I know that this is the time of year that you are supposed to reflect on your achievements, disappointments, highs and lows for the year. I think it’s much more fun to take a look back at your book reading for the year. And I have to say – what a year it was! When I went back through everything that I had read this year, I realized that not only was it a prolific year but truly a year for originality and a lot of damn good books.
Unfortunately, my posts to this site slowed down to a halt the last few months of the year, but that was due to my over-scheduled, stressful life, not to a lack of reading either books or this blog. It’s hard to believe that this blog started as a year-end list and look how far it has come.
Hats off to Tim for keeping it going despite many days, weeks, etc when he was the only one adding info onto the site. And without further ado, here’s my list of my favorites that I read in 2007…….
- Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
- What is the What by Dave Eggers
- Brookland by Emily Barton
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
- Yiddish Policemen’ts Union by Michael Chabon
- Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
- Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander
- The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
And I still have some honorable mentions (it was tough this year narrowing down the selection):
- Wild Trees by Richard Preston
- Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
- Manhunt: The 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
Hmmm…..Interesting that my runner’s up are all non-fiction. I guess for me – there’s still nothing like a gripping novel.