As for the year that was in literature, 2009 was a pretty solid year. I read some great books....and here is the short list of contenders for book of the year:
- The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, Max Brooks - the year started out great with the walking dead.
- In the skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje - wow, I can't believe it took me so long to read this powerhouse of Canadiana literature.
- The forever war, Joe Haldeman - i wouldn't be a top list without a sci-fi entry!
- The world without us, Alan Weisman - the ideas were tremendous, the writing was a bit weak,....still a pretty incredible thought experiement
- The best laid plans, Terry Fallis - I couldn't stop laughing and my grammar improved immensely!
- The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga - The 2008 booker winner did not disappoint. Adiga is a huge talent in the making.
- The road, Cormac McCarthy - Stunning, gripping fable on man's plight for direction in a post apocalyptic world.
- You shall know our velocity!, Dave Eggers - quite possibly the most original author in mainstream fiction right now.
- Foundation series, Isaac Asimov - um, I'm allowed 2 entries for sci-fi, right? This is one of the all-time classics by Asimov.
- The in-betweeen world of Vikram Lall - well, I preferred the Assassin's song (which I read in 2009 as well), but this one had more meaning, as I had traveled to Kenya this year.
- Three day road, Joseph Boyden - although his 2nd book "Through black spruce" was the more critically acclaimed novel, this first novel by Boyden set up this Cree author for great brilliance.
- A farewell to arms, Ernest Hemingway - It is easy to ignore Hemingway as simply one of these greats, but this novel reminded me of why we consider him so great.
- Bigfoot, I not dead, Graham Roumieu - um, could I actually pick a animated book of 35 pages as my favourite book of 2009? You may end up thinking less of me!
- The heart is a lonely hunter, McCullers - minus points because Oprah liked it, but plus points because I liked it!
So which one was my favourite of 2009? Well, just to draw this one out even more, why not give a countdown to the top 5! In no particular order, here we go:
- Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
- You shall know our velocity! by Dave Eggers
- In the skin of a Lion - Michael Ondaatje