Book Bloggers Top 10 of 2008!

For Weekly Geeks #19, Dewey had instructed us to pick our top 10 books that were published 2008. The plan was to have everyone contribute their lists and then figure out what the top 10 picks were.  Well, 69 different book reviewer bloggers responded and we ended up with over 300 books nominated.  Needless to say, there were a ton of “1 voted” nominations.

For the last two weeks, those 332 books were up on the block and the call went out to all readers to come and cast their vote.

With over 16 different genres represented, there were a ton of options to chose from.  In fact, there were over 1300 individual voters who cast a vote, so there’s no question about it…the readers have spoken.  Here are the results of the first Book Bloggers Top 10 of 2008!  (on a side note, if you want to know which books out of all 332 were voted on the most, stick around to the end).


  1. The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer & Nicoletta Ceccoli (52%)
  2. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (27%)
  3. The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (11%)
  4. Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (5%)
  5. The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett (4%)
  6. Mattland by Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert (1%)
  7. My Friend Jamal by Anna McQuinn (1%)

Total Voters: 85

Contemporary Literature

  1. All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison (35%)
  2. Gardens of Water by Alan Drew (23%)
  3. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (9%)
  4. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen (6%)
  5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (6%)
  6. The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (6%)
  7. Matrimony by Joshua Henkin (5%)
  8. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton (4%)
  9. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O’Nan (4%)
  10. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (4%)

Total Voters: 211

Fantasy & Science Fiction

  1. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (50%)
  2. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (21%)
  3. Once Upon A Time in the North by Philip Pullman (10%)
  4. Water Keep by J. Scott Savage (13%)
  5. Countdown by Michelle Maddox (7%)
  6. Tangled Webs by Anne Bishop (7%)
  7. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (7%)
  8. Hidden by Eve Kenin (6%)
  9. Tigerheart by Peter David (6%)
  10. Damewood: Demons of the Past by Erin Durante (3%)
    Netherwood by Michele Lang (3%)
    Silenced by Nicole Givens Kurtz (3%)

Total Voters: 68

Fantasy: Urban

  1. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (21%)
  2. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (18%)
  3. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison (16%)
  4. Blood Martyr by Fionn Jameson (15%)
  5. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (13%)
  6. At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost (12%)
  7. No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (12%)
  8. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (12%)
  9. Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready (12%)
  10. From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (11%)
    Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (11%)

Total Voters: 89

Graphic Novels & Manga

  1. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (56%)
  2. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale (21%)
  3. Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story by Marian Henley (10%)
  4. Kin by Holly Black (6%)
  5. Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa (6%)
  6. Legends of the Dark Crystal Vol 1: The Garthim Wars by Jim Henson, Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim (2%)
  7. Bizenghast Vol 4 by Alice M. LeGrow (0%)

Total Voters: 52

Historical Fiction

  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (33%)
  2. The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (21%)
  3. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent (16%)
  4. The Last Queen by CW Gortner (13%)
  5. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (12%)
  6. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (11%)
  7. Guernica by Dave Boling (11%)
  8. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (11%)
  9. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson (7%)
  10. Black Ships by Jo Graham (7%)
    Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (7%)

Total Voters: 76


  1. The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari (38%)
  2. A Geisha’s Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice by Ogino Naoyuki Komomo (12%)
  3. Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff (12%)
  4. Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist’s Wife by Irene Spencer (12%)
  5. Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad by Firoozeh Dumas (10%)
  6. Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir & Damien Lewis (7%)
  7. Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs by Andy Hillstrand & Johnathan Hillstrand (7%)
  8. Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff (7%)
  9. Freddie & Me: A Coming of Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody by Mike Dawson (5%)
  10. Have You Found Her by Janice Erlbaum (5%)
    The Sky isn’t Visible from Here by Felicia Sullivan (5%)
    STORI Telling by Tori Spelling (5%)

Total Voters: 42


  1. Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (25%)
  2. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult (19%)
  3. The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (15%)
  4. The Dracula Dossier by James Reese (10%)
  5. The Miracle of Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith (10%)
  6. Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin (10%)
  7. 7th Heaven by James Patterson (8%)
  8. Careless in Red by Elizabeth George (7%)
  9. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich (7%)
  10. The Good Liar by Laura Caldwell (5%)
    No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (5%)
    Odd Hours by Dean Koontz (5%)
    Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann (5%)

Total Voters: 59

Mystery: Thriller

  1. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (19%)
  2. Say Goodbye by Lisa Gardner (17%)
  3. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (17%)
  4. An Absolute Gentleman by RM Kinder (15%)
  5. Aberrations by Penelope Przekop (13%)
  6. Black Flies by Shannon Burke (13%)
  7. Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters (9%)
  8. An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear (8%)
  9. Atmospheric Disturbances by Rivka Galchen (6%)
  10. Nemesis by Jo Nesbo (4%)

