Read in 2007

This is the list of books I’ve read in 2007. I’ll try to comment a little on each.

  1. Mergers & Acquisitions by Dana Vachon—A softer, kinder Jay McInerney
  2. Third Girl from the Left by Martha Southgate—Follows three black women, each trying to break free, moving back and forth through time
  3. Bento Box in the Heartland by Linda Furiya—Lukewarm tale about growing up in Indiana as the only Asian family
  4. Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Capetown by Paul Theroux—One of my all time favorite writers (of travel literature that is) writes about traveling the length of Africa. Outstanding.
  5. Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee—
  6. One Night at the Call Center by Chetan Bhagat—Treacly, nonsense, it’s as if someone crossed Mitch Albom and the Office. Eww.
  7. Mistress of the Art of Death by Arianna Frankslin—Good mystery with a strong female lead set in Medieval England
  8. A long way gone by Ishmael Beah—Beautiful and sad memoir of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone
  9. Twins by Marcie Dermansky—Story of Chloe and Sue, identical twins, and their messed up bond
  10. The Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander—Didn’t like the characters and didn’t like the book until after I had finished it, but it is good.
  11. The Dead Father’s Club by Matt Haig—Meh, easy read. Less interesting than Curious Incident in the Dog in the Night.
  12. The Known World by Edward P. Jones—Wow! Loved this book. Jones is a genius.
  13. The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall—This book got a lot of buzz pre-publication. Luckily, it’s worth the buzz.
  14. Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski—Marketed as a thriller, it’s more of an investigation of what missionaries in Southeast Asia.
  15. The Spellman Files by Lisa Luntz—Funny, breezy book about a family of private detectives.
  16. The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones—Middle-aged woman learns to live again after her husbands untimely death. Not really my kind of book.
  17. Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes—This guy is a nut.
  18. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen—Simply a great book.
  19. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley—The movies have so little in common with the book!
  20. The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas—A lot of other bloggers whose judgements I trust loved this. They were right!
  21. Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor—Nice debut novel
  22. Jamestown by Matthew Sharpe—One of my favorite reads so far this year.
  23. After Dark by Haruki Murakami—Short novella that tells three interconnected stories set over 7 hours on a Tokyo night.
  24. Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber—Really enjoyed Abu-Jaber’s first attempt at writing a mystery.
  25. Without a Map by Meredith Hall—Biography of a woman who grew up in Maine. It’s dark, but wonderfully told.
  26. Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett—Third in the series set in Bangkok. I think this one is better than the second.
  27. The Cottagers by Marshall Klimasewiski—One of the LBC Picks, I’m glad I’ve been introduced to Klimasweiski.
  28. Middlemarch by George Eliot—This is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read.
  29. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, a Raucous Year of Eating Locally by Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon—Chronicle of an interesting year, eating nothing but food that has been grown within 100 miles of Vancouver.
  30. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan—Another brilliant novella by a master wordsmith.
  31. Falling Through the Earth by Danielle Trussoni—Brilliant memoir of a tough childhood by someone who doesn’t pity themselves.
  32. Falling Man by Don Delillo—No one writes quite like Delillo. Intricate and dark is how I would describe this 9/11 novel.
  33. Looking for Alaska by John Green—Great YA novel about a kid who goes to boarding school.
  34. The Headmaster Ritual by Taylor Antrim—Mediocre first novel about a tony boarding school in New England. Didn’t find it that compelling.
  35. Alabama Moon by Watt Key—YA novel about what happens to a boy who has spent his childhood living in the woods with his father, after the father’s death. Very good.
  36. Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand—Bam, this is dark and gritty, but absorbing and marvelous.
  37. A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid Nunez—She’s a wonderful writer. I’m planning on reading all of her books now.
  38. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf—Packed with sentences that you read over and over and over again.
  39. The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall—Decent escapist historical novel.
  40. Distant Star by Robert Bolano—The Chilean writer’s dark novel set during the coup about a poet/artist/serial killer.
  41. In the Woods by Tana French—Engrossing thriller about a detective with a haunted past, trying to solve the murder of a young girl.
  42. Karma & Other Stories by Rishi Reddi
  43. Among Other Things I’ve Taken Up Smoking by Aiobheann Sweeney
  44. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy—Marvelous tale of a young woman’s adventures in Paris.
  45. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  46. London is the Best City in America by Laura Dave
  47. The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin
  48. Triangle by Katherine Weber
  49. Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta
  50. Home Land by Sam Lipsyte
  51. The Inner Circleby T.C. Boyle
  52. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
  53. I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
  54. Hypocrite in a White Poufy Dress by Susan Gilman
  55. Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek
  56. Little Stalker by Jennifer Belle
  57. Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander
  58. Ovenman by Jeff Parker
  59. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  60. Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
  61. Bar Flower by Lea Jacobson
  62. New England White by Stephen Carter
  63. Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee
  64. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  65. Dominion by Calvin Baker
  66. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Rigler
  67. The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa by Josh Swiller
  68. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  69. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  70. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
  71. The Journal of Dora Damage by Belinda Starling
  72. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  73. Signed, Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy
  74. White Guys by Anthony Giardina
  75. Away by Amy Bloom
  76. Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy
  77. The Golden Road by Caille Millner
  78. The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
  79. World Made by Hand by James Howard Kuntsler
  80. The Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
  81. The Commoner by Jonathan Burnham Schwartz
  82. The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay
  83. Maynard & Jennica by Rudolph Delson
  84. The Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
  85. An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
  86. The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black
  87. The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck
  88. The Kept Man by Jamie Attenberg
  89. The Eye of Jade by Diane Wei Liang
  90. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food by Judith Jones
  91. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
  92. The Birthdays by Heidi Pitlor
  93. The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
  94. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  95. Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
  96. The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin
  97. Parable of Talents by Octavia Butler
  98. The Finder by Colin Harrison
  99. Rock On by Dan Kennedy
  100. The Bone Rattler by Eliot Pattison
  101. The World without End by Ken Follett
  102. How the Dead Dream by Lydia Millet
  103. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  104. Black Ships by Jo Graham
  105. Judas Horse by April Smith
  106. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
  107. A Person of Interest by Susan Choi
  108. Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves

One thought on “Read in 2007

  1. Lillian Lang

    I too enjoy the Ariana Franklin (especially the nontraditional ending) but like her historical novels written as Diana Norman even better. Try A Catch of Consequence, set (at least initially) in Boston, book one in a trilogy which my book group recently read.

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