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When we're not living on the internet LAist contributors love to read. We love fiction, we love comics, we love short stories, we even love books about the internet. Kevin, Carolyn and Adrienne want to share our favorites of '05.

But first, two LAist contributors actually wrote books this year: Adrienne Crew co-authored Blogosphere: Best of the Blogs and Jen Sincero penned The Straight Girls' Guide to Sleeping With Chicks. Huzzah!

Our book favorites after the jump.

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The Diamond: A Novel - Julie Baumgold
Blogosphere: Best of Blogs - moi, i'm shameless but i didn't sleep all summer producing this book so it was pretty much all I read (or thought about) in 2005
Big Lonesome - Jim Ruland
The World is Flat - Thomas Friedman
Freakanomics - Steven Leavitt
Wilshire Blvd - Kevin Roderick (of LA Observed) and Eric Lynxweiler

Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy
The Better of McSweeneys - Various
Absolute Watchmen - Alan Moore
The Secret History - Donna Tartt (okay, this book came out in...1992 I think. But I read it every year. I love this damn book.)

Our Ecstatic Days - Steve Erickson
Home Land - Sam Lipsyte
And everyone who's been on my podcast Pinky's Paperhaus this year to talk about their books: Steve Almond (The Evil BB Chow), Meghan Daum (The Quality of Life Report), Lisa Glatt (The Apple's Bruise), Lee Goldberg (The Man With the Iron-On Badge), Tod Goldberg (Simplify), Laila Lalami (Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits), Daniel Olivas (Devil Talk), Andrea Seigel (Like the Red Panda), Kevin Smokler (Bookmark Now) and Ned Vizzini (Be More Chill).

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