What was the best book of 2008?
YES! Feeling this hard. I send out recommendations in three categories for similar reasons: Current (out in the past year or two), Contemporary (past 15ish years), Of Yore (mostly so I could use the word Yore). I would love to apply all of my non-executive functioning skills to this
I loved Kate Atkinson's When Will There Be Good News which I think came out that year and I don't think won anything. Also, I think I dated the stock photo awards guy lol
I know I didn't read much fiction from 2008, in 2008, but looking back on some lists, one I read more recently that would certainly be in the running -- NBA and NBCC finalist -- is The Lazarus Project.
You know, 'A Mercy,' happily, won both the Tournament of books for that year and the anniversary all-Time TOB a few years back, which makes a great argument for that online contest that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (Though 'Olive Kitteridge' won the Pulitzer the same year and Strout's career has held up pretty well).
Now I have to figure out which other books published in 2008 I've read.. .
I love this! I want to reach back one more year (2007) to nominate Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us.
The Story of Forgetting by Stefan Merrill Block
I went through a list of the 100 most notable books of 2008, and realized with dismay that I hadn't read any of them. This reminded me that I will read a tiny fraction of the books I would like to read before I leave this earthly plane. This makes me sad, so I end up circling back to my theory that the books you really "need" to read will find you.
I support this idea, of course. Wonder if a catchy name might help? Some ideas: "Second Wind Awards" "The Deservees" "The XV Prize".
Lush Life, Unaccustomed Earth and Home are three books from 2008 that I love.