This week’s Weekly Geek challenge (courtesy of Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf) is nominate books published in 2008 for our Best Books of 2008. Originally, I was not going to participate because I didn’t think I’d finished any books that were new in 2008. I usually just wait for paperbacks or pick up books used at book stores, rather than spending money on new books. In fact, I thought the last book I read “on time” was the last Harry Potter book.
But then when reading some other blog posts today (specifically Andi at Tripping Towards Lucidity) I realized that I did in fact read one new book in 2008: When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris!
If you remember my review of this book, I wasn’t thrilled with it. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t think it was a great book. I did think it was great, a highlight of books I imagine were written in 2008, but just a little disappointing for me because I had such high expectations going into it.
In any case, of the books I’ve read this year that were published in 2008, When You Are Engulfed in Flames is at the top of my list (an admittedly short list 🙂 ). But, I do think it deserves to be on a list of best books from this year.