Monday, December 31, 2007

Books Read in 2007

(Archive of books read in 2007--updated monthly)

January 2007
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877) - Fiction - 838 pgs - Outstanding
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) - Science Fiction - 179 pgs - Good
3. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (2004) - Fiction - 311 pgs - Very Good
4. Silver Bough by Lisa Tuttle (2006) - Fantasy - 337 pgs - Good +
5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955) - Fiction - 453 pgs - Very Good

February 2007
6. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayer (1923) - Mystery - 212 pgs - Good
7. Emma by Jane Austen (1816) - Fiction - 328 pgs - Very Good
8. Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (2007) - Suspense/Thriller - 352 pgs - Fair
9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1930) - Mystery - 217 pgs - Very Good
10. The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald (2003) - Fiction - 820 pgs -Outstanding
11. Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich (2007) - Mystery - 164 pgs - Fair

March 2007
12. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003) - Fiction - 291 pgs - Good
13. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (2005) - Fiction - 401 pgs - Very Good
14. Dust Covered Dreams by E.A. Graham (2006) - Fiction - 249 pgs - Good
15. Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg (2005) - Fiction - 326 pgs - Good
16. The Hindi-Bindi Club by Monica Pradhan (2007) - Fiction - 432 pgs - Good

April 2007
17. The Angel of Forgetfulness by Steve Stern (2005) - Fiction - 404 pgs - 2 Stars
18. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968) - Fantasy - 198 pgs - 3 Stars
19. April Witch by Majgull Axelsson (1997) - Fiction - 408 pgs - 4 Stars
20. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (1998) - Fiction - 894 pgs - 4 Stars
21. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001) - Fantasy - 592 pgs - 4 Stars
22. Dead Birds Don't Sing by Brenda M. Boldin (2005) - Mystery - 226 pgs - 3 Stars
23. As Dead As It Gets by Cady Kalian (2006) - Mystery - 349 pgs- 3.5 Stars

May 2007
24. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock (1984) - Fantasy - 232 pgs - 3 Stars
25. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason (2007) - Fantasy - 347 pgs - 3 Stars
26. Atonement Ian McEwan (2001) - Fiction - 351 pgs - 4.5 Stars
27. The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer (1999) - Nonfiction - 305 pgs - 4 Stars
28. Field of Fire James O. Born (2007) - Mystery - 340 pgs - 3 Stars

June 2007
29. The Inhabited World by David Long (2006) - Fiction - 277 pgs - 3.5 Stars
30. The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey (1995) - Fantasy - 433 pgs - 4 Stars
31. Rainbow's End: A Memoir of Childhood, War, and an African Farm by Lauren St John (2006) - Nonficion - 269 pgs - 4 Stars
32. Dreaming in Libro: How a Good Dog Tamed a Bad Woman by Louise Bernikow (2007) - Nonfiction - 217 pgs - 3 Stars
33. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006) - Fiction - 453 pgs - 4.5 Stars
34. Forgive Me by Amanda Eyre Ward (2007) - Fiction - 238 pgs - 4 Stars
35. Machete Season: The Killers in Rwanda Speak by Jean Hatzfeld (2003) - Nonfiction - 253 pgs - 4 Stars
36. Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala (2005) - 142 pgs - 5 Stars
37. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (2007) - Mystery - 310 pgs - 3 Stars
38. Sula by Toni Morrison (1973) - Fiction - 174 pgs - 4 Stars
39. Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris (2005) - Mystery - 214 pgs - 4 Stars
40. The Pumpkin Seed Massacre by Susan Slater (1999) - Mystery - 252 pgs - 3 Stars
41. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais (1987) - Mystery - 201 pgs - 4 Stars

July 2007
42. Septembers in Shiraz by Dalia Sofer (2007) - Fiction - 338 pgs - 3.5 Stars
43. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (1901) - Mystery - 173 pgs - 4 Stars
44. When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin (2006) - Fiction - 336 pgs - 4 Stars
45. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong (2007) - Suspense/Thriller - 480 pgs - 4 Stars
46. The Ghost Writer by John Harwood (2004) - Fiction - 369 pgs - 4.5 Stars
47. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (2007) - Fantasy - 759 pgs - 4 Stars
48. February Flowers by Fan Wu (2007) - Fiction - 244 pgs - 3 Stars
49. Death's Acre by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson (2003) - Nonfiction - 304 pgs - 3.5 Stars
50. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (1999) - Fantasy - 250 pgs - 4 Stars
51. Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson (2005) - Mystery - 304 pgs - 4 Stars

August 2007
52. A Few Good Murders by Cady Kalian (2007) - Mystery - 287 pgs - 3 Stars
53. Moloka'i by Alan Brennert (2003) - Fiction - 389 pgs - 5 Stars
54. The Society by Michael Palmer (2004) - Mystery - 351 pgs - 3 Stars
55. A Garden of Vipers by Jack Kerley (2006) - Suspense/Thriller - 375 pgs - 4 Stars
56. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (1996) - Nonfiction - 207 pgs - 3 Stars

September 2007
57. New England White by Stephen L. Carter (2007) - Fiction - 551 pgs - 3.5 Stars
58. Persuasion by Jane Austen (1817) - Fiction - 188 pgs - 4 Stars
59. Broken For You by Stephanie Kallos (2004) - Fiction - 371 pgs - 5 Stars
60.Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach(2005) - Nonfiction - 311 pgs - 3 Stars
61. Brain Dead by Eileen Dreyer(1997) - Mystery - 406 pgs - 3 Stars
62. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891) - Fiction - 165 pgs - 2 Stars
63. Life Support by Tess Gerritsen (1997) - Suspense/Thriller - 372 pgs - 3 Stars
64. Missing Witness by Gordon Campbell (2007) - Supsense/Thriller - 431 pgs - 3.5 Stars
65. The Collection by Gioia Diliberto (2007) - Fiction - 275 pgs - 3 Stars

