Here's the moment you've all been waiting for -- Word Nerd's Top Ten Books of 2008.
Without further adieu... the envelope please:
10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
9. The Painter of Battles, Arturo Perez-Reverte
8. Threshold, Caitlin R. Kiernan
7. Good People, Marcus Sakey
6. The Learners, Chip Kidd
5. Pinkerton's Secret, Eric Lerner
4. Windy City, Scott Simon
3. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
2. The Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, Brock Clarke
1. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
Of these titles, four of the top ten are titles that Word Nerd read for book club (thanks to the Biblio Babes for making her read "real" books.) Arturo Perez-Reverte and Marcus Sakey are both making second appearances in the top ten list. Perez-Reverte was at #8 in 2006 for his second Capt. Alatriste book, "The Purity of Blood." Sakey was on the 2007 list at #2 for his debut novel, "The Blade Itself."
Much like last year, if Word Nerd compiled this list on a different day, the top three books may have fallen in a different order, as all three were wonderful. Word Nerd picked Water for Elephants as number one, just because it's been the one she's recommending to other readers the most since the story is more universal.
If there was a #11 on a top ten list, the spot would go to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, solely because this pop culture phenom is a good read that's compelling and hard to put down.
Congratulations to this year's top ten books. Who's on your yearly top ten?