What I Read in 2008
* - books I really liked

Previous Years
2007     2006     2005


Infinite Jest. David Foster Wallace *
Gods Behaving Badly. Marie Phillips

Uneasy Money. P.G. Wodehouse
The Drunkard's Walk. Leonard Mlodinow (abandoned)
The Portable Dorothy Parker. Dorothy Parker
Outliers. Malcolm Gladwell (abandoned)
Why Read Marx Today? Jonathan Wolff
Save the World on Your Own Time. Stanley Fish (abandoned)
Girl Factory. Jim Krusoe
Blue Heaven
. Joe Keenan (abandoned)
Rough Weather. Robert Parker
Crooked River Burning. Mark Winegardner 

The Age of Reagan. Sean Wilentz (abandoned)
The Thing Itself: On the Search for Authenticity. Richard Todd 
Bill the Conqueror. P.G. Wodehouse
Dear American Airlines. Jonathan Miles 
Something Fishy. P. G. Wodehouse

The Girl on the Boat. P.G. Wodehouse
Zen Heart. Ezra Bayda

Dancing With Life. Phillip Moffitt
Jill the Reckless. P.G. Wodehouse

War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, translators) 
Blandings Castle. P.G. Wodehouse
Heavy Weather. P.G. Wodehouse

Pro Football Prospectus 2008. Aaron Schatz
Hot Water. P.G. Wodehouse
Authenticity: Clearing the Junk. Venerable Yifa
Summer Lightning
. P.G. Wodehouse
Biography of the Dollar. Craig Karmin
My Stroke of Insight. Jill Bolte Taylor (skimmed)
Uncle Dynamite. P.G. Wodehouse

Then We Came to the End. Joshua Ferris
Wake Up Now. Stephan Bodian
Happiness is an Inside Job. Sylvia Boorstein
War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy
Piccadilly Jim. P.G. Wodehouse
Laughing Gas. P.G. Wodehouse
Big Money. P.G. Wodehouse
Strange Bedfellows: How Late-Night Comedy Turns Democracy into a Joke. Rusell Peterson.
Sixty Poems. Charles Simic
Beautiful Children. Charles Bock
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society. Farhad Manjoo

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. Amy Hempel
Sixty Poems. Charles Simic
The End of the Affair. Graham Greene 
Ambivalent Zen. Lawrence Shainberg
Consumed. Benjamin Barber (abandoned)
Wittgenstein's Poker. David Edmonds and John Eidinow (abandoned)
Ending the Pursuit of Happiness. Barry Magid
What's the Matter with Kansas? Thomas Frank
Pigs Have Wings. P.G. Wodehouse
Mulliner Nights. P.G. Wodehouse
Who's Your City? Richard Florida
The Really Hard Problem. Owen Flanagan (abandoned)

Knockemstiff. Donald Ray Pollock 
Psmith in the City. P.G. Wodehouse
The Courtier and the Heretic. Matthew Stewart
The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. Andre Comte-Sponville 
A Fraction of the Whole. Steve Toltz 
The Political Brain. Drew Westen
Supercalitalism. Robert Reich 

Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life. Sakyong Mipham
Wake Up Now. Stephan Bodian
. Thomas De Zengotita

Jitterbug Perfume. Tom Robbins 
The Benchley Roundup. Robert Benchley

The Road. Cormac McCarthy 
The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Michael Chabon
Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon. Garrison Keillor
The Abstinence Teacher. Tom Perrotta
Matrimony: A Novel. Joshua Henkin
Benchley Lost and Found. Robert Benchley 
The Great Gatsby
. F. Scott Fitzgerald