Best Books of 2008
Best of Art & Culture 2007

Best Fiction of 2008

Best non-fiction 2008

Best Children's Books of 2008

Best of Crime Fiction


Best of Crime Fiction




It may be true that 2008 was financially lean, but even though times were tough, a lot of great books made it into print. Some of our very favorite books were thick and lush and rich in spirit if not in fact. And if there were less books published than usual, we certainly did not notice it. As always, the January Magazine stacks were also thick and it was apparent that many worthy books were published during the year.

As usual, our best of the year feature reflects the books our contributors and editors liked best in 2008. We review from almost all branches of the book industry and, as a result, our choices run the gamut.

The January Magazine Best Books of the Year list is not a popularity contest. Our choices reflect what our writers and editors liked best of the books they read and enjoyed throughout the year. They don’t need to qualify their choices or explain them to anyone. There is no board or panel. No quotas from certain publishers, no authors that must be included. These are, quite simply, the books that our well read eyes and hearts liked best, listed in alphabetical order within the loose category in which they fall. | December 2008

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children's booksfictionnon-fiction art & culture • crime fiction from A-G, by title • crime fiction from H-Z