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My 2007 Reading List and 2008 Plans

Here is the list of all of the books that I read in 2007, with links to my reviews, where applicable. (Some favorites are also highlighted here.) The list is broken up into Children's and Young Adult Books, Adult Fiction, and Adult Non-Fiction. My goal for this year was to read 200 books, slightly more than I read last year. Being a bit of an over-achiever, I ended up at 230, including 35 books for adults. For 2008, I'd like to read 200 books not counting picture books. I still plan to read picture books, but I'm going to keep track of them as a separate number. I would also like to continue publishing at least 3 book reviews a week throughout the year, though that one is likely a stretch goal. I wish you all a book-filled 2008!

Children's and Young Adult Books

  1. John Fardell: The 7 Professors of the Far North. Completed January 2, 2007. My review.
  2. Laura Amy Schlitz: A Drowned Maiden's Hair: A Melodrama. Completed January 6, 2007. The Cybils winner for Middle Grade Fiction. My review.
  3. Heather Waldorf: Grist. Completed January 10, 2007. My review.
  4. Mike Lupica: Heat. Completed January 13, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  5. Frank Cottrell Boyce: Framed. Completed January 13, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  6. Cynthia Kadohata: Weedflower. Completed January 14, 2007. Also on the Cybils MG shortlist. My review.
  7. Frances Hodgson Burnett: Little Lord Fauntleroy. Completed January 14, 2007. My review.
  8. Susan Cooper: King of Shadows. Completed January 24, 2007. Read this for the Scholar's Blog Book Discussion Group. My review.
  9. Mo Willems: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Completed January 27, 2007. Wonderful, but already well known, so I didn't review it.
  10. David Wiesner: Flotsam. Completed January 27, 2007. My review.
  11. Doreen Cronin: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type. Completed January 27, 2007. Also wonderful, and well-known, and I didn't review it. I like to give this as a baby gift to my more keyboard-attached friends.
  12. Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record. Completed January 28, 2007. My review.
  13. Katherine Paterson: Bread and Roses, Too. Completed January 31, 2007. My review.
  14. Alma Fullerton: In the Garage. Red Deer Press. Completed February 3, 2007. My review.
  15. Malcolm Rose: Double Check. Kingfisher. Completed February 6, 2007. My review.
  16. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Heartbreaker. Random House. Completed February 7, 2007. My review.
  17. David Patneaude: A Piece of the Sky. Albert Whitman. Completed February 9, 2007. My review.
  18. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Knopf. Completed February 11, 2007. My review.
  19. Nancy Werlin: The Rules of Survival. Completed February 12, 2007.
  20. Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Marks of Secret. Completed February 19, 2007. My review.
  21. Jordan Sonnenblick: Notes from the Midnight Driver. Completed February 23, 2007. My review.
  22. Margo Rabb: Cures for Heartbreak. Completed February 25, 2007. My review.
  23. Justina Chen Headley: Nothing but the Truth (and a few white lies). Little, Brown and Company. Completed March 4, 2007. My review.
  24. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel. Kids Can Press. Completed March 10, 2007. This book won the Cybils award for fiction picture books. My review.
  25. Barbara Lehman: Rainstorm. Houghton Mifflin. Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  26. Jez Alborough: Fix-It Duck. Kane/Miller (This is the American board book edition. It was originally published in Great Britian by HarperCollins in 2002). Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  27. Anette Bley: And What Comes After a Thousand? Kane/Miller (translated edition, originally published in Germany). Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  28. Suzy Lee: The Zoo. Kane/Miller. Completed March 10, 2007. My review.
  29. Jon J. Muth: Zen Shorts. Scholastic Press. Completed March 10, 2007.
  30. Edward Bloor: London Calling. Knopf Books for Young Readers. Completed March 17, 2007 (on MP3 from Audible).
  31. Olivier Dunrea: Ollie the Stomper. Houghton-Mifflin. Completed March 17, 2007. My review.
  32. E. Lockhart: The Boyfriend List. Delacorte. Completed March 20, 2007 (on MP3 from Audible). My review.
  33. R. L. LaFevers: Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. Houghton Mifflin. Completed March 22, 2007. My review.
