"So many books, so little time." –Frank Zappa
I have read quite a few good books this year. But then I started checking out the lists of Best Books for 2008 and realized I have not read any of the top ten. Yet I read some excellent books. How can that be?
One reason, I believe, is that I have come across many new and emerging writers through various writing groups and conferences and have concentrated on reading their books this year. I know from my own experience with The Ride how difficult it is to find reviewers and to spread the word about new releases from unknown authors and small publishing houses. If any of these first time authors had been reviewed by some of the better known reviewers, would their books have made the list? Guess we’ll never know now.
If you are wondering what the best books of 2008 were, visit BookBitchBlog to find links to the picks by the Washington Post, NY Times, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, NPR and even Stephen King.
Many of the books on these lists sound excellent. But, if I start reading the best of 2008, I’ll most likely miss the best of 2009. Maybe I am simply destined to be a year (or two, or more) behind.
How many ‘best books’ did you read this year? Have you read a book that you think should have been included? Let me hear from you and maybe we can put together our own ‘Best Book of 2008’ list.
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