Books read 2007.

I will never have another year like this. But it sure was fun while it lasted.

January
1. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (f)
2. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (f)
3. Passion by Jude Morgan (f)
4. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (f)
5. The Grey King by Susan Cooper (f)
6. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (f)
7. Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield (nf)
8. Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey (nf)
9. Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (f)
10. The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin (f)
11. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos (f)
12. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (f)
13. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (f)

February
14. The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud (f)
15. But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl’s Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous by Jancee Dunn (nf)
16. The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld (f)
17. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (f)
18. Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (f)
19. Because She Can by Bridie Clark (f)
20. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (f)
21. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (f)
22. Here’s to Hindsight: Letters to My Former Self by Tara Leigh Cobble (nf)
23. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (f)
24. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (nf) (bookclub)
25. Heat by Bill Buford (nf)
26. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (f)

March
27. Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir (f)
28. Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles (nf)
29. The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig (f)
30. The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (f)
31. The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood (f)
32. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (f) (reread)
33. Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris (nf)
34. Queen of Broken Hearts by Cassandra King (f)
35. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (f)
36. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (f) (bookclub)
37. Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (nf)
38. Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy (f)
39. The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (f)

April
40. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (nf)
41. Acceptance by Susan Coll (f)
42. Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb (f)
43. Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (f) (bookclub)
44. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory (f)
45. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (f)
46. The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory (f)
47. Easter Everywhere by Darcey Steinke (nf)
48. The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton (f)
49. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
50. The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips (f)
51. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (f)

May
52. Stalking the Divine by Kristin Ohlson (nf)
53. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
54. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir (nf)
55. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
56. A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd (f)
57. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
58. The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski (f)
59. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
60. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (f)
61. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (f) (bookclub)
62. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas (nf) (bookclub)
63. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
64. Summer Reading by Hilma Wolitzer (f)

June
65. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
66. Austenland by Shannon Hale (f)
67. The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares (f)
68. Grief Girl by Erin Vincent (nf)
69. The Distance from the Heart of Things by Ashley Warlick (f)
70. Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor (f)
71. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky (f)
72. The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (f)
73. The Faith Club by Ranya Idilby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner (nf) (bookclub)
74. Strange Relations by Sonia Levitin (f)
75. The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance by Catherine Ryan Hyde (f)
76. My Summer of Southern Discomfort by Stephanie Gayle (f)

July
77. Flies on the Butter by Denise Hildreth (f)
78. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (f)
79. Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson (f)
80. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (f)
81. Possession by A.S. Byatt (f) (reread) (summer reading)
82. A Field Guide to High School by Marissa Walsh (f)
83. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (f)
84. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (f)
85. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (f)
86. MuggleNet.com’s What Will Happen in Harry Potter Seven by Ben Schoen, Andy Gordon, Jamie Lawrence, and Emerson Spartz (nf)
87. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (f) (reread)
88. Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (f)

August
89. Coffee at Luke’s edited by Jennifer Crusie (nf)
90. The Careful Use of Compliments by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
91. Senior Year by Dan Shaughnessy (nf)
92. Hard Row by Margaret Maron (f)
93. Satisfaction by Gillian Greenwood (f)
94. Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger (nf)
95. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (f)
96. Looking for Alaska by John Green (f)
97. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (nf)
98. The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen annotated by David M. Shapard (f) (bookclub)
99. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (f)

September
100. The Discovery of Heaven by Harry Mulisch (f) (bookclub)
101. Evening by Susan Minot (f)
102. Songs Without Words by Ann Packer (f)
103. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (f) (reread)
104. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (f)
105. Atonement by Ian McEwan (f)
106. Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles (f)
107. Peony in Love by Lisa See (f)
108. Consequences by Penelope Lively (f)
109. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (f) (bookclub)
110. Away by Amy Bloom (f)
111. The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter (f)
112. Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him by Danielle Ganek (f)

October
113. Digging to America by Anne Tyler (f)
114. Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (f)
115. Run by Ann Patchett (f)
116. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Liberally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs (nf)
117. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta (f)
118. A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle (f) (reread)
119. The Alchemist by Paul Coehlo (f)
120. Virgin Time by Patricia Hampl (nf) (bookclub)
121. The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (f)
122. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham (f)
123. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (f)

