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Jan. 2, 2008, 8:09am

Anyone want to share their favorite books from 2007?

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

Jan. 2, 2008, 9:11am

nothing really strikes out that was *new* for 07 that I read. I usually try to read other stuff than new pop fic/nonfic.
Brutal was new, I believe....not too gret though

Jan. 2, 2008, 10:14am

#2 - The works themselves would not have to be published in 2007. I only meant what people considered the best books read in the calendar year.

Jan. 2, 2008, 11:28am

I had a great year for reading, both in terms of quality and quantity - I know it sounds laughable, but 2007 was sort of the year that I discovered contemporary fiction, thanks to LT and reading the NYT book reviews.

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!

Jan. 2, 2008, 8:12pm

I'm really bad at "best of" lists because if I commit to a top 5 or 10 favorite anythings I usually change my mind the next week or realize that I've forgotten something.

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.

Jan. 6, 2008, 9:24am

I had a really great year for excellent reading in 2007:

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.

Jan. 13, 2008, 8:43am

Read some excellent things in 2007-- Orhan Pamuk was probably my favorite find (Snow and The Black Book) are now two of my favorites.

Jose Saramago's The Stone Raft was also brilliant.

There are probably a few I'm forgetting...

Jan. 13, 2008, 9:58am

My best were

Fear and Trembling by Amelie Nothomb

How I Became Stupid by Martin Page

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jan. 14, 2008, 5:32am

Cyteen was my star find. I've been a Cherryh fan for a while, but this really is one of her best works.

Innocent mage and Awakened mage where also star reads. From a new author definetly worth keeping an eye on.

Jan. 17, 2008, 9:25pm

Here's my 2007 top ten list

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
Bookends-Green, Jane*
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*

*annual reread
**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...

Jan. 30, 2008, 10:33am

Unfortunately, I didn't keep close track of what I read in 2007, but my 5 English-language stand-outs - at least from what I remember - were (in no particular order):

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

Jan. 31, 2008, 5:12am

*****The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ******
This by far was the best book I read in 2007.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy was also excellent. But everyone in my family got a copy of The Alchemist for Christmas!