October 2007
66. An Accidental American by Alex Carr (2007) - Suspense/Thriller - 228 pgs - 4 Stars
67. The Art Thief by Noah Charney (2007) - Mystery - 290 pgs - 3 Stars
68. Secondhand Smoke by Karen E. Olson (2006) - Mystery - 259 pgs - 4 Stars
69. Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson (2008) - Mystery - 372 pgs - 4 Stars
70. Day of the Dead by Karen E. Olson (2007) - Mystery - 300 pgs - 4 Stars

November 2007
71. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (2006) - Fiction - 354 pgs - 3 Stars
72. Pursuit by Thomas Perry (2001) - Suspense/Thriller - 370 pgs - 3 Stars
73. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold (2007) - Fiction - 291 pgs - 4 Stars
74. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) - Fiction - 191 pgs - 4 Stars
75. The Keeper by Greg Rucka (1996) - Suspense/Thriller - 332 pgs - 3 Stars
76. Mew is for Murder by Clea Simon (2005) - Mystery - 223 pgs - 4 Stars
77. Jar City by Arnaldur Iridiđason (2000) - Mystery - 275 pgs - 4 Stars
78. Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Iridiđason (2002) - Mystery - 280 pgs - 4 Stars
79. The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes (2008) - Fantasy - 353 pgs - 3 Stars

December 2007
80. Dervishes by Beth Helms (2008) - Fiction - 314 pgs - 3 Stars
81. Cattery Row by Clea Simon (2006) - Mystery - 227 pgs - 4 Stars
82. Cries and Whiskers by Clea Simon (2007) - Mystery - 251 pgs - 4 Stars
83. Song of the Cuckoo Bird by Amulya Malladi (2006) - Fiction - 372 pgs - 3.5 Stars
84. In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes (1947) - Suspense/Thriller - 250 pgs - 3.5 Stars
85. The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919) - Mystery - 289 pgs - 4 Stars
86. The Mysteries by Lisa Tuttle (2005) - Fantasy - 321 pgs - 3.5 Stars
87. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (2008) - Fantasy - 311 pgs - 4 Stars
88. The Worst Thing I've Done by Ursula Hegi (2007) - 260 pgs - 3 Stars
89. Finder by Greg Rucka (1998) - 320 pgs - 3 Stars

15 comments:

  1. I liked Atonement, too. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film of the book - I saw a trailer yesterday and it looks good.

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  2. I didn't know a movie had been made. I look forward to seeing it. Thanks for the heads up, Lesley.

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  3. I've had Atonement on my "to read" list forever. Now that they've made a movie I better read it quick!

    Did you like Fahrenheit 451? My library system will be pushing that as part of a grant program to get the community to read classics again. I don't think they'll start promoting it until September, just in time for banned books week. (smile) I liked it, but because it was written in 1953 initially I had a hard time getting past the incongruencies of what really HAS happened versus what Bradbury imagined life could be like in a distant future. The characters were dated a little, in that the protagonist's wife was a typical "housewife" and there were so many references to people smoking in public. Then again, he wrote about television "walls" that reminded me of flat screen TV's and earbuds which made me think of blue tooth technology, Ipods, MP3's. . . He wasn't far off on the technological advances.

    Kim :)

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  4. Kim - I've been motivated to finally read books from my TBR shelves when I learn the movie is coming out. LOL I hope you enjoy the book.

    I did enjoy Fahrenheit 451. I had a little trouble stepping into Bradbury's world--I found the setting somewhat fuzzy and the symbolism was a little offputting. Still, I found it eerily true to life even today, the dumbing down of society, manipulation of the truth, continued efforts to censor and the like.

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  5. OMG in January you read Anna Karenina AND 4 other books. That is amazing.

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  6. MKS - All I can say is that I was very determined. :-)

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  7. Well i'm relieved to see that.
    Everywhere I go I see people who tend to read at least 10 books per month, while I can't go beyond 7, except when i'm in holiday, but that's been a very long time...

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  8. Virginie - My reading amount varies. Last year was the first year in a long while I broke a hundred. It was a fluke of a year, you could say. I've actually read more this year than I thought I might so I'm feeling pretty good about this year. :-)

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  9. Very impressive list, Wendy! You make me want to dig into Anna Karenina this instant. I have the book sitting on the TBR shelf for like forever. I've bookmarked this entry for future reference and possible acquisition. It's that good. :D

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  10. What a great detailed list, Wendy! I'm really impressed with your reading and the effort you put in for creating this list. I'm also looking forward to watching Atonement since I loved the book so much!

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  11. Alice - It took me a while to get to Anna Karenina too. It's worth reading. I plan to read War and Peace the first part of this year. That will be quite an undertaking!

    Melody - I updated the list every month so that it would be easier to put together over the long haul. It's nice to have the list all in one place.

    I really want to see the movie Atonement too. It's still not showing in a theater near me though. Hopefully soon. I'm growing impatient.

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  12. War and Peace is on standby too. And Les Miserables. I wonder when I'm going to get enough courage to get started... Happy reading, Wendy!

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  13. I'm adding your #1 to my TBR list and I'm picking up Atonement today. Happy New Year!

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  14. Wendy and Alice, I read War & Peace in 2006 with my online book club. It was a struggle at times, but I'm really proud that I finished it. If I can do it, I'm sure the two of you can too.

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  15. I have "Forgive Me" from the library, as I loved Amanda Ward Eyre's "Sleep toward heaven". If it's half as good I'll be happy!

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