Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008: The Year in Review

Well 2008 was a busy year all around. Read oodles of books, reviewed oodles of books and started this blog. Met tons of fabulous folks. Thank you all for visiting and sharing you passion for reading.

Random 2008 Statistics:
  • Read 247 books by 178 authors
  • Average 20.5 books per month
  • Most read author - Richelle Mead (5 titles)
  • Reviewed 113 books since July 1
Here is a summary of the books I enjoyed the most this year in no particular order. Most of the titles were originally published in 2008 but some earlier ones may have snuck in, but in any case that’s when I read them.


Favourite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
  1. Bond of Darkness by Diane Whiteside
  2. Break of Dawn by Chris Marie Green
  3. Brimstone Kiss by Carole Nelson Douglas
  4. Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn
  5. Dead Reign by T.A. Pratt
  6. Demon Bound by Meljean Brook
  7. Dragon Wytch by Yasmine Galenorn
  8. From Dead to Worse Charlaine Harris
  9. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
  10. Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
  11. Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
  12. Lover Enshrined by J.R.Ward
  13. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
  14. Night Season by Eileen Wilks
  15. Sea Fever by Virginia Kantra
  16. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
  17. Spectre by Phaedra Weldon
  18. The Bleeding Dusk by Colleen Gleason
  19. The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta
  20. The Mark of the Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill
  21. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
  22. The Wild Road by Marjorie Liu
  23. Touch of Darkness by C.T.Adams & Cathy Clamp
  24. Twilight Fall by Lynn Viehl
  25. Underground by Kat Richardson
Favourite Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Debuts
  1. Dead to Me by Anton Strout
  2. Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
  3. Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
  4. My Wicked Enemy by Carolyn Jewel
  5. Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake

Favourite Paranormal Romance Comedy

  • Real Vampires Get Lucky
Favourite Steampunk Fantasy
  • Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
Favourite Fantasy Debuts
  1. Gordath Wood by Patrice Sarath
  2. The Cipher by Diana Pharoah Francis
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Favourite Urban Fantasy – Young Adults

  1. Bite Me by Parker Blue
  2. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  3. Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
  4. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
  5. Untamed by P. C. & Kristin Cast

Favourite Science Fiction – Young Adults

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Favourite Anthology

  • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
Science Fiction
  • Emissaries from the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro
  1. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
  2. Heroes Adrift by Moira J.Moore
  3. Ink and Steel by Elizabeth Bear
  4. The Queen’s Bastard by C.E. Murphy
  5. The Sharing Knife: Passage by Lois McMaster Bujold

Most Disappointing Urban Fantasy Novel of 2008

  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

Most Read Reviews on SciFiGuy
(ranked by Google Analytics)

  1. Wolfsbane and Mistletoe
  2. Untamed by Pc Cast Kristin Cast
  3. City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  4. Blood Memories by Barb Hendee
  5. Dark Harvest by Lynda Hilburn
  6. Swallowing Darkness by Laurell K. Hamilton
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  8. Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  9. One Bite With a Stranger by Christine Warren
  10. Midnights Daughter by Karen Chance



  1. Hey, just wanted to let you know that your Hendee link goes to Hilburn's review. I've read most of the books on your list, but there are a few I plan to check out. Happy New Year!

  2. Yay! I'm on the list! Did you get the black ship? I sent it a bit before xmas.

    Glorious New Year!

  3. Hey Scooper thanks for the heads up on that. Happy New Year !

    Hi Diana. Black Ship's not here yet but now that Xmas is past I am pretty sure the Canadian Post Awful will be catching up. Probably will show up next week. I'll let you know once it hits my doorstep. Happy New Year!

  4. What a list! *grin*

    Have a happy and healthy New Year!

  5. That is a huge amount of books! Very cool. Now I'm off to google Steampunk Fantasy :)

  6. What a list of books! If I can managed half that amount in 2009 I'll count myself lucky. Looking forward to plenty more from you next year - keep up the excellent work!

  7. Not sure if my comment went through so I'm resending this:

    I've read about half of the books on your list. I just checked out the ones I've not read and just added Bond of Darkness, Touch of Darkness, Magic to the Bone, and Untamed to my Amazon shopping cart. Yea, more new books to read!

  8. Kimberley a good year indeed and another exciting one to come now that I am in my groove:)

    Mo steampunk is great. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to try some.

    Hagelrat all the best to you and yours.

    Hey Mark and I need you to keep me current with what's up with SF while I do the UF and PNR thing.

    FantasyBookLover I loved all those titles. Keep in mind they are all series novels so they are best enjoyed if you've read the earlier volumes. Magic to the Bone of course is a debut novel but starts a new series.

  9. Pleased to make one of your lists!

    Thanks... some good company on them as well.

  10. Wow. Just wow. Thanks for building up such an excellent resource - you should feel a great sense of accomplishment for 2008 and I'm looking forward to what you have planned this coming year. It's been fun watching your site evolve and grow. Best of luck! ~Gwen

  11. Hey Anton thanks for stopping by. Loved the book and am looking forward to Deader Still next month.

    Hi Gwen - Happy New Year and thanks for the encouraging words. I really hope this is your breakthrough year. I'd like to be able to review you :)

  12. Thanks! (Me too, lol.)

    At the rate you're goin', by the time I get published you'll be back-booked 6 mos with galleys!

  13. Thanks so much for including Nightwalker on your list. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

    Jocelynn Drake

  14. Hi Jocelynn Nightwalker was one of the debut highlights of 2008. Definitely looking forward to Daywalker and more of Danaus and Mira.

  15. Happy New Year to you! And to me. I'm so glad you enjoyed Sea Fever.

  16. Hi Virginia, Sea Fever was definitely a favourite last year (as was Sea Witch). Looking forward to Sea Lord in May.

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