Booking Through Thursday: Favorites of 2008 (redux)


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’ve already posted my “best of” list but I’m going to interpret this to be the favorite books I read during 2008, regardless of when published or “best” this or that. Therefore, by genre and in alphabetical order, I offer:


Guantanamo: A Novel, Dorothea Dieckmann
Home, Marilynne Robinson
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy


The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia, Tim Tzouliadis
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World, Eric Weiner
The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire, Matt Taibbi
The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World, Lonely Planet (although not a book you just sit and read)
Young Stalin, Simon Sebag Montefiore

All we can know is that we know nothing. And that’s the height of human wisdom.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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