ABC’s Favorite Books of 2008 (S – T + 2E)

Yay, more Best Reads 2008 from my colleagues!

It’s the penultimate list, so have a good look at what Steven (Special Order Department Whipcracker), Tiemen (Jack of All Trades and all round Nice Guy ™, Amsterdam), Tjeerd (Lady of the House, Special Order Department, Amsterdam) and Eefje (New Age/Consciousness buyer, Customer Service Idol, Den Haag) have to offer…  Find out who digs potato peels, who likes drag queens, who enjoys sci-fi, and who has been reading forgotten classics.

Edit:  One other Top 5 came in under the radar, which I’m including here!  Thank you Ester (Movie Checker, Manga, Art, Horror, Classics Buyer, Den Haag) for finding some time in your hectic month to mail them through…

Thanks to all those colleagues who sent something in – I love to read about what everyone else is reading!  Although this year there’s not one clear favorite, methinks.

After the jump!


1. The Definitive Book of Body Language, Allan & Barbara Pease
So interesting that I am reading it a second time.

2. I Am Not Myself These Days, Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Drunken drag queen meets cokehead male prostitute and romance ensues.  (Steven also reviewed Kilmer-Purcell’s second book, Candy Everybody Wants.)

3. Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East, Brian Whitaker
Fascinating and topical topic.  (Steven, a star staff reviewer as you can see, also wrote a review about Gay Travels in the Muslim World, a book with a similar topic.)

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, Joss Whedon
The ‘Official’ Graphic Novel Sequel to the Cult Favorite Series.

5. Michael Tolliver Lives!, Armistead Maupin
A semi-sequel to the much-loved Tales of the City Books.  (Reviewed right here!)

SFX – Geeky news about fantasy and SciFi.


1. Watership Down – Richard Adams
2. Anathem – Neal Stephenson
3. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
4. Madame Bovary – Gustav Flaubert
5. Old Man’s War – John Scalzi


Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
Swimming in a Sea of Death by David Rieff
Henry James: The Young Master by Sheldon Novick
Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
The Last Medici by Harold Acton


1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Schaffer
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
3. The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris (also known as The Girl With No Shadow)(the book, not Harris)
4. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
5. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh


1. Water sign – Kieron Connolly (not well-known Irish writer – should get credit!)
2. The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman (very impressive graphic novel)
3. Train_man 1 t/m 3 – Hara (manga series of 3 volumes:  happened for real and very humoristically told and drawn)
4. Elements of style – Wendy Wasserstein (not many books leave me in tears)
5. Urasawa’s Monster 1 t/m 4 – Urasawa (manga series of 18 volumes: totally want to read them all)

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