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Random musings on reading and books from a librarian in training.

Monday, December 8, 2008

NY Times Gift Suggestions

The holidays are a great time to gather reading recommendations and gift ideas. Almost every publication has round up on best books of the years and/or gift guides


The New York Times has several lists:

The Book Review’s Top 10 books of 2008:

Michiko Kakutani's 10 Favorite Books of 2008

Janet Maslin’s 10 Favorite Books of 2008

100 Notable Books of 2008

I haven’t delved too deeply into any of the “adult” lists, but was not wowed on my first pass through. I would like to read Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, which is currently with a stack of books I meant to read this year.

I also bought: Lincoln: The Biography of A Writer for my dad after reading about it. According to the Times, “This resonant biography looks at the role that Lincoln’s avid reading of the Bible, Shakespeare and other works played in shaping his gifts as a writer, and how his literary skills in turn helped him articulate — and promote — his vision of a new America rising from the ashes of the Civil War.”


Best Illustrated Children’s Books 2008:

Notable Children’s Books of 2008

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