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2006 Puddly Awards

We asked you to tell us the best book you read in 2005 and you complied in spades! Thanks to all of you who voted, and congratulations to this year's winners of the Golden Galoshes: The Kite Runner (Fiction) and The Year of Magical Thinking (Nonfiction).

If, however, we were to present an Author of the Year Award, the honor would surely go to Neil Gaiman, whose Anansi Boys placed second in Fiction, and whose novels American Gods and Good Omens also made the top fifty. The only other authors to appear more than once on the list are Terry Pratchett (for Thud! and Good Omens) and Gregory Maguire (for Wicked and Son of a Witch). (In addition, American Gods and Anansi Boys also made the employees' list.)

Congratulations to all our winners! And if there's a title on this list you haven't read, may we humbly suggest you get cracking. You're missing out on some great reading!

 

The 2006 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

The 2006 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion

Click here to learn more about how the results were tabulated.

1
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
List Price $14.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Trade Paper

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2
Anansi Boys: A Novel
Anansi Boys: A Novel
by Neil Gaiman
List Price $26.95
Your price: $8.50
Used - Hardcover

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3
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #06)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #06)
by J. K. Rowling
List Price $29.99
Your price: $6.50
Used - Hardcover

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4
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
by Susanna Clarke
List Price $18.00
Your price: $3.95
Used - Trade Paper

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5
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
List Price $14.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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6
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
List Price $17.00
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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7
Kafka on the Shore
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami
List Price $15.95
Your price: $11.17
Sale - Trade Paper

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8
The Historian: A Novel
The Historian: A Novel
by Elizabeth Kostova
List Price $25.95
Your price: $5.50
Used - Hardcover

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9
Gilead
Gilead
by Marilynne Robinson
List Price $15.00
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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10
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
by Joan Didion
List Price $26.95
Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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11
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
The Da Vinci Code: A Novel
by Dan Brown
List Price $26.95
Your price: $3.50
Used - Hardcover

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12
American Gods
American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.95
Used - Mass Market

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13
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1st Edition
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1st Edition
by Jonathan Safran Foer
List Price $24.95
Your price: $8.95
Used - Hardcover

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14
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
Your price: $8.95
Used - Trade Paper

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15
A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
List Price $15.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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16
Saturday
Saturday
by Ian McEwan
List Price $26.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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17
Middlesex
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
List Price $15.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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18
Never Let Me Go (05 Edition)
Never Let Me Go (05 Edition)
by Kazuo Ishiguro
List Price $28.95
Your price: $15.00
Used - Hardcover

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19
On Beauty: A Novel
On Beauty: A Novel
by Zadie Smith
List Price $25.95
Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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20
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
List Price $14.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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21
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
List Price $25.95
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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22
Case Histories: A Novel
Case Histories: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
List Price $16.00
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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23
The History of Love: A Novel
The History of Love: A Novel
by Nicole Krauss
List Price $26.95
Your price: $6.50
Used - Hardcover

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24
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
List Price $28.00
Your price: $3.95
Used - Hardcover

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25
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
List Price $8.99
Your price: $4.95
Used - Mass Market

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26
Thud!: A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels)
Thud!: A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels)
by Terry Pratchett
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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27
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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28
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
The Tender Bar: A Memoir
by J. R. Moehringer
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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29
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson
Your price: $8.95
Used - Trade Paper

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30
Broken for You
Broken for You
by Stephanie Kallos
List Price $14.95
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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31
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
List Price $16.00
Your price: $1.50
Used - Trade Paper

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32
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
List Price $37.50
Your price: $9.50
Used - Hardcover

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33
The Highest Tide: A Novel
The Highest Tide: A Novel
by Jim Lynch
List Price $23.95
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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34
The Namesake: A Novel
The Namesake: A Novel
by Jhumpa Lahiri
List Price $15.95
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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35
Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
List Price $16.00
Your price: $5.50
Used - Trade Paper

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36
Collapse Signed Edition
Collapse Signed Edition
by Jared Diamond
List Price $18.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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37
Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #02)
Eldest (Inheritance Cycle #02)
by Christopher Paolini
List Price $21.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Hardcover

