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Books Read 2007

Here’s a reverse-chronological list of all the books I read in 2007.  My rating system is out of five stars.  (5=Extraordinary. I will immediately try to acquire other books by this author, 4=Very strong book, good writing style, really enjoyed, 3=A good read, possibly had one or two really strong areas, but the rest was average, 2=There were some major flaws in the book, but it had some good points as well, 1=I regret ever having even considered reading this book).  All titles are linked to Amazon.  If I’ve discussed it on the blog, that’s noted and linked in parantheses following the author.

  • Daniel Deronda by George Eliot**** (206)
  • The Nautical Chart by Arturo Reverte-Perez****(thoughts)
  • Birchwood by John Banville**** (thoughts)
  • February Flowers by Fan Wu****(thoughts)
  • Dreadful Delineations by John Maclay*(thoughts)
  • Witching Murder by Jennie Melville**
  • The Last Full Measure by Hal Glatzer*** (200)
  • The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr***(thoughts)
  • The Virgin in the Garden by A.S. Byatt****(thoughts)
  • Jia by Hyejin Kim*** (thoughts)
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman****(thoughts)
  • Nocturnes by John Connolly*****(thoughts)
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett***
  • Sketches From a Life by George Kennan**** (thoughts)
  • Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear*** (thoughts)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman*****(thoughts)
  • Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda**** (190)(thoughts)
  • The Wisdom of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton****(thoughts)
  • The Little Country by Charles de Lint*****(thoughts)
  • Seven Gothic Tales by Isak Dinesen****(thoughts, part one, part two)
  • Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman*****(thoughts)
  • The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier***(thoughts)
  • Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures by Kenneth Cain, Heidi Postlewait, and Andrew Thomson*****(thoughts)
  • Locked Rooms by Laurie King*****(thoughts)
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris***(thoughts)
  • God’s Harvard by Hanna Rosin*****(thoughts)
  • House of Stone by Christina Lamb***** (180)(thoughts)
  • Dervishes by Beth Helms***
  • Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer*****(thoughts)
  • Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde****(thoughts)
  • Innocent Blood by P.D. James****(thoughts)
  • Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman***(thoughts)
  • Gossamer by Lois Lowry****(thoughts)
  • Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter by Ruth Rendell****(thoughts)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle*****(thoughts)
  • Sixpence House by Paul Collins****(thoughts)
  • The Game by Laurie King***** (170)(thoughts)
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr*****(thoughts)
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett****
  • Beyond Culture by Edward T. Hall**
  • Ironside by Holly Black****
  • The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee****(thoughts)
  • The Last Friend by Tahar Ben Jelloun***(thoughts)
  • Bachelor Brothers’ Bed and Breakfast by Bill Richardson*****(thoughts)
  • Kim by Rudyard Kipling***(thoughts)
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi****(thoughts)
  • Madam Secretary**** by Madeleine Albright (160)(thoughts)
  • The Well of Lost Plots***** by Jasper Fforde(thoughts)
  • Looking Glass Wars**** by Frank Beddor(thoughts)
  • Preludes and Nocturnes** by Neil Gaiman(thoughts)
  • A Cold Case** by Philip Gourevitch(thoughts)
  • Mansfield Park**** by Jane Austen
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat**** by Oliver Sacks(thoughts)
  • Twilight**** by Stephanie Meyer(thoughts)
  • The Small Room**** by May Sarton(thoughts)
  • The Children of Green Knowe***** by L.M. Boston
  • The Sunday Philosophy Club** by Alexander McCall Smith (150)
  • Marked**** by P.C. and Kristin Cast(thoughts)
  • The Kitchen Boy**** by Robert Alexander(thoughts)
  • Gods in Alabama*** by Joshilyn Jackson
  • The Pale Horse*** by Agatha Christie
  • Tithe*** by Holly Black(thoughts)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan**** by Lisa See(thoughts)
  • They Do it With Mirrors*** by Agatha Christie
  • So Many Books, So Little Time**** by Sara Nelson (thoughts)
  • The House on Mango Street**** by Sandra Cisneros(thoughts)
  • True Notebooks***** by Mark Salzman (140)(thoughts)
  • Witches’ Brew**** ed. by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini(thoughts: part one, two, three, four, five, and six.)
