This is one of my favorite lists uncovered so far — Library Journal’s Best Books of 2008! It’s not separated into fiction or non-fiction categories, and there are several different titles chosen here than on any other academic-like lists I’ve seen lately! I don’t know who likes all of the obvious, pretentious selections. That being said, I’ve still not read any of these books . . . but I have a new starting point when figuring out what will be on my challenge list for 2009!
Library Journal’s Best Books of 2008
Say You’re One of Them. –Akpan, Uwem.
The Hakawati. –Alameddine, Rabih.
The Wasted Vigil. –Aslam, Nadeem.
The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight To Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird. –Barcott, Bruce.
All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. –Brown, Janelle.
The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. –Carr, David.
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. –Faust, Drew Gilpin.
Split: A Memoir of Divorce. –Finnamore, Suzanne.
Hurry Down Sunshine: A Memoir. –Greenberg, Michael.
Shakespeare’s Wife. –Greer, Germaine.
What Do We Do Now? A Workbook for the President-Elect. –Hess, Stephen.
My Guantánamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me. –Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. –Larsson, Stieg.
The Boat. –Le, Nam.
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. –Lee, Jennifer.
Lavinia. –Le Guin, Ursula K.
The Given Day. –Lehane, Dennis.
Books: A Memoir. –McMurtry, Larry.
A Mercy. –Morrison, Toni.
John Lennon: The Life. –Norman, Philip.
The Painter of Battles. –Pérez-Reverte, Arturo.
The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.
Home. –Robinson, Marilynne.
Cost. –Robinson, Roxana.
Indignation. –Roth, Philip.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. –Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows.
Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape. –Shehadeh, Raja.
How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. –Saša Stanišic.
Edward Steichen: Lives in Photography. –Steichen, Edward (photogs.) & Todd Brandow & others (text).
Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural. –Steinmeyer, Jim.
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators. –Stolzenburg, William.
Olive Kitteredge. –Strout, Elizabeth.
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). –Vanderbilt, Tom.
Without a Backward Glance. –Veitch, Kate.
Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon-and the Journey of a Generation. –Weller, Sheila.
How Fiction Works. –Wood, James.
The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life. –Zimbardo, Philip & John Boyd.