Booking it a bit late: Highlights, 2007

Booking Through Thursday a bit late this week:

It’s an old question, but a good one . . . What were your favorite books this year?

List as many as you like … fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, science-fiction, business, travel, cookbooks … whatever the category. But, really, we’re all dying to know. What books were the highlight of your reading year in 2007?

My goal this year was to read 52 books. And I read … 52 books.

I read a lot of good books this year. Just about every book on my list below had something to offer. A few I was “meh” about. (If you’re thinking about reading one, email me, and I’ll let you know if it was a “meh” book–although, one person’s “meh” is another’s “wowza.”)

My wowza this year includes:

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger, also by Markus Zusak

Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl, which actually, I read twice. If you look on Amazon, you can see it’s truly one of those love/hate books. Did it have flaws? Yeah, it did. But I felt the good outweighed those. Plus, some of the “flaws” vanished on the second read. Or at least, they did for me.

All in all, it was a good reading year for me.

Books read in 2007 (in sort of alpha order):

A Certain Slant of Light (Whitcomb, Laura)
A Northern Light (Donnelly, Jennifer)
Amazing Grace (Shull, Megan)
Devilish (Johnson, Maureen)
Elsewhere (Zevin, Gabrielle)
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature (Brande, Robin)
Fever 1793 (Anderson, Laurie Halse)
Girl at Sea (Johnson, Maureen)
Hacking Harvard (Wasserman, Robin)
How I Live Now (Rosoff, Meg)
How to Be Popular (Cabot, Meg)
I Am the Messenger (Zusak, Markus)
Just Listen (Dessen, Sarah)
Keturah And Lord Death (Leavitt, Martine)
King Dork (Portman, Frank)
Last Siege, The (Stroud, Jonathan)
Life As We Knew It (Pfeffer, Susan Beth)
London Calling (Bloor, Edward)
Lottery (Wood, Patricia)
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (Zevin, Gabrielle)
Prom (Anderson, Laurie Halse)
Pygmalion (Shaw, George Bernard)
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party (Compestine, Ying Chang)
Skylight Confessions: A Novel (Hoffman, Alice)
Speak (Anderson, Laurie Halse)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Pessl, Marisha)
Stargirl (Spinelli, Jerry)
The Alibi Club (Mathews, Francine)
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (Lyga, Barry)
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party (Anderson, M.T.)
The Book of Lost Things: A Novel (Connolly, John)
The Book Thief (Zusak, Markus)
The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear (Keyes, Ralph)
The Gospel According to Larry (Tashjian, Janet)
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family (Raddatz, Martha)
The Luxe (Godbersen, Anna)
The Nature of Jade (Caletti, Deb)
The Off Season (Murdock, Catherine)
The Probable Future (Hoffman, Alice)
The Queen of Everything (Caletti, Deb)
The Rest Falls Away: The Gardella Vampire Chronicles (Gleason, Colleen)
The Road (McCarthy, Cormac)
The Stolen Child (Donohue, Keith)
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel (Setterfield, Diane)
The Virginia Woolf Writers’ Workshop: Seven Lessons to Inspire Great Writing (Jones, Danell)
Thirteen Reasons Why (Asher, Jay)
Tomorrow #1: When The War Began (Marsden, John)
Tomorrow #2: The Dead Of Night (Marsden, John)
Uninvited (Marrone, Amanda)
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (Black, Holly)
Vote For Larry (Tashjian, Janet)
Wild Roses (Caletti, Deb)


Filed under Books, Memes

3 responses to “Booking it a bit late: Highlights, 2007

  1. “The Lottery” is on my TBR pile. I’d be interested in knowing what you thought of it.

    And, I’m still indebted to you for your recommendation of “I Am The Messenger”. What a fabulous book!

  2. Much better reading year for you than for me, I’m afraid, although I did get to revisit a ton of classics! Do you have any on your “to read” list for 2008?

  3. Charity

    M, I really enjoyed The Lottery. Give it a try.

    Jen–wait, we’re supposed to read classics? I read Pygmalion. That counts, doesn’t it? As for next year, it will all depend on my mood.

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