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38
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
List Price $16.00
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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39
Good omens
Good omens
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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40
The Plot against America: A Novel
The Plot against America: A Novel
by Philip Roth
List Price $15.95
Your price: $5.95
Used - Trade Paper

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41
Until I Find You: A Novel
Until I Find You: A Novel
by John Irving
List Price $25.75
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Used - Hardcover

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42
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
by Christopher Moore
List Price $14.99
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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43
Son of a Witch: A Novel
Son of a Witch: A Novel
by Gregory Maguire
List Price $26.99
Your price: $8.50
Used - Hardcover

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44
A Short History of Nearly Everything
A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
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Used - Trade Paper

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45
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship
by Ann Patchett
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46
The March: A Novel
The March: A Novel
by E. L. Doctorow
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Used - Hardcover

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47
My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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48
The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
The Way the Crow Flies (P.S.)
by Ann-Marie MacDonald
List Price $14.95
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Used - Trade Paper

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49
Small Island
Small Island
by Andrea Levy
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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50
A Breath of Snow and Ashes: A Novel
A Breath of Snow and Ashes: A Novel
by Diana Gabaldon
List Price $35.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Hardcover

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Powell's Employee
Top 50

While we were asking you to cast your Puddly votes, we also asked our fellow Powell's employees to name the best book they read last year. As a bonus, our fifty favorites are listed here.

1
  1. $11.17 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Kafka on the Shore

    Haruki Murakami 1400079276
2
  1. $6.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
3
  1. $3.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
4
  1. $12.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
5
  1. $8.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    American Gods: A Novel

    Neil Gaiman 0060558121
6
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Kite Runner

    Khaled Hosseini 1594480001
7
  1. $5.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Assassination Vacation

    Sarah Vowell 074326004x
8
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    C S Lewis 9780066238500
9
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
10
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Collapse Signed Edition

    Jared Diamond 0143036556
11
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Highest Tide: A Novel

    Jim Lynch 1582346054
12
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
13
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Gilead

    Marilynne Robinson 031242440x
14
  1. $15.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Never Let Me Go (05 Edition)

    Kazuo Ishiguro 1400043395
15
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Case Histories: A Novel

    Kate Atkinson 0316010707
16
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Willful Creatures: Stories

    Aimee Bender 0385501137
17
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon 0143034901
18
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Home Land

    Sam Lipsyte 0312424183
19
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
20
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
21
  1. $100.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list
22
  1. $17.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Silver Spoon Cookbook

    Editors of Phaidon Press 0714845310
23
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Tender Bar: A Memoir

    J. R. Moehringer 1401300642
24
  1. Collected Poems

    1555974287
25
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Looking for Jake: Stories

    China Mieville 0345476077
26
  1. $13.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Mao: The Unknown Story

    Jung Chang and Jon Halliday 0679422714
27
  1. $32.50 New Hardcover add to wish list

    Black Hole

    Charles Burns 037542380x
28
  1. $3.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
29
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
30
  1. $5.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Historian: A Novel

    Elizabeth Kostova 0316011770
31
  1. The Hot Kid: A Novel

    Elmore Leonard 0060724226
32
  1. $24.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list
33
34
  1. $9.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
35
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Anansi Boys: A Novel

    Neil Gaiman 006051518x
36
  1. $2.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    On Beauty: A Novel

    Zadie Smith 1594200637
37
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
38
  1. The Turning: New Stories

    Tim Winton 0743276930
39
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
40
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
41
  1. $3.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    March: A Novel

    Geraldine Brooks 0143036661
42
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Saturday

    Ian McEwan 0385511809
43
44
  1. $5.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Harmony Silk Factory

    Tash Aw 157322300x
45
  1. $20.95 New Trade Paper add to wish list
46
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
47
  1. $8.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
48
  1. $1.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
49
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
50
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Seven Types of Ambiguity

    Elliot Perlman 1594481431
  1. Results were calculated based on the number of votes submitted for a given title, not a specific ISBN (edition, binding, et al.). For example, all the votes for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay — be it for the paperback, the hardcover, the audio book, the first edition, and so on — count toward its placement in the final list.
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