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Books of 2008 December 30, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Books.
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For the sake of posterity, here’s my annual rundown of books (2008 edition):

David Bornstein

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

Pat Dorsey

The Little Book That Builds Wealth: The Knockout Formula for Finding Great Investments

Mohamed El-Erian

When Markets Collide: Investment Strategies for the Age of Global Economic Change

Joshua Ferris

Then We Came to the End

Jasper Fforde

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels

Thomas Friedman

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution –- and How it Can Renew America

Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book

Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success

Austin Grossman

Soon I Will Be Invincible

Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Michael Lewis

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Walter Moers

The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear

Irene Nemirovsky

Suite Francaise

I.J. Parker

The Hell Screen

Michael Pollan

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Garr Reynolds

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale

Alvin Toffler and Heidi Toffler

Revolutionary Wealth

Paul Torday

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

All in all, a good year for reading. Admittedly, the number of books I read this year was boosted by Artemis Fowl (good reading, that), but even without those I still managed to keep within my yearly target. Looking forward, 2009 looks promising between the unfinished business of 2008 (I count about three or four) and some new material that found its way to my desk (I count two or three). As always, suggestions are very welcome.

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