2008 at Stray Talk
an archive of my forays into fact and fiction

2008

Statistics:

Books by month
January 23 April 2 July 31 October 1
February 18 May 40 August 12 November
March 14 June 31 September December
Books by genre
Fiction 30 Science fiction 15 Plays/scripts 4
Non-fiction 35 Comics/manga 5 Mystery 7
Children’s/youth 68 Fantasy 8 Poetry
Totals & averages
Books in Swedish 78 Pages in Swedish 14,764
Books in English 94 Pages in English 25,560
Books in French Pages in French
Books total 172 Pages total 40,324
Books/month 14.3 Pages/month 3,360
Pages/book 234

Top five most read authors:

  1. Tove Jansson (8 books)
  2. Dorothy L Sayers (6 books)
  3. Pia Hagmar (5 books)
  4. Lucy Maud Montgomery (4 books)
  5. KM Peyton (4 books)

Booklist 2008:
In italics means it’s a re-read.
Underlined means a book recommended to me.

(title; author, language [eng = English, fr = French, swe = Swedish], number of pages)

January

  1. His Majesty’s Dragon; Naomi Novik, eng, 356 American
  2. Flambards; KM Peyton, eng, 220 British
  3. The Edge of the Cloud; KM Peyton, eng, 181 British
  4. Flambards in Summer; KM Peyton, eng, 188 British
  5. Flambards Divided; KM Peyton, eng, 283 British
  6. An Assembly Such as This; Pamela Aidan, eng, 256 American
  7. Some Danger Involved; Will Thomas, eng, 302 American
  8. The Princess Diaries V: Give Me Five; Meg Cabot, eng, 166 American
  9. Who Moved My Cheese?; Spencer Johnson, swe, 92 American
  10. Boy Meets Boy; David Levithan, eng, 185 American
  11. Twilight; Stephenie Meyer, eng, 434 American
  12. A Tale of a Tub; Jonathan Swift, eng, 132 Irish
  13. Duktig pojke; Inger Edelfeldt, swe, 208 Swedish
  14. Whose Body?; Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 212 British
  15. Som jag vill vara; Katarina von Bredow, swe, 282 Swedish
  16. Det fattas en tärning; Johanna Thydell, swe, 211 Swedish
  17. The Smiths: The Early Years; Paul Slattery, eng, 159 British
  18. The Giver; Lois Lowry, eng, 179 American
  19. Cliffs Notes on Lowry’s The Giver; Suzanne Pavlos, eng, 60 American
  20. Gathering Blue; Lois Lowry, eng, 218 American
  21. Messenger; Lois Lowry, eng, 186 American
  22. The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl; Shauna Reid, eng, 408 Australian
  23. New Moon; Stephenie Meyer, eng, 595 American

February

  1. Eclipse; Stephenie Meyer, eng, 628 American
  2. Sickened; Julie Gregory, eng, 259 American
  3. Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Just the Words: Volume 2; Graham Chapman, eng, 371 British
  4. Dream Boy; Jim Grimsley, eng, 195 American
  5. By a Lady; Amanda Elyot, eng, 372 American
  6. Clouds of Witness; Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 279 British
  7. A Countess Below Stairs; Eva Ibbotson, eng, 383 British
  8. The Gum Thief; Douglas Coupland, eng, 277 Canadian
  9. Murder Must Advertise; Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 356 British
  10. By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept; Elizabeth Smart, eng, 112 Canadian
  11. Duty and Desire; Pamela Aidan, eng, 304 American
  12. Profile of a Criminal Mind; Brian Innes, eng, 256 American
  13. Den hemlösa sexualiteten: en antologi; various, swe, 286 Swedish & American
  14. The World According to Clarkson: And Another Thing…; Jeremy Clarkson, eng, 340 British
  15. Standish; Erastes, eng, 215 British
  16. Britta och Silver på ridskolan; Lisbeth Pahnke, swe, 132 Swedish
  17. Postcards from No Man’s Land; Aidan Chambers, eng, 312 British
  18. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Tom Stoppard, eng, 77 British

March

  1. När kommer du tillbaka?; Marika Kolterjahn, swe, 202 Swedish
  2. Tenderness; Robert Cormier, eng, 229 American
  3. Dragon’s Bait; Vivian Vande Velde, eng, 196 American
  4. True Stories of Pirates; Lucy Lethbridge, swe, 143 British
  5. True Stories of the First World War; Paul Dowswell, swe, 138 British
  6. True Stories of the Second World War; Paul Dowswell, swe, 160 British
  7. Lost in Austen; Emma Campbell Webster, eng, 348 British
  8. Nu heter jag Nirak; Peter Pohl, swe, 240 Swedish
  9. What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew; Daniel Pool, eng, 416 American
  10. Unnatural Death; Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 280 British
  11. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club;Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 243 British
  12. Hey Nostradamus!; Douglas Coupland, eng, 260 Canadian
  13. Linas kvällsbok 2; Emma Hamberg, swe, 303 Swedish
  14. Making History; Stephen Fry, eng, 556 British

