Every year I post this thread and two or three people respond, but what the hell. What are the best books you've read? Here are mine by something that resembles genre: Best Novel, first time reading: The Lazarus Project by Alexander Hemon. Honorable mention to Chad Harbach for The Art of Fielding Best Novel: Rereading: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. Best book on Words or Language: Word Watching by Alex Horne, about an English comic's attempt to get a word into the Oxford English Dictionary. Best graphic novel/illustrated book: Genesis by God, illustrated by R. Crumb. Best memoir/autobiography: The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel. Any other year it would've been My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. Best book on music: Why Mahler?: How One Man and 10 Symphonies Changed the World by Norman Lebrecht. Best book on religion/philosophy/etc not illustrated by R. Crumb: The Rise and Fall of the Bible by Timothy Beal.