  34. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Hidden. Aladdin. Completed March 24, 2007.
  35. Laurie Halse Anderson: Speak. Penguin. Completed March 24, 2007. My review.
  36. Sarah Beth Durst: Into the Wild. Razorbill. Completed March 25, 2007. My review.
  37. Susan Beth Pfeffer: Life As We Knew It. Harcourt Children's Books. Completed March 27, 2007. My review.
  38. Dian Curtis Regan: Princess Nevermore. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed March 27, 2007. My review.
  39. Michelle Knudsen (Author) and Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator): Library Lion. Candlewick. Completed March 31, 2007.
  40. Dian Curtis Regan: Cam's Quest. Darby Creek Publishing. Completed April 1, 2007. My review.
  41. Laura Hillman: I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor. Atheneum. Completed April 1, 2007.
  42. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Imposters. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 2, 2007.
  43. Cecil Castellucci: Boy Proof. Candlewick. Completed April 4, 2007. My review.
  44. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain: Bass Ackwards and Belly Up. Megan Tingley. Completed April 4, 2007.
  45. Karen Blumenthal: Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America. Atheneum. Completed April 5, 2007. (young adult non-fiction)
  46. Tina Schwager and Michele Schuerger (Authors), Elizabeth Verdick (Editor): Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare. Free Spirit Publishing. Completed April 5, 2007
  47. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Betrayed. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 5, 2007.
  48. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Barons. Simon & Schuster. Completed April 5, 2007.
  49. Gail Gauthier: A Girl, A Boy, and a Monster Cat. Putnam. Completed April 7, 2007. My review.
  50. Melanie Watt: Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend. Kids Can Press. Completed April 7, 2007. My review.
  51. Tim Egan: The Pink Refrigerator. Houghton Mifflin. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  52. Robert Heidbreder (author) and Kady MacDonald Denton (illustrator): A Sea-Wishing Day. Kids Can Press. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  53. Jessica Meserve: Small Sister. Clarion. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  54. Scott Magoon: Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything!. Houghton Mifflin. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  55. Cece Meng (author) and Janet Pedersen (illustrator): The Wonderful Thing About Hiccups. Clarion. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  56. Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long. An Egg is Quiet. Chronicle Books. Completed April 8, 2007. My review.
  57. Nick Ruth (author) and Sue Concannon (illustrator): The Dark Dreamweaver (The Remin Chronicles). Completed April 11, 2007. My review.
  58. Crissa-Jean Chappell: Total Constant Order. Completed April 12, 2007. My review.
  59. Dana Reinhardt: Harmless. Completed April 13, 2007.
  60. Pete Hautman: Godless. Completed April 13, 2007.
  61. James Patterson: Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever. Completed April 15, 2007.
  62. Kenneth Oppel: Skybreaker. Eos Publishing. Completed April 23, 2007.
  63. Mitali Perkins: First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. Dutton Juvenile. Completed April 26, 2007. My review.
  64. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Brave. Aladdin. Completed April 28, 2007.
  65. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Enemy. Aladdin. Completed April 29, 2007.
  66. Dia Calhoun: The Phoenix Dance. Completed May 2, 2007. My review.
  67. Linda Buckley-Archer: Gideon the Cutpurse. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 3, 2007.
  68. Kirsten Miller: Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb. Bloomsbury. Completed May 8, 2007.
  69. Rick Riordan: The Titan's Curse. Miramax. Completed May 11, 2007, on MP3.
  70. Eric Berlin: The Puzzling World of Winston Breen. Putnam Juvenile. Completed May 15, 2007. My review.
  71. Margaret Peterson Haddix: Among the Free. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 16, 2007. Mini-review at Dystopian Challenge Blog.
