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2007: The Year in Reading

This year I didn't read as much as I have in the past couple. I still come in at a respectable number. Part of it is that I'm not on the road as much so I wasn't reading as many audiobooks (although there are quite a few audiobooks on here, thanks to trips to and from work) and living with rosepurr  means I have less time to fill by myself (this is a good thing).

This year I tracked things a little differently. I tracked my comic/graphic novel reading separately.

So without further adieu . . .

<lj-cut text="The List of Books Read in 2007">

Title Author Format Recommend? Notes
1 Sex and Sunsets Tim Sandlin Book Yes
2 The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature Neal Pollack Book Yes
3 You Suck Christopher Moore Book Yes
4 Idlewild Nick Sagan Book Yes
5 Honey Don't Tim Sandlin Book Yes
6 Horrorween Al Sarrantonio Book No
7 Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill Book Yes
8 Jimi Hendrix Turns Eighty Tim Sandlin Book Yes
9 Lucky at Cards Lawrence Block Book Yes
10 Beware of God Shalom Auslander Book Highly Short story collection
11 Un Lun Dun China Mieville Book Yes
12 Insanity, Illinois Mark Sumner Book Yes
13 Christine Falls Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) Book Highly
14 Mutants Amok Mark Grant Book Yes (even if it's terrible)
15 Looking for Jake China Mieville Book Yes Short story collection; half read in 2006; finished in 2007
16 Bagombo Snuff Box Kurt Vonnegut Book Yes Short story collection; half read in 2006; finished in 2008
17 Don't Drink the Water Woody Allen Book Yes A play
18 Monster Nation David Wellington Book No
19 Mutant Hell (Mutants Amok 2) Mark Grant Book Yes (even if it's terrible)
20 Tooth and Nail Ian Rankin Audio Mildly
21 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling Book Yes
22 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling Book Yes
23 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling Book Yes
24 The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson Audio Highly Read by the author (great reading)
25 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling Book Yes
26 Gil's All-Fright Diner A. Lee Martinez Book Yes
27 The Lamplighter Anthony O'Neill Book Yes
28 Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler Audio Highly Read by Lynne Thigpen (great reading)
29 Breakout Richard Stark Book Mildly
30 Up in Honey's Room Elmore Leonard Audio Mildly Read by Arliss Howard (great reading)
31 Rant Chuck Palahniuk Audio No Read by a collection of performers
32 Silent Bob Speaks Kevin Smith Book Mildly
33 Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs Audio Highly Read by the author
34 Bad Monkeys Matt Ruff Book Yes
35 Cathedrals of Kudzu Hal Crowther Book Highly
36 Dry Augusten Burroughs Audio Yes Read by the author
37 Crooked Little Vein Warren Ellis Book Yes
38 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Douglas Adams Audio Yes Read by Martin Freeman; reread
39 Truck: A Love Story Michael Perry Book Very highly
40 Slide Ken Bruen & Jason Starr Book Yes sequel to the excellent Bust
41 Gather at the River Hal Crowther Book Highly
42 Chronicles Volume 1 Bob Dylan Audio Yes
43 You Can Lead a Politician to Water Kinky Friedman Book Yes
44 Things I Overhead While Talking to Myself Alan Alda Book Yes
45 Shopgirl Steve Martin Audio Yes Read by the author
46 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson Audio Yes read by Richard Matthews; reread
47 The Pistol Poets Victor Gischel Book Yes
48 Mere Anarchy Woody Allen Book Yes
49 Thursday Next First Among Sequels Jasper Fforde Book Yes
50 Little Girl Lost Richard Aleas Book Yes
51 Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing Elmore Leonard Book Yes more an article with illustrations than a real book
52 I Am America (and So can You)! Stephen Colbert Book Yes
53 The Brief History of the Dead Kevin Brockmeier Audio Yes read by Richard Poe



<lj-cut text="The List of Comics/Graphic Novels Read 2007">

Title Author Recommend?
1 DC Showcase Presents Jonah Hex John Albino Yes
2 Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man Stan Lee Yes
3 Green Lantern Green Arrow Collection Vol. 1 Dennis O'Neil Yes
4 Green Arrow: Quiver Kevin Smith Yes
5 Lobo/The Authority: Holiday Hell Keith Giffen Marginally
6 Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Warren Ellis Highly
7 The Return of Superman Dan Jurgens et al. Yes
8 Green Lantern Green Arrow Collection Vol. 2 Dennis O'Neil Yes
9 The Death of Superman Dan Jurgens et al. Yes
10 W3 Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely Yes
11 All-Star Superman Vol. 1 Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely Yes
12 The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War J. Michael Straczynski Yes
13 Transmetropolitan: Back on the Street Warren Ellis Highly
14 Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Mildly
15 Civil War: Punisher War Journal Matt Fraction Mildly
16 Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 1 Brian Michael Bendis Yes
17 Spiderman and Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do Kevin Smith Yes
18 Too Much Coffee Man: How to Be Happy Shannon Wheeler Yes
19 Captain America: Red Menace Ed Brubaker Yes
20 Civil War: Black Panther Reginald Hudlin Mildly
21 Superman Doomsday Various Yes
22 Batman: Gothic Grant Morrison Yes


A couple of quick comments: 

I am always sorry I don't read faster.  There's always more to read.  In fact, I recently saw this and agreed 100%.  It's true in my heart and brain as well.

Like everyone else in '07, I read Harry Potter.  I had only finished the first three before this year, but I finished them all in a flurry in July. 

Great authors discovered this year:  Tim Sandlin is a great comic writer and Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, writes better horror than his father does.  Kevin Brockmeier is a good writer.  Hal Crowther teaches me about living in my adopted homeland of the South.

But, if I could, of everything on this list, I would recommend everyone read Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry.  I read a lot of excellent memoirs this year (Bryson's and Dylan's are superb), but this one, a year in the life of a man in a small town as he restores an old truck, is a testament to the simple joys of existence.  It's beautifully written, thoughtful, sincere, genuine, and hopeful.  Read it and you will feel good. 

Happy New Year! 



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Jan. 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
I would love to believe that. Of course, I think I just like being overwhelmed. :)
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