So this is the best of the best. I’ve narrowed the over 70 books I’ve read this year to the ten best in order. Following the tradition I’ve established in the previous end of year posts this list will start at the best. No saving the best for last here. This is the best plain and simple; it doesn’t matter the genre, the year published or whether its fiction/non-fiction.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (rating: 5.0) – I can’t recall reading another book that has caused me to reevaluate so thoroughly the way I and the rest of my fellow Americans live. Food is pretty darn important after all.
- Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (rating: 5.0) – This is an incredible book, its difficult to explain why so just read it.
- A Short History of Nearly Everything (rating: 5.0) – This book inspired me to learn unlike any other book I’ve read. Two non-fictions in the top three!
- Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell (rating: 5.0) – Buckell’s debut novel is an enormously fun read, if you have any interest in sci-fi check it out.
- The Kite Runner by Khaleid Hosseini (rating: 4.75) – An emotionally charged book which I’m sure most of you have already read.
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (rating: 4.5) – The second of two McCarthy books on the list. My only regret is that at my current rate I’ll have no more of his books left to read.
- Atonement by Ian McEwan (rating: 4.5) – This was my introduction to McEwan, I’m afraid its so good I can only go down from here.
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (rating: 4.5) – Stephenson is one of a handful of authors I discovered in 2007 who are tops on my list for books to read in 2008.
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (rating: 4.5) – And here’s another of those authors. This was a complex book that I was left pondering for weeks after finishing.
- Black Swan Green by David Mitchell (rating: 4.5) – Much better than I thought any book about a 13 year old boy could be.
And as a bonus… My favorite author discovered in 2007: Cormac McCarthy (runner-up: David Mitchell)