  72. Matthew Skelton: Endymion Spring. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed May 24, 2007, on MP3.
  73. Wendy Mass: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. Little, Brown. Completed May 24, 2007. My review.
  74. Catherine Murdock: Dairy Queen. Houghton Mifflin. Completed May 29, 2007. My review.
  75. Mary Downing Hahn: Deep and Dark and Dangerous. Clarion Books. Completed June 1, 2007. My review
  76. Judy Gregerson: Bad Girls Club. Blooming Tree Press. Completed June 2, 2007. My review.
  77. Maurice Gee: The Fire-Raiser. Hougton-Mifflin. Completed June 2, 2007. My review.
  78. Greg Fishbone: The Penguins of Doom (From the Desk of Septina Nash). Blooming Tree Press. Completed June 3, 2007. My review.
  79. Catherine Gilbert Murdock: The Off Season. Houghton Mifflin. Completed June 6, 2007. My review.
  80. Ally Carter: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls). Hyperion. Completed June 7, 2007.
  81. Lisa Yee: Millicent Min, Girl Genius. Scholastic, Inc. Completed June 11, 2007.
  82. Annie Bryant: Maeve on the Red Carpet. Beacon Street Girls. Completed June 11, 2007. My review.
  83. Meg Cabot: Missing You: 1-800-Where-R-You. HarperTeen. Completed June 11, 2007.
  84. Rachel Cohn: Gingerbread. Simon Pulse. Completed June 13, 2007.
  85. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Scholastic. Completed June 16, 2007.
  86. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Scholastic. Completed June 19, 2007.
  87. Angie Sage: Flyte. HarperTrophy. Completed June 22, 2007.
  88. Dianna Hutts Aston (Author) and Sylvia Long (Illustrator): A Seed is Sleepy. Chronicle Books. Completed June 24, 2007. My review.
  89. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3). Scholastic. Completed June 27, 2007.
  90. Susan Vaught: Trigger. Bloomsbury. Completed July 2, 2007. My review.
  91. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire (Book 4). Scholastic. Completed July 5, 2007.
  92. John Marsden: Tomorrow, When the War Began (Book 1). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 7, 2007. My review of the whole series.
  93. Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles, Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 7, 2007. My review.
  94. John Marsden: The Dead of Night (Tomorrow #2). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 11, 2007.
  95. John Marsden: A Killing Frost (Tomorrow #3). Houghton Mifflin. Completed July 12, 2007.
  96. J. K. Rowling: The Order of the Phoenix (Book 5). Scholastic. Completed July 17, 2007.
  97. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6). Scholastic. Completely July 20, 2007.
  98. J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7). Scholastic. Completed July 21, 2007.
  99. John Marsden: Darkness, Be My Friend (Book 4, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 22, 2007.
  100. John Marsden: Burning for Revenge (Book 5, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed July 23, 2007.
  101. Heather Brewer: The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites. Dutton. Completed July 25, 2007. My review.
  102. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Treasures of Weatherby. Atheneum. Completed July 26, 2007. My review.
  103. Robert C. O'Brien: Z for Zachariah. Simon Pulse. Completed July 26, 2007.
  104. Tim Lott: Fearless. ARC from Candlewick, a dystopian fable about girls imprisoned in a hopeless school. Completed July 29, 2007. My review.
  105. Jo Knowles: Lessons from a Dead Girl. ARC from Candlewick, about what a girl has learned from her former best friend and tormentor. Completed July 29. My review.
  106. Jay Asher: 13 Reasons Why. ARC from Razorbill, about a boy who receives 13 audiotapes from a girl he had a crush on, who committed suicide. Completed July 30. My review.
  107. Rachel Cohn: Shrimp. Simon & Schuster, second book in the series that started with Gingerbread, about a rebellious teen living in San Francisco. Completed July 31, 2007.
  108. Jean-Luc Fromental: 365 Penguins. Abrams Books for Young Readers. Completed August 1, 2007. Very cute!
  109. John van de Ruit. Spud. ARC from Razorbill, about a young boy attending private school for the first time, in 1990 South Africa. Completed August 3, 2007. My review.
  110. John Marsden: Night is for Hunting (Book 6, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed August 9, 2007.
  111. John Marsden: The Other Side of Dawn (Book 7, Tomorrow series). Scholastic. Completed August 11, 2007.
  112. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Below the Root (Green Sky #1). Completed August 15, 2007. My review.
