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Best Books You've Read in 2007

16 years ago

I'm a great lover of lists in general, and I've kept a 'books I've read' list for several years now. Each year I like to note my top ten books, though since this was a rather slow reading year for me my '"best of" list comes to just seven.

My favorites this year:

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I was amazed at just how well written this was. I was pulled in at once and completely engrossed. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs. His account of his year spent trying to live by all the rules in the Bible was educational, interesting, and hilarious.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Enough said.

Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry. Another memoir, this one tells the tale of getting his beat-up truck running again and also of meeting and falling in love with his wife. He's a very good writer and this was lovely, amusing and quirky.

Confessions of a Teen Sleuth by Chelsea Cain. I loved this send up of Nancy Drew, which included appearances of other teen sleuths like Cherry Ames, Trixie Belden, and the Hardy Boys in the story.

Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger. A sweet coming of age story full of baseball.

Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell. The further adventures of the Durrell family in Greece. Netla, thank you again for introducing me to this wonderful author.

That's my list for the year, what's on YOUR list?

Comments (45)

  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    I read about 70 books this year, which is about my average. Best reads of 2007 (listed in order read)


    Book of Lost Things John Connelly

    Suite Francaise by Irene Nimrovsky

    Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

    Pastors Wife by Eliz Von Arnim

    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseinni

    Non fiction

    Mighty and the Almight by Madelene Albright

    Banvard's Folly by Paul Collins

    The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley

    One Dead in the Attic by Chris Rose

    Book of Incredible Journeys from Conde Nast

    My Kind of Town Susan Orlean

    Honorable Mention

    Notes on a Scandal Zoe Heller

    Sweetness in the belly Camilla Gibb

    There is room for you by Charlotte Bacon

    Fire in the Blood by Irene Nemirvsky

    Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

    The Preservationist by David Maine

    Favorite 'new' author: W. Somerset Maughm

  • elliottb
    16 years ago

    I can only come up with seven books that I really liked this year. They are:

    My Family and Other Animals
    The book has several funny stories; Durrell does a great job of relating the "sense of wonder" when learning about different animals.

    Another Sort of Learning
    Father Schall has written a delightful collection of essays for people like me who made it all the way through college without managing to get a truly liberal education. The book talks about gathering books on diverse subjects for a personal library. Bibliophiles will love the lists, including: "SchallÂs Unlikely List of Books to Keep Sane By", "Books You Will Never Be Assigned", "Eight Collections of Essays and Letters Not To Be Missed", "Ten Books on Grace and Thought", and "Five Books Addressed to the Heart of Things".

    The Glass Castle
    A riveting account of the author growing up in a very dysfunctional family. The children were much neglected by their parents and had to fend for themselves most of the time.

    Odd Thomas
    Young Odd Thomas is a fry cook who can see the lingering dead. He uses his ability to solve crimes. This story is exciting and at times macabre. However, Koontz throws in some humor to lighten the story.

    How Reading Changed My Life
    This is a very brief book, more like a long essay, about the joys of reading. Quindlen mentions several books in her essay that you'll want to read.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
    This was a great ending to the series.

    The Adrian Mole Diaries
    The fictional diaries of British teenager Adrian Mole are quite funny. They are also at times poignant and sad as Adrian deals with his dysfunctional family off-beat friends.

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  • picassocat
    16 years ago

    My favourites were:

    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    The Ghost's Child by Sonya Hartnett
    The Reader by Bernhardt Schlink
    Feeling the Heat by Pat Lowe
    On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
    The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
    Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
    Reading like a Writer by Francine Prose
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
    Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
    Conversations with Capote by Lawrence Grobel

  • woodnymph2_gw
    16 years ago

    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Septembers in Shiraz by Daria Sofer
    Jumping Over Fire by Nahid Rachlin
    A Thousand Splended Suns by Khalid Hosseini
    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

  • lemonhead101
    16 years ago

    Perfume - Patrick Susskind
    Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Berniere
    The Worst Hard Times (about the Dust Bowl) - Timothy Egan
    Larry's Party - Carol Shields
    Quartet In Autumn - Barbara Pym
    Black Swan Green - David Mitchell
    Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
    A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hossein
    Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
    Notes on a Scandal - Zoe Heller

  • disputantum
    16 years ago

    I've read five books this year:

    The Beautiful Boy - Germain Greer
    Poop Culture - Dave Praeger
    HP and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
    Love over Scotland - AM Smith
    The Careful Use of Compliments - AM Smith

    I don't have a favorite.

