I read a lot of books in a year, both new and familiar. Sometimes I start a book and don’t finish it. That happened more this year than in past years, I think, and as a consequence I didn’t read as much as I ordinarily like to. But that notwithstanding, I read some great books this year and I want to bring them to your attention. It’s been hard picking out the best of a good bunch. I imagine (though I won’t promise) that I’ll be reviewing a lot of these books here on the blog in the months ahead, so I’ll save any comments on them until then.
The Meaning of Night and The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
1776 and The Path Between The Seas by David McCullough
Tales From The Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien
Different Seasons and On Writing: A Memoir of The Craft by Stephen King
The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker, Edited by Leslie S. Klinger
The Making of ‘Star Wars’ by J.W. Rinzler
Marco Polo: From Venice To Xanadu by Laurence Bergreen
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
The Illustrated Man and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon
Red Harvest and Crime Stories, and Other Writings by Dashiell Hammett
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Currently in my hands is The Help by Kathryn Stockett, which is quite good already—and I’m not even a hundred pages in!