  • The Stolen Child***** by Keith Donohue(thoughts)
  • Lost in a Good Book***** by Jasper Fforde(thoughts)
  • The Persian Puzzle*** by Kenneth Pollack
  • The War of the Saints** by Jorge Amado
  • A History of Reading**** by Alberto Manguel(thoughts)
  • The Chocolate War** by Robert Cormier
  • Stiff**** by Mary Roach(thoughts)
  • The Last Juror*** by John Grisham (on CD)
  • Embers***** by Sandor Marai (130) (thoughts)
  • The House Next Door**** by Anne Rivers Siddons(thoughts)
  • The Secret of Chimneys*** by Agatha Christie
  • Reason for Hope**** by Jane Goodall (thoughts)
  • Neverwhere***** by Neil Gaiman(thoughts)
  • The Last September***** by Elizabeth Bowen(thoughts)
  • The Murder Room**** by P.D. James (on CD)
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones**** by Ellis Peters(thoughts)
  • Fast Food Nation***** by Eric Schlosser
  • The Rest Falls Away** by Collen Gleason(thoughts)
  • Mariette in Ecstasy**** by Ron Hansen (120)(thoughts)
  • Death at the Priory** by James Ruddick(thoughts)
  • The Ghost Writer***** by John Harwood(thoughts)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes***** by Ray Bradbury(thoughts)
  • Coraline***** by Neil Gaiman(thoughts)
  • The Mirror Crack’d*** by Agatha Christie
  • Bethlehem Road*** by Anne Perry
  • The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon*** by Richard Zimler(thoughts)
  • The Diplomat’s Daughter*** by William Kinsolving
  • The Book Thief***** by Markus Zusak(thoughts)
  • How Reading Changed My Life*** by Anna Quindlen (110)(thoughts)
  • A Gentle Madness*** by Nicolas Basbanes(thoughts)
  • At Bertram’s Hotel**** by Agatha Christie
  • Spook** by Mary Roach(thoughts)
  • Dispatches from the Edge** by Anderson Cooper (on CD)
  • Does America Need a Foreign Policy?** by Henry Kissinger
  • Case Histories***** by Kate Atkinson(thoughts)
  • Waiting for Daisy*** by Peggy Orenstein(thoughts)
  • America’s Secret War***** by George Friedman(thoughts)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel***** by Baroness Orczy(thoughts)
  • Candide** by Voltaire (100)(thoughts)
  • The Witching Hour*** by Anne Rice
  • The Ambassador*** by John Shaw
  • The Eustace Diamonds***** by Anthony Trollope(thoughts)
  • Justice Hall***** by Laurie King
  • Delta Wedding**** by Eudora Welty(thoughts)
  • Emma***** by Jane Austen(thoughts)
  • The Door** by Mary Roberts Rinehard(thoughts)
  • Bound to Please** by Michael Dirda(thoughts)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone** by JK Rowling
  • Cousin Bette**** by Honore de Balzac (90)(thoughts)
  • Death in Holy Orders**** by P.D. James (on CD)(thoughts)
  • Blink** by Malcolm Gladwell(thoughts)
  • The Eyre Affair***** by Jasper Fforde(thoughts)
  • The Woman in White***** by Wilkie Collins
  • Dangerous Liasons*** by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos(thoughts)
  • A Sense of the World*** by Jason Roberts(thoughts)
  • The Virgin’s Lover** by Philippa Gregory(thoughts)
  • Mistress of the Art of Death*** by Ariana Franklin
  • French Lessons: A Memoir**** by Alice Kaplan(thoughts)
  • Some Danger Involved**** by Will Thomas (80)(thoughts)
  • Heart Shaped Box***** by Joe Hill(thoughts)
  • The Wisdom of Crowds** by James Surowiecki
  • The Secret Life of Bees**** by Sue Monk Kidd(thoughts)
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall**** by Anne Bronte(thoughts)
  • The Secret History*** by Donna Tartt(thoughts)
  • Twisted Root** by Anne Perry (on CD)
  • Death at Bishop’s Keep*** by Robin Paige(thoughts)
  • Cane River**** by Lalita Tademy(thoughts)
  • The Turn of the Screw** by Henry James
