The Books of My Numberless Dreams

2007

Re-reads are in italics; the most stand-out reads are in bold.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim – David Sedaris

Amongst Women – John McGahern (read it, read it, read it)

Becoming Abigail – Chris Abani (ditto)

The Flower Beneath the Foot – Ronald Firbank

My Name is Red – Orhan Pamuk (Not sure what to think of it yet but everyone should read a book like this)

House Rules – Heather Lewis (read it, read it, read it)

Rules of Seduction – Madeline Hunter (Mmmmm…eh)

Prince of Ice – Emma Holly (Back in form for this one, thank goodness)

The Translation of Dr. Apelles: A Love Story – David Treuer (My best read of the year. I know it’s only January but at the moment I cannot imagine its equal.)

The World of Christopher Robin – A. A. Milne (When We Were Very Young is leagues above Now We Are Six.)

The Italian – Ann Radcliffe (Mmhhhhmm!)

Black Lightning – Roger Mais

Artemisia – Anna Banti, translated by Shirley D’Ardia Caracciolo

Dark Lover – J.R. Ward (Yuck.)

Sugar Daddy – Lisa Kleypas

The Open Curtain – Brian Evenson (Wtf (in a good way).)

Ysabel – Guy Gavriel Kay (eh.)

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë (It’s the best book in the world!)

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (one of the best)

A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature – Wilfred L. Guerin et. al (not bad!)

Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars, translated by Alan Brown (Amaaaazing)

Winter Rose – Patricia McKillip (I found a new favourite winter read)

The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst

The Wedding Jester – Steve Stern (Graywolf Press is out-of-control: it’s given me my second best book of the year.)

Lady Fortune – Anne Stuart (First half great, second half terrible)

The Good Solider: A Tale of Passion – Ford Madox Ford

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf (Ambrosia!)

The Land of Spices – Kate O’Brien (Read it!)

Kokoro – Natsume Soseki, translated by Edwin McClellen (Whoa)

The House at Pooh Corner – A. A. Milne (The real Eeyore is so much better than Disney’s.)

The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye – A. S. Byatt (Fairly excellent collection of “fairy stories”. The titled story is the best one.)

Born in Death – J.D. Robb (meh)

Listen, the Wind and Other Stories – Roger Mais (Uneven collection but fascinating for Roger Mais fans)

Sleepless Nights – Elizabeth Hardwick (Endlessly fascinating)

Alphabet of Thorns – Patricia A. McKillip (Never before have I read a book where the ending it so heroically.)

Blankets – Craig Thompson (My first “graphic novel”.)

The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall

Goldberg: Variations – Gabriel Josipovici (This one was quite the adventure. Read it.)

Mercy Among the Children – David Adams Richards

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic – Alison Bechdel

The Haunted Hillbilly – Derek McCormack

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling (Not bad. Not bad at all.)

Children of Húrin – J.R.R. Tolkien (Favourite story from the First Age)

Edge of Midnight – Shannon Mckenna (Predictable but her over-the-top style managed to make it entertaining.)

Eight Days of Luke – Diana Wynne Jones (Her books are always a lot of fun.)

Flight Volume Four – Various artists (If you want to be convinced of the “legitimacy” of the graphic format, bypass all those NYT reviewed tomes and pick this baby up.)

The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud (August appears to fulfil the requirements of “summer reading”, yes?)

Golem’s Eye – Jonathan Stroud

Ptolemy’s Gate – Jonathan Stroud (Final verdict? Waaaaaaaaay better than Harry Potter.)

Flight Volume Two – Various artists

Jacques the Fatalist and His Master – Denis Diderot translated by Michael Henry (So much bawdy, clever, thoughtful fun.)

Saint Joan – George Bernard Shaw

So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy – Various authors

AvernoLouise Glück (Excellent poetry collection. Everyone should read it, even if you think you don’t like poetry. It’s such a slim book too.)

The Good Fairies of New York – Martin Millar (It was all right. Pretty funny.)

Breton Folktales (Unusual entertainment)

Fairyville – Emma Holly

A Quality of Violence – Andrew Salkey

Flight, Volume One – Various Artists (Not quite as good, overall, as the vol. 2 & 4, but still contains a few stunning gems.)