April

  1. Dubbelspel; Max Lundgren, swe, 160 Swedish
  2. Educating Rita; Willy Russell, eng, 123 British

May

  1. Rockabilly; Josefin Ekman, swe, 263 Swedish
  2. 102 Minutes: The Story of the Fight to Survive inside the Twin Towers; Jim Dwyer & Kevin Flynn, swe, 427 American
  3. I Am America (And So Can You!); Stephen Colbert, eng, audio American
  4. My War: Killing Time in Iraq; Colby Buzzell, eng, 358 American
  5. Hästen från Porten; Carina Burman, swe, 354 Swedish
  6. Atonement; Ian McEwan, eng, 481 British
  7. Kometen kommer; Tove Jansson, swe, 150 Finnish
  8. Bögslungan; Per Alexandersson, swe, 136 Swedish
  9. Kårnulf Was Here; Josefine Adolfsson, swe, 167 Swedish
  10. Allting som är trevligt är bra för magen; Tove Jansson, swe, 92 Finnish
  11. Bananflugornas herre; Fredrik Eklund, swe, 152 Swedish
  12. Does My Head Look Big in This?; Randa Abdel-Fattah, swe, 350 Australian
  13. Drakvinter; Elvira Birgitta Holm, swe, 186 Swedish
  14. Ior och hästarna; Renata Wrede, swe, 133 Swedish
  15. Lugn för dej, Gelika; Olga Wikström, swe, 204 Swedish
  16. Marsmädchen; Tamara Bach, swe, 168 German
  17. Trollkarlens hatt; Tove Jansson, swe, 158 Finnish
  18. Farlig midsommar; Tove Jansson, swe, 146 Finnish
  19. Trollvinter; Tove Jansson, swe, 131 Finnish
  20. Tjuvlyssnat; Damon Rasti & Gloria Hedman, swe, 140 Swedish
  21. Det osynliga barnet; Tove Jansson, swe, 167 Finnish
  22. Pappan och havet; Tove Jansson, swe, 203 Finnish
  23. Den som inte tar bort luddet ska dö; David Batra, swe, 128 Swedish
  24. Sent i november; Tove Jansson, swe, 164 Finnish
  25. Doctor Who: I Am a Dalek; Gareth Roberts, eng, 106 British
  26. Daddy-Long-Legs; Jean Webster, eng, 160 American
  27. Dear Enemy; Jean Webster, eng, 192 American
  28. Knappt lovlig; Katarina von Bredow, swe, 230 Swedish
  29. Strong Poison; Dorothy L Sayers, eng, 261 British
  30. Doctor Who: The Feast of the Drowned; Stephen Cole, eng, 254 British
  31. Heart of Darkness; Joseph Conrad, eng, 111 British
  32. Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride; Helen Halstead, eng, 310 Australian
  33. Språket; Lars-Gunnar Andersson & Anna Lena Ringarp, swe, 297 Swedish
  34. Persepolis: volume 1; Marjane Satrapi, swe, 77 Iranian
  35. Persepolis: volume 2; Marjane Satrapi, swe, 86 Iranian
  36. Persepolis: volume 3; Marjane Satrapi, swe, 96 Iranian
  37. Persepolis: volume 4; Marjane Satrapi, swe, 100 Iranian
  38. Bögjävlar; Stefan Ingvarsson (ed.), swe, 126 Swedish
  39. Han sa ja!; Bo R Holmberg, swe, 157 Swedish
  40. Älskar han mig?; Bo R Holmberg, swe, 175 Swedish

