Friday, November 28, 2008

From 2008's Reading -- Two Top Ten Lists

From this year's reading, here's a quick list of my highest recommendations:

Non-Fiction Selections from 2008
(From highest rating down):

1) The Prince of Darkness by Robert Novak
2) America Alone by Mark Steyn
3) Brave New Family, a collection of essays by G. K. Chesterton
4) Dickens by Fred Kaplan
5) One Hundred Days: Napoleon’s Road to Waterloo by Alan Schom
6) The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh (edited by David Gallagher)
7) Judging Thomas: The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas by Ken Foskett
8) Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
9) The Face of Battle by John Keegan
10) What If? The World’s Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (John Keegan, David McCullough, Stephen Ambrose, Victor Davis Hanson, Thomas Fleming, James M. McPherson, Robert Cowley and more.)

Fiction Selections from 2008
(From highest rating down):

1) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
2) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
3) Random Harvest by James Hilton
4) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
5) The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
6) A few John Buchan novels (Thirty-Nine Steps, Power-House, Greenmantle, Mr. Standfast, The Three Hostages, The Island of Sheep, and Huntingtower)
7) To The Last Man by Jeff Shaara
8) Parnassus On Wheels by Christopher Morley
9) Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
10) Dragon by Clive Cussler