Weird. Even though I have been consumed this year by the chore of writing a reference book (and by killer sudoku and hanjie), I actually read eleven more books than last year. Don’t expect the same high numbers next year; between now and my initial draft deadline in May, I will be spending every spare moment hacking away at the computer; though much of the preliminary work has been done, as American Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones famously said during a naval battle, “I have not yet begun to write!”
How’s that for revisionist history?
Don’t worry, I’ll still take time to blog next year, to give my faithful readers their weekly updates on my reading interests, yoga poses, and bizarre library interactions. (Dear faithful readers—don’t you have anything better to do? Not that I’m not complaining. But gee.)
Without further ado, let us discuss the books I read in 2007.
Total books read (not skimmed, mind you, but read from cover to cover):
- 141, including six re-reads (you’d think I’d have the Harry Potter series memorized by now, the number of times I’ve read those books)
- 24 of these were nonfiction. The other 117 were fiction.
Books that were published in 2007:
- 18, I think, though I’ll have to double-check that by looking up some pub dates. However many there are, I’ll discuss these in more detail in my next post, along with a bit of narrative about the books I enjoyed most in 2007, regardless of publication year.
- Most read: Terry Pratchett, with nineteen Discworld books
- Second-most read: Harlan Coben, with his Myron Bolitar series– though, honestly, this should only count as one title. All his books are the same: 1.) Person is brutally murdered. 2.) Likeable protagonist investigates the brutal murder, in the process discovering that 3.) Person was not really murdered, but has been living under an extraordinary disguise all these years.
- Adult: 118
- YA: 12
- Children’s: 11
- 2 Biography
- 2 True Crime
- 1 Economics
- 3 History
- 7 Memoir
- 2 Religion
- 1 Sex Manual (damn waste of my time)
- 3 Science
- 3 Social Science
- 1 Popular Culture
- 1 Textual Criticism
- 1 Women’s Nonfiction
- 1 Humor
- 1 I don’t know what to call it—is it a cookbook? An entertainment book? An absurdist satire? Whatever it is, I loved it. Thanks, Amy Sedaris, for I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
Readers who, unlike me, are capable of simple addition, will notice that these numbers aren’t adding up. That’s because some books have more than one genre.
- 42 Fantasy – yikes!
- 1 Canon (In my own head, I distinguish between the literary canon and Literary Fiction. I could speak at length about this, though I won’t right at the moment. In any case, the book was Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita).
- 10 Historical Fiction
- 16 Horror
- 11 Mystery
- 14 Literary Fiction, Mainstream, or generically popular
- 2 Science Fiction
- 2 Superhero
- 25 Suspense
- 1 Urban Fiction
- 1 Noir
- 24 Humor
My annual Fat Russian Novel: Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
Graphic Novels: 17
Collections of short stories: 3
Plays: 1 (Sweeney Todd)
5 vampire books, 3 zombie books, and 3 ghost stories
Wordless graphic novel: 1 (The Arrival, by Shaun Tan)
Best and Worst
Best NF: I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, by Amy Sedaris
Worst NF: The Great Sex Secret, by Kim Marshall (why do I even bother trying to read these books?)
Best Adult Fiction: A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving, very closely followed by (tie) World War Z, by Max Brooks, and The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Worst Adult Fiction: Flyy Girl, by Omar Tyree
Best YA: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Worst YA: Gifted Touch, by Melinda Metz
Best NF Graphic Novel: These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves: A Love Hate Love Hate Love Hate Love Letter to a Very Bad Habit, by Emily Flake
Best Fiction Graphic Novel: Fables: Legends in Exile, by Bill Willingham
Worst Graphic Novel: 30 Days of Night, by Steve Niles