November
124. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman (nf)
125. Love Over Scotland by Alexander McCall Smith (f)
126. A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (f)
127. Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (f)
128. The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan (f)
129. Before I Die by Jenny Downham (f)
130. Raleigh’s Page by Alan Armstrong (f)
131. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (f) (reread)
132. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (f)
133. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (f)
134. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (f)
135. Epistles by Mark Jarman (poetry)
136. Life as it Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux (f)

December
137. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle (f) (reread)
138. Wintersong by Madeleine L’Engle and Luci Shaw (nf/poetry)
139. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen (f)
140. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (f)
141. Miracle on 10th Street by Madeleine L’Engle (nf/poetry)
142. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke (f)
143. Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolen (f)
144. The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau (f)
145. How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler (f) (review to come)
146. The Glorious Impossible by Madeleine L’Engle (nf) (reread)
147. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (f)
148. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (f)
149. The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder (f) (reread)
150. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (f)
151. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (f)
152. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (f)

My absolute favorite of the year:
Atonement by Ian McEwan (which, of course, I never wrote anything about, partly because it blew me away)

Some other favorites:
Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (a fitting ending to a series I loved)
Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? by Philip Yancey
Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos (maybe the most fun book I read all year)
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (I hope to reread this someday)
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian (I couldn’t put this one down)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (it’s grown on me since finishing it – definitely a book I’ll remember)
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Heat by Bill Buford
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson (I liked it so much more than I expected)
Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion by Sara Miles
Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (I can’t even make a pithy little comment about this one)
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg (nothing beat this for sheer laugh-out-loud value)
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (not a book I’ll forget easily)
The Maytrees by Annie Dillard (I want to be Annie Dillard when I grow up)
Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande (such a fun book, so many nasty comments that had to be deleted)
Possession by A.S. Byatt (enjoyed it more than ever before)
Looking for Alaska by John Green (this is another one that will stick with me)
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (I hope it changed my life)
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (for being exactly what I needed the week I read it)
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (I would like to be friends with Sara Zarr)

Some favorites I never got around to writing anything about:
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (funny but not for everybody)
My Summer of Southern Discomfort by Stephanie Gayle (I thoroughly enjoyed this fish out of water story)
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (another masterful tale)
Hard Row by Margaret Maron (excellent as always)
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta (hilarious and insightful)
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman (beautiful inspiring nonfiction)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (I can’t stop recommending this book)

And, of course, I enjoyed all the J.K. Rowling and Alexander McCall Smith on that list. But you knew that already.

I’m not going to point out any of the ones I especially disliked, though there were some big disappointments of course. I will say that it seems like the year went out on a bit of a low note as far as my own reading was concerned – changing jobs meant changing some of my reading habits a little bit (no more desperately searching for a book for my book club, which I was constantly doing before), skewing it a bit younger. I have been trying to catch up on a lot of the Battle of the Books selections, but I hope to have more to say about some of the ones that I tackle next year, and over Christmas break I decided that I am going to have to make sure I read things that I am interested in, whether or not they are relevant to my job, just to keep me sane. So I should get back to more adult reading soon, and hopefully find a better balance.

Doing reviews this year was a grand experiment, and I don’t know how I feel about it in the end. I think I will try to write up more than I did at the end of this year, but I probably won’t do as many (percentage-wise) as I did this year overall.

And now, on to 2008, where more excellent books are waiting.

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3 Comments

  1. Yay! I’ve put a couple of your favorites that I missed last year on hold at the library to try out – my goal this year is to read more non-fiction, though that invariably slows me down. Can I still borrow that AJ Jacobs book from you?

    Posted 1/5/2008 at | Permalink
  2. Kari

    Yes!

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  3. Jayne

    Kari,
    I hope that you will continue to write reviews – I carry around a Kari List in case I get to a bookstore or library, so that I will be prepared if I get a chance to get a new book. I haven’t read something truly wonderful for a while, so I have decided on Atonement, which everyone is surprised I haven’t read already.
    I love your reviews and they compete well with your thoughts on faith, which I also enjoy so much. I was just awarded daughter-in-law #3 on Saturday, and I hope you remember that I could easily do with a 4th – even honorary.

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