The Guardian asked a bunch of famous people (famous in Britain at least) to talk about their fave books of 2005. We actually learn why they like the book. This is much more useful, to my mind, that the NY Times best of 2005 list, which simply lists books that got good reviews in the Times. I so prefer personal recommendations and the Guardian are like secondhand personal recommendations. If, for whatever reason, you admire these famous people, then maybe you should look at their book recommendations. Not sure what goes on my best of list, as with books, I tend to jump years quite a bit. Top CDs of 2005 is another story.