What I Read in 2007

In the spirit of end of the year lists:

I started keeping a list in my Moleskine of all the books I read over the course of last year. I was surprised by the numbers in some months, zero in October and seven in June. My list is dominated by Fantasy, YA, and Romance. You can really tell when I went on a binge, November for example, and read Romance in exclusion to all else. I read 44 books last year with an average of about 3.66 per month.

This year, I want to have a more balanced plate. The only classic literature I read in 2007 was Agnes Grey. Not that classic literature is the only thing worth reading.

Here is my list by month for 2007:

January – 5
Glass Houses – Rachel Caine
Duty and Desire – Pamela Aiden
His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
Pretties – Scott Westerfeld
A Few Demons More – Kim Harrison

February – 4

These Three Remain – Pamela Aiden
The Bee Keeper’s Aprentice – Laurie King
The Ruins of Gorlan – John Flanagan
Specials – Scott Westerfeld

March – 2
The Minister’s Daughter – Julie Hearn
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

April – 4
Mooncalled – Patricia Briggs
Throne of Jade – Naomi Novik
Black Powder War – Naomi Novik
Buffy: the Long Way Home I – Whedon

May – 2
Love Comes Softly – Jannette Oake
The Secret Pearl – Mary Balogh

June – 7
Blue Moon – Jill Marie Landis
A Monstrous Regiment of Women – Laurie King
Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
Perepolis 2 – Marjane Satrapi
A letter of Mary – Laurie King
Storm Front – Jim Butcher
y: The Last Man – Vaughan, Guerra, et al.

July – 4
The Brazen Careerist – Penelope Trunk
Fool Moon – Jim Butcher
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
Castle of the Wolf – Sandra Schwab

August – 3
Promethea – Alan Moore
Promethea II – Alan Moore
Promethea III – Alan Moore

September – 2
Watchmen – Alan Moore
Datacloud: Toward A New Theory Of Online Work – Johndan Johnson-Eilola

October – 0

November – 6
The Shadow and the Star – Laura Kinsale
Slightly Married – Mary Balogh
Slightly Wicked – Mary Balogh
Slightly Scandalous – Mary Balogh
Slightly Sinful – Mary Balogh
Sligtly Dangerous – Mary Balogh

December – 5
Agnes Grey – Anne Bronte
Buffy: the Long Way Home II – Whedon
Buffy: the Long Way Home III – Whedon
Midsummer Moon – Laura Kinsale
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – Le Leche League

8 thoughts on “What I Read in 2007

  • January 3, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I hope you’ve enjoyed Castle of the Wolf! 🙂

    And as to classic literature, I can highly recommend E.T.A Hoffmann’s The Life and Opinion of the Tomcat Murr (which my heroine reads in CotW). It’s a truly unusual novel!

  • January 3, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Well, thank you for stopping my Ms. Schwab! I can honestly say that Castle of the Wolf was a highlight last year and I have already thrust it upon several friends. If you are looking for great gothic romance, it is fabulous.

  • January 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Scott Westerfeld, huh? I’ve looked at that series a couple times — since you’ve read more than one of them, can I take that as an implicit recommendation?

    (Also, I’ve read all those Baloghs. Good binge!)

  • January 3, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad to hear it! Thank you! CASTLE is very near and dear to my heart because I not only based the setting on where my family used to live when I was a child, but I also put in references to all my favourite Romantic fairy tales.

  • January 4, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Westerfeld is highly recommended as well. Great YA. I read the Uglies series and the Midnighters series. Both are fun and interesting.

  • January 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I just reread Y: The Last Man in preparation for the end of the series. It’s is a super duper book.

    I’m also a big fan of Persepolis. I’m haunted by the panel where the young Iranian boys charge across the minefield.

  • January 9, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    What did you think of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi? I recommend highly.

  • January 10, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I thought Persepolis was good. I liked the first one the best out of the two. The simple drawings coupled with the complex, honest story was very touching.

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