Friday, January 4, 2008

Books of 2007, A Year in Review

Total Number of Books Read: 138
Fiction: 43
Non-fiction: 95

Best Fiction: A Thread of Grace (read in August)

Best Non-fiction (tie): America Alone (read in March) and Freedomnomics (read in May)

Best Non-fiction runner-up: Girls Gone Mild. (read in July)

Worst Fiction: Wicked. Wish I could sponge it from my memory. Ugh. (read in June)
2nd Worst Fiction: The Man Who Loved Jane Austen. No. Just, no. (read in August)

Worst Non-fiction: Buy, Buy, Baby. (read in June) Be sure to check out my insightful (ha!) review over at Doses of Reality.
2nd Worst Non-fiction. Wild At Heart & Captivating. (both read in February)

Most Inspiring: Living Artfully (read in January) This book changed how I look at life, it really did.

Most Encouraging: The Spiritual Power of a Mother. Seriously, if you're a homeschooling mom, read it now! (read in March)

Funniest: Somebody is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet. (read in April) Laugh out loud, and then cook some good food.

Favorite Re-read: The Lord of the Rings (read in June)

Most Disappointing: Boundaries, not sure what I was expecting but everyone speaks so highly of this book. I didn't see what all the fuss was about. (read in March)
Most Useless: Bertha Venation (read in October)
Most Over-hyped (tie): Eragon (read in January) or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (read in July) and that goes for Eldest, too.
Book With Most Deceptive Title: Living the Sabbath (read in February)

Best Mystery Series: Anne Perry's World War 1 series. (read in September)

Best Parenting Book: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters (read in October)

Best Marriage Book: Love and Respect (read in November)
Best Self-Help: It's All Too Much (read in April)
Worst Self-Help (tie): What the Other Mothers Know (read in June) or Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box (read in August)

Best Book / Movie Combo: North and South (read in July)


There you have it, my reading record for the last year. I read some books I regret, some books I want to re-read now, some books I'm still mulling over, some books I forgot instantly, some books I wish I would have read a long time ago, some books I wish I would never have read, some books I probably could have written myself, some books I still don't understand, and through it all I was thinking "so many books, so little time."

O.k, I was also thinking, occasionally, how grateful I am to my mom for teaching me to read. And how thankful I am that we live with the best library system in the U.S. And the best librarians, too, except for that one. But that's a story for another day.

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