Gonna find out what book to read next. I know the holidays are here because I have more than 40 books on reserve. How did that happen? It's because in November and December all the "Best of" lists come out. I love the lists. Let all the smart people go and read everything and narrow it down so I only read the good stuff. Usually I find enough books to get me through a good portion of the following year. There are:
Tthe National Book Award and all the Finalists
The Man/Booker Prize Long List
The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2011
Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011
Amazon's Best of 2011
and Library Journal
Some of the (very good) books that I have read as a result of these lists are:
Nightwoods by Charles FrazierTrain Dreams by Denis Johnson
The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollack
I Want My Hat Back (a kids picture book, but it made my day, so much that I had to include it).
What were some of the best books you read in 2011?