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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

2007 Reading update (updated 1/1/08)

10 books (106 total for the year)

The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
Michael Chabon. Mystery? Alternate history? 2007. 411 pages. My review.

The Whale Road. Robert Low. Historical novel. 2007. 338 pages. My review.

The Wheel of Darkness. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Mystery/supernatural. 2007. 385. My review.

Tips for Quilters. Rachel T. Pellman, ed. Nonfiction. 1993. 234 pages. My Review.

Your Handwriting Can Change Your Life. Vimala Rodgers. Nonfiction. 2000. 167 pages. My review.

Vivaldi's Virgins. Barbara Quick. Historical fiction. 2007. 278 pages. My review.

Shadows & Lies. Marjorie Eccles. Mystery. 2005. 333 pages. My review.

The Indian Bride.
Karin Fossum. Mystery. 2005. 297 pages. My review.

The Chinese Alchemist. Lyn Hamilton. Mystery. 2007. 257 pages. My review.

Kept: A Victorian Mystery. D.J. Taylor. Historical mystery. 2007. 351 pages. My review.

November 7 books (96 total)

Friend of the Devil.
Peter Robinson. Mystery/suspense. ARC 2008. 372 pages. My review.

A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein.
Lisa Rogak. Biography. 2007. 223 pages. My review.

The Warrior.
Kinley MacGregor. Historical Romance. 344 pages. My review.

Ghostwalk. Rebecca Stott. Mystery/supernatural . 2007. 284 pages. My review.

The Cliff House Strangler. Shirley Tallman. Mystery. 2007. 320 pages. My review.

On Borrowed Wings.
Chandra Prasad. Fiction. 2007. 310 pages. My review.

Without a Map: A Memoir.
Meredith Hall. Memoir. 2007. 220 pages. My review.

October 5 books (89 total)

Stolen Magic.
M. J. Putney. Fantasy. 2005. 337 pages. My review.

60 on Up: The Truth About Aging in America.
Lillian B. Rubin, Ph.D. Sociology. 2007. 172 pages. My review.

Waiting to Surface.
Emily Listfield. Fiction. 2007. 307 pages. My review.

The Lace Reader.
Brunonia Barry. Psychological/supernatural. 2006. 353 pages. My review.

Renfield: Slave of Dracula.
Barbara Hambly. Gothic. 2006. 306 pages. My review.

September (12) 84 total

The Zookeeper's Wife.
Diane Ackerman. Biography. 2007. 323 pages. My review.

Orson Scott Card. Supernatural. 1998. 432 pages. My review.

Rebel Angels.
Libba Bray. YA. 2005. 548 pages. My review.

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch.
Joseph Delaney. YA. 2005. 343 pages. My review.

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives.
Michael Buckley. YA. 2007. 284 pages. My review.

The Moonstone. Wilkie Collins. Mystery. 493 pages. My review.

Long Ago in France. M.F.K. Fisher. Nonfiction. Memoir. 1997. 159 pages. My review.

Season of the Witch.
Natalie Mostert. Gothic mystery. 2007. 395 pages. My review.

Dissolution. C.J. Sansom. Historical mystery. 2003. 390 pages. My review.

A Great and Terrible Beauty. Libba Bray. YA. 2003. 403 pages. My review.

Bridge of Sighs.
Richard Russo. Fiction. 2007. 527 pages. My review.

(6) -- 72 total--
(**decided not to bother reviewing 2 of the books)

The Millionth Circle.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. 1999. 87 pages. **

The Spanish Bow.
Andromeda Romano-Lax. Fiction. Historical. 2007. 554 pages. My review.

Mademoiselle Victorine. Debra Finerman. Fiction. Historical. 2007. 289 pages. **

An Ocean of Air.
Gabrielle Walker. Nonfiction. Science. 2007. 238 pages. My review.

Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking.
Aoibheann Sweeney. Fiction. Coming-of-age story. 2007. 257 pages. My review.

Elizabeth of the German Garden.
Leslie De Charms. Nonfiction. Biography. 1958. 424 pages. My review.

The Blue Castle. L.M. Montgomery. Romance. 1993/1926. 218 pages. My review.

July ( 13) 66 total

the guy not taken: stories.
Jennifer Weiner. 2006. 279 pages. My review.

The Janissary Tree.
Jason Goodwin. Mystery/historical. 2006. 299 pages. My review.

Elizabeth and Her German Garden
. Elizabeth von Arnim. Semi-autographical memoir. 1898/2007. 175 pages. My review.

Stealing the Dragon. Tim Maleeny. Mystery. 2007. 365 pages. My review.

The Black Sun
. James Twining. Mystery/thriller. 2006. 416 pages. My review.

Echoes of Honor. David Weber. Science fiction/ space opera. 1998. 569 pages. My review.

In Enemy Hands. David Weber. Science fiction/ space opera. 1997. 530 pages. My review.

The Sonnet Lover. Carol Goodman. Mystery. 2007. 350 pages. My review.

Messenger of Truth. Jacqueline Winspear. Mystery. 2006. 310 pages. My review.

The Chess Machine. Robert Lohr. Historical. 2007. 344 pages. My review.

Half Broken Things. Morag Joss. Suspense. 2004. 303 pages. My review.

Sandstorm. James Rollins. Adventure. 2004. 569. My review.

Shadow Cities. Robert Neuwirth. Nonfiction. Journalism/social criticism. 2005. 315 pages. My review.

June (7) 53

Sword & Blossom. Peter Pagnamento and Momoto Williams. Nonfiction. Biography/history/ memoir. 2007. 310 pages. My review.

Abandon. Pico Iyer. Mystery. 2003. 354 pages. My review.

