In last year’s reading list post, I said I was going to try to read fewer books in 2007. That didn’t happen, but I did make a concentrated effort to pay more attention to what I read this year. I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped at writing down what I liked or didn’t like about the books I read, but I did at least note whether or not I liked them. It’s a start.
First, let’s take a look at the books I really, really liked. Here they are, my 10 favorite books of 2007:
10. “Very Good, Jeeves!” by P.G. Wodehouse.
Quite British, and delightfully goofy.
9. “Plot It Yourself” by Rex Stout.
Nero Wolfe novels never fail to disappoint, and this one is especially good.
8. “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” by Barbara Kingsolver.
I don’t think I’m ready to pluck chickens, but it did make me put a bit more thought into the origin of our family’s food.
7. “Silence of the Grave” by Arnaldur Indridason.
A cleverly plotted Icelandic mystery.
6. “Thursday Next: First Among Sequels” by Jasper Fforde.
Extremely silly and quite fun. If you like puns, you’ll probably like Fforde.
5. “About Alice” by Calvin Trillin.
Sweet and so sad.
4. “"No Country for Old Men“ by Cormac MacCarthy.
3. “A Spot of Bother” by Mark Haddon. A sweet and funny story of a family that’s falling apart. (It really is sweet. By the end. Really.)
2. “Peace Like a River” by Leif Enger.
I read this in 2006, too. I loved it both times. I may make it an annual event.
1. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.
Touching, well written and so very sad.
Next, the books that I really, really didn’t like (but for one reason or another finished anyway):
With my most sincere apologies to Amy, this was my least favorite book of 2007.
I don’t remember what I didn’t like about this one, but I remember very clearly that I didn’t like it.
Oh, Mitch. You’re so schmaltzy.
Far too creepy.
And finally, the rest of the bunch!
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