In the spirit of writing about the best books of the year, let's write about the best books of the year! But first, let's be venomous and write about the not-best!
2006 Most Overrated: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Non-2006 (but read in 2006) Most Overrated: The Sportswriter, by Richard Ford
Now that that that that unpleasantness is done with, onto the fun! I read too few 2006 books, but recently raced through
2006 Winner: Richard Powers's The Echo Maker
completed just after finishing my first experience of RP's work, Galatea 2.d'oh!, unlike which The Echo Maker is good! I recommend it (it being TEM!)! Didn't like the ending of The Echo Maker very much, which was disappointing since the ending is more or less the point of four hundred pages, but those first 350 are easily awesome enough to nudge Mr. Powers ahead of the rest of the field. Carrot to Mr. Powers!
I also read this year, very tardily, the surprisingly excellent and much more enthusiastically recommended!!!!
Non-2006 Winner: Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney
Happy Reading! :)))))))))