenges of 2008)
15. Amy @ My Friend Amy (Best Books of 2008)
16. Heidi @ Mt Hope (reading round-up 2008)
17. Heidi @ Mt Hope (booklist 2009)
18. gautami tripathy (Book to be read in the new year)
19. gautami tripathy (Top picks of 2008)
20. Sandra (Books Read in 2008)
21. Sandra (Library Books tbr)
22. Carrie K. (Reading Wrap-Up 2008)
23. Carrie K. (2009 TBR Challenge)
24. Farm Lane Books (Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha)
25. Farm Lane Books (Top ten of 2008)
26. Sandra (Books TBR in 2009)
27. Alessandra (Books read in 2008)
28. Alessandra (An Abundance of Katherines)
29. Kim (2008 reading list)
30. Lazygal (Lilley & Chase)
31. Lazygal (The Magician\’s Book)
32. Lazygal (2008 Wrap-up)
33. melydia (The Romance Reader)
34. melydia (The Reader)
35. melydia (Frankenstein)
36. melydia (Free Culture)
37. melydia (Special Topics in Calamity Physics)
38. melydia (Books reads in 2008)
39. Stephen (Books Read in 2008)
40. Belinda (Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus)
41. Belinda (TBR Fiction List)
42. Belinda (TBR Non-Fiction)
43. Janet (Books read in 2008)
44. Janet (TBR in 2009)
45. Julie D.
46. SFP (Favorites of 2008)
47. Krakovianka (Overview of 2008)
48. Krakovianka (Best of 2008)
49. Janie @ Seasonal Soundings (\’09 Reading)
50. Shonda (A Rose from the Dead)
51. Nicole (Linus\’s Blanket)
52. Joy (Best Reads of 2008)
53. Beth F (Twilight at Monticello)
54. Beth F (The Dead of the Night)
55. Beth F (The Demon of River Heights)
56. DebD (End of Year Miscellany)
57. SmallWorld Reads (Reading Year in Review)
58. SmallWorld Reads (Amateur Marriage)
59. SmallWorld Reads (The Namesake)
60. SmallWorld Reads (Ever-Growing TBR List)
61. DebD (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)
62. Rachel (Look Me in the Eye:My Life with Asperger\’s)
63. Melissa (Hunger Games)
64. Carl V. (Year in Review)
65. Sarah M., LH (Mrs \’Arris Goes to New York)
66. Sarah M., LH (Journey To the Center of the Earth)
67. Sarah M., LH (The Seven Dials Mystery)
68. Sarah M., LH (Book List 2008)
69. Carol (Brobdingnagian Book List)
70. Carol (Quotes from 2008 Favorite Books)
71. Mindy Withrow (A Year in Books [books written/books read]))
72. Framed (2008 Reflections)
73. blacklin(100 Reading Challenge 2009)
74. blacklin(Just After Sunset)
75. Laura (My 2009 list)
76. blacklin(The Mystery Of The Mad Science Teacher)
77. Bookeywookey (American Gods)
78. Bookeywookey (The Archivist\’s Story)
79. Barbara H.
80. Bookeywookey (Man in the Holocene)
81. Noel (Best of 2008: Youth Fiction)
82. Noel (2008 Overview)
83. Beth F (2009 TBR)
84. Beth F (summary of 2008)
85. MFS (The year of reading slowly)
86. MFS (2008: The List)
87. Fireside Musings (Final Thoughts)
88. Page Turner (Books read in 2008)
89. Sage (Skin Tight)
90. Page Turner (TBR List – in progress)
91. Captive Thoughts (Books We\’d Like to Read)
92. Page Turner (Rebecca by du Maurier)
93. S. Krishna (Royal Escape)
94. S. Krishna (Shelter Me)
95. S. Krishna (The Quiche of Death)
96. S. Krishna (A Thousand Splendid Suns)
97. S. Krishna (The Charlemagne Pursuit)
98. She is Too Fond of Books (The Fruite of My Lipstick)
99. Book Chatter (Tea For Ruby)
100. Book Chatter (Cane River)
101. Book Chatter (True Notebooks)
102. Book Psmith
103. gautami tripathy (2008 reviews post)
104. Ruth (Books read in 2008)
105. Memory (2008 In Review)
106. Memory (Most Anticipated Releases of 2009)
107. Charlotte (2009 books I\’m looking forward to)
108. Rebecca Reads (2008 in Review)
109. Jen Robinson (Graceling – A Top Pick for 2008)
110. Onomatopoeias and Exclamations (Lily\’s Crossing)
111. Robin of My Two Blessings (My Lists)
112. Becky (The Toddler Bible)
113. Becky (In Company of Secrets)
114. Becky (Word of Promise Next Generation Audio New Testament)
115. Becky (What is God Like)
116. Becky (Need)
117. Becky (Hate That Cat)
118. Becky (Love That Dog)
119. Becky (IN My Hands)
120. bookworm
121. Brilynne
122. Danielle best reads of 2008)
123. Jocelyn\’s Best Books Read in 2008
124. At Home With Books (2008 Best Reads List)
125. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit 2008-2009)
126. The Book Lady\’s Blog (Who By Fire)
127. The Book Lady\’s Blog (The Remains of the Day)
128. Robin of My Two Blessings (Salvation in Death)
129. Ravenous Reader
130. Marg (the Stats)
131. Deanna (Books Read in 2008)
132. Deanna (Challenges Completed and Challenges for 2009)
133. Steph
134. Word Lily (Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)
135. Word Lily (The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists)
136. Word Lily (The Mighty Queens of Freeville)
137. John Mutford (Visiting Hours)
138. John Mutford (Yellowknife)
139. Melissa Wiley (This year\’s Daddy books)
140. Nymeth (things mean a lot)
141. JoAnn
142. Sheila (books read in 2008)
143. Write Pudding
144. Claytonius
145. The Old Coot (books read in \’08)
146. Rachel/Inscriptions
147. OhBeCareful (Books Read in 2008)
148. Darla D (Golden Hammock Awards)
149. Amy Letinsky (Women\’s Gift Books from 2008 ish)
150. Angela (Dozen Worthwhile Books)
151. RIck Saenz (12 Books I Need to Read)
152. Lynda (Worthwhile Reading Challenge)
153. Lisa May (let me look at that book)
154. Jennifer (Best and Worst books read in 08)
155. Fleur (The Likeness)
156. Fleur (Top 12 for 2008)
157. Carey @ The Tome Traveller\’s Weblog (The King\’s Daughter)

