Getting ready for 2008

(The “to be read pile.” Photo taken January 2007.)

I’m making some changes around here, little by little. Today I’m working on my book list.

It seems a shame to just delete my list of books I read in 2007, so I’m saving it here. I didn’t make it to 50, but I gave it a good try. I’m going to try again in 2008.

Books I read in 2007:

Cell

Dance of the Gods

Middlesex

Helen of Troy

Morrigan’s Cross

Peace Like a River

The Cave

The Glass Castle

Mao: The Unknown Story

Lisey’s Story

Cancer Ward

Anais Nin: A Biography

The Virgin’s Lover

Next

Labyrinth

Good Omens

The Farming of Bones

The Barrytown Trilogy

Ilium

Mayflower

Healthy Living From the Inside Out

Olympos

One for the Money

The Rule of Four

Parable of the Sower

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Two for the Dough

What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Anansi Boys

The Valley of Horses

McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

The Color of Magic

Blood Brothers

My favorite books from 2007 were (in no particular order):

  • McCarthy’s Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland. This was a fun read, a wild romp through Ireland. I like British humor and this book had plenty of it. I also learned a bit about Ireland while laughing my butt off.
  • The Color of Magic. I discovered Terry Pratchett while looking at Neil Gaiman books. I read Good Omens earlier in the year and enjoyed it so much that I decided to give Discworld a try. Although I’ve heard that one doesn’t need to start at the beginning when it comes to Discworld, I’m anal enough to do just that. The Color of Magic is the first in the Discworld series. It was funny (again with the British humor), and I suspect it’s the beginning of my addiction to Discworld.
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. This book was an eye-opener to me in terms of the costs (on many levels) of bringing food from afar to my dinner table. While I’m not ready to become a complete locavore, I do believe that eating locally is better for me, for the community in which I live, and the world in general (even if my part is smaller than a drop in the bucket).

There were some other good books in the mix, but those three stand out for me right now. A couple of the books I read were somewhat depressing, and some were uplifting. Some were educational and some were just plain fluff.

Sometimes the mind needs to relax with a bit of fluff.

I think 2008 is going to be a good reading year. Just a hunch.