December 17th, 2008

books

book recs for the new year?

I had resolved to read more books this year. By which I mean things-already-published-not-in-manuscript-form. My clients had other ideas. I sure do love reading their stories (even if I take absolutely no joy from taunting my friends that happen to also be fans...) In any case, I didn't read as much as I would have liked (with the exception of my two-week vacation this summer.) So, I am going to re-resolve for next year and see if I do better. But there's currently over 600 books in my TBR pile (because I keep acquiring them whether I have time to read them or not). So, without knowing exactly what is in that pile, I am asking for book recommendations to see what everyone else has been reading and if there's a cross-section between that and what I already own. Or if there's something I really should have and don't.

In case, you were wondering, the pile has science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, mysteries, romance, YA, historicals.... well, pretty much a wide variety of fiction (there's some nonfiction titles too, but we'll leave those aside for now). A sample of non-client books I enjoyed this year included:

*Scott Westerfeld's Uglies
*Graffiti Girl by Kelley Parra
*The Bone Key by Sarah Monette
*The Thieves of Faith by Richard Doetsch
*No One Heard Her Scream by Jordan Dane
*Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip

So.... tell me - what were the top 3 books that you read this year* (they don't necessarily need to have been published in 2008)? If you have time to tell me _why_ those are your choices that will help me build a reading list, too.

*And if your top 3 books include one of my client's books, I'd love to hear it! But they won't count towards the list I'm building.