Well, it’s New Year’s Eve now, so I guess it’s time to do my final wrapping-up post and list my favorite reads of the year. As always, this list is not about books published in 2009, although one or two from this year may appear here, but it’s about what I liked best and what stands out most in everything I read regardless of when it was published. Links are to my post on the book.
First, the stand-out books in fiction, the absolutely top-notch, amazingly wonderful books:
- David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest.
- Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist.
- Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone.
- Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night.
Then other novels I really, really liked:
- Bernard Malamud, The Assistant.
- Ann Patchett, Bel Canto.
- Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
- Patrick Hamilton, The Slaves of Solitude.
And now some great nonfiction:
- Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Early Visions.
- Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father.
- Anne Fadiman, At Large and at Small.
And one quirky, odd book I really liked: David Cecil, The Stricken Deer, a biography of William Cowper from 1930.
Happy New Year everyone!