Per Amazon, here are their editors' choices for the top ten books of 2008:
1. The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher
2. Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
3. Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
4. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
5. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
6. The Likeness by Tana French
7. Serena by Ron Rash
8. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
9. The Lazarus Project by Aleksander Hemon
10. The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hajdu
Of the ten, Nixonland absolutely blew me away. I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough for political junkies like myself. I have The Dark Side by Jane Mayer on my desk, but haven't yet finished it. I'm almost done with Outliers: The Story of Success and like it very much.
I haven't read as many political books this year as I have in years past (I had to have a break from politics during this election year), but most of my fiction reading is catching up from past years--Wally Lamb, Anne Lamott, David Foster Wallace. Much of my current reading comes from introducing my kids to books. Together, we've been reading a lot of Neil Gaiman--his latest, The Graveyard Book is wonderful, Sherman Alexie and Jasper Fforde (whose surrealist literary works appear to be vying for the Douglas Adams title), however, I did love Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence, which was just lyrically beautiful.
But I'm eager now to add to my reading list, so tell me, what were your favorite books of this year?