EmmaJane Austen (The book that’s confirmed my opinion that Austen, at least morally and on issues of gender, was firmly a woman of her time, no matter what the movies say.)

The Ides of March – Thornton Wilder (Quite a surprise, this one: I actually enjoyed it.)

Flight, Volume Four – Various (Fantabulous, as usual!)

Od Magic – Patricia A. McKillip (Almost good! Almost, almost…it wasn’t bad but it’s no Winter Rose.)

Lessons of Desire – Madeline Hunter (I can’t help but think there’s a more distant air in her most recent romances.)

Mine Till Midnight – Lisa Kleypas (Aaaaaaah. So nice.)

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (This has put me into a Tolkien mood now. I shall have to reread The Silmarillion.)

The People of Paper – Salvador Plascencia (You should probably read it just to find out how you’ll react.)

Beowulf – Anonymous, translated by Michael Alexander (Totally awesome, although I admit it was “The Wanderer” that fully converted me to the merits of Old English poetry.)

The Pornographer – John McGahern

The Owl Service – Alan Garner (Wtf? In a good way. Sort of. It’s not bad. It’s pretty ambitious in some ways.)

My Christina and Other Stories – Mercé Rodoreda, translated by David Rosenthal ( So good, so fresh, so modern, you’d never guess it was written in the 1960s. Another Graywolf prize!)

Mulligan Stew – Gilbert Sorrentino

Maus I & II – Art Spiegelman (It was all right. Pretty darn good. Pulitzer, though?)

Trading in Memories – Barbara Hodgson (Really enjoyed it.)

Red Shift – Alan Garner (See comment on previous Garner novel.)

Banana Bottom – Claude McKay

Breakfast With the Ones You Love – Eliot Fintushel

The Virgin of Flames – Chris Abani (Eeeeehh. Kinda. At times.)

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg (Eeeeeexcellent.)

Mélusine – Sarah Monette (Ugh! Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh. After years of careful selection I fell into one of those damn cheesy sword & sorcery nonsense. Just…uuuuugh.)

Grab Bag: Two Stories – Derek McCormack (Hilarious, disturbing, poignant, absurd, stylish — definitely one of my favourite 2007 discoveries.)

15 Responses to "2007"

You’ve done well so far this year! Keep it up!

Thanks, Otto. :)

Where Was I? Oh ya, Mesopotamia!

Happy Easter everyone! I had a wonderful Easter Triduum and feel like I’ve just come back from a great vacation, rested and renewed. In a sense I really have been away from my regular life for some time due to

Oh, Jane Eyre!
I know I should read it now, but it’s still a long way in my book queue. Right now I’m reading “Mila 18.”
Is Jane Eyre really good? You’ve raised my expectations… :)

Absolutely! The writing, the characters, everything is superb and compelling. I’m tellin’ ya, need to give it a bump up that queue….;)

I just won “My name is red” in a contest. Now you’ve made me even happier about it. :)

I don’t think you’ll regret it. It can be overwhelming because Pamuk packs so much *stuff* in his stories but practically every bit of it is wonderful. And it has the best opening paragraph I’ve read in a long, long time.

Dayum!

That is a lot of reading l’il sis!

peace,
Villager (do books-on-CD or -tape count?)

Hehe. It’s enough for now anyway. And books on CD/tape count for me.

Okay – near impossible, but if you had to pick ONE book from this list to recommend (besides HP, Jane Eyre, Pooh Corner, or Fun Home), which would it be? I need one more book for my reading challenge and I’ve barely read any of these.

Ha, that is a near impossible request. Hmmm. I’m split in the middle between My Name is Red by Pamuk or The Translation of Dr. Apelles. Maybe you could check them out on Amazon and pick between the two?

Hey, thanks! I somehow now have 16 books on my 13 book reading challenge (haha). So, hey, why not add these two and make it 18? Or make it an even 20?

I asked people to ASSIGN books to me because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Love your blog and your reading list has inspired me to start on of my own. I’ve got a long way to go before keeping your pace. Very impressive.

Thanks codester! I do find reading lists useful and it’s only too bad that I only started keeping one recently.

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