Updates! Okay, I know this defeats the purpose but I did get a lot of new books for the holidays and my birthday (sqee!) so they ARE my books. So even though I am not reducing the amount on my bookshelves I am reading the books I have acquired. Book the First: People Are Unappealing, Even Meby Sara Barron
This was pretty darn funny. I really loved it because, like Barron, I waited tables at the Olive Garden. There was a couple of good laughs in here, but I have a sneaky suspicion this stuff would be funnier if Barron read it. I may check out the audio, if the library ever buys it. Book the Second: Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich
Ah, this time of year brings about the holiday blues and the only cure for that is, of course, Best of the Year lists. So, with out further ado, here are the best books I read this year: Child 44, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Pretty Monsters, Tender Morsals, The Good Thief, Man In the Dark, and Candy Girl: A Memoir. While they are in no particular order, I have to lean toward Tender Morsals being the book I raced home to read. I really loved all of these books. The Auster novel made me think the most, the Sedaris made me laugh the hardest, and Child 44 was a total page turner.
There were only a couple of stinkers-books that made me wish I'd spent the time reading better books. They were: Sexy Librarian, Her Last Death, and Mind the Gap.
My new favorite discovered author is Etgar Keret. I look forward to reading the rest of his work in 2009.
So far, like the economy, the book forecast is depressing. I know only of a new Sookie Stackhouse book, and can report no other books that …