Books completed in 2007, in chronological order (perhaps next year I'll try to record the date I finished, not to be more anal or anything):
- Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (great)
- Ball Don't Lie - Matt de la Peña (great)
- Inheritance of Loss - Kiran Desai (so-so)
- Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer (great)
- The Last Empress - Anchee Min (good)
- The Road - Cormac McCarthy (amazing)
- Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (great)
- Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami (good)
- Jesus' Son - Denis Johnson (great)
- Women in Love - D.H. Lawrence (no)
- American Pastoral - Philip Roth (okay)
- When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro (good)
- Ghostwritten - David Mitchell (okay)
- Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (awesome)
- No Country For Old Men - Cormac McCarthy (good)
- The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien (great)
- A Thousand Spendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini (great)
- Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt (interesting)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling (great)
- No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July (good)
- Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger (okay)
- The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (great)
- The Writing Life - Annie Dillard (good)
- Goodbye Tsugumi - Banana Yoshimoto (good)
- The Farming of Bones - Edwidge Danticat (awesome)
- Stardust - Neil Gaiman (good)
- New York Trilogy - Paul Auster (good)
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius - Dave Eggers (good)
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz (awesome)
- Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat (great)
- Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld (so-so)
- A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah (good)
- Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides (good)
- We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver (okay)
My ratings are pretty self-explanatory, but you know, just in case (because I'm a dork):
No: for something I just didn't like, at all.
So-so: for something I didn't like for the most part, but might have found a couple of redeeming characteristics, as in there was plot promise or good language or something.
Okay: for something I felt more ambivalent about, maybe I leaned towards not as much enjoyment but there were also more redeeming qualities than something that's just so-so. You know, middle ground.
Good: solid piece of work.
Great: pretty damn good. Something I'd likely read again, recommend to others, steal lines from, etc etc. You know. Something I'm pretty much loving.
Awesome: Those special books that blow me away, books I'd probably defend with my life. Hehe.
Thirty-four this year. Aiming for 50 for 2008!