My best books of the year

I can’t resist it! Being a bit of an inveterate list-maker (how sad is that!), and as everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I – I feel compelled to share my best reads of the year with you. To add a little interest, I’ve created some categories to put them in. I’ve had a great year of reading, managing 111 books (so far – see the full list on the sidebar), and it was hard to whittle those down to a dozen or so, but here goes. As always comments are positively encouraged as are suggestions for future reading.

Classic Fiction: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Debut novel: Electricity by Ray Robinson

Contemporary Fiction:  Clear by Nicola Barker

Historical novel: The Dig by John Preston

Novel by a major prize-winner:  Blindness by Jose Saramago  (Nobel Prize

Funniest Book: The Scheme for Full Employment by Magnus Mills

Frothiest Book: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson

Best Crime Novel:  Saving Caravaggio by Neil Griffiths

Best Biography or Autobiography: Breaking the Code by  Gyles Brandreth

Non-fiction:  Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Best new series of novels I’ve started reading: Wallander by Henning Mankell

Best translated novel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberyl

Best American novel: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem

And last but not least:

The book I’m most looking forward to reading in 2009: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
I hope to continue posting intermittently over the next couple of weeks, but would like to take the opportunity now to wish everyone reading this



0 thoughts on “My best books of the year

  1. Teresa says:

    Nice list! Blindness would definitely be among my top 5 of the year. The Carrie Fisher book should be very entertaining. I saw her one-woman show, which the book is based on, back in September, and it was hilarious. I look forward to seeing what you think of the book.

  2. Annabel Gaskell says:

    I got the Carrie Fisher yesterday, and am saving it to be the first book I read in 2009.It’s a slim volume but I have no doubt that it’ll be brilliant. Lucky you to see her show!

  3. Fluffyblue says:

    The only book I’ve read on your list is Motherless Brooklyn, but I really enjoyed it too. It was refreshingly different.Anyway, have a great Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. I hope you continue to blog about your reading for some time to come!Michaela

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