  • From Doon with Death*** by Ruth Rendell (70)(thoughts)
  • East, West**** by Salman Rushdie
  • How Novels Work***** by John Mullan(thoughts)
  • O Jerusalem**** by Laurie King
  • Death on the Nile***** by Agatha Christie
  • 4.50 From Paddington***** by Agatha Christie
  • Everyman** by Philip Roth
  • Freakonomics**** by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
  • Ladies of Grace Adieu***** by Susanna Clark(thoughts)
  • Widdershins***** by Charles de Lint(thoughts)
  • Mythago Wood** by Robert Holdstock (60)
  • Fragile Things**** by Neil Gaiman(thoughts)
  • How Soccer Explains the World*** by Franklin Foer
  • Naomi**** by Junichuro Tanizaki(thoughts)
  • A Life Inspired: Tales of Peace Corps Service***
  • Olympos** by Dan Simmons(thoughts)
  • The Russia Hand*** by Strobe Talbott
  • Half of a Yellow Sun***** by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie(thoughts)
  • The Child in Time**** by Ian McEwan
  • Ilium*** by Dan Simmons(thoughts)
  • The Moor***** by Laurie R. King (50)
  • The House of Spirits**** by Isabel Allende
  • College Girls** by Lynne Peril
  • Among Schoolchildren*** by Tracy Kidder(thoughts)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil**** by John Berendt
  • Cat’s Cradle**** by Kurt Vonnegut(thoughts)
  • Come as You Are**** by Coates Redmon
  • The Mission Song** by John le Carre
  • Away From Home*** by Lillian Carter
  • The Polysyllabic Spree***** by Nick Hornby(thoughts)
  • The Water Mirror*** (on CD) by Kai Meyer (40)
  • A Certain Slant of Light*** (on CD) by Laura Whitcomb
  • Waiting* by Ha Jin(thoughts)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland*** (on CD) by Lewis Caroll
  • Abundance** (on CD) by Sena Jeter Naslund
  • Virginia Woolf***** by Hermione Lee(thoughts)
  • The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls**** by Joan Jacobs Brumber(thoughts)
  • The Geographer’s Library*** (on CD) by Jon Fasman
  • Love in the Time of Cholera**** by Gabriel Garcia Marquez(thoughts)
  • Night Draws Near***** by Anthony Shadid(thoughts)
  • A Letter of Mary**** by Laurie King (30)
  • Our Lady of the Forest*** (on CD) by David Guterson
  • I, Coriander***** (on CD) by Sally Gardner
  • Crowe’s Requiem*** by Mike McCormack
  • The Black Book** by Orhan Pamuk(thoughts)
  • Palace Walk**** by Naguib Mahfouz
  • Bound for Canaan**** by Fergus Bordewich(thoughts)
  • Collapse**** by Jared Diamond
  • Madame Bovary*** by Gustave Flaubert(thoughts)
  • Norwegian Wood***** by Haruki Murakami(thoughts)
  • A Dead Man in Istanbul*** by Michael Pearce (book on CD) (20)
  • Mirror, Mirror*** by Gregory Maguire
  • A Monstrous Regiment of Women**** by Laurie R. King
  • How to Read a Novel** by John Sutherland(thoughts)
  • Daisy Miller*** by Henry James(thoughts)
  • In Cold Blood*** by Truman Capote(thoughts)
  • The Remains of the Day***** by Kazuo Ishiguro(thoughts)
  • The Inheritance of Loss** by Kiran Desai
  • Lady Audley’s Secret**** by Mary Elizabeth Braddon(thoughts)
  • Out of Africa***** by Isak Dinesen(thoughts)
  • World on Fire*** by Amy Chua (10)
  • Middlemarch**** by George Eliot(thoughts)
  • Postern of Fate** by Agatha Christie(thoughts)
  • The Moonstone*** by Wilkie Collins(thoughts)
  • The Thirteenth Tale**** by Diane Setterfield(thoughts)
  • Oracle Bones**** by Peter Hessler(thoughts)
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter* (on CD) by Kim Edwards
  • The Collector*** by John Fowles(thoughts)
  • The Thirteen Problems***** by Agatha Christie
  • What is Mine*** by Anne Holt
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