Where has the year gone? I just noticed my next lot of DVDs and books from Surry Hills Library are due back next year, so I thought it time to do my Best Reads of 2006. That links you to all the entries on books under that tag on my WordPress blog, plus I need to go back to Books and Ideas
on Blogspot [entry now on WordPress] for the first three months. Any candidates I find there I will link individually, if Blogspot lets me.
Books (and at least one website) are listed in reverse time order.
1. Umberto Eco The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.
2. Peter Carey, My Life as a Fake.
3. John Birmingham, Designated Targets.
4. Qiu Xiaolong, Death of a Red Heroine.
5. Gerald Seymour, Traitor’s Kiss.
6. Philip Gulley & James Mulholland, If God is Love.
7. Julian Barnes, Arthur & George.
8. Quintin Jardine, For the Death of Me.
9. Riverbend’s Baghdad Burning site (see Blogroll).
10. Au Waipang’s Yawning Bread site (see Blogroll).
11. Roger McDonald, The Ballad of Desmond Kale.
12. Ruth Kluger, Landscapes of Memory.
13. Stuart Macintyre and Anna Clark, The History Wars.
14. David and Ben Crystal, The Shakespeare Miscellany.
15. Ouyang Yu, The Eastern Slope Chronicle.
16. John Baker, The Chinese Girl.
17. Turki al-Hamad, Adama.
18. Atiq Rahimi, Earth and Ashes.
19. Adam Nicolson, Power and Glory: Jacobean England and the Making of the King James Bible.
20. Ian Rankin, The Falls.
21. Mario Vargas Llosa, Death in the Andes.
22. Michael Klare, Blood and Oil.
23. Ann Wroe, Pontius Pilate.
24. Graham Swift, The Light of Day.
25. John Shelby Spong, The Sins of Scripture.
26. Kevin Stevens, The Rizzoli Contract.
27. Carrie Tiffany, Everyday Rules for Scientific Living.
28. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights reread.
29. Richard Norman, On Humanism.
30. Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, The Rule of Four.
31. Nadine Gordimer, Get a Life.
32. Dorothy McRae-McMahon, Memoirs of Moving On.
33. James Sallis, Drive
34. Jim Wallis, God’s Politics.
35. Douglas Glover, Elle.
36. Trevanian, The Crazyladies of Pearl Street.
37. Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, Mao: the Unknown Story.
38. Bob Kaplan and Harold Rabinowitz, Speaking of Books: The Best Things Ever Said about Books and Book Collecting.
39. Paul Rasor, Faith without Certainty.
40. Lucius Shepard A Handbook of American Prayer (a novel).
Compare Best Reads 2005.