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Ben Babcock

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1 Article from January 2010

  1. Top 10 best and worst books I read in 2009

    Another year is behind us, and the Internet is inundated with all sorts of "best of" and "worst of" lists, including Rex Sorgatz's List of Lists. Last year, I posted my inaugural annual list of best and worst books I read. I enjoyed pontificating so much about my favourite (and least favourite) books of 2008 that I thought I'd do it all over again for 2009!

    Before we begin, let me explain. I use a site called Goodreads to track what I read. I joined Goodreads last year in May 2008, so I only had seven months' worth of books--64, to be exact. Choosing twenty books as the best and worst of the "year" amounted to thirty per cent of the "year's" total.

    This year it's different. I read 156 books, which gives me a wider selection and means I have to be a little more discriminating in choosing my top 10. In fact, winnowing the choice down to ten took more work than I thought it would. Sure, I could create a "top 11" or "top 12" list--why enslave myself to society's arbitrary fascination with the number 10? But that's not the point. The point is to…

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