This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
It’s a week or two later than you’d expect, and it may be almost a trite question, but … what were your favorite books from 2008?
I’m glad you asked! I have a few:
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. I’m STILL recommending this to people, six months after I read it. I know I’ll re-read this book some day. The story is still with me and I only wish she would write faster. 🙂
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond. I know some people who’ve read this and haven’t loved it like I did, but it just spoke to me when I read it. I thought it was brilliant and well-written.
The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. This book blew me away. It’s not for the faint of heart, seeing as how it’s a whopping 702 pages, but I thought the story was well-crafted and worth the investment. This book made me want to read everything else that Dennis Lehane has written.
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson. I read this for my book group and loved it. This book was excellent. The author’s brevity allows the reader to fill in any blanks. The characters are wonderfully alive and rich, behaving in ways that seemed “real”. The story felt as if it could have happened, and probably did happen somewhere.
The Likeness by Tana French. This was hands down my favorite book this year. It’s a literary thriller that will suck you in so fast your head will spin. Tana French got into the protagonist’s head and wouldn’t let you leave until the last sentence. THIS is how books should be written. I think I’m most surprised that I haven’t seen this book nominated for an award.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This is one of those books that I loved so much that I don’t really have anything to say other than OHMYGODILOVEDTHISBOOKSOMUCH. And really, that gets old. Excellent writing and a fresh protagonist propels this book into the upper echelons of books.
The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller. I haven’t posted my review of this book yet, but Sue Miller does a fantastic job of of exploring marriage, fidelity, love, motherhood, friendship, betrayal, and loyalty.
So what were your favorite books of 2008? If you leave the names in the comments, I’ll compile a list, because I would love to have a comprehensive list of all the books that I either should have read or should have added to my must-acquire list. A little bit of OCD never hurt anyone.
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