I read 85 books in 2007. Yay! Here are some of my favorites for you to check out from the library, or better yet, order on paperbackswap.com!
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell. This is the first book I read this year and a new favorite. It’s a memoir-type book of a girl in NYC who hates her job and as therapy decides to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It was so fun to read I’m itching to start it again–even though I have about 600 other books I need to read.
The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. This one went on my list of new all-time favorite books. It’s about a young girl in Renaissance Italy, a coming-of-age novel as she married and discovers the life she thought she would live is not at all what she is presented with. A beautiful mesh of painting, poetry, and politics, it’s a great portrait of the time and a wonderful narrative that spoke to me. Love it!
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy. This is a fictional collection of short stories. The novel is about a family in World War II-era Vancouver Chinatown. The three parts are written by three children in the family. I love anything Chinese, really, but I thought this was wonderfully written and I can still remember some of the stories. A Joy Luck Club for Canada, sort of.
Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson. In addition to having one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen, this is a phenomenal novel about the friendship between and young woman and an old woman in Sweden. Both have suffered tragedies and prefer solitude, but they come together and share their stories. One I absolutely couldn’t put down once I started. A perfect winter read with a good cup of tea. 🙂
I had to add one of my fun favorites in one of my favorite genres, Christian chicklit. This is The Guy I’m Not Dating by Trish Perry. Yes, it was slightly cheesy. But it was so cute and fun I couldn’t put it down and I think I read the last 250 pages in one sitting. It was a sweet romance with quirky minor characters.
One you MUST read is Do You Believe? Conversations on God and Religion by Antonio Monda. Monda is a filmmaker, a Catholic perplexed by the lack of religious interest in Hollywood. He conducted a series of interviews over several years with people as varied as Jane Fonda, Salman Rushdie, and Martin Scorcese. This book made me think more than anything I’ve read since college and I absolutely think every Christian should read it and maybe every nonbeliever too!