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Weekly Geeks #19 AND The Sunday Salon


The Sunday Salon.comOur weekly geek task this week: Dewey is asking us to list our favorite books that were published in 2008 (you, dear readers, will have a chance to participate in some future post). By the end of the year the results will be compiled; Dewey thinks "it’ll be interesting ... to see a list of what book bloggers choose as their favorite books rather than what a newspaper decides or what the top sellers were." Great idea!

So here's my list to date (this may change by the end of the year since I have several new books yet to read). This is pretty much in order of my preferences.

Fiction:
  • The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
  • Sorry by Gail Jones
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  • Gardens of Water by Alan Drew
  • Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaolu Guo
  • Dear American Airlines by Jonathan Miles
  • Life Class by Pat Barker
  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Nonfiction:
  • In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  • The Translator: A Tribesman's Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari
  • Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure
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11 comments:

gautami.tripathy said...

I so badly want to read Mudbound. It is not available in India as of now.

Do check my short list

Jill said...

I have Mudbound and the Potato Peel books on my shelf. I know I'll love them - must read soon! A great list and I can't wait to see the final result on Dewey's site.

Icedream said...

Terri your fiction list has all the books I still have on my TBR list (except Mudbound, which I did read). And I included The Translator on my list.

Bookfool said...

I have Potato Peel on my stacks and Mudbound is on my wish list. I checked and I'm something like #420 out of 700 on Mudbound. Maybe I'll have to give in and buy it. LOL

Life Class didn't thrill me, but Pat Barker has a unique writing style that I love. I'm hoping to read her Regeneration series, some day.

Terri said...

Gautami - I hope you get a chance to read Mudbound one day soon, it is wonderful.

Jill - yes, it will be interesting to see what the "common folk" come up with rather than the NYT and all those book "experts." I think we have the real scoop!

icedream - you have a lot to look forward to!

bookfool - maybe it will be out in paper soon; the author is on Library Thing, you can send her a note, she's very friendly! Life Class was toward the bottom of my list, it was good but like you didn't thrill me. I also want to read the trilogy, have heard such good things about it.

Wendy said...

Oh, I see some that will make my list :)

Melanie said...

Loved In Defense of Food. Haven't seen too many nonfictions on these lists yet

Terri said...

Melanie - I used to read a lot of nonfiction, but this last year has been almost all fiction. I think I need to escape from the reality of the world for now!

Book Zombie said...

This is really killing my wishlist! Great list - Dear American Airlines and the Potato book are tops on my to buy mission this week.

Lenore said...

Potato Peel and American Airlines are on my wishlist too!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

I hadn't heard about Not Quite What I Was Planning - it sounds like fun!

Mudbound is on my list, too, and I'm about to read the Potato Peel Society.