Top 6 Books of 2007

I read a bunch of books this year and here are my favorites, in no particular order because rating books is even harder than rating albums. i tried to pick 6, but i just couldn't.

Black Swan Green- David Mitchell
: This book appealed to me because it's by a British author and it's set in the 80s. A nice coming of age story.

Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time - Rob Sheffield:  Music based memoir by Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield about his life with his wife before her unexpected death. Even though you know the book is based around her death, it's still heartbreaking to read about his life immediately following it.

A Long Way Down- Nick Hornby: I like High Fidelity and About a Boy better, but this one was pretty good as well. Story about 4 people coming together after meeting while contemplating suicide. Nick Hornby needs to write more books though.

The Book of Joe- Jonathan Tropper:  This was hands down the best book I read this year. Books don't usually make me tear up, but this one did on a few occasions. Jonathan Tropper is very good a writing a believable screwed up character. I found myself thinking Joe was either an asshole, an idiot, or a lonely fucked up bastard throughout the book. This is one of my all time favorite books.

The Gun Seller- Hugh Laurie: I bought this book on a total whim, basically because I like Hugh Laurie and the premise didn't sound half bad. It turns about it was actually a pretty good book. There's a bit of a surprise at the end with is unexpected and interesting. Parts of it reminded me of the Jason Bourne books but with a less serious tone. I kept picturing House in the role of the main character though. Not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

How to Talk to a Widower- Jonathan Tropper: This is Jonathan Tropper's newest book. While I like The Book of Joe and Everything Changes better than this one, it was still really good. In some ways it's a fiction version of Love is a Mix Tape (which I read before this one). With the unexpected deaths and the ways both husbands grieved.


Almost done with my reading list...

I plan to read The Time Traveler's Wife next. The movie version is coming out next year sometime.

Girl With a Pearl Earring- Tracy Chevalier

A Dirty Job- Christopher Moore

Rant- Chuck Palahniuk

The Time Traveler's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger

F
luke- Christopher Moore

The Book of Joe- Jonathan Tropper

Dexter in the Dark- Jeff Lindsay


Love is a Mix Tape- Rob Sheffield

How to Talk to a Widower- Jonathan Tropper