Embassytown by China Mieville
The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
Robbie's Wife by Russell Hill
The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte
Nobody's Angel by Jack Clark
Up in the Air by Walter Kirn
Nineteen Seventy-Four by David Peace
Bossypants by Tina Fey
And five honorable mentions:
Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
Our Kind of Traitor by John LeCarre
This list is fairly heavy on crime, mystery, and thriller, and I admit to feeling a bit of ennui when making this out. I'm getting an itching in my mind to read a little better, or at least smarter, for a while. We shall see how it goes, but based on what I bought with my Amazon gift cards, I am going to try.
I have also now mastered this challenge for, unbelievably, four years in a row. Here are my lists of favorite reads from 2010, 2009, and the first go-round in 2008. To maybe spice it up in 2012, I will be taking suggestions from readers. Let me know what you think is good and I will try to mix a few new ideas.
Cracking IQ 84 by Haruki Murakami tonight!