Believe it or not, music isn't the only thing that compels people to to publish year-end lists. Here are some of the more notorious year-end lists (regular Playground readers already know to expect Bolaño on these):
A little British flavor - The Times' Christmas Books 2008: Fiction
And that most prolific of critics, Stephen King's favorites... big change of pace from these other lists. Not necessarily a good change of pace.
As you've probably noticed, Roberto Bolaño's 2666, Toni Morrison's A Mercy, and Joseph O'Neill's Netherland are pretty ubiquitous. There's a reason for that. Do yourself a favor and read one over break; 2666 is high on my list. Also, other common list-toppers are Alexander Hemon's The Lazarus Project and Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth.
And of course, this year's big English-language literary prizes went to:
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (announced in April)
Nobel Prize for Literature (meh) -
National Book Award for Fiction - Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
Man Booker Prize for Fiction - The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
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