Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Complete Booker: 2008 Year in Review

2008 was the first full year for The Complete Booker, the perpetual challenge & this blog having been established in August, 2007. I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for sharing your thoughts on both Booker winners and the books that made the long- or short-list each year. I love seeing what others have thought about a book I've read, or am about to read.

Trevor was the most prolific reviewer this year, with 30 posts since joining in April. Wow! Thanks, Trevor, for writing such thoughtful reviews and being so instrumental in making this blog a valuable resource for anyone interested in the Booker Prize.

The most-reviewed prize-winning book was 2007 winner The Gathering, by Anne Enright, with 12 reviews. The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood, was a distant second with 6 reviews. Several books received 5 reviews, including: Midnight's Children (1981), The Life and times of Michael K (1983), Oscar and Lucinda (1988), Possession (1990), Disgrace (1999), The Inheritance of Loss (2006), and The White Tiger (2008). Click on the label found in the sidebar for reviews of each title.

I hope everyone enjoyed participating this year, and that you will return in 2009 with still more reviews. Happy New Year!


  1. It was a pleasure, and I wouldn't have been encouraged to read and post here were it not for the many outstanding reviews and comments on this blog. It's a great community! Unfortunately after reading the 2008 Booker Longlist I got Bookered out and haven't read anything for this blog since. That's going to change, soon.

  2. Thank you to everyone that has contributed! I love reading the Bookers (well most of them!!) and look forward to reading many more in 2009!