Best of 2008

posted by Nick Hornby December 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm Books, Films, Music ,

Favourite songs of 2008:

Make The Road By Walking – Menahan Street Band
You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds and Regina Spektor
Great Expectations – Gaslight Anthem
Chasing Pavements – Adele
Cleveland – Luke Doucet
Magic – University of Chicago Voices In Your Head
Hang On – Dr Dog
Did You Miss Me? – Lindsey Buckingham
Murder In The City – Avett Brothers
Run Run – Those Dancing Days

Favourite albums:

Little Joy
Vampire Weekend
The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem
Thing Of The Past – Vetiver
49.00 – Paul Westerberg

My favourite books of the year were all non-fiction, and two of them have not yet been published in the UK, although they’re on their way, I think: David Carr’s ‘Night Of The Gun’ (if you only have the time or energy for one addiction memoir, then this should be it) and Elizabeth McCracken’s heartbreaking but thoughtful ‘An Exact Replica Of A Figment Of My Imagination’. But Mark Harris’s ‘Scenes From A Revolution’, the best book about movies I’ve read, is available somewhere near you now. The best novel I read this year was Penelope Mortimer’s bleak and exquisite ‘The Pumpkin Eater’, which was published in 1962.