  113. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: And All Between (Green Sky #2). Completed August 16, 2007. My review.
  114. Gabrielle Zevin: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Completed August 16, 2007. Publication date August 21, 2007.
  115. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: Until the Celebration (Green Sky #3). Completed August 19, 2007. My review.
  116. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Changeling. Completed August 19, 2007. My review.
  117. Zilpha Keatley Snyder: The Velvet Room. Completed August 22, 2007. My review.
  118. P. G. Kain: The Social Experiements of Dorie Dilts: Dumped by Popular Demand. Aladdin. Completed August 25, 2007. My review.
  119. Carolyn Mackler: Guyaholic. Candlewick Press. Completed August 29, 2007.
  120. Melissa Walker: Violet on the Runway. Berkley Trade. Completed August 29, 2007. My review.
  121. Stephenie Meyer: Eclipse. Little, Brown. Completed September 5, 2007. My review.
  122. Tim Egan: Dodsworth in New York. Houghton Mifflin. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  123. Justine Smith (ill. Jan Lewis): How To Be A Spy In 7 Days Or Less. Kingfisher. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  124. Trenton Lee Stewart (ill. Carson Ellis): The Mysterious Benedict Society. Little, Brown. Completed September 11, 2007. My review.
  125. Colin Thompson (ill. Amy Lissiat): The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley. Completed September 15, 2007.
  126. Josh Schneider: You'll Be Sorry. Clarion. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  127. Jane Yolen (ill. Mark Teague): How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?. Blue Sky Press. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  128. Lynn Plourde (ill. Mitch Vance): A Mountain of Mittens. Charlesbridge. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  129. Eve Bunting (ill. Judy Love): The Baby Shower. Charlesbridge. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  130. Pooja Makhijani (ill. Elena Gomez): Mama's Saris. Little, Brown. Completed September 15, 2007. My review.
  131. Elizabeth Ficocelli (ill. Glin Dibley): Kid Tea. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  132. Eric A. Kimmel (ill. Stephen Gilpin): The Three Cabritos. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  133. Jacqueline Davies (ill. Lee White): The House Takes a Vacation. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007. My review.
  134. Patricia Hubbell (ill. Viviana Garofoli): Firefighters! Speeding! Spraying! Saving! (Things that Go). Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007.
  135. Tim Myers (ill. Robert McGuire): The Furry-Legged Teapot. Marshall Cavendish. Completed September 16, 2007.
  136. Derek Landy: Skulduggery Pleasant. HarperCollins. Completed September 17, 2007.
  137. Rick Yancey: Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon. Bloosmbury. Completed September 17, 2007. My review.
  138. Wendy Lichtman: Do the Math: Secrets, Lies and Algebra. HarperTeen. Completed September 17, 2007.
  139. Robin Brande: Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature. Knopf. Completed September 19, 2007. My review.
  140. Justina Chen Headley: Girl Overboard. Little, Brown Young Readers. Completed September 26, 2007. My review.
  141. Howard Whitehouse: Faceless Fiend, The: Being the Tale of a Criminal Mastermind, (Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones). Kids Can Press. Completed October 2, 2007.
  142. Ellen Klages: The Green Glass Sea. Viking Juvenile. Completed October 3, 2007.
  143. Barry Lyga: Boy Toy. Houghton Mifflin. Completed October 6, 2007.
  144. Sara Lewis Holmes: Letters from Rapunzel. Harper Collins. Completed October 7, 2007. My review.
  145. Amy Timberlake: That Girl Lucy Moon. Hyperion. Completed October 9, 2007.
  146. Scott Westerfeld: Extras. Simon Pulse. Completed October 20, 2007. My reivew.
  147. Linda Urban: A Crooked Kind of Perfect. Harcourt. Completed October 27, 2007. My review.
  148. Pseudonymous Bosch: The Name of this Book is Secret. Little Brown. Completed October 28, 2007. My review.
  149. Marlane Kennedy: Me and the Pumpkin Queen. Greenwillow. Completed October 30, 2007. My review.
  150. Rose Kent: Kimchi & Calamari. HarperCollins. Completed November 1, 2007. My review.
  151. Gemma Malley: The Declaration. Bloomsbury USA. Completed November 3, 2007. My review.
  152. Sara Zarr: Story of a Girl. Little, Brown. Completed November 4, 2007. My review.
  153. Ellen Potter (ill. Peter H. Reynolds): Olivia Kidney. Penguin. Completed November 6, 2007. My review.
  154. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): Clementine. Hyperion. Completed November 7, 2007. My review.
