Favorite Reads of October 2008 – October 2009

My Favorite Books from My Year of Reading a Book a Day

The Thing Around Your Neck
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Asterios Polyp
by David Mazzucchelli

Last Essays of Elia
by Charles Lamb

by Pete Dexter

How to Paint a Dead Man
by Sarah Hall

The Laws of Evening
by Mary Yukari Waters

The Calling
by Mary Gray Hughes

The Tomb in Seville
by Norman Lewis

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

Hannah Coulter
by Wendell Berry

A Terrible Splendor
by Marshall Jon Fisher

For Grace Received
by Valeria Parrella

Last Night at the Lobster
by Stewart O’Nan

The Moon Opera
by Bi Feiyu

Say You’re One of Them
by Uwem Akpan

Crow Planet
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

The Darts of Cupid
by Edith Templeton

Salvation and Other Disasters
by Josip Novakovich

The Poorhouse Fair
by John Updike

by Willem Elsschot

by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Tempest Tales
by Walter Mosley

The Samurai’s Garden
by Gail Tsukiyama

by Achy Obejas

The Peregrine
by J.A. Baker

Bombay Time
by Thrity Umrigar

The Plated City
by Bliss Perry

by David Small

Little Bee
by Chris Cleave

The Book of Chameleons
by Jose Eduardo Agualusa

Alice Fantastic
by Maggie Estep

by J.M.G. Le Clezio

by Colm Toibin

The Nick Adams Stories
by Ernest Hemingway

One Foot in Eden
by Ron Rash

In the Meantime
by Robin Lippincott

The Man in the Picture
by Susan Hill

Miss Lonelyhearts
by Nathaniel West

The Forged Coupon
by Leo Tolstoy

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner
by Alan Sillitoe

Revolutionary Road
by Richard Yates

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
by Thornton Wilder

Beauty Salon
by Mario Bellatin

Somewhere Towards the End
by Diana Athill

The House Beautiful
by Allison Burnett

The Sin Eater
by Alice Thomas Ellis

Female Trouble
by Antonya Nelson

In the Woods
by Tana French

The Touchstone
by Edith Wharton

The Good Soldier
by Ford Madox Ford

The Shadow of the Sun
by Ryszard Kapuscinksi

The Master of Petersburg
by J.M. Coetzee

by Margaret Atwood

Things Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe

The Fall
by Albert Camus

A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest J. Gaines

The White Tiger
by Aravind Adiga

The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Brief Wondrous Life
of Oscar Wao
by Junot Diaz

The Joys of Motherhood
by Buchi Emecheta

Man in the Dark
by Paul Auster

Walk the Blue Fields
by Claire Keegan

Mr. Pip
by Lloyd Jones

The Emperor’s Tomb
by Joseph Roth

The Crying of Lot 49
by Thomas Pynchon

The Curriculum Vitae
of Aurora Ortiz
by Almudena Solana

The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain
by Charles Dickens

The Three of Us
by Julia Blackburn

Under the Frangipani
by Mia Couto

The Emigrants
by WG Sebald

A History of Love
by Nicole Krauss

The Pursuit of Love
by Nancy Mitford

The Howling Miller
by Arto Paasalinna

A Hope in the Unseen
by Ron Suskind

The German Mujahid
by Boualem Sansal

The Open Door
by Elizabeth Maguire

The Writing Life
by Annie Dillard

by Octavia E. Butler

The Love of the Last Tycoon
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Black Water
by Joyce Carol Oates

Seize the Day
by Saul Bellow

by Philip Roth

To Siberia
by Per Petterson

The Assault
by Harry Mulisch

To Siberia
by Per Petterson

by C. J. Sansom

Algren at Sea
by Nelson Algren

A Mercy
by Toni Morrison

Captains Courageous
by Rudyard Kipling

by Banana Yoshimoto

By Chance
by Martin Corrick

A Smile of Fortune
by Joseph Conrad

The Body Artist
by Don Dellilo

The Sun Field
by Heywood Braun

The English Major
by Jim Harrison

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave
by Frederick Douglas



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