Saturday, January 03, 2009

Books! Books! Books!

If there is one thing anyone who has ever even briefly met me knows, it is that I LOVE books and pretty much anything to do with writing. Whether arranged into a poem, a novel, a short story, or an essay, words make me happy.

So, here is a list of the books I read in 2008 that (for various reasons) made the greatest impression on me. I've abandoned last year's system of listing EVERYTHING and marking my favorites with an asterisk, because I got a couple emails from authors who seemed mopey that their books didn't get starred. I don't want that on my head. I have enough writerly angst of my own without creating it in others. So, I'm only listing the ones I liked BEST. I'm all about the love, baby! This way there are only good feelings all around! As time allows, I may expound on what made some of them special or you may just have to find out for yourself.

P.s. Cookbooks are in blue

1. Deborah Wood, A New Owner's Guide to Papillons

2. A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically

3. Karen Russell, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves

4. Alanna Knight, An Orkney Murder

5. Lauren Weedman, A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body

6. Flora Rheta Schreiber, Sybil

7. Phillip DePoy, A Widow's Curse

8. Daniel Handler, Adverbs

9. Steve Almond, Not That You Asked

10. Sadegh Hedayat, The Blind Owl

11. Joan Sfar, Vampire Loves

12. Charlaine Harris, All Together Dead

13. Fritz Leiber, The Conjure Wife

14. Steve and Melanie Tem, The Man on the Ceiling

15. Marc Acito, Attack of the Theater People

16. Ariel Gore, The Travelling Death and Resurrection Show

17. Rebecca Stott, Ghostwalk

18. Anthony Bourke, A Lion Called Christian

19. Chelsea Handler, Are You There Vodka? It's Me Chelsea

20. Molly Katzen, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

21. Tessa Kiros, Apples for Jam

22. Poppy Z. Brite, The Devil You Know

23. Chris Abani, A Song For Night

24. William Goldman, Marathon Man

25. ETA Hoffman, Der Sandmann

26. Gustavo Arellano, Orange County: I've Been Taking Notes

27. Laurie Notaro, There is a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell

28. Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

29. Elie Wiesel, Night

30. Phillip DePoy, The Drifter's Wheel

31. Deborah Grabien, The Weaver and the Factory Maid

32. May Bsisu, The Arab Table

33. Williams Sonoma's Savoring... Cookbook Series (so far I have savored Italy, Portugal/Spain, Mexico, and am currently savoring China and Southeast Asia)


Anne said...

Hooray for E.T.A.!

I wish you could have come to our bookclub meeting for the St. Lucy's book-

I'm considering getting rid of some books without having read them- it is kind of shocking, but some are "good for me" books I picked up in grad school and I'm not sure what was good for me then is good for me now.

Martina said...

Oh, man! I have a whole theory shelf of that kind of thing. I'm working toward purging some of those things. I mean do I REALLY need a 13 year old copy of "Epistomolgy of the Closet" that I have never read (not even when it was ASSIGNED reading)?