Books Read in 2007

So far this year I’ve read 98 books. I didn’t make a century, but then it’s not about numbers, but is about reading and enjoying books. I don’t think I’ll finish any more by the end of this year. The first 30 (or so) books on the list I read before I started to write this blog, so there are no posts about them. I’ve written about most of the books I’d read up to the end of November and I hope to write about some of the ones read in December next year.

Clicking on the titles that are underlined takes you to my posts on the books.

98.Here Lies Arthur, Philip Reeve
97.Four Stories, Alan Bennett
96.The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, Chris Ewan
95.Solstice, Joyce Carol Oates
94.Old Filth, Jane Gardam
93.The Owl Service, Alan Garner
92. The Spoilt City, Olivia Manning
91.The End of the Affair, Graham Greene
90.All Passion Spent, Vita Sackville-West
89.My Cleaner, Maggie Gee
88.The Testament of Gideon Mack, James Robertson
87.The Great Fortune, Olivia Manning
86.Surveillance, Jonathan Raban
85.Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell
84.Remainder, Tom McCarthy
83.Lewis Carroll: a biography, Morton Cohen
82.The Sidmouth Letters, Jane Gardam
81.Crossing To Safety, Wallace Stegner
80.Playing with the Moon, Eliza Graham
79.One Fine Day, Mollie Panter-Downes
78.Ladies of Grace Adieu, Susanna Clarke
77.The Verneys, Adrian Tinniswood
76.Christine Kringle, Lynn Brittany
75.Set in Darkness, Ian Rankin
74.Sons and Lovers, D H Lawrence
73.The Man Who Died, D H Lawrence
72.The Uncommon Reader, Alan Bennett
71.Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott
70.Astrid and Veronika, Linda Olsson
69.The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
68.Ghostwalk, Rebecca Stott
67.Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
66.Speaking of Love, Angela Young
65.Letters to Malcolm, C S Lewis
64.Season of the Witch, Natasha Mostert
63.The Amber Spyglass, Philip Pullman
62.The House at Riverton, Kate Morton
61.The Secret History, Donna Tartt
60.Made in Heaven, Adele Geras
59.Crooked House, Agatha Christie
58.Arlington Park, Rachel Cusk
57.The Subtle Knife, Philip Pullman
56.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J K Rowling
55.Northern Lights, Philip Pullman
54.Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
53.Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
52.Theft, Peter Carey
51.King of the Streets, John Baker
50.The Poe Shadow, Matthew Pearl
49.Digging to America, Anne Tyler
48.Wilberforce, John Pollock
47.On Trying To Keep Still, Jenny Diski
46.Death’s Jest-Book, Reginald Hill
45.The Woodlanders, Thomas Hardy
44.Body Surfing, Anita Shreve
43.The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
42.Daphne, Margaret Forster
41.Blessings, Anna Quindlen
40.The Dawkin’s Delusion, Alistair McGrath
39.The Giant’s House, Elizabeth McCracken
38.Pictures of Perfection, Reginald Hill
37.Keeping Faith, Jodie Picoult
36.Over, Margaret Forster
35.Master Georgie, Beryl Bainbridge
34.On Chesil Beach, Ian McEwan
33.Gentlemen & Players, Joanne Harris
32.Hallucinating Foucault, Patricia Duncker
31.Emotional Geology, Linda Gillard
30.The Secret of the Last Temple, Peter Sussman
29.When I Grow Up, Bernice Rubens
28.Under the Greenwood Tree, Thomas Hardy
27.Death Minus Zero, John Baker
26.The Conjuror’™s Bird, Martin Davies
25.Nights of Rain and Stars, Maeve Binchy
24.The Devil wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
23.Stranger on a Train, Jenny Diski
22.Instances of the Number 3, Salley Vickers
21.Sovereign, C J Sansom
20.The Daughter of Time, Josephine Tey
19.The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope
18.Only Say the Word, Niall Williams
17.Learning to Swim, Clare Chambers
16.A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka
15.Mother’™s Milk, Edward St Aubyn
14.The Dark Shore, Susan Howatch
13.Mr Golightly’™s Holiday, Salley Vickers
12.What Good are the Arts?, John Carey
11.Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
10.The Falls, Joyce Carol Oates
9.The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
8.Moral Disorder, Margaret Atwood
7.Shadows in the Mirror, Frances Fyfield
6.But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury, Gillian Freeman
5.The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
4.Miss Garnet’™s Angel, Salley Vickers
3.The Christmas Mystery, Jostein Gaarder
2.The Water Babies, Charles Kingsley
1.The Waiting Sands

13 thoughts on “Books Read in 2007

  1. I love seeing what other people have been reading especially when there is a good balance of things I’ve enjoyed and books I haven’t read. The likelihood being that i will enjoy the unread ones. I see you’ve read the latest Philip Reeve. I’ll be interested to see what you think of that.


