In the Booksmarks Dec./Nov. 2007 issue, they listed books that received some of the best overall reviews of 2007. One of my goals for 2008 is to read at least 10 books off the "literature" section of that list, not including the one I already read. Here is the complete list, and I will link the ones I decide to read to my reviews for them:
11/22/08 -- I have no excuse. I forgot all about this personal challenge. As of today, I am officially abandoning it and will use many of these titles for the 2007 section of the Countdown Challenge. See you there!
Completed: 3/10 as of May 18, 2008
The Aneid by Fagles Translation 5
After Dark by Haruki Murakami 4½
Against The Day by Thomas Pynchon 4½
American Youth by Phil LaMarche 5
Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates 4
I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti 4
In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar 4
Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon 4
*Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin 4
My Holocaust by Tova Reich 4½
Nada by Carmen Laforet 5
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult 4½
Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski 4½
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson 4
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall 4½
Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris 4
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini 4½
What Is The What by Dave Eggers 4½
* Already read. Great book!!
The "rating" number following each book is from Booksmarks. They look at a number of reviews of the same books from different sources and then give an average. It's one of the aspects of the magazine that I really like. It's not just one opinion.
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!