The 33 books I read last year:
Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
Flipping Out by Marshall Karp
Bloodthirsty by Marshall Karp
The Forger's Spell by Edward Dolnick
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
Blind Eye by James B. Stewart
Ablutions by Patrick deWitt
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
Running from the Devil by James Frevelatti
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Phases of Gravity by Dan Simmons
[Title Redacted] by Marshall Karp*
Show me the Sky by Nicholas Hogg
The Dart League King by Keith Lee Morris
Buffalow Lockjaw by Greg Ames
The Little Sleep by iain Banks
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Curse of the Spellman by Lisa Lutz
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
Glover's Mistake by Nick Laird
Revenge of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Huge by James W. Fuerst
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Downtown Owl by Chuck Klosterman
The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
e2 by Matt Beaumont
Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman
* I know the title of this book, but I can't tell you. One of the main perks of working for a fabulous author is being able to cajole him into sending you the draft of his next book, coming to a bookstore near you, with a title and everything, early this summer. You should read his first three books now to get ready.
The ones I think you should read:
Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I think I said before that for the first third of this book I thought it was possibly the most amazing thing I had ever read. The rest of it didn't quite hold up to the beginning, but still worth reading.
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga. Good book. About a teenager, which I don't usually like, but not at all a book for teenagers, at least not exclusively.
Ablutions by Patrick deWitt. Strangely compelling, and I am at a loss to explain why. I was put off by the style for the first three pages, and then completely absorbed.
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold. Old, I know, but I missed it when it was new. One of those books that creates such a rich, deep, detailed world that you stop reading and find yourself blinking and squinting for a minute, trying to remember which reality is the one in which you participate.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. If you only know Austen in screenplay form, you have been greatly deprived. And if you have a Kindle or iPhone or other electronic reader, all her books are free.
Now, what's the best book you read last year? I only have twelve in my To Read pile and being so low makes me nervous.