C. Max Magee of The Millions has an annual tradition of asking people to talk about books they’ve read and enjoyed during the previous year:
The reading choices available to us are almost too broad to fathom. And so we pick here and there from the shelves, reading a book from centuries ago and then one that came out ten years ago. The “10 Best Books of 2007″ seems so small next to that.
But with so many millions of books to choose from, where can we go to find what to read?
If somebody hasn’t already coined this phrase, I’ll go ahead and take credit for it: A lucky reader is one surrounded by many other readers. And what better way to end a long year than to sit (virtually) with a few dozen trusted fellow readers to hear about the very best book (or books) they read all year, regardless of publication date.
It’s a great idea and the posts are always interesting (the complete list is here); this year he’s done me the honor of making my (excessively long, I’m afraid) post the first in the series—I’ve discussed the language books at LH, but not (I believe) the Russian history ones.