I try to keep up with book reviews when I have time, but it’s rare that I do find the time. That’s why I love year-end lists — book editors distill the thousands of titles published each year into a list of what they think are the titles most worthy of attention.

Here’s a collection of some book editors’ picks of the best of 2008.

The New York Times

Fiction

Nonfiction

The Washington Post

Fiction

Nonfiction

NPR has an extensive guide to the best books of 2008 — broken down into categories such as crime and mystery novels, litterary letters, and foreign fiction.

Publisher’s Weekly also has a great list, in accessible categories such as fiction, nonfiction, mystery, and mass market.

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