Best Book of the Year

I read a lot of good books this year.  But the best had to be Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (currently only $2.99 on the Kindle!). Here’s what I wrote about it:

The title characters are superbly drawn, leading me to hope that this novel will never be turned into a movie, for there is so much subtlety to their personalities, and my affections toward each of them rose and fell so many times, that a 3-act movie would be a supreme injustice to the Clark’s development of them. [READ THE REST]

Since a lot of us will be buying books over the next couple weeks, what’s the best book that you read this year?

A Book-a-Month in 2011

Now that the dissertation is all but done, I’m turning my time to some things that have been back-burnered.  One of them is reading books I want to read, not often possible when one is on an eight-year PhD journey.  So my goal this year is to read a book a month, alternating between non-fiction and fiction.  I’ll be occasionally blogging about each book I read, so I’d welcome any blog readers who’d like to join me in any of the below.  You can see, I’ve got a half of the slots to fill, so I am open to suggestions, particularly in the fiction category:


Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace (this is what I’m currently reading, and it’s awesome)

Being and Time by Martin Heidegger

Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy by Michael Polanyi

The Night of the Gun: A Reporter Investigates the Darkest Story of His Life. His Own. By David Carr


Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (one of my favorite novels of all time, and due for a re-reading)