Because I like to Keep Track.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
The Coma - Alex Garland
Jimmy Corrigan Smartest Kid on Earth - Chris Ware
The Wind Up Bird Chronicles - Haruki Murakami
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
I am Charlotte Simmons - Tom Wolfe
Persepolis - Marjorie Satrapi
In the Shadow of No Towers - Art Spiegelman
Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
The Things The Carried - Tim O' Brien
The Testament - John Grisham
Harry Potter 5 - J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter 6 - J.K. Rowling
The Big Year - Mark Obmascik
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
California, a History - Kevin Starr
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
Chronicles - Bob Dylan
The Ground Beneath Her Feet - Salmon Rushdie
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
I am amazed at how few books I read this year. Even moreso; of the books I finished, how few new authors I explored. Only Satrapi, Hosseini, Buck, Kostova, and Ware were new to me (and even Ware might not count as I have read numerous shorter pieces of his before). Kostova and Hosseini were the only new novelists I explored.
Also, the ones I didn't finish were all quite good, I just put them down for one reason or another and never picked them up again.
I'd say the best book I read this year, my favorite at least, was The Grapes of Wrath
. In terms of contemporary fiction, I was floored by The Kite Runner
, and I'm really into Kafka on the Shore
is quite good, and is exactly the survey history I was looking for
. However, I really wish it focused more on the period from European discovery to the 1906 quake (after which I quite frankly begin to lose interest because I'm relatively familiar with 20th century history).