Total Voters: 53


  1. Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach (22%)
  2. Queen of the Road: The True Tale of 47 States, 22, 000 Miles, 200 Shoes, 2 Cats, 1 Poodle, a Husband, and a Bus with a Will of Its Own by Doreen Orion (17%)
  3. Capote in Kansas by Kim Powers (15%)
  4. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan (15%)
  5. Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian by Scott Douglas (12%)
  6. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale (12%)
  7. Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers by Nancy Amanda Redd (10%)
  8. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–And the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller (10%)
  9. Divine Canine: The Monks’ Way to a Happy Obedient Dog by the Monks of New Skete (7%)
  10. Love as a Way of Life: Seven Keys to Transforming Every Aspect of Your Life by Gary Chapman (5%)
    Loyalists and Layabouts: The Rapid Rise and Faster Fall of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, 1783-1792 by Stephen Kimber (5%)
    What Your Mother Never Told You: A Teenage Girls Survival Guide by Richard Dudum (5%)

Total Voters: 41

Religious & World Literature

  1. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (29%)
  2. The Shack by William P. Young (22%)
  3. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (22%)
  4. A Mercy by Toni Morrison (14%)
  5. Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo (10%)
  6. The Deportees and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle (4%)
  7. The Queen of Sleepy Eye by Patti Hill (4%)
  8. Sorry by Gail Jones (4%)
  9. Breath by Tim Winton (2%)
  10. Losing Kei by Suzanne Kamata (2%)
    The Magic Flute by Yoshitaka Amano & Edmund Shern (2%)

Total Voters: 49


  1. Tribute by Nora Roberts (38%)
  2. The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn (19%)
  3. Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews (12%)
  4. Master: An Erotic Novel of the Count of Monte Cristo by Colette Gale (12%)
  5. Tarnished Beauty by Cecilia Samartin (10%)
  6. Return of the Rogue by Donna Fletcher (7%)
  7. The Diplomat’s Wife by Pam Jenoff (7%)
  8. Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase (7%)
  9. First You Run by Roxanne St. Claire (5%)
  10. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffries (5%)
    The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square by Rosina Lippi (5%)

Total Voters: 42

Romance: SciFi & Paranormal

  1. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon (30%)
  2. Lover Enshrined by JR Ward (26%)
  3. Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts (23%)
  4. The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta (15%)
  5. Demon Night by Meljean Brook (15%)
  6. Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh (15%)
  7. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione (13%)
  8. Dark Curse by Christine Fehan (11%)
  9. Predatory Game by Christine Fehan (6%)
  10. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom (4%)
    Phantom Pleasures by Julie Leto (4%)
    Seduced by the Storm by Sydney Croft (4%)

Total Voters: 47

Womens Literature *The numbers are not skewed…one of the authors took note and helped promote. Now that was awesome!

  1. Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson by Maria Murnane (48%)
  2. Soup in the City by Kelly Hollingsworth (24%)
  3. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (9%)
  4. Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (7%)
  5. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (6%)
  6. The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (6%)
  7. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs (5%)
  8. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (5%)
  9. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult (5%)
  10. Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek (5%)

Total Voters: 215

Young Adult

  1. Going Down South by Bonnie Glover (26%)
  2. Paper Towns by John Green (15%)
  3. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott (13%)
  4. Nation by Terry Pratchett (11%)
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (9%)
  6. The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (9%)
  7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (7%)
  8. The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer (6%)
  9. Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman (6%)
  10. Slam by Nick Hornby (6%)

Total Voters: 85

Young Adult: Fantasy

  1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (36%)
  2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (35%)
  3. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (21%)
  4. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (12%)
  5. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (12%)
  6. Untamed by PC & Kristin Cast (11%)
  7. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (10%)
  8. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (10%)
  9. Savvy by Ingrid Law (6%)
  10. Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (6%)

Total Voters: 84

Top 10 Books Voted On:

  1. Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson by Maria Murnane (103)
  2. All About Lulu by Jonathan Evison (73)
  3. Soup in the City by Kelly Hollingsworth (52)
  4. Gardens of Water by Alan Drew (49)
  5. The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer & Nicoletta Ceccoli (44)
  6. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (34)
  7. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (30)
  8. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (29)
  9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (29)
  10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows (25)

Based on this list, Stephenie Meyer and Neil Gaiman were the authors of choice this year.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. This is an awesome collection of top ten list, you should post this to my buddy’s site and you can link back to your site. They are looking for content and in return provide a user base that can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

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