2007 Best of list
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I didn't read anything this year that really knocked the proverbial socks off, but the three I found most interesting were:
The Double by Jose Saramago*
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
*touchtones not working for this title
Brutal was new, I believe....not too gret though
Passage to Dusk - Rachid al-Daif
The Stone of Laughter - Hoda Barakat
The Kin Who Count: Family and Society in Ottoman Aleppo, 1770-1840 - Margaret Meriwether - a school book, but wonderful!
The Cairo Trilogy - Naguib Mahfouz
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Whore's Child and Other Stories - Richard Russo
Angelica - Arthur Phillips
Blindness - Jose Saramago
After Dark - Haruki Murakami
The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
My Lobotomy - Howard Dully
The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
and... The Latke Who Wouldn't Stop Screaming - Lemony Snicket - a hilarious little thing to end the year with
Big list - apologies - a good year for books! A lot of disappointments too and a lot of things that were just three stars....but let's not dwell on them!
2007 was the year I found Evelyn Waugh. I've been a Wodehouse fan for years but I've never read Waugh - until 2007. So I'd add that to my list along with:
Writing Home by Alan Bennett
Roadkill on the ThreeChord Highway by Colin Escott - even though sometimes it was a bit confusing. I enjoyed it for the information more than for the writing. The touchstone on this is wonky. I hope it works.
Heat by Bill Buford
Oh, and yes, the last Harry Potter book. Was that this year? I mean, last year? Good grief.
I'm sure there must be others and I'm just forgetting them right now.
Ronia, The Robber's Daughter - Astrid Lindgren (re-read)
The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel - Brom
Stuck in Neutral - Terry Trueman
The Stand - Stephen King (re-read)
The Prestige - Christopher Priest
The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
No Humans Involved - Kelley Armstrong
Broken Skin - Stuart MacBride
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith
There were a whole host of 8/10's too, but I thought I'd leave it at the 9- and 10/10's here.
Thirteenth Tale, The - Setterfield, Diane
Rebel Angels - Bray, Libba
And She Was - Dyson, Emily
Love Walked In -de los Santos, Marisa
Heiress of Water, The -Barron, Sandra Rodriguez
There's a (Slight) Chance I Might be Going to Hell-Notaro, Laurie**
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Rowling, J.K.
Love, Stargirl-Spinelli, Jerry
No Plot, No Problem-Baty, Chris*
**favorite new-to-me author - hilarious! I've since read four of her other books. I think there's only one more out that I'm missing. I laughed so hard that I cried...
River of Gods by Ian McDonald
Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
both Ghostwritten and Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o