Books Read 2007

I did a meme the other day about books read this year – well here’s the whole list!
A wonderful new year to you all, see you in 2008…

The Harp in the South – Ruth ParkCymbeline – William ShakespearePericles – William ShakespeareThe Bookshop at 10 Curzon St.: Letters Between Nancy Mitford & Heywood Hill 1952-73 – ed. John Saumaricz SmithTroilus and Cressida – William ShakespeareThe BibleThe Philosophy of the Short Story – Brander MatthewsKeynotes – George EgertonThe Bean Trees – Barbara KingsolverWatching the English – Kate FoxThe Love Child – Edith OliverTroilus and Criseyde – Geoffrey ChaucerMiss Hargreaves – Frank BakerThe Rover – Aphra BehnSir Gawain and the Green Knight – Pearl-poetCleanness – Pearl-poetPatience – Pearl-poetThe Professor’s House – Willa CartherExtreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries – Jackie CluneThe Woman in the Moone – John LylyOne Pair of Hands – Monica DickensPistache – Sebastian FaulksPearl – Pearl-poetBefore I Go Hence – Frank BakerAn Invisible Friendship – Joyce Grenfell & Katharine MooreThe Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’FarrellNo Signposts in the Sea – Vita Sackville-WestThe Pursuit of Love – Nancy MitfordA Winter Book – Tove JanssonOne Pair of Feet – Monica DickensA Well Full of Leaves – Elizabeth MyersHuman Voices – Penelope FitzgeraldKatherine Mansfield: A Secret Life – Claire TomalinHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – J. K. RowlingSarrasine – Honoré de BalzacHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – J. K. RowlingThe London Scene – Virginia WoolfNotes on a Scandal – Zoe HellerThree Men in A Boat – Jerome K. JeromeHunting the Highbrow – Leonard WoolfHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. RowlingSylva – VercorsMrs. Miniver – Jan StrutherA Room With A View – E. M. ForsterWork For Four Hands – Margaret PellingDoreen – Barbara NobleThe Matisse Stories – A. S. ByattAfterwords: Letters on the Death of Virginia Woolf – ed. Sybil OldfieldSpeaking of Love – Angela YoungThe Jane Austen Book Club – Karen Joy FowlerReading Groups – Jenny HartleyThe Travels of Lady “Bulldog” Burton – Sandi ToksvigThe Loudest Sound and Nothing – Claire WigfallThe Third Miss Symons – F. M. MayerThe A46 – Sara ParsonsThe Brontës – Alfred SangsterThe Tenderness of Wolves – Stef PenneyDeceived With Kindness – Angelica GarnettThe Go-Between – L. P. HartleyThe Greengage Summer – Rumer GoddenThe Uncommon Reader – Alan BennettMy Turn To Make The Tea – Monica DickensOn Chesil Beach – Ian McEwanCrow Lake – Mary LawsonWho Was Changed and Who Was Dead – Barbara ComynsChristine Kringle – Lynn BrittneyPigs and Pearls – Margaret HoggeA Lifetime Burning – Linda GillardFair Play – Tove JanssonFair Play – Tove Jansson (again!)Parties – Tom LappinThe Stone Angel – Margaret LaurenceThe Closed Door and other stories – Dorothy WhippleA Family Life 1939-45 – Katharine MooreTom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa PearceNightingale – Peter DorwardThe Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret AtwoodA Proper Family Christmas – Jane Gordon-CummingScar Tissue – Ruth Mary HillsNo Star So Lovely – Alice HowlettThe Most Glorious Strip of Bunting – John McGillAll Passion Spent – Vita Sackville-WestA Month in the Country – J. L. CarrThe Wonderful Years – Reiner KunzeFindings – Kathleen JamieOne Good Turn – Kate AtkinsonShakespeare – Bill Bryson

13 thoughts on “Books Read 2007

  • December 31, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Given your liking of VW, I’ll share one of the titles I received for Christmas:

    Hyde Park Gate News: The Stephen Family Newspaper, by Virginia (Woolf) and Vanessa (Bell) with Thoby Stephen – Foreword by Hermione Lee.

  • January 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Happy New Year and thank you for all the prompts to read things i would not have heard of without your enthusiasm! Hope 2008 is a fruitful year for you in all your endeavours.

  • January 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for mentioning my (as yet) unpublished work. Good luck for 2008.
    Sara Parsons

  • January 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Good grief.
    You may be pleased to know that after our New Year festivities, Sarah and I inexplicably stayed up til about 4am discussing literature – having some kind of private book group.
    “He represents the plight of the common man!” said Sarah.
    “We should really go to sleep now,” said I.
    A most happy New Year to thee indeed x

  • January 2, 2008 at 1:57 am

    What an impressive list! Were some for your studies or do you just enjoy reading Chaucer? I’ll be writing down some of your titles! What did you think of the Zoe Heller book? I just watched the movie–it was very good, but sort of wild. I’m interested in reading the book. Thanks for the heads up on the Bryson by the way. And a belated Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Danielle – no, Chaucer was definitely for studies! Because I finished my degree in July, quite a few of the top half of the list were for that.
    Notes on a Scandal – I thought it was a good novel, and very similar to the film. I saw the film first, which always makes me feel a little guilty… definitely not a disappointment.

  • January 3, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    That’s quite an impressive list. I really enjoy reading your blog. I hope you have a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2008!

  • January 8, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I note that the ONLY book in 2007 we share in common was that written by Ms Howlett. Of course Cornflower can explain the coincidence! Curious lack of books on quantum optics and sub-atomic particles I see …

    Physics Cat

  • January 8, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Ah yes, APS too! Sadly I was not as enamoured of this book as you were, so perhaps my subconcious eliminated it from my memory (OK that is just me saying I made an error!).

  • January 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Cornflower responsible for the coincidence, again!

  • July 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I know it is kind of ridiculous that I am commenting on such an old post, but I can't resist. I have been working my way through your old posts in reverse chronological order and there is so much that I find interesting.

    I have to ask, what did you think of The Professor's House by Cather? I have read most of her work and TPH comes out right at the top of my list. It may not be her most important book, but boy is it my favorite.

  • July 15, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Thomas,

    I can't remember much except I liked it in parts! I struggle with the tone of a lot of American fiction from that period, not sure why (also didn't get on with The Great Gatsby, so there you go). I do love books about rooms, though, or any domestic space – so it won me over there!

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