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22 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books: January 3, 2009

  1. Thank you, and Happy New Year!

  2. Kim

    I am new posting for this event and look forward to joining again on a regular basis. Thanks for hosting Sherry–I love all your lists you have posted. Lots of fun stuff to read through.
    Happy New Year–
    (page after page)

  3. I’m new also…and did it wrong the first time! I put my general blog link instead of the book review link. 🙁 Here’s the correct link for Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus ( Sherry, love your blog. Glad to have come across it. Happy New Year! B.

  4. Great idea and I love the quote!

  5. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement, Sherry! I hope this year to visit more regularly and read more than last. 🙂

  6. Great idea for this weekend’s review. Thanks for the invite, I appreciate it.

  7. I don’t know how I’m going to pull myself away from the computer. I love lists– booklists not grocery lists–and feel like I’m entering a danger zone. But it is the delicious danger of adding more books to my reading lists.

    Thanks for being the best host, Sherry!

    Carol in Oregon (Magistra Mater)

    I linked two lists: my completed reading for 2008 and selected quotes from my favorite books of 2008.

  8. Happy New Year. I added my list and another review I did this week.

  9. Happy New Year! Thanks again for letting us link here. And now I have tons of books to choose from to add to my TBR list. Cool. . .

  10. ted

    Happy New Year!

  11. Thanks for setting this up, Sherry.

  12. Ti

    Hello there! Happy 2009 to you! I just posted three reviews to Mr. Linky. Thanks for doing this. I make a lot of new blogger friends by posting reviews here. Have a good weekend.

  13. Good morning everyone. I am new to Saturday review and look forward to kicking off my weekends here. I left the link to the books I read in 2008 and subsequent posts contain commentary on what I read. Happy reading to you all in 2009.

  14. great idea, happy new year 🙂

  15. Thanks! I love year-end lists!

  16. I added mine, but failed to add the title of the entry after my name (2008 in Books). Sorry. *blush*

  17. Love this idea!

  18. Hmm, a link to a recent post of mine has been added here (#147 – Ohbecareful), but I’m not the one who added it. Kinda strange. It’s not really a big deal — and I doubt it was done with malicious intent — but thought you might want to know.

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