Inspired by this list, I’ve decided to keep a list of books I’ve read in 2007. I’ll more than likely be doing less individual reviews and just updating this list as I finish books. Anyway…enough of the rambling explanations, on to the list.
Last book finished:
30. Atonement by Ian McEwan. (Finished 12 Dec 07)
See the Complete List below the cut (its starting to get long):
- The Silent Cry by Kenzaburō Ōe. Ōe won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1994. I picked this up because of Murakami. Ōe was one of Murakami’s harshest critics before The Wind-up Bird Chronicles. The Silent Cry is widely considered to be one of his best works. (Finished 24 Jan 07)
- The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser. (Finished 1 Feb 07)
- Bashō’s Haiku by Matsuo Bashō (translated by David Landis Barnhill). Bashō inspired the more modern form of haiku (though technically his “haiku” are all hokku). (Finished 1 Feb 07)
- My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. I had read his latest book Snow last year and enjoyed it. I wanted more and this novel was one his more celebrated ones. (Finished 28 Feb 07)
- You Suck by Christopher Moore. A quick fun read. A sequel to his earlier book Bloodsucking Fiends. (Finished 3 Mar 07)
- The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Simply Amazing. I’m still speechless after just finishing the book. I want to hug everyone and tell them how much I love them all. (Finished 4 Mar 07)
- the namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. A beautiful tale about a first-generation family in America. Center’s around the first-born son of an immigrant couple from Calcutta. (Finished 6 Mar 07)
- Man Walks Into A Room by Nicole Krauss. Her first novel. It was good, but not as amazing as her second one. (Finished 14 Mar 07)
- interpreter of maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. A collection of short stories. She won the Pulitzer Prize for this book. (Finished 21 Mar 07)
- Pseudo Dionysius: The Complete Works. 5th or 6th Century writer that influenced Western Spirituality. Also defined the concept of heirarchy. (Finished 21 Mar 07)
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. 2006 Booker Prize Winner. A book dealing with the conflict/consequences of the mingling of East and West in India. (Finished 30 Mar 07)
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. 2005 Pulitzer Prize Winner. Towards the end of his life, a father writes a letter to his young son. (Finished 14 Apr 07)
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy. An apocolyptic tale done only the way McCarthy could. Won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize (after I started it). (Finished 23 Apr 07)
- Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut. Some friends and I decided to pick a Vonnegut book to read in memoradum. Galápagos is told by a ghost, a million years in the future, after humanity has dwindled to a small colony on the Galápagos Islands. (Finished 26 Apr 07)
- After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Amazon.com was nice enough to deliver Murakami’s new book a day early, which made it easy to finish by its release date. A short novel, and a little different, but still I enjoyed it greatly. (Finished 08 May 07)
- My Story as Told by Water by David James Duncan. From the author of The River Why and The Brother’s K. Part memoir, part literature, part activism. (Finished 17 May 07).
- A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity by Matthew Fox. In the spirit of Martin Luther’s actions in 1517, Matthew Fox posts a new set of 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. (Finished 22 May 07).
- Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Her first novel. Was shortlisted for a bunch of stuff. Then it was almost 25 years before her follow-up came. This was a story of transience. (Finished 28 May 07).
- The Drowned Book by Bahauddin The Father of Rumi. Translated by Coleman Barks & John Moyne. Ecstatic and Earthly Reflections from Rumi’s biggest influence outside of Shams. (Finished 31 May 07).
- Dear John, Dear Coltrane by Michael S. Harper. Harper’s first published book of poems. (Finished 2 Jun 07).
- The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader. A collection of his poems. (Finished 8 Jun 07)
- The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English. Translated by Geza Vermes. (Finished 27 Jun 07)
- From Politics to Piety: The Emergence of Pharisaic Judaism by Jacob Neusner. (Finished 9 Jul 07)
- From Text to Tradition: A History of Second Temple & Rabbinic Judaism by Lawrence H. Schiffman. (Finished 18 Jul 07)
- The UnGospel: The Life and Teachings of the Historical Jesus by Stephen S. Carver. (Finished 18 Jul 07)
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. (Finished 10 Oct 07)
- Granted by Mary Szybist. Recommended by my friend Carolyn. Much Appreciated. (Finished 19 Oct 07)
- Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami. Early Murakami, only published in English in Japan. (Finished 21 Oct 07)
- Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart. (Finished 2 Dec 07)
- Atonement by Ian McEwan. (Finished 12 Dec 07)