Total number of books read: 98
- Fiction: 88
- Non-Fiction: 10
- Books re-read: 2 (I was surprised as I thought I'd read more re-reads)
- Different books by authors whose books I've read before: 14
- Books borrowed from the library: 52 (thank goodness for libraries)
- Books borrowed from family/friends: 4 (and for family and friends)
Favourite books 2007
I read so many good books last year that it’s very difficult to decide which are my favourites. I tried to rate them as I read them but even so I gave nearly half of them the highest rating. I suppose that’s not so surprising as I don’t carry on reading a book that I don’t enjoy.
My favourite book has to be Jenny Diski’s On Trying to Keep Still. I wrote about it here.
As for the rest I don’t really like to single any out one more than others but the following books stand out in my mind. I can’t limit them to 10 and I’ve listed them in alphabetical author order, as I can’t decide between them:
Margaret Atwood – Moral Disorder
Alan Bennett – Four Stories
Ariana Franklin – Mistress of the Art of Death
Jane Gardam – Old Filth
Joanne Harris – Gentlemen and Players
Mary Lawson – Crow Lake
Linda Olsson – Astrid and Veronika
Mollie Panter-Downes – One Fine Day
Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (three books)
Philip Reeve – Here Lies Arthur
C J Sansom - Sovereign
Wallace Stegner – The Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety
I must mention D H Lawrence too. I read two of his books as part of the Outmoded Authors Challenge. He shouldn't be considered "outmoded" - Sons and Lovers and The Man Who Died are great stories.
All in all a fantastic year of reading.