Amy's Best Reads of 2008

2008 is coming to a close and now is the time for reflection on the past year's reading. This year was awesome for me...I read my first Chadwick, bonded with the Cheney sisters in Carroll's series, found Gabaldon and Scotland, fell in love with Jamie Frasier, still miss Barbara terribly from the Koen books and Fiona from Tea Rose, mourn sweet Marie-Therese and fell in love with the most endearing characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading in Guernsey. I fell short of my goal of reading 50 books this year, although only by 3. However, quality trumps quantity here, so it's all good. So, here, my dear readers are my most yummy reads of 2008 (in no particular order).
  • When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith
  • Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll
  • The Courtesan by Susan Carroll
  • The Silver Rose by Susan Carroll
  • The Huntress by Susan Carroll
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
  • Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • Drums in Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
  • Through A Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen
  • Now Face to Face by Karleen Koen
  • Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone (non-fiction)
  • The Marsh King's Daughter by Elizabeth Chadwick
  • The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner
  • Within the Fetterlock by Brian Wainwright
  • Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter by Susan Nagel (non-fiction)
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
  • The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer
  • Company of Liars by Karen Maitland


  1. You put on your list a lot of titles that I plan to read in 2009 and now that they made your best list I am really looking forward to reading them (Karleen Koen's books among them).

  2. You have a lot of great books on your list. I love the Outlander series!

  3. Great list Amy! You have lots of my favourites on your list, and some books that I have been meaning to get to for ages as well!

  4. That is a great list -- and right up my alley!

    I have a small OUTLANDER section on my forum -- it's quiet right now (with no new book out) but it's a place to talk about OUTLANDER away from the "big" forums.

    I wonder if anybody who has read OUTLANDER ever disliked Jamie? Everybody I know -- like myself -- fell in love with him!!

  5. Great list! A lot of those books I have either read or plan to read very soon! I am especially excited for the next Susan Carroll book that will be out this year. :)

  6. One of my co workers thinks Jamie is an idiot and doesn't get the attraction. Of course, this coworker is a bloke who actually hasn't read the book, but rather has heard about him from his partner, sisters, coworkers and friends who all swoon over and generally just adore Jamie (including me!)

  7. I'm glad you liked The Last's in my pile to read and I'm going to just savor it!

  8. What a great list! I will have to update my library hold list. Happy New Year!

  9. Lilly: you will not be disappointed with Koen's books - they are fabulous!

    Lynn: I'll have to check your forum out! Michele at A Reader's Respite and I are hosting the 2009 Outlander challenge if you are interested.

    Kailana: me too! I just love those Cheney sisters!

    Marg: sounds like someone's a little jealous!

    Michele - CW is an awesome writer and it's a great story.

  10. I love Karleen Koen's books as well - read them early in 2008.

  11. The Saturday Review at Semicolon this Saturday is dedicated to book lists. You’re invited to share a link to yours on Saturday.


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