It’s an old question, but a good one . . . What were your favorite books this year?
List as many as you like – fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, science-fiction, business, travel, cookbooks – whatever the category. But, really, we’re all dying to know. What books were the highlight of your reading year in 2007?
Well, according to Library Thing, I’ve read 24 books this year. That’s not even counting that I re-read Harry Potter 1-6 and I read 7 twice. I also re-read my two favorite Nick Hornby books, High Fidelity and About a Boy. And I’m in the middle of a book now that I will hopefully finish before next Monday. So that actually puts me at 35. That’s about 3 books a month, which is a pretty good average for me since I’m a fairly slow reader.
Highlights would definitely be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (duh). Also the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman. I’m so glad I finally read those books because I think they’re wonderful. Even though each book gets slightly worse, as a whole I think they are fascinating and thought provoking. I re-read very few of my books but I’ll definitely be re-reading these in the future.
I mentioned the Hornby books above. They are my FAVORITES and will always be, especially High Fidelity. Though when re-reading About A Boy, I realized I actually like the movie a bit better. The ending was changed to be more movie-ending-y, which I don’t really mind, plus the casting is just perfect, but the book is wonderful in it’s own way that books can be and movies just can’t. I read How to Be Good, another Hornby book, and it didn’t have the magic of the other two. It was pretty damn depressing actually. Won’t be re-reading that one.
I also got into comics and graphic novels this year as I’ve been reading Buffy: Season 8 and Angel: After the Fall. I’m currently reading Y: The Last Man, which is fantastic. I’m up to volume 4 and have ordered the rest because I cannot wait to find out what happens next.
Other favs for me include: Kitchen Confidential (I LOVE Anthony Bourdain and this book was interesting and wonderful in a way that I didn’t think a book about cooking could be). The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart was just a short little character driven tale with some mystery and romance and despite being a little cliche, the quality of the writing rose above it’s flaws which made it a nice, satisfying read. In the same vein is The Flawless Skin of Ugly People by Doug Crandell, another character-driven journey story with nice writing.
I also loved Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs. He one of my favorite authors and I liked this collection of stories. I also read Possible Side Effects another collection of his stories, but I didn’t like that one nearly as much. It seemed he was kind of scraping the bottom of the barrel as far as story material for that one.
Lastly is Black Swan Green, which took me a while to get started, but turned out to be a beautiful and very wonderfully written book.
All-in-all it was a good year for books. I don’t think I read any that I hated or even disliked, most I liked a lot. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find equally good books in 2008.