It was hosted by Annie from Reading, Writing and Ranting - thanks Annie, it was great fun! History really is hot. :-)
Here's what I read - my original list was quite different, but hey, there's too much joy in list-writing to resist!
href="http://lostinagoodstory.blogspot.com/2008/09/book-thief.html">The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My favorites were definitely The Book Thief, The Shadow of the Wind and Star of the Sea - I'm pretty sure all three will make it onto the year's list of best books. My least favorite was The American Boy, which I didn't even manage to finish.
Doing this challenge reminded me how much I love history, I definitely want to read more of this genre in the future.