2008 was a dry year, a bit oaky, but plenty of legs. I actually don't know enough about wine to add anything more to that assessment, so I'll stop. What I'm trying to say is that I didn't really read many books at all, and the ones I did either didn't stand out or were dry and boring. That doesn't stop me, however, from bringing you "Ten Good Books." After looking back at my bad books caterwauling, I decided that I'd better bring you something to enjoy. So without further ado, here is my list (culled from the 2006-2007 reading lists) of decent, enjoyable books.
Ten Good Books in No Particular Order
- The Meadow James Galvin: beautiful, lyrical, made me cry
- Singer of Souls Adam Stemple: fantasy; gritty first novel
- A Dirty Job Christopher Moore: delightful, sarcastic, witty, irreverent (his best, IMHO)
- The Alchemist Paulo Coelho: a perennial must-read for those who journey
- The Lightning Thief Rick Riorda: YA fun first book to series
- Mortal Engines Philip Reeve: YA fantasy; incredible world-building
- The Chalion Series: Lois McMasters Bujold: fantasy; world-building; masterful storyteller; I'm in awe
- The Widow's War Sally Gunning: feisty, sad, made me cry
- Mimus Lilli Thal: fantastical, odd, want to read the next one
- Odd Thomas Series Dean Koontz: don't usually read Koontz, but this was fun
Any books I should add to my must-read list for 2009? Let me know, please. I might as well get started. We're five days into the new year already!