Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Book List, 2007

I haven’t kept very close track of the books I’ve read this year; that will change in 2008. Fortunately, I kept a partial list of books I read during my trips in Spain, and I have a bookshelf-full here to jog my memory. Here’s what I read in 2007, more or less:

Books Read While Waiting to Return to Spain After My Visa “Exile”:

1. Babel Tower—A.S. Byatt
2. The Sex Lives of Cannibals—J. Maarten Troost
3. The Secret Life of Salvador Dali—Salvador Dali

Books Read in Europe:

4. Sister Carrie—Theodore Dreiser
5. Perfume—Patrick Suskind
6. Notes on a Scandal—Zoe Heller
7. The Good German—Joseph Kanon
8. Winter in Madrid—C.J. Sansom (Madrid)
9. Exit into History—Eva Hoffman (Romania)
10. Gaudi—Gijs Van Hensbergen
11. City of Falling Angels—John Berendt (read after Venice)
12. The Country Girls trilogy—Edna O’Brien (Galway and Edinburgh)
13. The Sea—John Banville (Galway)
14. That They May Face the Rising Sun—John McGahern (Galway)
15. Dracula—Bram Stoker (read in preparation for Romania)
16. A Pound of Paper—John Baxter
17. About Alice—Calvin Trillin

Books Read While Lying on the Floor/Futon of Our Studio in Citrus Heights, Staving Off Despair:

18. The Historian—Elizabeth Kostova
19. Snow—Orhan Pamuk
20. The Mandelbaum Gate—Muriel Spark
21. Forever—Pete Hamill
22. Tortilla Flat—John Steinbeck
23. East of Eden—John Steinbeck
24. We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light—John Baxter
25. Purple Hibiscus—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
26. The Seville Communion—Arturo Perez-Reverte
27. The Whole World Over—Julia Glass
28. In Cold Blood—Truman Capote
29. The Exception—Christian Jungersen (this book actually plunged me into deeper despair)

Books Read on Our Honeymoon:

30. Family Man—Calvin Trillin
31. Swim to Me—Betsy Carter
32. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets—Eva Rice

A Few Books Read in Our New Apartment, in a Much Better Frame of Mind:

33. Truth & Beauty (A Friendship)—Ann Patchett
34. Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for America’s Soul—Karen Abbott
35. Bridge of Sighs—Richard Russo

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