26 books 2007: round-up

I haven't managed to finish book 35 so here's the round-up of what I read this year: January Byzantium Endures by Michael Moorcock

February The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene Bangkok Eight by John Burdett Restless by William Boyd

March Towards The End Of The Morning by Michael Frayn The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall The Successor by Ismail Kadare

April The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod Radiohead: Welcome To The Machine by Tim Footman

May If On A Winter's Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford Falling Man by Don DeLillo

June The Trial by Franz Kafka The Wire: Truth Be Told by Rafael Alvarez A Void by Georges Perec

July Everything Bad Is Good For You by Steven Johnson Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb The Man In The High Castle by Philip K Dick Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling Kingdom Come by JG Ballard

August The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss

September Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin A Question Of Blood by Ian Rankin The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks The Long Tail by Chris Anderson House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski

October Amerika (The Man Who Disappeared) by Franz Kafka

November The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carre True Grit by Charles Portis

December Testaments Betrayed by Milan Kundera

By the end of September I was on track for 40 books but I flagged a little in the last few months.

A few stats:

  • As with last year, the books are listed in the month I reviewed them rather than the month I read them
  • Only two of the books were written by women, although that is two better than last year
  • Eight of the books were non-fiction
  • Six of the books were translations
  • Five of the books were published in 2007
  • Two of the books were published before 1944

26 books 2007: books 32 and 33

I've polished off two more books while on holiday. You can read what I thought of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and True Grit over at 26 books. My next book presents a dilemma. It's a collection of short stories that were originally published in eight separate volumes. In total though they amount to just over 500 pages. Do I count them as eight books because that's how they were published or as one? Decisions, decisions.