  • sherwood38
    16 years ago

    Well, I just perused my book list for 2007, so far I have listed 116 books, only 4 of them I have not finished.

    In no particular order:

    Bad Luck & Trouble-Lee Childs
    24 Hours-Greg Iles
    One Thousand Splendid Suns-Khalid Hosseni
    HP & The Deathly Hallows-J.K. Rowling
    Secret Servant-Daniel Silva
    Protect & Defend - Vince Flynn.

    I have enjoyed many others, but these were the most memorable.


  • dorieann
    16 years ago

    What a great year it has been for reading! Here are my favorite reads:

    Disgrace  J.M. Coetzee. My first exposure to this authorÂs work, and I loved it.
    The Life & Times of Michael K Â J.M. Coetzee. The title character completely captivated me.
    Nineteen Minutes  Jodi Picoult. The best novel IÂve read on a school shooting.
    The Attack  Yasmina Khadra. Great story about a compassionate doctor whose is stunned when his wife turns out to be a suicide bomber.
    Last Days of Summer  Steve Kluger. Honestly the most IÂve ever laughed out loud at a book.
    How to Talk Like a Widower  Jonathan Tropper. Touching story about grief and healing. I really didn't expect to love this as much as I did.
    The Kite Runner  Khaled Hosseini. I loved this book so much IÂm saving his second as the first read of the new year.

    Crime Fiction
    The Cloud of Unknowing  Thomas H. Cook. Even being prepared for a twist, I didnÂt see the end coming.
    Sharp Objects  Gillian Flynn. A dark thriller, and a very different heroine.
    Heart Sick  Chelsea Cain. A female Hannibal Lecter, yet it worked for me. But I closed my eyes at the scary parts.
    Down River  John Hart. HartÂs first was one of my favorites last year, and the second was very different, yet great on its own.
    The Woods  Harlan Coben. My favorite of all his books, which is saying a lot.
    The Reincarnationist  M.J. Rose. Great mystery that splits between modern day and ancient Egypt.
    No Dominion  Charlie Huston. HustonÂs series on a vampire set in an alternate New York City is dark and violent. Terrific stuff.

    And a link below for all who love lists.

    Here is a link that might be useful: Compilation of Best Books Articles

  • veer
    16 years ago

    On checking through my list of 'books read in 2007' I find it was not a memorable year and cannot even remember what some of them were about and am not inclined to 'keep going' with boring stuff!

    The older I get the less fiction I read but quite enjoyed:

    Gilgamesh - Joan London
    Gentlemen and Players - Joanne Harris
    The Road Home - Rose Tremain


    Brensham Trilogy - John Moore
    Perch Hill - Adam Nicholson
    Through Siberia by Accident - Dervla Murphy

  • twobigdogs
    16 years ago

    Oh dear.. I also love lists and this thread will be transposed onto another list called "RPs Best in 2007" and popped into by TBR notebook - currently a 3-ring binder with a 3-inch ring and filling up fast. Thanks for keeping my notebook filled.

    Best fiction:
    The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, re-read
    The Warden, Anthony Trollope
    The Book Thief, Markus Zuzak
    New Grub Street, George Gissing, re-read, in the top ten books read ever in my life
    Ethel and Ernest, Raymond Briggs
    Harry Potter #7
    The Daughter of Time, Jospehine Tey
    Fire in the Blood, Irene Nemirovsky

    Best non-fiction:
    Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer, re-read
    Murder in the Adirondacks, Craig Brandon
    No Idle Hands, oops.. forgot the author, but it is a social history of knitting and of America. Awesome!

    Little Children, Tom Perrotta
    The Ice Storm, Rick Moody
    The Chicago Way, Michael Harvey
    The Optimist's Daughter, Eudora Welty
    The Tenth Circle, Jody Piccoult, I think she is starting to go off the deep end.
    The Gathering, Anne Enright, I just can't stop thinking what this book could have been in the hands of a gifted writer.


  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    >The Road Home - Rose Tremain

    That is coming out here on the first, and the bookstore is putting a copy on hold for me. It will be one of the first books I buy with my gift cards!

    >The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, re-read

    Oh I loved that book. Haven't reread it in years but remember how it gave me the creeps the first time, but still kept going back to it.

