måndag, november 26, 2007

Page Turners

After too many deaths, including a good friend's, a bit of existential angst, nine weeks of Swedish classes, and copious food and drink over Thanksgiving week/weekend, I finally have gotten my butt back to blogging. Good.

No mas, drama, please.

Today, I'm thinking about books. My list of books I've read in 2007, some for a second or third time, but most for the first time:

Dan Brown
  • Angels and Demons
Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • A Christmas Carol
Alexandre Dumas
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
Kerstin Ekman
  • The Forest of Hours
  • Witches' Ring
Knut Hamsun
  • In Wonderland
  • The Last Joy

Carl Hiiasen

  • Nature Girl (audio, read by Jane Curtain)
  • Skin Tight
  • Skinny Dip (audio, read by Barry Bostwick)

Arnaldur Indriðason

  • Silence of the Grave
  • Voices
PD James
  • A Mind to Murder
  • Unnatural Causes
  • The Black Tower
  • A Taste for Death
  • Devices and Desires
  • A Certain Justic
  • Children of Men
  • Death in Holy Orders
  • The Murder Room
  • The Lighthouse
Denis Johnson
  • Jesus' Son
Stephen King
  • The Dark Tower (Book 1, not the whole series)
Elizabeth Kostova
  • The Historian

Halldór Laxness

  • Under the Glacier
John Lecarre
  • A Murder of Quality
Lois Lowry
  • The Giver
  • Gathering Blue
  • The Messenger
Henning Mankell
  • Faceless Killers
Cormac McCarthy
  • No Country for Old Men
  • The Road
Vladimir Nabakov
  • The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
  • The Eye
Theodore Roethke
  • The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke
JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  • Roseanna
  • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke
  • The Man on the Balcony
  • The Laughing Policeman
  • The Fire Engine That Disappeared
  • Murder at the Savoy
  • The Abominable Man
  • The Locked Room
  • Cop Killer
  • The Terrorists
Gwyn Thomas
  • Oscar (Book I of The Dark Philosophers)
I think a couple of those I read actually last December, but the reading carried over into January. (It's not unusual for me to leave a book half-finished for a few months then return to it. In the case of Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, I took about a year off between page 280 and 281, but about a week from 281 to the end of the book (maybe 570 pages).

My eyes!


Blogger Mike said...

If you liked the Carl Hiaasen (and presumably you did, because you read three of them), I recommend the author Christopher Moore. Especially "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal"

Good to see you back to blogging!

4:05 em  
Blogger Lollie said...

Without thinking too hard...which one did you like the best and why (you can think hard about the why part)?

And HellsYeah I'm glad you're back!

6:32 em  
Blogger j said...

oh, heavenly books! pleasure reading may be the thing i miss most right now. (just thinking of dickens makes my heart flutter; i love me some 19th century melodrama)

7:11 fm  
Blogger Night Editor said...

Welcome back and so sorry for your loss.

Wow! Nearly a book a week. You and Sassmaster both, impressive. And such a good list. Now you're primed for the new Coen Bros. movie. And, whew, ready to solve some mysterie, too. I love the book of memoiries by Lois Lowry called "Looking Back." And I can't ever dance with older (drunk) men again without thinking of My Papa's Waltz. . . .

4:22 em  
Anonymous joy said...

yay! i was just beginning to wonder if perhaps i should drop you a line and check in, and you've reappeared, bushy-tailed and book-listed! glad you're back.

1:22 em  
Anonymous Ned said...

This is a mighty list indeed.

Recently finished Tom McCarthy's "Remainder." Not bad for a novel that has only one real character in it.

7:08 em  

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