  155. Rachel Vail (ill. Matthew Cordell): Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet. Scholastic. Completed November 10, 2007. My review.
  156. Janet Halfmann (ill. Laurie Allen Klein): Little Skink's Tale. Sylvan Dell. Completed November 10, 2007. My review.
  157. S. A. Harazin: Blood Brothers. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  158. Mitali Perkins: Rickshaw Girl. Charlesbridge. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  159. Frank Asch: Gravity Buster: Journal #2 of a Cardboard Genius. Kids Can Press. Completed November 11, 2007. My review.
  160. Susan Beth Pfeffer: The Dead & the Gone. Harcourt. Completed November 17, 2007. My review.
  161. Maryrose Wood: My Life: The Musical. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. Completed November 18, 2007. My review.
  162. J. M. Steele: The Market. Hyperion. Completed November 18, 2007. My review.
  163. Jenny Nimmo: Charlie Bone and the Beast (Children of the Red King, Book 6). Orchard Books. Completed November 27, 2007.
  164. Sara Pennypacker (ill. Marla Frazee): The Talented Clementine. Hyperion. Completed November 27, 2007. My review.
  165. Angie Sage: Physik (Septimus Heap, Book 3). Katherine Tegan Books. Completed November 29, 2007, on MP3.
  166. Charise Mericle Harper: When Randolph Turned Rotten. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House). Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  167. Eva Montanari: My First... Houghton Mifflin. Completed December 1, 2007.
  168. John Stadler: Big and Little. Robin Corey Books (Random House). Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  169. Jarrett J. Krosoczka: Punk Farm on Tour. Knopf. Completed December 1, 2007.
  170. Vivian Walsh (ill. J. Otto Seibold): Olive, the Other Reindeer. Chronicle Books. Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  171. Stacey Gabel (ill. Richard Neuman): The New Blue Tractor. Dog Ear Publishing. Completed December 1, 2007. My review.
  172. Steve Kluger: My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park. Dial Books. Completed December 2, 2007. My review.
  173. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Simply Sarah: Patches and Scratches. Marshall Cavendish Children's Books. Completed December 2, 2007.
  174. Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon (ill. Guy Francis): Betsy Ross's Star (Blast to the Past). Aladdin. Completed December 2, 2007. My review.
  175. Laini Taylor: Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer. Putnam. Completed December 6, 2007. My review.
  176. Dian Curtis Regan (ill. Amanda Gulliver): Peek-A-Boo Zoo. Silver Caastle. Completed December 7, 2007. My review.
  177. Jonathan London (ill. Viviana Garofoli): My Big Rig. Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 7, 2007. My review.
  178. Siobhan Dowd: The London Eye Mystery. David Fickling Books. Completed December 12, 2007. My review.
  179. Dia Calhoun: The Return of the Light: A Christmas Tale. Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 12, 2007. My review.
  180. Joan M. Wolf: Someone Named Eva. Clarion. Completed December 13, 2007. My review.
  181. Sarah Miller: Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller. Atheneum. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  182. Nancy Elizabeth Wallace: Shells! Shells! Shells! Marshall Cavendish. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  183. Liz Lofthouse (ill. Robert Ingpen): Ziba Came on a Boat. Kane/Miller. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  184. Margaret Wild (ill. Janine Dawson): Bobbie Dazzler. Kane/Miller. Completed December 15, 2007.
  185. Eileen Christelow: Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping. Clarion. Completed December 15, 2007. My review.
