GirlReaction Reads: Favorites of 2007

I read 85 books (full list here) in 2007, that’s probably about average for me, sometimes closer to 100, rarely below 50. Books may or may not have come out this year, it’s that I read them this year that counts.
My Favorite Six Books of 2007 were:

  • “Winter’s Bone” by Daniel Woodrell (fiction)
  • “Love Is a Mix Tape” by Rob Sheffield (memoir/music)
  • “The Used World” by Haven Kimmel (fiction)
  • “Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work” by Jason Brown (short stories)
  • “Remainder” by Tom McCarthy (fiction)
  • “Freddy and Fredericka” by Mark Helprin (fiction / really, really funny)

(Very very close) Runners Up Were:

  • “Run” by Ann Patchett
  • “Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith” by Jon Krakauer (wow, could NOT put it down. he’s a great researcher/writer)
  • “Simplify” by Todd Goldberg
  • “The Uncommon Reader” by Alan Bennett (sooo funny)
  • “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon

Favorite New (to me) Discoveries:

  • Scarlett Thomas (“The End of Mr. Y” – philosophical fiction)
  • Margo Lanagan (“Black Juice” and “Red Spikes” – thanks Marrije!! – fantasy short stories)
  • Tana French (“In the Woods” – best mystery I read this year!!)
  • Chris Cleave (“Incendiary” – fiction)

I Read a Bunch of Good Books by Authors I Already Loved:
The aforementioned books from Haven Kimmel (and “She Got Up Off the Couch…” too), Ann Patchett (and “Taft” too) and Michael Chabon (and “Gentlemen of the Road” too). As well as:

  • “The Rain Before It Falls” by Jonathan Coe
  • “Day” by A.L.Kennedy
  • “Death of a Writer” by Michael Collins
  • “The Quarry” by Damon Galgut (won the Booker for his previous book “The Good Doctor”)
  • “Killing Pablo” by Mark Bowden (can he write a bad book?)
  • “12 Edmondstone Street” by David Malouf
  • “Black Cat” by Martyn Bedford
  • “An Invisible Sign of My Own” by Aimee Bender
  • “Ludmilla’s Broken English” by DBC Pierre (another former Booker winner)

I read some more “Looks like Chick Lit but Isn’t (It’s Better!)” (Leah Stewart, Marisa de los Santos, Nina Solomon). I continued to work on Proust (three down, three to go?). I read mysteries from Jake Arnott, Lee Child, Dick Francis, and Harlan Coben. I read bits of different sci fi/fantasy series (James Morrow, a true god of writing; Terry Goodkind’s Chainfire & Sword of Truth series; George R.R. Martin). I read books about vampires and werewolves and the like (Tanya Huff, Patricia Briggs, Stephenie Meyers, Amber Benson & Christopher Golden among others) and that’s not even counting all the Buffy Season 8 comics!
It was a good year.

Comments are closed.