June

  1. En liten chock; Johanna Lindbäck, swe, 272 Swedish
  2. Människohamn; John Ajvide Lindqvist, swe, 451 Swedish
  3. Orgasmboken; Katerina Janouch, swe, 197 Swedish
  4. Klaras dröm; Pia Hagmar, swe, 191 Swedish
  5. Öya: en flicka liten som ett busfrö; Vladimir Oravsky, swe, 19 Swedish
  6. A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens, eng, 77 British
  7. Klaras vintersorg; Pia Hagmar, swe, 174 Swedish
  8. Klara Andersson, hästägare; Pia Hagmar, swe, 158 Swedish
  9. Doctor Who: The Stone Rose; Jacqueline Rayner, eng, 254 British
  10. Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket; Justin Richards, eng, 254 British
  11. Annika Larsdotter: barnamörderska; Inger Lövkrona, swe, 255 Swedish
  12. Klara, färdiga, gå; Pia Hagmar, swe, 156 Swedish
  13. The Age of Napoleon; Alistair Horne, eng, 235 British
  14. A Strong and Sudden Thaw; RW Day, eng, 333 American
  15. Cold Comfort Farm; Stella Gibbons, eng, 253 British
  16. Rebecca; Daphne du Maurier, eng, 410 British
  17. Med uppenbar känsla för stil; Stephan Mendel-Enk, swe, 128 Swedish
  18. Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East; Brian Whitaker, swe, 230 British
  19. Ingen behöver veta; Christina Wahldén, swe, 139 Swedish
  20. Ingen grekisk gud, precis; Katarian Kieri, swe, 217 Swedish
  21. Throne of Jade; Naomi Novik, eng, 399 American
  22. Travels in the Scriptorium; Paul Auster, eng, 130 American
  23. The Rose and the Ring; WM Thackeray, swe, 174 British
  24. Drömponnyn; Pia Hagmar, swe, 165 Swedish
  25. Teena går til filmen; Ria Tofft, swe, 107 Danish
  26. Sandman: The Kindly Ones; Neil Gaiman, eng, 335 British
  27. Lad: A Dog; Albert Payson Terhune, swe, 138 American
  28. Good Luck to the Rider; Joan Phipson, swe, 172 Australian
  29. Melka: The Story of an Arab Pony; Joan Penney, swe, 157 British
  30. The Uncommon Reader; Alan Bennett, eng, 121 British
  31. A Game of Thrones; George RR Martin, eng, 837 American

July

  1. Doctor Who: The Nightmare of Black Island; Mike Tucker, eng, 255 British
  2. Doctor Who: The Art of Destruction; Stephen Cole, eng, 256 British
  3. Doctor Who: The Price of Paradise; Colin Brake, eng, 255 British
  4. The Underdog; Markus Zusak, swe, 128 Australian
  5. Tro, hopp och burnout; Johan Unenge, swe, 228 Swedish
  6. Torchwood: Something in the Water; Trevor Baxendale, eng, 255 British
  7. Vadå feminist; Lisa Gålmark, swe, 188 Swedish
  8. Torchwood: Trace Memory; David Llewellyn, eng, 256 British
  9. Homofamiljer; Sara Stenholm & Cecilia Strömberg, swe, 312 Swedish
  10. Making Money; Terry Pratchett, eng, 480 British
  11. Castle Rackrent; Maria Edgeworth, eng, 171 BritishIrish
  12. Moab is My Washpot; Stephen Fry, eng, 436 British
  13. Torchwood: The Twilight Streets; Gary Russell, eng, 256 British
  14. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World; Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero, eng, 168 American
  15. Betong, fjäril, betong; Ingrid Olsson, swe, 251 Swedish
  16. Torchwood: Border Princes; Dan Abnett, eng, 256 British
  17. Torchwood: Another Life; Peter Anghelides, eng, 256 British
  18. Torchwood: Slow Decay; Andy Lane, eng, 254 British
  19. Vegan Freak; Bob & Jenna Torres, eng, 187 American
  20. Skinny Bitch; Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin, eng, 224 American
  21. Vegan Virgin Valentine; Carolyn Mackler, eng, 225 American
  22. Emily of New Moon; Lucy Maud Montgomery, eng, 341 Canadian
  23. Emily Climbs; Lucy Maud Montgomery, eng, 327 Canadian
  24. Emily’s Quest; Lucy Maud Montgomery, eng, 229 Canadian
  25. The Blue Castle; Lucy Maud Montgomery, eng, 219 Canadian
  26. A Great and Terrible Beauty; Libba Bray, eng, 422 American
  27. From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation, FTM and Beyond; Morty Diamond (ed.), eng, 168 American
  28. The History Boys; Alan Bennett, eng, 143 British
  29. Life on the Refrigerator Door; Alice Kuipers, swe, 243 British
  30. The Commitments; Roddy Doyle, swe, 159 Irish
  31. Historier om ett brott; Lena Lennerhed, swe, 232 Swedish

August

  1. Love All; Aidan Chambers (ed.), eng, 167 British
  2. Denial; David Belbin, eng, 184 British
  3. My Scary Fairy Godmother; Rose Impey, eng, 190 British
  4. Century; Sarah Singleton, swe, 187 British
  5. Spelar roll; Hans Olsson, swe, 319 Swedish
  6. Tithe; Holly Black, eng, 312 American
  7. Ironside; Holly Black, eng, 323 American
  8. Substitute Father; Bonnie K Winn, swe, 270 American
  9. Eskort; Christina Wahldén, swe, 141 Swedish
  10. Trylleslag; Charlotte Glaser Munch, swe, 201 Norwegian
  11. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants; Ann Brashares, swe, 378 American
  12. The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life; Simon Goddard, eng, 272 British

October

  1. Whatever Happened to Janie?; Caroline B Cooney, swe, 202 American