31 December 2007

Round up of 2007

2007 was a good year for my reading, better than ever before.

I read 87 books, of which:

20 were non fiction
67 were fiction, of which

29 were originally English
20 were from French
8 were from German (6 of them by Zweig)
5 were from Russian
3 were from Spanish
1 was from Hungarian
1 was from Serbo-Croat

Classics newly read - Ulysses, Germinal
Classics reread - Crime and Punishment, Darkness at Noon

Best fiction read

Liquidation by Imre Kertesz
Germinal by Emile Zola
Fantastic Night and other stories by Stefan Zweig
Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
The Unknown Masterpiece by Balzac
Homo Faber by Max Frisch
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Headlong by Michael Frayn

Best non-fiction

Fiasco by Thomas E Ricks
Lawless World by Philippe Sands
Nine Suitcases by Bela Zsolt

Discoveries of the year: Stefan Zweig, Sinclair Lewis

Next year's plans:

Zola's Rougon-Macquart cycle
Balzac's major works
Life and Fate
The Man Without Qualities
Classic to reread - Anna Karenina

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