  186. Neal Shusterman: Everlost. Simon Pulse. Completed December 18, 2007.
  187. Sara Zarr: Sweethearts. Little, Brown. Completed December 27, 2007.
  188. Jeannine Garsee: Before, After, and Somebody in Between. Bloomsbury. Completed December 27, 2007.
  189. Katherine Hannigan: Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World. HarperTrophy. Completed December 27, 2007.
  190. Brenda A. Ferber: Julia's Kitchen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Completed December 28, 2007.
  191. Wendy Mass: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall. Little, Brown. Completed December 28, 2007.
  192. Jennifer Allison: Gilda Joyce: The Ladies of the Lake. Penguin Sleuth. Completed December 28, 2007.
  193. Jenny Downham: Before I Die. David Fickling Books. Completed December 29, 2007.
  194. Gail Giles: Right Behind You. Little Brown. Completed December 30, 2007.
  195. Laurie Halse Anderson: Twisted. Viking Juvenile. Completed December 30, 2007.

Adult Fiction

  1. Jacqueline Winspear: Messenger of Truth. Completed January 4, 2007. The fourth book in the wonderful Maisie Dobbs series, historical fiction set in post-World War I England.
  2. Andrea Camillieri: The Smell of the Night. Completed January 18, 2007. My latest read from the Inspector Montalbano series, set in Sicily.
  3. Harlan Coben: Promise Me. Completed January 20, 2007. This is a new Myron Bolitar book, after several years absence. It's great to have him back!
  4. T. Jefferson Parker: The Fallen. Completed January 26, 2007. This is a standalone book about a cop who is thrown from a sixth floor window. He survives with a new ability: he sees emotions as colors, and can tell when people are lying to him.
  5. Lee Child: The Hard Way. Completed February 2, 2007. This is the latest in Child's Jack Reacher series, which I normally really enjoy. I didn't like this one as much as the other because a) I found the mystery and clues a bit too easy to figure out, and didn't understand why Reacher didn't figure them out and b) there was a searing recounting by a character of previous torture that I'm having trouble getting out of my mind.
  6. Jasper Fforde: The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime. Viking. Completed February 8, 2007, on MP3 from This one took me a long time to get through, because I was listening at a time I wasn't walking very much. It was entertaining, but I still prefer Fforde's Thursday Next series to this one.
  7. Barry Maitland: No Trace. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed February 15, 2007. The latest David Brock / Kathy Kolla mystery, this one involving three kidnapped girls, set in the cutting edge London art gallery scene. I suspected the bad guy from early on, but Maitland did an excellent job of mis-direction, keeping me thinking, "no, maybe this is what's going on." Definitely on the dark side of the mystery spectrum.
  8. P. J. Tracy: Snow Blind. Completed February 23, 2007. I found this suspense story well-written and engaging, but it left me dissatisfied. I thought that the ending was frustratingly ambiguous, and, on reflection, thought that the plot relied on too many coincidences. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series, and I probably would still read future books, but I didn't care for this one.
  9. Ann Benson: The Burning Road. Dell. Completed March 1, 2007. Sequel to The Plague Tales.
  10. M. C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin and The Deadly Dance. St. Martins. Completed March 7, 2007 This is an entertaining cozy series, centered around a somewhat grouchy retired career woman who lives in the English Cotswalds and stumbles upon various mysteries. I don't read very many cozy series, but something about the bite of Agatha's personality appeals to me.
  11. Laura Lippman: No Good Deeds. Harper. Completed March 8, 2007. This is a return by Lippman to her Tess Monaghan series. Tess is a Baltimore private investigator. In this installment, her boyfriend Crow, through an intended good deed, drags her into a dangerous situation.
  12. Ann Benson: The Physician's Tale. Delacorte Press. Completed March 17, 2007. This is the third, and apparently final, book in Benson's Plague Tales series. I found this book, set in a plague decimated world, utterly compelling, and kept thinking about it when I was away from the book.
