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Favourite reads of 2007

I've tried hard, I really have... but I couldn't get my favourite books of this year (see previous post) down to ten. So here we have .

1. The Book Thief - Marcus Zusak. Young adult, set in Germany during WWll, about how a young girl survives during the war. Narrated by Death.

2. The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula K. Le Guin. Young adult fantasy. The travels, trials, and tribulations of the wizard, Ged.

3. Saplings - Noel Streatfeild. Persephone novel. Charts the disintegration of a family during WWll. Focusses on the children.

4. Dissolution - C.J. Sansom. Historical crime. The first of the Matthew Shardlake series set during the reign of Henry Vlll. Lots of monks. I wasn't quite sure what they were all up to...

5. Family Roundabout - Richmal Crompton. Another Persephone novel. Concerns the dynamics and the interactions of two families, the Fowlers and the Willoughbys, during the 1920s.

6. Redburn - Herman Melville. Classic lit. Serving aboard ship in the 1800s. Was it fun? Not really...

7. Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin. Historical crime. 12th. century Oxford. Adelia, a female doctor from Italy, has been sent to solve the murders of several children.

8. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova. Horror. Vampires, but also a nice jaunt around Eastern Europe.

9. The First Casualty - Ben Elton. Historical Crime. WWl whodunnit but also much about conditions at the front. Not Elton's usual.

10. The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton. Classic Lit. New York around 1900. Charts the fall of Lily Bart, born to a life of ease and luxury but suddenly without the means to support such a lifestyle.

11. Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters. Historical crime. First in the Amelia Peabody series of books set in Eygpt.

12. The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R. King. Historical crime. First in the Mary Russell series, charting the beginnings of Mary's relationship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

13. Still Life - Louise Penny. Crime. The first of the Armand Gamache series set in the village of Three Pines, Quebec. Wonderfully atmospheric.

14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Historical crime. What can I say?

15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling. Young adult fantasy. Again... what is there to say? Other than I wish it wasn't the last book...

A few facts and figures:

Fiction - 59, non-fiction - 11. That's not so great. I thought I read more non-fiction than that.

Female authors - 33, male - 37. Funny how you deceive yourself. I would have sworn I read and liked female authors much more than male.

Re-reads - 4. Yeah, well... I knew I didn't reread much.

I clearly have a taste for Young Adult fantasy - 17, plus a couple more I wasn't sure of.

I've also clearly discovered a real liking for historical crime books!

All in all I count the year a success and can't wait to see what 2008 brings in the way of new reading experiences.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Comments

I've read two of these (the last two) and thoroughly enjoyed both.

Did you happen to see/hear that there might be an eighth HP book?
As you can see - I'm very behind with my LJ comments!

Did you happen to see/hear that there might be an eighth HP book?

Yes! P said ten years or something. I'm thinking it'll be about the children, aren't you? She said in her interview that one in particular interested her, I think it was Albus Severus but I wouldn't swear to that. I really hope she does it.
No worries at all.

About then, yes. I would guess it would be about the children; I can't see her waiting that long if she was going to write one about the 'gang' in the after-math of the battle.
Noel Streatfeild--"Ballet Shoes", and one of J. K. Rowling's favorite authors.

Glad you liked "Earthsea"--I need to read the entire set.

I've inherited my mother's reading tastes--I think I actually prefer biographies to fiction (in most cases), although I think my mood has more to do with my tastes in reading matter than anything.

I'm really not surpised that JKR likes Noel Streatfeild's writing so much. Saplings was excellent. I must get around to Ballet Shoes after nicking it off Wendy.

I love a good biography too and am hoping to read a few more than usual this year. I don't read enough non-fiction.