Sunday, December 07, 2008

Best Books of 2008

The lists are coming out - here are a few to get you started:

The Washington Post 10 Best Books of the Year as chosen by the editors and reviewers

NY Times 10 Best Books of 2008 as selected by the editors of the Book Review

NY Times 100 Notable Books of 2008 as selected by the editors of the Book Review Best Books of 2008
They have editors pick the top 100, then editors picks by subject - top ten science books, top ten books for teens, etc. Also 100 most popular books picked by readers, and even a top ten list of the best book covers.

Publishers' Weekly Best Books of the Year includes extensive lists = a general fiction list, then lists by genre like mystery, romance, sci-fi & comics, poetry, nonfiction, childrens, etc.

NPR's Best Books of 2008 include eclectic lists like Migration And Memory: Top Five 2008 Books; Best Graphic Novels Of 2008; Alan Cheuse's Top Fiction Picks For 2008; Best Political And Current Affairs Books Of 2008; Best Foreign Fiction Of 2008; The 10 Best Cookbooks Of 2008; Top Five Crime And Mystery Novels Of 2008 and more.

Stephen King: 10 Best Books of 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
"Okay, gang, pay attention: In 2007, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners, the average price of a movie ticket was $6.88. Let's say it goes up to $7.00 in 2008. And say that you and your sweetie buy $10 of snacks (featuring your Uncle Stevie's famous ''heavy'' bag of popcorn). Even leaving out the babysitter and the cost of gas, that's $24 for two hours' entertainment. For that same $24 — less, with a discount — you can buy a new book and be entertained for days. Plus, your sweetie can read it when you're done (or first, if he or she's the grabby type). My point? Books are still the best bang for your entertainment buck, and 2008 was a great year for reading. Below are my personal best for the last 12 months. (And I've indicated the ones in paperback — even cheaper!) My advice is get them all. Immediately."

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