jackshoegazer: (Books/Wall)
JANUARY
01) The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (A)ѧ
02) Don't Sleep There Are Snakes: A Life in the Amazon by Daniel Everett (B)ѧ

FEBRUARY
03) To End All Wars: Woodrow Wilson & the Quest for a New World Order by T.J. Knock (A-)ѧ
04) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (A)ѧ

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05) The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking Book II by Patrick Ness (B)
06) IT by Stephen King (A)

APRIL
07) American Nerd: The Story of my People by Benjamin Nugent (C+)ѧ
08) If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell (A)ѧ

MAY
09) My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor (A)ѧ
10) The Given Day by Dennis Lehane (A)

JUNE
11) When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris (C+)ѧ
12) Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction by Kurt Vonnegut (B)
13) Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley by Lawrence Sutin (A-)
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JULY
14) The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol.1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (A+)
15) The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: the Murder at Road Hill House by Kate Summerscale (A)
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16) Drood by Dan Simmons (A)

AUGUST
17) The Terror by Dan Simmons (A+)
18) No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy (A)

SEPTEMBER
19) Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut (A)
20) Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (A)
21) Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (A)

OCTOBER
22) Pentecost by David Edgar (B)
23) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (C+)
24) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (A+)

NOVEMBER
25) The Half-Inch Himalayas by Agha Shahid Ali (A)
26) Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe (B-)
27) Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon (A)


DECEMBER
28) The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (A)
29) Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (...in progress)



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jackshoegazer: (Writing/Typehead)
I failed miserably.  Thirty-four books.  Granted, I started a job this year (in February) that does not allow me to read while working (for obvious reasons,) and I started school this fall, and most of the summer I was reading Harpers and The New Yorker all the time.  I also read the entire Y: The Last Man series (so far.)  There are also quite a few more re-reads this year than in the past.  I'm calling them comfort reads.  Anyway, here is The List For 2007.  And for mere posterity, here is The List For 2006.

EDIT: The Breakdown

TOP FIVE BOOKS OF 2007
1) The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
2) The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut
3) Supernatural by Graham Hancock
4) The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
5) The Road by Cormac McCarthy

HONOURABLE MENTION: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

AUTHOR BY GENDER
23% female
77% male

AUTHOR BY NATION
59% U.S.A.
41% U.K.

TRUTHINESS
12% non-fiction
88% fiction

REPETITION
65% first-time
35% re-reads
jackshoegazer: (Books/Shelf Kid)
  January
(F) 01)  The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (A)
(N) 02)  Supernatural by Graham Hancock (A)
(N) 03)  Sex, Drugs, & Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman (B)
(F) 04)  The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (A+)
(F) 05)  The Road by Cormac McCarthy (A-)
  February
(F) 06)  All Families Are Psychotic by Douglas Coupland (B+)
(F) 07)  The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson (B+)
  March
(N) 08)  A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke (A-)
(F) 09)  The Children of Men by P.D. James (B+)
  April
(F) 10)  When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro (B+)
(F) 11)  Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (A)*
  May
(F) 12)  Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (A-)*
(F) 13)  Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (A+)*
(F) 14)  Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (A+)*
 June
(F) 15)  Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (A-)*
(F) 16)  Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (A)*
(N) 17)  A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (A)
 July
(F) 18)  A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon (B)
(F) 19)  War All the Time by Charles Bukowski (B)
(F) 20)  Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (A)
 August
(F) 21)  Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (A)*
(F) 22) 
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (A+)*
 September
(F) 23)  The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (A)
(F) 24)  V.A.L.I.S. by Philip K. Dick (A+)*
 October
(F) 25)  The Austere Academy by Lemony Snickets (B)
 November
(F) 26)  The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snickets (B+)
(F) 27)  The Vile Village by Lemony Snickets (A-)
(F) 28)  The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snickets (A-)
(F) 29)  Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut (A+)*
(F) 30)  The Princess Bride by William Goldman (A)
 December
(F) 31)  The Peace War by Vernor Vinge (A)*
(F) 32)  The Eden Express by Mark Vonnegut (A+)
(F) 33)  Seventh Son: The Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card (B+)
(F) 34)  The Widow's Son: The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles, Vol. 2 by Robert Anton Wilson (A+)*
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