Susan’s Book Talk — 2008 Roundup (Part 2)


Yeah. Did you like that rant?

Okay, on to the best of the 87 books Susan read last year. Instead of doing this in my usual Book Talk method, I’m actually going to list ’em. Sort of boring, I know, but after that last book I wrote about, it’s all I can handle.

Be smart and read these:
State of the Onion — Julie Hyzy
St. Barts Breakdown — Don Bruns
A Day of Small Beginnings — Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum
Bad Blood — Linda Fairstein
Disobedience — Naomi Alderman
Nine Princes in Amber — Roger Zelazny
Master — Colette Gale
The Rabbi’s Cat 2 — Joann Sfar
Jinx — Jennifer Estep
The Weather Warden Series — Rachel Caine
Killer Solo — David Hiltbrand
Bobbie Faye’s (very very very) Bad Day — Toni McGee Causey
The Rapture of Canaan — Sheri Reynolds
Dancing with Werewolves — Carole Nelson Douglas
The Vlad Taltos series — Steven Brust
The Kommandant’s Girl — Pam Jenoff
George and the Virgin — Lisa Cach
Sweet Man is Gone — Peggy Ehrhart
War for the Oaks — Emma Bull
Making Chase — Lauren Dane
Stray — Rachel Vincent
Parable of the Sower — Octavia E. Butler
The Last Days of Dogtown — Anita Diamant
Life Without Music — Jeanette Clinkenbroomer
Murphy’s Law — Rhys Bowen
Club Dead and Dead to the World — Charlaine Harris
A Blessing on the Moon — Joseph Skibell
What A Scoundrel Wants — Carrie Lofty
Intimate Beings — Jessica Inclan

So. That’s 29 books I think everyone ought to read. You’ll note I didn’t rave about all of them here on the blog. That’s not because the books aren’t worthy; they are. It’s that time and space are limited. You all know how that is… you’re living it right along with me.

On to 2009, which currently is watching me read Greg Iles’ 24 Hours. It’s nice to see the good guys beat up on the bad ones.

Keep on reading, my friends. Keep me posted of the good stuff you’re discovering and I shall continue to do the same…



  1. Shelley Munro

    January 4, 2009 3:08 pm

    I’ve read a few of these, mostly the paranormal ones. The first book I read this year, Wicked Burn by Beth Kery was wonderful. A hot contemporary with characters that leapt off the page. Beth’s book was a great start to my reading year. 🙂

  2. Susan

    January 4, 2009 3:20 pm

    Aargh. As if my Wish list isn’t long enough!

  3. Thomma Lyn

    January 4, 2009 5:34 pm

    Looks like a great list of books — argh, my “Books To Read / To Acquire” gets longer all the time!

  4. Pam

    January 4, 2009 8:10 pm

    This is awesome simply because I’ve never heard of any of these! LOL!

    Bookmarking for future reference…

  5. Jen

    January 4, 2009 9:14 pm

    I haven’t read any of those books. I have been looking for some good recommendations so now I have a whole bunch. Thank you and my brain thanks you. Where do you find time to read so much?

  6. Anne

    January 4, 2009 9:14 pm

    Thank you so much for the list! I will have to check them out.

  7. Don Bruns

    January 5, 2009 7:58 am

    It’s nice to be in such good company. I hope the 2009 books make your list as well! Have a great year!

    Don Bruns

  8. Wylie

    January 5, 2009 10:48 am

    Glad to see the Anita Diamant on the list. I haven’t read it yet, but really enjoyed her Red Tent a few years back.

  9. Susan

    January 5, 2009 10:53 am

    I’ve actually read all three of her novels, Wylie. This was by far the best. (I’ve also read some of her non-fiction, by coincidence)

    Nice of you to drop in, Don! If I can help get your name out in any other way, don’t hesitate to give a holler.

  10. Amy Ruttan

    January 5, 2009 3:42 pm

    I have Rapture of Caanan on my list. Haven’t read it yet, I have too many books to read at the moment and no time to read.

    Something I hope to change this year.

  11. Alice Audrey

    January 5, 2009 4:24 pm

    I used to be a total Zelazny fan – read every Amber book I could get my hands on. Last year I picked up something from his backlist that wasn’t Amber, and didn’t like it at all. I’m not even sure why.

  12. Ivanhoe

    January 6, 2009 10:45 am

    I love Amber series by Roger Zelazny! I have them all in Czech language. Maybe I should get the English versions now ;o)

  13. Darlene

    January 7, 2009 5:15 pm

    Susan, I left you an award on my blog today. Check it out.

  14. Yvonne

    January 8, 2009 9:12 am

    Great list, Susan. I’ve only read the first book in the Sookie Sookhouse series, but I have the others in my TBR and I’m glad to see they made your list. Estep was another author I’ve been wanting to try.

    Have a great day!

  15. Anna

    January 14, 2009 3:10 pm

    I loved The Kommandant’s Girl. Have you read the sequel, The Diplomat’s Wife? Loved that one, too.

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