Okay, time for my personal book awards. (The Bibs?)
Criteria? Reading pleasure!
I'll give my book of the year award to Peter Carey's Theft (he won my award a year or two back for True History of the Kelly Gang. Is this love?)
Close runners-up: Paul Auster's The Brooklyn Follies, Yiyun Li's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and Etgar Keret's The Bus Driver Who Thought He Was God.
I've also read and enjoyed several very good memoirs this year, particularly Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters (made me cry) and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson (made me laugh - a lot).
A special mention also goes to the beautiful and informative Malacca: Voices from the Street by Lim Huck Chin and Fernando Jorge. It may have cost a small fortune, but it's a book to treasure.
My reading vows for next year:
To complete the TBR challenge I've set myself up for.
To read and review more books, especially local fiction.
To discover some of the books and authors you guys have been recommending.
To read more foreign fiction and short fiction collections.
So okay then - what were your best books of the year and your reading vows for next?