Saturday, December 30, 2006


And that does it.

#50 -- "Blood Feud" by Adrian Dater

I'm going to review this on Jes's site at some point, so I won't here -- it's a hockey book, and a good one, but definitely of interest only to hockey fans. (Update: the review's here)

So, with a little burst at the end, I made it. I doubt that I'll do this again next year -- the 50 books challenge, that is (I'll keep doing the book review diary). I put all sorts of arbitrary restrictions on myself, and it became more of a slog than something fun. Plus, I'm planning to read "Against the Day," "Mason & Dixon," and "War and Peace" in '07 -- I might not hit 10 books for the year.

For the record, this year's books were (review links included for those actually reviewed):

"Resurrection" by David Remnick
"Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Michael Azerrad
"Snow" by Orhan Pamuk
"Spring Flowers, Spring Frost" by Ismail Kadare
"Burr" by Gore Vidal
"Life is Elsewhere" by Milan Kundera
"The Moor's Last Sigh" by Salman Rushdie
"The Life of Graham Greene" vol. 1 by Norman Sherry
"The World: Life and Travel 1950-2000" by Jan Morris
"Our Man in Havana" by Graham Greene
"New York Underground" by Julia Solis
"Europe Central" by William T. Vollmann
"Ballad of the Whiskey Robber" by Julian Rubinstein
"Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell
"Notes From Underground" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"The Hidden War" by Artyom Borovik
"The Lost Heart of Asia" by Colin Thubron
"A Time to Keep Silence" by Patrick Leigh Fermor
"In Ruins" by Christopher Woodward
"Tropic of Hockey" by Dave Bidini
"The Gold Bug Variations" by Richard Powers
"Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" by Haruki Murakami
"The Successor" by Ismail Kadare
"Zorba the Greek" by Nikos Kazantzakis
"The Atlas" by William T. Vollmann

"Hotel World" by Ali Smith
"The Lost Continent" by Bill Bryson
"St. Augustine" by Garry Wills

"God Lives in St. Petersburg" by Tom Bissell
"The Lawless Roads" by Graham Greene
"Speed Tribes" by Karl Taro Greenfeld
"Postwar" by Tony Judt
"Imperium" by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"All the Shah's Men" by Stephen Kinzer
"Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro
"Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"I Served the King of England" by Bohumil Hrabal

"A Fan's Notes" by Frederick Exley
"The War of the End of the World" by Mario Vargas Llosa
"Rites of Spring" by Modris Eksteins
"The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson
"My Life As A Fake" by Peter Carey
"The Whore's Child" by Richard Russo
"Mani" by Patrick Leigh Fermor
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"An Albanian Journal" by Edmund Keeley
"Dictionary of the Khazars" by Milorad Pavic
"Twelve Days" by Victor Sebesteyn

"Speak, Memory" by Vladimir Nabokov
"Blood Feud" by Adrian Dater

Best fiction read this year: "The Gold Bug Variations." "Europe Central," "The Moor's Last Sigh," "Cloud Atlas," "Never Let Me Go" runners-up.

Best non-fiction read this year: "Postwar." "Twelve Days," "Rites of Spring," "The Lost Heart of Asia" runners-up.

1 comment:

fredoluv said...

I could've *swore* that you read Goldbug Variations before this year...