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2013 Puddly Awards

We asked you to tell us the best book you read in 2006 and you responded in droves! Thanks to all of the fanatical readers who voted, and congratulations to this year's winners of the Golden Galoshes: Marley and Me and The Da Vinci Code.

We hope they will wear those galoshes with pride all year long. But, please, be careful in the rain: we're pretty sure gold is neither waterproof nor ideal for splashing in puddles. We suggest they be used in a decorative fashion, perhaps on a mantle or under glass.

Congratulations to every book that was read and loved by someone in the past year! And if there's a title on this list you haven't read yet, may we humbly suggest you get cracking. You still have all those new books to devour before next year's Puddly Awards!

 

The 2007 Puddly Award
for Fiction

The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

The 2007 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

Marley and Me
Marley and Me
by John Grogan

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

1
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
by John Grogan
List Price $21.99
Your price: $1.50
Used - Hardcover

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2
The Da Vinci Code
The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.50
Used - Mass Market

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3
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
List Price $14.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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4
Cell: A Novel
Cell: A Novel
by Stephen King
List Price $9.99
Your price: $4.95
Used - Mass Market

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5
Cross
Cross
by James Patterson
List Price $27.99
Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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6
A Fine Balance
A Fine Balance
by Rohinton Mistry
List Price $17.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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7
Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01)
Eragon (Inheritance Cycle #01)
by Christopher Paolini
List Price $10.99
Your price: $1.95
Used - Trade Paper

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8
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 $12.99
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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9
Lisey's Story: A Novel
Lisey's Story: A Novel
by Stephen King
List Price $28.00
Your price: $2.95
Used - Hardcover

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10
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
List Price $16.00
Your price: $3.50
Used - Trade Paper

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11
Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons
by Dan Brown
List Price $7.99
Your price: $0.50
Used - Mass Market

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12
Brother Odd (Odd Thomas Novels)
Brother Odd (Odd Thomas Novels)
by Dean Koontz
List Price $27.00
Your price: $2.50
Used - Hardcover

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13
For One More Day
For One More Day
by Mitch Albom
List Price $21.95
Your price: $3.95
Used - Hardcover

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14
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Nathaniel Philbrick
List Price $29.95
Your price: $8.50
Used - Hardcover

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15
The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
List Price $26.95
Your price: $14.00
Used - Hardcover

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16
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
by Michael Pollan
List Price $26.95
Your price: $8.95
Used - Hardcover

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17
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
List Price $14.95
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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18
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
List Price $19.99
Your price: $11.50
Used - Hardcover

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19
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham
List Price $30.00
Your price: $6.95
Used - Hardcover

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20
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
List Price $15.95
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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21
My Sister's Keeper
My Sister's Keeper
by Jodi Picoult
List Price $16.00
Your price: $2.95
Used - Trade Paper

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22
The Shadow of the Wind
The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
List Price $17.00
Your price: $6.50
Used - Trade Paper

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23
Water for Elephants
Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
List Price $23.95
Your price: $10.50
Used - Hardcover

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24
The Echo Maker: A Novel
The Echo Maker: A Novel
by Richard Powers
List Price $25.00
Your price: $6.95
Used - Hardcover

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25
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Walls
List Price $25.00
Your price: $10.50
Used - Hardcover

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26
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
Running with Scissors: A Memoir
by Augusten Burroughs
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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27
Three Junes
Three Junes
by Julia Glass
List Price $14.95
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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28
Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman
List Price $7.99
Your price: $3.95
Used - Mass Market

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29
Black Swan Green: A Novel
Black Swan Green: A Novel
by David Mitchell
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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30
Fairest
Fairest
by Gail Carson Levine
List Price $16.99
Your price: $1.95
Used - Hardcover

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31
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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32
The Executioner's Song
The Executioner's Song
by Norman Mailer
List Price $18.00
Your price: $10.00
Used - Trade Paper

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33
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
by Jonathan Safran Foer
List Price $14.95
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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34
Never Let Me Go: A Novel
Never Let Me Go: A Novel
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Your price: $15.95
New - Trade Paper

