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The Top PLS Literary Picks of 2008

TrophiesThank you to all of you that sent in your great reads. It was obvious that 2008 was a terrific year for readers of all genres. We had fiction and nonfiction, romances and mysteries nominated. All in all a fantastic reading list for bibliophiles of all ages. We hope that these recommendations will give you incentive to ring in 2009 with a good book.

There were over a hundred fiction titles submitted by readers from all over the 3 county service area and too many tied votes. So we've listed the most popular fiction and non-fiction titles chosen by you below.

And the winners are...

Top Literary Fiction Picks of 2008

Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (2008)
An extraordinarily redemptive tale of love that spans centuries and tests the boundaries of reality. A stunning literary debut novel that has become an international sensation.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (2005)
The book that started the sensation! Bella and Edward - star crossed lovers in a suspenseful, romance with bite.

First Runner Ups Fiction

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2006)
A view of WWII Germany and the Holocaust narrated by Death. Words used to describe this book: poignant, powerful, beautiful, important, extraordinary - a must read!

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (2008)
A captivating debut novel made popular by reading groups. A story that completely changes in the last few pages.

Second Runner Ups Fiction

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (2008)
The fourth and final Twilight novel. Happy endings? You'll have to read all four to find out!

City of Thieves by David Benioff (2008)
A suspenseful, adventurous, bittersweet coming of age historical WWII fiction that will keep you turning the pages.

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee (2008)
A contemporary fiction dealing with contemporary issues - written in a highly unconventional form.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2008)
A literary tour de force, this book has taken the reading world by storm. A thrilling page turner that leaves you wanting more - which will be coming in 2009 in The Girl That Played With Fire.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2008)
In the post apocalyptic U.S.A., young people are chosen once a year to participate in the survival test of the Hunger Games. A strong heroine keeps the pages turning and the reader waiting for the next book in this trilogy.

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore (2008)
A debut novel about small town America and Catherine Grace Cline who, like Dorothy, finds "there's no place like home."

The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson (2008)
Another debut novel! Dual story lines tell the story of two women, both with a gift of embroidery. This story is based on an actual, historical event in the authors family.

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (2008)
An extraordinary novel of family, faith and tragedy. Lamb explores the questions of faith that lie at the bottom of everyday existence.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleswski (2008)
A daring debut novel. A coming of age story of a boy, a murder and the dogs that he loves. Riveting, brilliant, breathtaking, magnificent, mysterious, stunning - and an Oprah pick!

Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen (2006)
Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski recounts his wild, wonderful years in the circus as the veterinarian.

Top Literary Picks Non-Fiction for 2008

Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner (2008)
A humorous travel book in which a self proclaimed grump searches for happiness, how to find it and how to keep it.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (2007)
To be happy, healthy and wise . . . what should we eat? Pollan looks at the business of food and the American diet. A great book to start off the New Year and that resolution to eat better!

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (2008)
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Professor Pausch gives his "last lecture" which has become an inspiration to millions.

Here's wishing you and yours happy and exciting reading in 2009!

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