On Monday 26 December I talked with Booktown's readers panel (Cameron Cobden, John Deaderick and Alison Jones-Pomatto) about their favorite books of 2005. Along the way, we also mentioned quite of few past favorites and non-favorites. The list of books and authors discussed follows; favorite books of 2005 are marked with an asterix.

Cameron Cobden

*Assasination Vacation by Sarah Vowell (Simon & Schuster)
*Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford (Crown)
Genghis Khan: The Emperor of All Men by Harold Lamb (McBride)
*Disgrace by J M Coetze (Viking)
*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J K Rowling (Scholastic)
*A Feast for Crows by George R R Martin (Spectra)

John Deaderick

*A Song of Ice and Fire
(of which A Feast for Crows is the fourth installment) by George RR Martin (Spectra). The earlier volumes are A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords.
Amsterdam (
Anchor), Enduring Love (Nan A Telese) and Saturday (Nan A Telese) by Ian McEwan
Patricia Highsmith
Margaret Atwood
*Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (many editions)
Oryx and Craik by Margaret Atwood (Doubleday)
*Sarah Vowell
*The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
*The Known World by Edward P Jones
David Mitchell

Alison Jones-Pomatto

*The Tender Bar by J R Moehringer
*Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey
*The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
*The City of Fallen Angels by John Behrendt
*Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
*Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Eric Tomb

*Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Houghton Mifflin)
*Incendiary by Chris Cleave (Knopf)
*Willful Creatures by Aimee Bender (Doubleday)
*Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (many editions)
*Desolation Angels
by Jack Kerouac (many editions)
*War Trash by Ha Jin (Pantheon)
*K: The Art of Love by Hong Ying (Marion Boyars)
*Moral Politics by George Lakoff (University of Chicago Press)

The program acted up and I couldn't add some of the publishers without affecting the links. But you already have much more information than you really want.

posted by Eric Tomb and others 4:02 PM

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