Sunday, April 13, 2008

The 2007 Book List

I am SO late in putting this list up. It's been sitting on my desktop since the end of the year. The delay has nothing to do with the fact that I didn't actually make 50 books last year, really. I came close, though, and I'm still pretty proud of the list I compiled last year, especially given the arrival of one sweet little baby Tessa and the continuation of two salaried jobs. People, it's a wonder I read anything but street signs. Without further ado, here's the list. My favorites are in bold.

1. Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons – Lorna Landvik
2. The Guy Not Taken – Jennifer Weiner
3. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
4. Ruby in the Smoke – Philip Pullman
5. Shadow in the North – Philip Pullman
6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (re-read)
7. March – Geraldine Brooks
8. The Known World – Edward P. Jones
9. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
10. Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
11. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith (re-read)
12. Tiger in the Well – Philip Pullman
13. Out to Canaan – Jan Karon
14. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk – Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
15. A New Song – Jan Karon
16. In This Mountain – Jan Karon
17. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
18. Getting a Life: Stories – Helen Simpson
19. A Year of Wonders – Geraldine Brooks
20. B is for Burglar – Sue Grafton
21. The Sunday Philosophy Club – Alexander McCall Smith
22. A Death in Belmont – Sebastian Junger
23. True History of the Kelly Gang – Peter Carey
24. Tears of the Giraffe – Alexander McCall Smith
25. Stardust – Neil Gaiman
26. A Piece of Normal – Sandi Kahn Shelton
27. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – JK Rowling (re-read)
28. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling
29. Baby Proof – Emily Giffin
30. Morality for Beautiful Girls – Alexander McCall Smith
31. Summer at Tiffany – Marjorie Hart
32. Veil of Roses – Laura Fitzgerald
33. The Kalahari Typing School for Men – Alexander McCall Smith
34. The Full Cupboard of Life – Alexander McCall Smith
35. The Big Rumpus – Ayun Halliday
36. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies – Alexander McCall Smith
37. Blue Shoes and Happiness – Alexander McCall Smith
38. Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
39. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive – Alexander McCall Smith
40. The Sunflower – Simon Wiesenthal
41. The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
42. To Feel Stuff – Andrea Seigel
43. The Fourth Bear – Jasper Fforde
44. The Spiderwick Chronicles Book One: The Field Guide – Holly Black
45. The Stupidest Angel – Christopher Moore
46. The Birth of Venus – Sarah Dunant
47. Winkie – Clifford Chase

I'm behind the pace for 2008 so far, too, but I'm confident...

Dear Anna: Butterflies

Dear Anna,

Today, we went the National Museum of Natural History because we wanted you - little miss butterfly princess herself - to see the real live butterflies flying around the museum's special exhibit. You were the very picture of patience as we waited to enter the walk-through butterfly house. Before we went in, an entymologist briefed us on the house - careful where you step, don't try to touch the butterflies, etc. In we all went, and the display didn't disappoint. You were enthralled by the vast numbers of butterflies, their pretty colors, and their equally colorful environment.


One butterfly flew your way and landed right on your face. It was the first time in your whole life I have heard you scream in fear, and your little face was all saucers for eyes and terror as you grabbed on to me. I knelt down by you and told you that the nice butterfly had just wanted to give you a kiss and didn't mean to scare you. You were not entirely convinced.

But, later, you acknowledged that, yes, the butterfly did kiss you, and it was a little scary, but you were okay. And then you ate an enormous butterfly cookie, which may or may not have been a warning to butterflies to watch where they land next time.


Dear Anna & Tessa!

Dear Anna and Tessa,

Well, my beloved girls, I'm changing up the way I write to you. Here's the deal. I work on keeping lists of all the cool stuff you do month-to-month (quarter-to-quarter for Anna) and then try to recall every last little bit when I write your letters. Anna's last letter was such a huge challenge because there was just so much to tell. So from here on out, I'm off a schedule. I'm going to write to one or both of you when events warrant and when the mood strikes. As a result, I think you'll find much shorter letters, yes, but also letters that contain more detail about what I'm trying to capture for you. I hope this works for you!