26 Books 2008: Round-up

I'm pleased with what I read this year. I'm 200 pages from the end of what would have been book 43 but I ran out of time. It'll be a rollover. January The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr Ratking by Michael Dibdin Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

February Net, Blogs and Rock 'n' Roll by David Jennings No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

March The Damned Season by Carlo Lucarelli The Man Who Went Up In Smoke by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle

April The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

May Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred Vargas How Fiction Works by James Wood Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli The Man on the Balcony by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

June The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

July Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans, edited by Dave Eggers Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

August Night Work by Thomas Glavinic War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

September The Fire Engine That Disappeared by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

October The Broken World by Tim Etchells Murder at the Savoy by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

November Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace March Violets by Philip Kerr The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

December The Abominable Man by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo

A few stats:

  • Four of the books were written by women, though seven were co-written by a woman
  • Four of the books were non-fiction
  • Eighteen of the books were translations
  • Eight of the books were published before 1944, including two that before 1900
  • Five of the books were published in 2008