The Book of Fate. Brad Meltzer. Political thriller. 2007. 616 pages. My Review.

Killer Weekend. Ridley Pearson. Mystery. 2007. 323 pages. My review.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Kate Bernheimer, ed. Nonfiction. Essays. 1998. 358 pages. My review.

Police at the Funeral. Margery Allingham. Mystery. 1931. 252 pages. My review.

The Gyrth Chalice. Margery Allingham. Mystery. 1931. 191 pages. My review.

May (5) 46

Mystery Mile. Margery Allingham. Mystery. 1930. 254 pages. My review.

Water for Elephants. Sara Gruen. Historical/mystery. 2006. 331 pages. My review.

Jubilee Trail. Gwen Bristow. Historical romance/adventure. 1950. 564 pages. My review.

Inkheart. Cornelia Funke. YA Fantasy. 2003. 534 pages. My review.

All Creatures Great and Small. James Herriot. Memoir. 1972. 437 pages. My review.

April (15) 41

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me.) Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson. Nonfiction. 2007. 236 pages. My review.

The Honor of the Queen. David Weber. Science Fiction. 1993. 422 pages. My review.

On Basilisk Station. David Weber. Science Fiction. 1993. 419 pages. My review.

The Road.
Cormac McCarthy. Futuristic. 2006. 241 pages. My review.

Off Armageddon Reef. David Weber. Science ficition. 2006. 592 pages. My review.

The Lizard's Bite.
David Hewson. Mystery. 2006. 417 pages. My review.

The Orchid Shroud.
Michelle Wan. Mystery. 2006. 336 pages. My review.

The Silent Tower. Barbara Hambly. Fantasy. 1986. 369 pages. My review.

Coraline. Neil Gaiman. Fantasy. 2003. 162 pages.

The Amulet of Samarkand.
Jonathan Stroud. YA Fantasy. 2003. 462 pages. My review.

Summers at Castle Auburn.
Sharon Shinn. Fantasy. 2001. 342 pages. My review.

Mistress of the Art of Death.
Ariana Franklin. Mystery/Historical. 2007. 381 pages. My review.

Evil Genius.
Catherine Jinks. YA Fantasy. 2007. 486 pages. My review.

Spirit Gate.
Kate Elliott. Fantasy. 2006. 445 pages. My review.

The Book Without Words.
Avi. Fable/fantasy. 2005. 200 pages. My review.

March (9) 26

The Rossetti Letter.
Christy Phillips. Mystery/historical. 2006. 383 pages. My review.

Blind Submission.
Debra Ginsberg. Mystery. 2006. 328 pages. My review.

Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.
Charles J. Shields. 2006. 285 pages. My review.

Jon Clinch. Fiction. 2007. 283 pages. My review.

Break No Bones.
Kathy Reichs. Fiction. Mystery. 2006. 237 pages. My review.

Silent in the Grave.
Deanna Raybourn. Fiction. Mystery. 2007. 509 pages. My review.

The Shape-Changer's Wife.
Sharon Shinn. Fiction. Fantasy. 1995. 215 pages. My review.

Palace Walk. Naguib Mahfouz. Fiction. Foreign Culture. 1956. 498 pages. My Review.

Break, Blow, Burn.
Camille Paglia. Poetry/Criticism. 2005. 242 pages. My Review.

February (11) 17

(in progress: Palace Walk; Break, Blow, Burn; The Shape-Changer's Wife)

Quilted Memories.
Lesley Riley. Nonfiction. Quiliting. 125 pages. 2005. My review. (very brief)

40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts.
Evelyn Sloppy. Nonfiction. Quilting. 2005. 159 pages. 2005. My review.

The Physics of the Buffyverse.
Jennifer Ouellette. Nonfiction. 283 pages. 2006. My review.

Jeannette Winterson. Myth. 151 pages. 2005. My review.

Voltaire. Satire. 113 pages. 2003. My review.

A Corpse in the Koryo.
James Church. Mystery. 280. 2006. My review.

Ron McLarty. Fiction. 280 pages. 2007. My review.

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden.
Catherynne Valente. 483 pages. 2006. My Review.

Written in Bones: How Human Remains Unlock the Secrets of the Dead.
Paul Bahn, ed. 185 pages. Nonfiction/Archaeology. 2002. My Review.

The Winter Child. Margaret Maron. 324 pages. Mystery. 2006. My review.

The Poe Shadow. Matthew Pearl. 367 pages. Historical mystery. c. 2006. My review.


The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop.
Lewis Buzbee. 216 pages. Memoir, history. My review.

Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Qyeen. Joanna Denny. 327 pages. Biography. My review.

Phantom. Terry Goodkind. 587 pages. Fantasy. My review.

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. Suketu Mehta. 542 pages. Journalism, travel, memoir. My review.

The Rest Falls Away. Colleen Gleason. 347 pages. Fiction. My review.

Voltaire Almighty. Roger Pearson. 420+ pages. Biography. My review.


  1. Wonderful Jenclair! I'm looking forward to reading The Rest Falls Away.

  2. Very cool.. I decided to start keeping track of my reads this year too.

  3. Carl - A very different ratio so far. -- 4/6 nonfiction!

    iliana - Have fun! I've started The Physics of the Buffyverse by Jennifer Ouellette (nonfiction). Can't wait to read New Moon!

    Angela - I kept track last year, month by month. Sometimes it's funny to see the juxtaposition of titles!

  4. Wow, what an impressive list of three month's reading!

  5. stefanie - I'm pretty eclectic in my reading habits, but this month and next will be mostly entertainment, escapism, adventure, and magic.

  6. Angela - I really like being able to find what I've read so easily!