2008 was an exciting year for me. I got lots of reading done and more importantly I jumped into the world of blogging. With the creation of That’s the Book! I got to meet lots of people that are more obsessed with reading than myself and sometimes I don’t think that’s quite possible but you’re out there and you know who you are. And on the note of book blogs I think it’s important to note the loss of a great reader and dedicated book blogger Dewey, she will be missed by everyone and by nobody more than her family.
Outside of that I’ve moved back to Canada and since moving back I haven’t had the time to get all the reading I’d like to get done. And as a result I haven’t been posting on here as much as I like. Just being in a country where I have more options for spending time and living with a few other people make reading a challenge. But I hope to get more done in this new year than I have since moving back to Canada. And I hope that being part of a book club again helps me keep on top of my reading.
I’ve read quite a few books this past year and it’s difficult to pick the top book of the year. Part of that is because I was introduced to the wonderful world of graphic novels and now that I’ve started it’s hard to set them aside for the traditional novel. But some of the books that top the ones I’ve read this year include:
I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert – this is perhaps the best when it came to humor this year. I laughed so hard reading this book and once you have Colbert doing something you know it’s going to be good.
An honorable mention for humor goes to David Sedaris for Me Talk Pretty One Day. I wish I could be a part of his family because they sound like a riot.
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean get top marks for graphic novels. It’s a wonderful story about a boy coming of age. As much I dislike coming of age stories this is one that could read over and over again. If the story isn’t good enough for you the novel is extreamly visually stimulating.
Honorable mention goes to Chester Brown’s Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography. Riel is a huge character in Canadian history and particularly Manitoba (as founding father of that province). Riel is contriversial and this book really brings to light who Riel was and does a decent job of presenting the two views of the man.
Best novel that I read in ’08 would have to be Edward P. Jones’ The Know World. I had different expectations for this novel but was pleasantly suprised by the book. If you haven’t read it you should pick it up. Another one well worth the read would be Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. A love story that takes place during the Second World War.
I’d like to hear from you. What was the book that you enjoyed the most in 2008? Leave a comment so I have a good list consider for ’09.