    Worst books? I don't finish what I don't like, but one that stands out is Pillars of the Earth. I cannot believe Ophrah chose this one, I can't believe so many people on Amazon think its the best book they've ever read, and I can't believe I actually read this in colleg. It had to have been a different book, coz even back then I would have tossed this one aside.

  • woodnymph2_gw
    16 years ago

    Worst book? Easy -- definitely "The Maytrees" by the acclaimed author A. D. Dillard, whose previous work I had always liked.

    Cindy, I had never read "Portrait of Dorian Gray" until a few years ago and was bowled over by the power of this work. I may need to re-visit it....

  • donnamira
    16 years ago

    My list reached 60 on Christmas Day, with Martin Gardner's The Annotated Night Before Christmas. The most memorable fiction for me in 2007:

    The Terror, Dan Simmons
    Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky
    Gifts, Ursula LeGuin
    Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood

    The non-fiction I liked the best:

    Majestic Lights, Robert Eather, about the aurora
    The Ghost Map, Steven Johnson, about tracing a London cholera outbreak to a particular well in Soho

  • deep___roots
    16 years ago

    I stack the books I've read, so this list was easy to compile. From 2007, but by no means written in 2007, the best books I read were:
    desert solitaire // edward abbey
    the tree of man // patrick white
    escape from colditz // p.r. reid
    master & commander // patrick o'brian
    enemy at the gates // william craig
    one very hot day // david halberstam

    So there's 3 works of fiction (2 set in actual wars or conflicts), 2 non-fiction works re: war or connected to the consequences of war, and the book by edward abbey, which is "metaphysical" I guess.

    My favorite "guilty pleasure" books are anything by edgar rice burroughs or elmore leonard, both of whom were/are prolific. I read a few of their respective books as well this past year.

    The tragic auto accident that took the life of David Halberstam earlier this year occurred within 2 miles of my place of employment. I remember him every time I pass that intersection.

  • georgia_peach
    16 years ago

    Some of my favorites from the year (includes books I've enjoyed from a critical standpoint as well as those that I enjoyed just as entertaining reads):

    The Last Light of the Sun - Guy Gavriel Kay
    The Remedy - Michelle Lovric (I'm probably in the minority for liking this one)
    King Hereafter - Dorothy Dunnett
    Kristin Lavransdatter - Sigrid Undset
    The Antelope Wife - Louise Erdrich
    A Dictionary of Maqiao - Han Shaogong
    Perfect Circle - Sean Stewart
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
    The OrphanÂs Tales: In the Night Garden / In the Cities of Coin and Spice (two volumes) - Catherynne Valente
    Liitle, Big - John Crowley

    Best re-reads:
    Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
    1984 - George Orwell

    Best neglected little gem:
    The Face in the Forst - John Bellairs

    Pillars of the Earth - Follett
    Softspoken - Lucius Shepard
    The Book Thief - Zusak (based upon my reading at the half point so far -- not a bad book, but so far I'm finding it overrated and dislike the gimmicky narrative device the author employs)

  • colormeconfused
    16 years ago

    I've read about 85 books this year. Many were forgettable, some were enjoyable, some were downright horrid, and a few were standouts. My favorites:

    General Fiction

    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    Perfume - Patrick Suskind
    American Gods and Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
    The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
    The Terror - Dan Simmons
    The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason
    A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
    The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
    Pretty Birds - Scott Simon
    Mr. Pip - Lloyd Jones
    His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman
    The PeopleÂs Act of Love - James Meek
    The Children of Hurin - J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling
    I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith

    Crime Fiction/Mystery/Thriller

    Silence of the Grave - Arnaldur Indridason
    Bad Luck and Trouble - Lee Child
    The Tin Roof Blowdown - James Lee Burke
    In The Woods - Tana French
    Find Me - Carol OÂConnell
    Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay
    Heartsick - Chelsea Cain
    The Watchman - Robert Crais
    City of Fire - Robert Ellis

    Biggest Disappointment

    The Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai

  • veronicae
    16 years ago

    From the 32 I recorded in my journal. (When I am reading the most, is when I neglect the journal!)

    Best Books:

    Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns
    Bohljalian - Double Bind
    Tyker - A Patchwork Planet
    Eugenides - Middlesex
    Gunning -The Widow's War
    Doig - The Whistling Season
    McCullough - 1776
    Brinkman - Up High in the Trees
    Patchett - Run
    Barclay - No Time for Goodbye

    Lupica - Travel Team
    Messyd - The Emporer's Children closed it before finishing
    Sparks - The Choice Egads...has Sparks been taken over by aliens. While I would never describe his books as great literature...I usually can enjoy them, and have fun with them. This was torture!