  13. Julia Spencer-Fleming: All Mortal Flesh. Completed April 6, 2007. The latest in the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Allstyne series, about a female Episcopal priest who falls in love with a married small-town police chief. They solve mysteries togther. I'm a sucker for these star-crossed lover stories. The mystery in this one is a bit too close to home for the pair - the murder of Russ's wife, Linda, for which both Russ and Clare are suspects. This is one of my favorite series, and this one did not disappoint, and even surprised me with a major twist. Best sentence: "Meg's family room was always filled with sprawls of teenage boys, her kitchen overrun with giggles of girls."
  14. Victoria Thompson: Murder in Little Italy. Berkley Prime Crime. Completed April 8, 2007. Eighth book in the Gaslight Mystery series, set in New York during the 1890s (while Theodore Roosevelt was Police Commissioner), featuring Sarah Brandt, a midwife from a wealthy family, and Frank Malloy, one of the few honest police detectives in the city. This series just keeps getting better. The next book, Murder in Chinatown, is due out in June.
  15. Cormac McCarthy: The Road. Knopf. Completed April 9, 2007. A beautifully written tale set in an incredibly bleak post-apocalyptic future. I didn't find it as compelling as some post-apocalypse/dystopian stories because one of the key ingredients was largely missing. There's little wondering what you would do, because the available options have already shrunk down to "scrounge for food and warmth", pretty much. But still an interesting and quick read.
  16. Carol O'Connell: Find Me. Putnam. Completed April 21, 2007. Latest book in the Mallory series, as compelling as the others, and revealing new layers of Mallory's character.
  17. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale. Anchor Books. Completed May 9, 2007. Mini-review at Dystopian Challenge Blog.
  18. Robert Crais: The Watchman. Simon & Schuster. Completed May 20, 2007. This book is a twist on Crais' Elvis Cole series, featuring sidekick Joe Pike as the star.
  19. Lee Child: Bad Luck and Trouble. Delacorte Press. Completed June 14, 2007.
  20. Janet Evanovich: Lean Mean Thirteen. St. Martin's Press. Completed June 26, 2007. Very funny. I don't know how she manages to sustain the Morelli-Ranger tension, basically walking a tightrope through the whole book, but it works.
  21. Jeffrey Deaver: The Sleeping Doll. Simon & Schuster. Completed July 5, 2007, on MP3.
  22. Carrie Bebris: North by Northanger. Tor Books, the latest in an adult mystery series featuring Elizabeth Darcy, after Pride and Prejudice. Completed August 5, 2007.
  23. Andrea Camilleri: Rounding the Mark. Penguin Books, from the Inspector Montalbano series set in Sicily. Completed August 6, 2007.
  24. Andrea Camilleri: The Patience of the Spider. Penguin Books, from the above series. Completed August 7, 2007.
  25. Nancy Pickard: The Virgin of Small Plains. Ballantine Books, more a literary novel than a mystery, winner of the Agatha Award. Completed August 7, 2007.
  26. James Rollins: Black Order. Harper. Completed August 9, 2007.
  27. Elizabeth Kostova. The Historian. Little, Brown. Completed August 17, 2007, on MP3.
  28. Louise Penny: Still Life (A Three Pines Mystery). St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed August 31, 2007.
  29. Benjamin Black (aka John Banville): Christine Falls. Henry Holt. Completed September 6, 2007, on MP3. Well-written, very detailed characterization, but a bit slow-paced for listening on audio. I think I would have preferred it in print.
  30. Jodi Picoult: Nineteen Minutes. Atria. Completed September 22, 2007. My review.
  31. Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity Goes West. Viking. Completed October 14, 2007.
  32. Henning Mankell: The White Lioness. Vintage. Completed October 26, 2007.
  33. Jo Dereske: Catalogue of Death: A Miss Zukas Mystery. Avon. Completed December 23, 2007. My review.

Adult Non-Fiction

  1. Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger: Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Completed January 5, 2007. This book was a gift from my friend Jonathan White, who works closely with the authors as a member of Free the Children's board of directors. It's a great book that will give any reader food for thought about finding meaning and joy in life.
  2. Kathleen T. Horning (ill. Stacy Innerst): From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books. HarperTrophy. Completed March 16, 2007. While much of the material is introductory, I thought that the author made some excellent points about reviewing children's books thoughtfully and seriously.

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