Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The books of '07

Well, I'm putting 2007 to bed and I thought I should post the final total of my 50 book challenge for '07. I do intend to post a Christmas update soon but I'm knee deep in work stuff at the moment, but I'm taking a second to do this.

The 50 Book Challenge 2007

1. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling*
4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett*
5. Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
6. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
7. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
8. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
9. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
10. The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
11. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
12. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
13. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
14. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
15. Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
16. Digging to America by Anne Tyler
17. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
18. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
19. The Guy Not Taken: Stories by Jennifer Weiner
20. The Children of Men by PD James
21. The Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22. These Happy Golden Days by Laura Ingalls Wilder
23. The First Four Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
25. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
26. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
27. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
28. Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
29. Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
30. Gentlemen and Players: A Novel by Joanne Harris
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
31. The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by A.J. Jacobs
32. Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
33. High Five by Janet Evanovich
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
34. Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
35. Seven Up by Janet Evanovich
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
36. Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
37. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling!!!!!
38. Vision of Light: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel by Judith Merkle Riley
39. Visions of Sugar Plums by Janet Evanovich
40. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich
41. In Pursuit of the Green Lion: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel by Judith Merkle Riley
42. The Water Devil: A Margaret of Ashbury Novel by Judith Merkle Riley
43. Dune by Frank Herbert
44. Amsterdam: A Novel by Ian McEwan
45. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
46. Stardust by Neil Gaimen
47. Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith by Rob Bell
48. The World According to Garp by John Irving
49. Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett
50. Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
51. Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
52. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich
53. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
54. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
55. That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis
56. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
57. Thin Places: Where Faith Is Affirmed And Hope Dwells by Mary Treacy O'keefe
58. Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich
59. Welcome to the Great Mysterious by Lorna Landvik
60. Antigone by Sophocles
61. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich
62. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
63. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
64. In her Shoes: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
65. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Grand total (counting the Harry Potter repeats) ~ 71 books. I really quite pleased with this. With a few exceptions these are all books I read for the first time, and I really finished far more than I expected. I rediscovered the library and really didn't spend much money on books this year. There were a few exceptions (Harry Potter book 7 and a few others) but I really read on the cheap. I also branched out to some authors that I had not discovered before.

I plan on doing the 50 book challenge again for 2008 and will begin a post once I've finished my first book for '08 (The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold). I'm not sure I'll be able to meet the 2007 total but I'm going to aim for at least 50 again, since that seems pretty doable. I'm excited for some of my '08 books already. As always I'm open to suggestions and am happy to review any of the books above for you. Happy reading.


Lorna said...

you could try

I joined up a year ago (and am addicted) My personal reading went off the map :) and it's been a good source of free books and a place and way to empty my shelves (a bit too) ... I think I've failed in that already - I have about 25 books to read this year already and I love it.

PS I*m reading His Brother's Keeper (see my blog right now - and it's making me think which is good.

Happy reading for 2008 - I'm back off to look at your titles again :)

Lorna said...

PS looked at your list and I found we had read 5 of the same books (excluding HP which I re-read in the summer before the last book came out)

1, 5, 13 (DNF - I couldn't get into it) 39 and 62.

39 was my favourite book of the year and I didn't release it with bookcrossing but added it to my permanent collection.

Soupy said...

I've read a lot of those and enjoyed them, but I like that you have some I've never heard of!

have you read:

The Time Traveler's Wife?
Cane River
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Peony in Love
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series? (very enjoyable)
Black and Blue
The Glass Castle
the new one by the author of the Kite Runner (A THousand Splendid Suns)
Keeping Faith (Jodi Picoult)
Snow Falling On Cedars
Dedication (from the authors of the Nanny Diaries)
any of the AMy Tan books
The Historian (you probably have)
any of the LIsa Scottoline books? I just found her - female lawyer/judge mysteries - fun stuff
Any of Dennis Lehane books

I love reading -s o this is a great list! Thank you!

Soupy said...

I forgot to add - Cage of Stars by Jacquelyn Mitchard was good, as well as her Twelve Times Blessed

David said...

Some good stuff here. I can't wait until I have time to read what I "want to" instead of what I "have to." Come on graduation!

Roxy said...

I love those Janet Evonovich books!!! I have Wife for Hire if you want to borrow it.

You have inspired me - I'm doing the 50 book challenge too!

Kerry said...

What a great idea. I am really impressed with your total and enjoy seeing what others are reading. I think I should try something similar for '08 though I know my total will have to be far less as I don't get in as much reading time as I would like- can't imagine why, can you?

Rev Scott said...

Totally cool - I'm just starting my 50 list now!

Do audiobooks count?

Ahuva Batya said...

You put me to shame, and I am now ready to pick up the books I've been meaning to read. Thanks for the inspiration!