  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    >I had never read "Portrait of Dorian Gray" until a few years ago and was bowled over by the power of this work

    PAM thats one of my fav books. Woodnymph there is an excellent movie based on the book, I think it came out in the 40s, if you are interested. Talk about shivers down the spine. BTW you both might want to take a look at more Oscar Wilde. He is one of my favorite authors from that time period (along with Bernard Shaw and Mark Twain). His plays are great fun: Good Husband and Importance of Being Ernest are my favs. I also love his quotes; see below

    >desert solitaire // edward abbey

    He's from my neck of the woods. Always have loved him; tho Monkey Wrench Gang is probably my fav

    georgia, one of the interesting bits in our discussion of Book Theif was the narration. Many felt the same way you did; I liked it but certainly understand why it turned people off. I wonder if its similar to me not liking animal narrators. There are some that just love it; I find it incredibly silly.

    Here is a link that might be useful: quotes from the work of Oscar Wilde

  • bookmom41
    16 years ago

    I've particularly enjoyed Leif Enger's Peace Like a River as well as Kristin Lavransdatter, The Painted Veil and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Oh, and The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue, which had me wishing for a sequel.

  • grelobe
    16 years ago

    I don't keep a list about books I read, so I don't know how many books I read this year. The tally can be any figure from 30 trough 45 I guess. After a quick glance at my shelves I picked as the best:

    The Queen Gambit by Walter Tevis
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    the worst ones

    The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine
    Playing for Pizza by John Grisham


  • carolyn_ky
    16 years ago

    I have read 177 books so far this year. Here is a list of some I particularly enjoyed:

    The Smoke, Tony Broadbent
    The Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke
    Water Like a Stone, Deborah Crombie
    Peace Like a River, Leif Enger
    The Christmas Pearl, Dorothy Benton Frank
    In This House of Brede, a re-read, Rumer Godden
    The last 17 books of the Morland Dynasty that are out in paperback, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
    The Risk of Darkness, Susan Hill
    The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
    Merry Hall; Laughter on the Stairs; Sunlight on the Lawn, Beverley Nichols
    At Some Disputed Barricade; We Shall Not Sleep, Anne Perry
    The Secret Servant, Daniel Silva
    A False Mirror, Charles Todd
    The Hawk and the Dove, Penelope Wilcock

  • Kath
    16 years ago

    I have 29 books listed, although I suspect there are several missing. Of those, these are the best:

    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini
    We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
    The Interpretation of Death by Jed Rubenfeld
    Fallen Angel by Andrew Taylor
    People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (not yet published)
    Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling

    Special mention to Damien Leith for One More Time, a debut novel.

  • frances_md
    16 years ago

    These are the books I marked with five stars this year:

    The Terror by Dan Simmons
    The Secret River by Kate Grenville
    I'll Sleep When I'm Dead by Crystal Zevon
    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
    A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein

    In addition to reading I also listen to many books but don't write them down. However, I know I thoroughly enjoyed (for approximately 86 hours!):

    The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett

  • J C
    16 years ago

    I've only just started keeping my book journal again (a lovely and already well-used Christmas present) but I can certainly mention His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, and Irene Nemirovsky's Fire in the Blood. I have just finished reading them and awarded five stars to each. Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise also ranks very high. I will definitely read as much of her work as I can find.

    On the down side, I give -5 stars to one of my textbooks, Mechanical Ventilation by Susan Pilbeam. Containing way, way too much information for a beginning student and written in a dense, incomprehensible style, the book also has the dubious quality of weighing 12 lbs. This student was left with a pinched nerve in her shoulder after a semester of obeying the instructor's command to bring the text to every class, even though we only looked at it twice. (Sorry, I just had to vent.)

  • jmey
    16 years ago

    These are my 3 favorites reads of 2007:

    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    These is my Words by Nancy Turner (comparable to "Lonesome Dove")

    Also enjoyed:

    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

    Least favorite read (book club pick)

    Memory Keepers Daughter

  • vickitg
    16 years ago

    I feel as if I've read dozens of books this year, but few of them would make my top ten list. Those I enjoyed the most were:

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    His Dark Materials trilogy - Pullman
    American Gods - Neil Gaimen
    Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett

    I'm hoping for some really good books in 2007.

