Sunday, November 27, 2005

Books of the Year

Another post for those who love book lists and recommendations (as I do!).

Literary luminaries who've written for the Guardian over the past year were invited to write about their favourite books of the year. The article is nicely timed to coincide with the annual orgy of christmas shopping!

(Oh dear, wave after wave of book greed comes upon me ...)

The paper also invites readers to e-mail in a short piece about what they've enjoyed most over the last twelve months. But since I'm sure you won't do that, why not just leave a note here? Meanwhile, I'll start thinking about how I'd answer this question myself in a year when I've read just so much good stuff.

Meanwhile here's Eric's list. (And it was great to meet my fellow litblogger for the first time the other day. This man is formidably well-read.)


Goodness - looks like everyone is issuing their best books lists this weekend! In the Sunday Times, Peter Kemp lists his favourites of 2005 and concludes that it's been a very good year for fiction. And the New York Times has announced its 100 notable books of the year.


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Anonymous said...

Ug, an ad. Delete it ! :) these people have no scruples whatsover.

Anyway, here's what I've read so far :

1. Orwell's "Animal Farm"

2. Edgar Rice Burrough's "Pellucidar" -- interesting to note that Pellucidar ends up with an "Animal Farm"-style economy after David Innes finally regains control of it :")

3. Currently reading Constance Garnett's translation of Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment" -- so far it's been an incredible experience :)

bibliobibuli said...

solomon - your head is an empty void where books should be

anon - crime and punishment is on my top ten list of all time ... have read it three times ... can't believe how far ahead of its time it is

Anonymous said...

Yes, no one writes like that any more. It's an industry now.. authors crank out books as if they were writing machines. No one spends his life writing a magnum opus anymore.

Greenbottle said... hotmail address starts with raskolnikov....crime and punishment 'changed' current read is an old bio of artaturk by patrick kinross...he's a bastard but i'm eternally grateful to him for keeping istanbul under 'islamic' sphere....

lil ms d said...


stop me from hitting kino this weekend!!! pay just been banked in; the booklists are tempting me, and oh boy.

my book list this year has been mostly research but some books that opened up my mind:

Vision of Islam - William Chittick
The Kite Runner
The Curious Incident...

Actually we should do our own lists and email them to you :)

bibliobibuli said...

lil ms d - that's a good idea - i also need some time to think! if you e-mail your list i'll post it up ...