"Top Ten" for 2007
That would be my own personal list of top ten favorite books I read in 2007. This should be understood from the beginning to be a reflection of the connection between reader (me) and book at a given moment, and not a reflection on the merit of any book. I just started looking over my reading for 2007, so this is the preliminary round, and I will narrow this down to just ten favorites, but I will be choosing the ten from among these.
In no particular order:
The Time of Green Ginger by Armstrong King (Also here and here.)
Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman
The Secret by Eva Hoffman
Sala's Gift by Ann Kirschner
The Beginning by Chain Potok
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Remembering by Wendell Berry
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
The Approaching Storm by Nora Waln
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Digging to America by Anne Tyler
My apologies that all of these books don't have nice reviews, either. The ones I read during my little blogging hiatus didn't get fair treatment here!
One interesting thing I note is that none of the audio books I've listened to (and I've listened to quite a few) made this list--only books that I read with my own eyes. I think this is partly because I choose audio books almost exclusively for their entertainment value, and not to make me think or concentrate deeply. When I listen to audio books, I am doing other things, and I don't have enough attention to devote to anything too heavy, but my favorite books are always those that give me something to think about (whether I agree with them or not).
When I browse the catalog at Librivox, Right Ho, Jeeves is going to beat out Poetics by Aristotle every time. (And just in passing, I will say that the male reader for the "Jeeves" books at Librivox is brilliant, and a real pleasure to listen to!)
I promise to narrow the list down to 10, and provide a better review for any book that makes the list if it doesn't already have one.