  2. Wouah, i’m impressed really. I counted mine yesterday and I read 66 books + 77 mangas. And I’d like to attain 100 next year, but I know I won’t do it, i’m just dreaming. And indeed like you said, it’s not about number, it’s about enjoying. That’s what I said to a friend the other day, because the year I re-read a lot of books,and she can’t read the same book again. I just said that I read for pleasure, and I enjoy reading again certain books, so why not?


  3. Table Talk, the Philip Reeve book was a Christmas present and it’s very good. It’s the first one by Philip Reeve that I’ve read – his writing is so lyrical. I’ll write more about it soon.Virginie, welcome – you’re right it is about enjoying books – the numbers don’t matter.


  4. Oh, I want to know about Four Stories; and I’d like to know what you thought about The End of the Affair and also, if you’ve seen the movie. I really liked both. And But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury. Gatsby is probably one of my top five of all, all time. I wonder what you thought. As the old year winds down, I just want to say that your blog, and you are such a part of my life, now.


  5. I love looking through people’s reading lists. You’ve accomplished a lot! You are very good to provide links to so many of your books–I’m not even sure I wrote (in any great depth that is) about all of the books I read. Did you like the Garner book? My goal is always to just read a book a week and if I end up with more (which for the last couple of years I have) I am very pleased!


  6. Hello,I found your blog through Becca’s and was pleased to find some of my favorites on your reading list, too.On top: my all time favorite Joyce Carol Oates, with “Solstice” and “The Falls”.I also enjoyed reading Sir Walter Scott, “Ivanhoe” as a child, later D.H. Lawrence, “Sons and Lovers”, Graham Greene, “The End of the Affair” and Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby.”


  7. Nan, ‘Four Stories’ is fascinating, especially the last one about the old lady who lived for 20 years in Alan Bennett’s front garden – I loved that book. I haven’t seen the film ‘The End of the Affair’ – the book is great. I read ‘But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury’ in January/February. It’s about Virginia Woolf and her family and friends and made me want to know more about them and read her books – a really good book. As for ‘The Great Gatsby’ I’d been meaning to read it for years and I’m so glad I did, so sad and I saw the film afterwards and thought that was very well done. I talk about your blog to my husband and friends and look forward to reading it, you’re part of my life too.Danielle, thank you. I did like the Garner book, although I found it a bit difficult to get my head round the characters at first, I think, because there is so much dialogue. Sometimes the descriptive passages left me wondering what precisely had happened and I had to re-read several parts. I love your blog too – you always have such interesting books on the go.Olivia, welcome. ‘The Falls’ is my favourite Oates’ book, next to ‘Middle Age’. I didn’t like ‘Solstice’ as much – I suppose I didn’t like either Monica or Sheila very much, but the book is well written.I’m still thinking about which books I enjoyed the most out of this year’s reading. I’ll write about it soon.


  8. Wow, what a list! You’re right it’s not about the number, but I do enjoy those times when someone asks me ‘well how much do you read anyway?’ and getting to see their jaw drop. You do have a nice mix of the new and the old(er). I am looking forward to you posting your favorites.


  9. It’s not everyday that you encounter someone who’ve read close to 100 in a year much so give each book a deep thought and understanding. It’s very inspiring– reminding me to set a goal for 2008 as it approaches.


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  11. Wow! I thought I’d read a lot – I know it’s not about numbers, but I am aiming for 100 this year… two a week, shouldn’t be too tricky. Until I go back to university, that is…I don’t know much about But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury, but it sounds exactly the sort of thing I’d want to read.


  12. That’s a very impressive list. I have only read five of the books on your list. But, I have many of them in the tbr pile! The Thirteenth Tale was one of my favorites for 2007. Hope you have a healthy and happy 2008!!


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