Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday Salon: Best Fiction of 2008
It's that time of year, and everyone is weighing in on the best fiction releases of 2008. Here's a roundup of five lists:
1. Publishers Weekly
2. Library Journal
Of this list, I read All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (review here), Cost (review here), and Olive Kitteridge (brief review here).
3. Washington Post
I read America, America (review here), Goldengrove (review here), and The House on Fortune Street (before my blog launch). Olive Kitteridge made their list as well.
4. New York Times
I may need to add a few of these to my TBR, given that there are lots of titles on these lists that I didn't read. One consistent inclusion was Home by Marilynne Robinson, which I just couldn't get through.
I'm curious...what did you think was overlooked that made your personal list of best fiction this year?
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Reading these lists always proves to be interesting. Sometimes they come up with books I've never heard of. :-)
I need to start thinking of what I'll put on my own list for this year . . .
I want to read The Northern Clemency.
As a rule, these lists tend to annoy me. Maybe I'm just jealous that I'll never be able to read them all.
Thanks for posting all the links, Jill.
i have been posting on one particular AOL message board for 15 years, and for the last ten years we have compiled our list of favorites (fiction and non-fiction). I like our list the best! LOL
I will be posting the winners on my blog sometime after Feb.1 if you want to check in.
I can't even begin to figure out my best of 2008 list yet- my head is still spinning from all the reading i've been doing! :-)
Whenever I read these lists, I'm always amazed at how few of them I know about! I tend to read a lot of first-time authors and many of them don't make lists such as these.
I always like to read these lists; there are often a few titles that overlap on many lists (and I tend to stay away from those :) )
Thanks for pulling these lists together in a single location. I'm always interested to see what the "authorities" think. At the very least, they give me some new books to look at. :)
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