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35
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
by Diane Setterfield
List Price $26.00
Your price: $5.95
Used - Hardcover

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36
Apathy and Other Small Victories
Apathy and Other Small Victories
by Paul Neilan
List Price $18.95
Your price: $7.50
Used - Hardcover

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37
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
Your price: $9.95
Used - Trade Paper

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38
Memoirs of a Geisha Movie Tie In
Memoirs of a Geisha Movie Tie In
by Arthur Golden
List Price $7.99
Your price: $0.95
Used - Mass Market

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39
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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40
Next
Next
by Michael Crichton
List Price $27.95
Your price: $0.95
Used - Hardcover

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41
The Ruins: A Novel
The Ruins: A Novel
by Scott Smith
List Price $24.95
Your price: $5.50
Used - Book Club Hardcover

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42
Digging to America: A Novel
Digging to America: A Novel
by Anne Tyler
List Price $24.95
Your price: $4.50
Used - Hardcover

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43
A Dirty Job
A Dirty Job
by Christopher Moore
List Price $24.95
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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44
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: $8.50
Used - Hardcover

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45
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel
This Edition: SOLD OUT
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46
March: A Novel
March: A Novel
by Geraldine Brooks
List Price $16.00
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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47
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi
Your price: $13.95
New - Trade Paper

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48
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
List Price $12.00
Your price: $5.50
Used - Trade Paper

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49
Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum Novels)
by Janet Evanovich
List Price $7.99
Your price: $5.95
Used - Hardcover

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50
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
by Timothy Egan
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Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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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. $14.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Road

    Cormac McCarthy 0307265439
2
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
3
  1. $4.95 Used Mass Market add to wish list
4
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    A Dirty Job

    Christopher Moore 0060590270
5
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    Haruki Murakami 0679775439
6
7
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Goose Girl

    Shannon Hale 1582349908
8
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel 0156027321
9
  1. $5.50 Used Book Club Hardcover add to wish list

    The Ruins: A Novel

    Scott Smith 1400043875
10
  1. $9.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
11
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    2012 Signed Edition

    Daniel Pinchbeck 1585424838
12
  1. $37.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Lost Girls

    Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie 1891830740
13
  1. $6.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
14
  1. $3.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
15
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
16
  1. $7.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The God Delusion

    Richard Dawkins 0618680004
17
  1. $2.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Lisey's Story: A Novel

    Stephen King 0743289412
18
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Little Children

    Tom Perrotta 031236282X
19
  1. $1.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Cell: A Novel

    Stephen King 0743292332
20
  1. The Dead Fish Museum: Stories

    Charles D'Ambrosio 1400042860
21
  1. $6.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Shadow of the Wind

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon 0143034901
22
  1. $5.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    Mark Haddon 0385520514
23
  1. $10.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Water for Elephants

    Sara Gruen 1565124995
24
  1. $7.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
25
  1. $4.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
26
  1. $10.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Cloud Atlas: A Novel

    David Mitchell 0375507256
27
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Against the Day: A Novel

    Thomas Pynchon 159420120X
28
  1. $7.99 New Mass Market add to wish list
29
30
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
31
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Children's Hospital

    Chris Adrian 1932416609
32
  1. $4.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Best American Comics 2006

    Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore 0618718745
33
  1. Black Swan Green: A Novel

    David Mitchell 1400063795
34
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
35
  1. Three Days to Never

    0380976536
36
  1. $10.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    What Is the What

    Dave Eggers 1932416641
37
  1. Winter's Bone: A Novel

    Daniel Woodrell 031605755X
38
  1. $9.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
39
  1. $11.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
40
  1. $8.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
41
  1. Company: A Novel

    Max Barry 0385514395
42
  1. Echo Park (Harry Bosch)

    Michael Connelly 0316734950
43
  1. $18.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
44
  1. $8.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    American Born Chinese

    Gene Luen Yang 1596431520
45
  1. $8.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
46
  1. $15.95 New Trade Paper add to wish list

    The People of Paper

    Salvador Plascencia 0156032112
47
  1. $3.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list
48
  1. $1.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list
49
  1. $8.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
50
  1. $4.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
  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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