  • vickitg
    16 years ago

    It's not even the new year yet and I'm already messing up the date. That would be "hoping for good books in 2008!"

  • kren250
    16 years ago

    I had a really,really hard time this year picking out my Top 10. I
    read several books this year I rated 5/5 (17 total), but did manage
    to narrow it down to my Top 10:

    1) Cities of the Plain--Cormac McCarthy
    2) Half of a Yellow Sun--Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
    3) The Stolen Child--Keith Donohue
    4) The Great Gatsby--F.Scott Fitzgerald
    5) The Girls--Lori Lansens
    6) Affinity--Sarah Waters
    7) The Garden Party and Other Stories--Katherine Mansfield
    8) The Awakening--Kate Chopin
    9) Through a Glass Darkly--Karleen Koen

    1. The People's Act of Love--James Meek

    And, for my Worst 10 of 2007 list:

    1) The Inheritance of Loss--Kiran Desai
    2) The Memory Keeper's Daughter--Kim Edwards
    3) The Keep--Jennifer Egan
    4) The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank--Ellen Feldman
    5) Smilla's Sense of Snow--Peter Hoeg
    6) Perfume--Peter Suskind
    7) The Almost Moon--Alice Sebold
    8) Summer of Night--Dan Simmons
    9) The River Wife--Jonis Agee

    1. Rumpspringa by Tom Shachtman

    I read 88 books total in 2007--the exact same number I read in 2006.
    As usual, my goal is to reach 100 in 2008.


  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    Gack, I think those days of 100+ reads are gone for me; the most I can usually do is 80 or so, and thats with my summer vacation reads. My problem is that I am reading longer books. I dunno, shouldn't a 500+ count as two? :)

    >These is my Words by Nancy Turner

    Thats my book groups selection this month. I haven't picked it up yet - for one thing I have read enough pioneer books, for another its about Arizona and I've read enough about the white settlers here. But I've heard good things about it. I should probably go just to hear the discussion.

    >The Great Gatsby--F.Scott Fitzgerald

    I read that for a college class and just loved it. Could never get into anything else by him, but that one is just a classic.

  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    Please add this to my list of the Best of 2007 (and its a book with a 2008 pub date, go figure)

    >The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

  • sheriz6
    Original Author
    16 years ago

    Cindy, that's good to hear, I just ordered my copy of The People of the Book and can't wait for it to arrive. I hope it winds up on my 'best of' list for next year.

  • jmey
    16 years ago

    >These is my Words by Nancy Turner
    >Thats my book groups selection this month. I haven't picked it up yet -

    "These is my Words" was given to me by a friend along with a stack of 5 other books. It was the last one I read because I found the subject matter unappealing. However, I was immediately drawn into the story, into the main character's head. Probably because of the uniquie way it was written, first-person narrative journal format. The format enabled the reader to experience the main character's perceptions and misperceptions.....some of them quite hilarious! I didn't feel I was reading a story as much as experiencing it. A few friends and family members found the book in their Christmas stockings.
    Okay, enough pushing.......I hope your book discussion goes well. Of course, it's always more fun if you actually read the book, right? :)

  • granjan
    16 years ago

    At this time of year I'm always behind on anything that isn't Xmas. But I kept a reader's journal for the 1st time since school days and am glad I did. Thanks to all of you for suggesting it. I don't know when I stared it since the entries aren't dated but I know it was last winter when I started. And I can now rember so many more books I read!

    Favorites, Fiction

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
    Skylight Confession - Alice Hoffman (Loved the images in this one of the glass house. But I love Hoffman, usually.)
    Chronicler of the Wind - Henning Mankell
    Lords of Discipline - Pat Conroy (Re-read for trip to Charleston. Held up well and great descriptions of the city)
    Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen (Disliked the contrived ending but the rest was great.)
    The B*stard of Istanbul - Elif Shafak Read this in prep for our trip to Turkey. Great job of contrasting cultures. And that family seemed similar to ones I saw in Turkey.)

    Non-Fiction, I don't read enough of it.

    The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
    The Reach of a Chef - Mark Rhulman
    Portrait of a Turkish Family - Irfan Orga

    P.S. I don't believe that I was not allowed to print out the correct title of Elif Shafak's book! She was censored in Turkey but here!?! For a word that is laughably quaint?

