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2007 books read

Just (just) finished reading my ninetieth book of the year, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, winner of the Booker of Bookers. Not a bad way to end the year. Gorgeous and epic, the simultaneous birth-and-life story of Saleem Sinai and modern India, both come into existence at exactly midnight on 15 August 1947. Full of everyday magic and the power of storytelling, with Rushdie absolutely proving himself a stylistic narrative master. Phenomenal.

In case you're at all interested, here's the list of books I read this year:

01. *The Autograph Man* by Zadie Smith
02. *The Fate of the Artist* by Eddie Campbell
03. *Pride of Baghdad* by Brian K. Vaughan & Niko Henrichon
04. *Serenity: Those Left Behind* by Joss Whedon et al.
05. *Fun Home* by Alison Bechdel
06. *Vagabonding* by Rolf Potts
07. *The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party* by M.T. Anderson
08. *Crashing the Gate* by Jerome Armstrong & Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
09. *Leviathan 4: Cities* ed. by Forrest Aguirre
10. *Affluenza* by John de Graaf, David Wann & Thomas H. Naylor
11. *Gospel* by Wilton Barnhardt
12. *Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America* by Mark Ehrman
13. *Cities* ed. by Peter Crowther
14. *Men and Cartoons* by Jonathan Lethem
15. *Wings to the Kingdom* by Cherie Priest
16. *The Facts of Life* by Graham Joyce
17. *Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim* by David Sedaris
18. *Choir Boy* by Charlie Anders
19. *A Scattering of Jades* by Alexander C. Irvine
20. *Sarah Canary* by Karen Joy Fowler
21. *The Book of Imaginary Beings* by Jorge Luis Borges
22. *The Limits of Enchantment* by Graham Joyce
23. *Stay* by Nicola Griffith
24. *You Don't Love Me Yet* by Jonathan Lethem
25. *Live in a Better Way* by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
26. *Towelhead* by Alicia Erian
27. *The Difference Between Malaysians and Singaporeans* by Ravi Veloo & Cheng Puay Koon
28. *Dhalgren* by Samuel R. Delany
29. *Antediluvian Tales* by Poppy Z. Brite
30. *The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate* by Ted Chiang
31. *The Little Book of Hindu Deities* by Sanjay Patel
32. *Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking* by Malcolm Gladwell
33. *The Future of Buddhism* by Sogyal Rinpoche
34. *Patients Beyond Borders* by Josef Woodman
35. *The Fountain* by Darren Aronofsky and Kent Williams
36. *The Universe in a Single Atom* by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
37. *Amarcord* by Zoran Zivkovic
38. *The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories* by Jeffrey Ford
39. *Ink* by Hal Duncan
40. *Invisible Trade* by Gerrie Lim
41. *The Joke* by Milan Kundera
42. *Half Life* by Shelley Jackson
43. *Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?* by Ajahn Brahm
44. *Video Night in Kathmandu* by Pico Iyer
45. *The Curtain* by Milan Kundera
46. *The Satanic Verses* by Salman Rushdie
47. *Amusing Ourselves to Death* by Neil Postman
48. *The Quantum and the Lotus* by Matthieu Ricard & Trinh Xuan Thuan
49. *American Born Chinese* by Gene Luen Yang
50. *In the Forest of Forgetting* by Theodora Goss
51. *The Lies of Locke Lamora* by Scott Lynch
52. *The God Delusion* by Richard Dawkins
53. *Soul Kitchen* by Poppy Z. Brite
54. *D*U*C*K* by Poppy Z. Brite
55. *Liquor for Christmas* by Poppy Z. Brite
56. *Interfictions* ed. by Delia Sherman & Theodora Goss
57. *Cradle to Cradle* by William McDonough & Michael Braungart
58. *The Seas* by Samantha Hunt
59. *On Teaching and Writing Fiction* by Wallace Stegner
60. *Magic's Child* by Justine Larbalestier
61. *Lolita* by Vladimir Nabokov
62. *Text:UR - The New Book of Masks* ed. by Forrest Aguirre
63. *Life is Elsewhere* by Milan Kundera
64. *The Great Gatsby* by F. Scott Fitzgerald
65. *Anxious Pleasures: A Novel After Kafka* by Lance Olsen
66. *Electric Velocipede* no. 12
67. *Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet* no. 20
68. *Say...* no. 6
69. *Crooked Little Vein* by Warren Ellis
70. *The Lies That Build a Marriage* by Suchen Christine Lim
71. *Best American Fantasy 2007* ed. by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
72. *A Public Space* no. 3
73. *A Public Space* no. 4
74. *Mothers & Other Monsters* by Maureen F. McHugh
75. *Under My Roof* by Nick Mamatas
76. *DMZ: On the Ground* by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli
77. *Shalimar the Clown* by Salman Rushdie
78. *Bangkok Haunts* by John Burdett
79. *Un Lun Dun* by China Mieville
80. *DMZ: Body of a Journalist* by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli
81. *DMZ: Public Works* by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli
82. *The Year of Magical Thinking* by Joan Didion
83. *Quin's Shanghai Circus* by Edward Whittemore
84. *About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews* by Samuel R. Delany
85. *In Lust We Trust* by Gerrie Lim
86. *Jacques and His Master* by Milan Kundera
87. *Singapore Girl: A Memoir* by James Eckardt
88. *The gangster we are all looking for* by lê thi diem thúy
89. *Locked Out* by Alison Jean Lester
90. *Midnight's Children* by Salman Rushdie

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nballingrud
Dec. 30th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Midnight's Children is one of my favorite novels ever. Also, you must read much faster than I do!
jlundberg
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
I do tend to be a fast reader, although many of those books were on the shortish side, and there are some graphic novels as well (which always read fast).

And yeah, I have to say that Midnight's Children is now probably in my top ten favorite books evar. Rushdie is da man.
carnwrite
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Sheesh! You certainly put me to shame :)
jlundberg
Dec. 31st, 2007 09:29 am (UTC)
I actually did 125 books last year, but the latter part of last year and first couple months of this year were spent frantically reading books that I was going to sell before Teh Big Move, so the number for both years is higher than usual.

Still, this is nothing compared to what desayunoencama reads in a year; that dude inhales books.
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jlundberg
Jan. 8th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh jeez, don't make me choose! :)

I'll think about that, get back to you.
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