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What is the best book you have read in the past twelve months?

Asked by tabbycat (1811points) August 16th, 2008
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aidje's avatar

Such a difficult question….

wildflower's avatar

I only started reading it yesterday, but already “Visual Arts in The Faroes” has gotten me hooked, given me chills and even brought out a sentimental tear reading about old myths and stories that inspired art back home.

Kar's avatar

Too hard to choose a best in the last year. This summer I really didn’t feel like anything deep or heavy, so I am reading the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m on the fifth book at the moment. They are light reading and entertaining. They center around a woman who inherits some money when her father dies, and decides to open her own detective agency in Botswana Africa. These really aren’t detective books or mysteries – it’s more about the people in her life, and what happens with them in every day life. You get hooked, and want to know what will happen next…...........also, reading these books has given me a good look into African culture and traditions. Very interesting.

waterbearer's avatar

I’ve read a ton of good ones, but the most recent is “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. Loved it!

poofandmook's avatar

Marley & Me by John Grogan

PupnTaco's avatar

“The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins.

augustlan's avatar

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

seVen's avatar

“The Dawkins Delusion” see it in your local library/bookstores/amazon

ezraglenn's avatar

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

poofandmook's avatar

I read that one too, August.

Hobbes's avatar

“The Raw Shark Texts” by Steven Hall.

VIPrincess's avatar

Holes by Louis Sachar!! Soooooo good!
u must keep reading it because if u put it down its like taking puzzle peices out of a finished puzzle!

AlaskaTundrea's avatar

“Ladies of Liberty” by Cokie Roberts. She takes the diaries and letters of the women behind the men of the early days of our nation and weaves them into an intriguing behind the scenes look at the movers and shakers of our nation. By getting to know the women, you get to know the Founding Fathers as humans, not just names in a history book.

Carla's avatar

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

janbb's avatar

Once again, I have to mention Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke.

greylady's avatar

“Animals in Translation” by Temple Grandin. This might be the best book I have read in the last 5 years! It is non fiction, but wonderful for anyone who loves animals.

MacBean's avatar

This is a list of the books I’ve read so far in 2008. I think Maus is my favorite of them.

marinelife's avatar

@janbb Wow, I could not finish that book. (That is a very rare thing for me too.)

janbb's avatar

@ Marina – I can see why it would not appeal to people even though I love it. It does have a very 19th century discursive style to it (but I love many 19th century books.) After a while, I did stop reading all of the footnotes, but I did really love it.

mee_ouch's avatar

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies – Jared Diamond
I simply must include these honourable mentions. All re-reads:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat – Oliver Sacks
Women In Love – D.H. Lawrence
Imperial Life in the Emerad City – Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Charles Mingus: Beneath the Underdog – Charlie Mingus
Coming Through Slaughter – Michael Ondaatje

emt333's avatar

Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn

kapuerajam's avatar

Noisy outlaws, unfriendly blobs, and some other things that aren’t scary, maybe, depending on how you feel about lost lands, stray cellphones, creatures from the sky, parents who disappear in Peru, a man named Lars Farf, and one other story we couldn’t quite finish so maybe you could help us out.

(yes that whole thing is the title)

nina's avatar

Adam Gopnik, “Through the Children’s Gate” and ‘Paris to the Moon’

Took my breath away, both of them did.

jeanmay's avatar

Small Island by Andrea Levy is just great. A nice easy read but certainly not lacking juiciness.

kristianbrodie's avatar

Engleby by Sebastian Faulks – properly devastating!

90s_kid's avatar

To Kill A Mockingbird

I read it in school

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