Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Books of 2008 (So Far)

It's the day before Thanksgiving, and if the office I find myself in this morning were any more abandoned, I'd be tempted to take off my clothes and run around it screaming. That is, if I were any more abandoned.

My point here is that I'd like to make a post, but don't have much time. So I've decided to post a list of the books I've read so far in 2008. I'm ripping off the idea from my pal John Hornor Jacobs, who got it from writer Erik Smetana. I don't know where Erik got it.

As an extra-special added holiday bonus, I've also rated each book from 1-5 stars.

Hostage to the Devil - Malachi Martin ***
Mariette in Ecstacy - Ron Hansen
Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill *****
Libra - Don DeLillo ***
Abducted - Brian Pinkerton ***
The Plot Thickens - Noah Lukeman ****
Independence Day - Richard Ford ****
The Bottoms - Joe Lansdale ****
Southern Gods - John Hornor Jacobs ****
Mama's Boy - Fran Friel ****
The Keep - Jennifer Egan ****
The Plot Against America - Philip Roth *****
A Good and Happy Child - Justin Evans *****
The Children's Hospital - Chris Adrian **
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle ****
This Perfect Day - Ira Levin ****

That's only 16, far short of the 36 John Hornor Jacobs has put away. With any luck, I'll make it to 20 by the end of the year. I guess I'm just a slow reader. Guess what? Turns out I'm a pretty slow writer, too. What can I say?

One of the things I'm grateful for this year is books, and the money to buy them, and the time to read them, and the people who write them.

Happy Thanksgiving.

5 comments:

John Hornor Jacobs said...

Oh, your list reminded me of two more books. Joe Hill and Lansdale. Thanks, buddy!

Fran Friel said...

One of things I'm thankful for this year is your friendship. I only wish you were closer ride for dinner.

I'm thankful also for the kind mention of MB in your list. It's an honor.

Wishing you a fabulous TG!

Much Love,
Fran

Erik Smetana said...

I thunk it up. Actually, I saw someone had a "Currently Reading" and "Recently Read" area on their blog so I thought, Hey, I'll copy that..

Then my list got long, thus the MASTER LIST. I see some books on yours that I need to check out.

Erik Smetana said...

oh and it's a k, not a c. I hear Eric Smetana is rat bastard, don't know him personally, but that's what I hear.

C. Michael Cook said...

Thanks for the korrection, Erik!