01 January 2008

Book list - Dec 07

Village School - fiction, by Miss Read (Dora Jessie Saint)
Village Diary - fiction, by Miss Read
They Shall Have Stars - SF, by James Blish
Storm in the Village - fiction, by Miss Read
The Naked Sun - SF/mystery, by Isaac Asimov
Island of the Blue Dolphins - children's historical novel, by Scott O'Dell (Newbery Medal, 1961)
The Class of 1846 - US history, by John C Waugh
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - children's, by Robert C O'Brien (Newbery Medal, 1972)
Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends - memoirs, by William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron

Nine books this month, with Village School and The Naked Sun the only rereads.*

The two Newbery Medal winners bring my total thus far up to 42 of 86.

Altogether, I read 187 books in 2007. (That includes counting Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature twice, since I read it twice.) The biggest categories were children's/YA fiction (49 books, including 35 Newbery Medal winners), SF (40), mysteries (30) and history (19). And 49 or 50** of the books (including, of course, the second time through EM&OFoN) were rereads.

There was a discussion on one of my Yahoo! groups about the favourite books people had read during the year. The list I submitted consisted of these nine (listed in the order in which I read them):
A Civil Campaign - SF, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Memory - SF, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Hell's Gate - fantasy/SF, by David Weber and Linda Evans
So Disdained - espionage novel, by Nevil Shute
Doomsday Book - SF (time travel), by Connie Willis
Un Lun Dun - modern fantasy, by China Mieville
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - fantasy, by J K Rowling
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature - YA, by Robin Brande
Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends - memoirs, by Guarnere and Heffron

* One line from Village Diary did sound familiar, but nothing else in the book did. I've read a couple other books in the series, though, so she may have repeated it in another book.

** There was one I wasn't sure of.

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