My Favorite 8 Books of 2008

It’s been fun for me to look back over the lists of books I read/blog about each year — I always forget some that were really enjoyable and influential for me. Anyway, here’s a list of the best/most fun/most influential books for me this year. Your mileage may vary. 🙂

Most important books I read (and that I think everyone should read)

The Post-American World, by Fareed Zakaria, by Fareed Zakaria

The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Future of the Internet (and How to Stop It), by Jonathan Zittrain

The most influential in my own personal thinking

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami

The most fun to read

Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

The Raw Shark Texts, by Stephen Hall

American Creation, by Joseph Ellis

The best written book

Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy


  1. My son wonders why Mo Willems isn’t on this list (we’ve moved on and are no into “There is a Bird on Your Head!” which he can read on his own and cracks him up).

  2. There is a Bird on Your Head is indeed a fine choice. Well picked, MrZ’s son.