  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    >Of course, it's always more fun if you actually read the book, right? :)

    Hee, sometimes :) If I don't care for a book I'll go anyway and listen to the discussion. That usually seals it for me if I read it or not; and if I do I am always very thankful for those perspectives. The only reason I really don't want to read it is that I live in Arizona and I just don't want to read another pioneer story. But I appreciate your comments and might just change my mind.

    Yeah granjan, ironic isn't it. Yikes. Someone else here was trying to post a very famous poem but couldn't because it used a word that starts with f and rhymes with truck. Very childish, really - there was a very good reason the poet chose that word. But there we go.

  • tiphanie
    16 years ago

    I feel like I should start a written record of what I've read each year; it's getting so hard to remember. Anyway, from what I can recollect, and a quick perusal of my bookshelf:

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--J.K. Rowling
    His Dark Materials--Philip Pullman
    Then We Came to the End--Joshua Ferris
    Auschwitz Report--Primo Levi
    I Capture the Castle--Dodie Smith
    Heat--Bill Buford

  • twobigdogs
    16 years ago

    Just a note to add my two cents. Run, don't walk, and grab a copy of These is My Words. I also read a lot of books about that time period, prairies, wagon trains, etc. But this is a GREAT book. Uh, but uh, don't buy it. Because if you bought and hated TWO books that I recommended, I might jump off of a bridge. (kidding.)


  • cindydavid4
    16 years ago

    LOL! Dont worry, I suspect I'll be able to get it at the library first :)

  • rouan
    16 years ago

    I didn't make it to my personal goal of 200 books, but I did manage to read/listen to 189 books (even if many of them were re-reads). For my top 10 list, I am only including books that were new reads during 2007.
    In no particular order:


    Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
    Deephaven & Other Stories by Sarah Orne Jewett
    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
    Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
    Invisible Lives by Anjali Banerjee

    Nonfiction (only had 4 that actually counted)

    Murder in the Adirondacks by Craig Grandon
    Sarah Orne Jewett (a biography) by Paula Blanchard
    The Medicine Wheel Garden by E. Barrie Kavasch
    The Creative Home Herbal by Susan Bellsinger & Tina
    Marie Wilcox

    Okay, I said I wasn't going to list any re-reads, but here are my top 5 favorite re-reads from 2007

    The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
    Beauty by Robin McKinley
    Persuasion by Jane Austen
    Farewell I'm Bound to Leave You by Fred Chappell

  • woodnymph2_gw
    16 years ago

    Yet another one -- "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.

  • carolyn_ky
    16 years ago

    Rouan, I see on Amazon that there is a new Maisie Dobbs coming out soon. I've read and enjoyed all of them so far.

  • twobigdogs
    16 years ago

    oh, mary, Into Thin Air is in my top ten forever. What an amazing experience, horrifying and mesmerizing at the same time. It has forever created a fascination with Mt. Everest for me.


  • rouan
    16 years ago

    carolyn ky,

    That's great! I've read all of the series so far and have enjoyed each one.

    I've started on the books I picked up at the library yesterday (on my lunch break as I foretold..). I finished The Game by Diana Wynne Jones, an interesting story of the Olympian gods living in modern days. Now I am about a third of the way through The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery Vol 1. I am finding it very interesting and can see (to me at least) the evolution of Anne and other characters from Anne of Green Gables. Unfortunately, my library system doesn't have any further volumes so will have to interlibrary order them if I want to continue.

    On my TBR table is Sue Grafton's T is for Trespass. For some reason, I don't seem to be able to get into it. Maybe I'll be in the right mood for it before it's due back at the library. I'd hate to not finish it as I've read all the rest of the series.

  • woodnymph2_gw
    16 years ago

    I tried to get into a new biography of poet Dylan Thomas, but it was so dry that I have discarded it momentarily for a riff on Emily Dickinson I found at the Publ. Lib. "The Sister" is by Paola Kauffman, written from the point of view of younger sister Vinnie, who was responsible for saving the fascicles of Emily's poems, found on scraps of paper, in drawers, after her death. The author has Vinnie analyze each family member, from Austin to Mabel to Susan, to the authoritarian father and passive mother. I rather like this novel.

  • woodnymph2_gw
    16 years ago

    Sorry, I posted this on the wrong thread. It was supposed to go on the new books 2008 thread. Mea culpa!

  • socks
    16 years ago

    Snow Flower & the Secret Fan was wonderful.