I read many books last year—108 to be exact. Looking over the list, there were some high points and low points. I had tried to write a little something about each book, but you can see that I gave up after a while. I’ll try again this year.
I finished Robert Graves’s Good-Bye to All That on 1/1/08 but I’m including it in last year’s list anyway. It’s a great book on which to end the year–what a wonderful memoir! Graves gives an excellent portrait of a nation on the brink of change. The First World War changed everything, including Graves. An officer sent over to France, he grew appalled at the callousness of the military command, not to mention the people back home reveling in their jingoism while scores of men died absolutely horrific deaths in the trenches.
I started reading a novel that won’t be out until this summer, which is why I’m not linking to it on the sidebar as there’s no book jacket info yet. It’s a debut novel by David Wroblewski titled The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. They’re calling it a modern retelling of Hamlet set in Wisconsin. Lee Boudreaux is the editor from Ecco and I tend to like the books on which she has worked. Hopefully this will be number one on my Reading List of 2008. Has anyone else started a good book?