Right about now everyone and their mother is coming out with a list of the top ten books from 2004. I’m not sure that I’m qualified to choose the ten best books out of the tens of thousands published in 2004, and I’m not interested in littering the literary landscape with another unwanted list.
What I’m going to put together is something completely different, something that you will only find here, at Conversational Reading. An exclusive offer. I’m going to take the 40 books I read in 2004 and pick out the ten that I think are best. A far more feasible task than choosing from the pool of books published in 2004, and a task that I am perfectly suited for.
I’ve got the ten in my head at this moment, but instead of just shooting my wad all at once, I’m going to do this systematic-like. One book per day, ten days, starting tomorrow. I’ll also post a little commentary explaining why I liked each book enough to put it in the upper 1/4 of everything I read in 2004, and maybe add something about why I placed it above or below certain other books in the top ten.
So then, kicking off tomorrow, 9 am my time. See you there.