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2007 – Looking Back in Books

I have to say I was surprised to find that I managed to read 25 26 books in 2007. Didn’t feel like that many, probably because I haven’t read anything new in the last month, and because – and this was a bit of a shocker – that 15 16 of the books I read were re-reads, although two of those were first read more than a decade back, so they hardly count.

When I look at the list, I see how easily I fall into books I have around the house: They get picked up while the computer’s warming up or while I’m eating breakfast or while the family watches American Idol and I want to be in the room with them, but not necessarily with Ryan, Simon, Randy and Paula. And still my Goodreads list continues to grow. (Hell, I haven’t even added the books jotted down on the scraps of paper in my top right desk drawer yet.) I need to get to the library more.

Shadows of the Empire – Steve Perry (finished around Jan. 28): Star Wars candy.

Rainbows End – Vernor Vinge (Feb. 6)

Han Solo at Stars’ End; Han Solo’s Revenge; Han Solo and the Lost Legacy – Brian Daley (from Feb. 6 to Feb 19) – As usual, Star Wars-related stuff, being pretty much available all over the house, gets re-read often.

The Giver – Lois Lowry (Feb. 16)

Literary Journalism – edited by Norman Sims and Mark Kramer (late March; read at work during lunch breaks)

Specter of the Past; Vision of the Future – Timothy Zahn (March; at home) – "I’ll take ‘More Star Wars Stuff John’s Read for $600, Alex."

Identity Crisis – comic trade paperback by Brad Meltzer ( April 9-13)

Ernest Hemingway on Writing – edited by Larry W. Phillips (April 29)

I Am the Cheese – Robert Cormier (May 29) – This is the first re-read that shouldn’t really count because I hadn’t read it since I was in college.

Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone (started/finished around July 28th) – Okay, here’s the deal with the upcoming run through the HP books: When Deathly Hallows came out at the end of July, I read it aloud to my daughter, as I had the previous six. However, since this was the first one we were sharing brand new together, I promised her I would NOT. READ. AHEAD. When I’m in the Potterverse, I get so wrapped up in the stories that I plow through them even when I’m trying to read slow, so to satisfy my fix as we shared Deathly Hallows in small, nightly doses, I re-read the first six books. Thus:

Chamber of Secrets (July 30); Prisoner of Azkaban (Aug.3)

Deathly Hallows (The out-loud reading with my daughter wrapped up Aug. 5 in a marathon five-hour session that left my voice froggish for the next day or two. It was awesome.)

Goblet of Fire (Aug. 15) – Because, duh, I couldn’t just stop. And besides, having just finished the final book made for some interesting reading of books four, five and six, when the endgame pieces start shifting into long-range position.

Order of the Phoenix (Aug. 26)

Half-Blood Prince (Aug. 31)

Deathly Hallows (Yes, again, this time on my own, having just watched everything unfold leading up to it. Finished Sept 23, meaning that over a two-month period, I pretty much read nothing but Harry Potter.)

The Pornographic Flabbergasted Emus – Wred Fright (Oct. 3) – I knew Wred from my days on-air at WBGU, and this was a fun and bizarre trip back to that era.

Dancing Barefoot – Wil Wheaton (mid/late Nov.)

The Happiest Days of Our Lives – Wil Wheaton (mid/late Nov.)

Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (mid/late Nov.) – This is the second re-read on the list that may as well have been new because I hadn’t read it since my sophomore year of college. I remember liking it well enough, but this time around, it just floored me.

Avengers: Disassembled – comic trade paperback (Dec. 2) by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch.

Time Untamed – short stories by Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Clifford Simak, L. Sprague DeCamp, Theodore Sturgeon, John Wyndham and Fritz Leiber.  Read this piece by piece during December. The Bradbury story, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow," is one of my favorites.


January 2, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Current Affairs, Fiction, Ohio


  1. Books I read in 2007…
    1. Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland’s FM Air Wars – Mike Olszewski (In preparation for my Pop Conference presentation.)
    2. Marley & Me – John Grogan
    3. Why Do Dogs Drink from the Toilet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered About Canine Conundrums, Medical Mysteries and Befuddling Behaviors – Marty Becker, DVM, and Gina Spadafori
    4. Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White (read with my son)
    5. The Cricket in Times Square – George Selden (read with my son)
    6. Boffo!: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb – Peter Bart
    7. Crossing Decembers – John Booth
    8. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (trade paperback) – Frank Miller (NOT read with my son)
    9. The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary (read with my son)
    10. Star Wars, Volume 1: Heir to the Empire – Timothy Zahn (Thanks, John.)
    11. The Uncanny X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (trade paperback) – Chris Claremont and John Byrne (The gateway drug back into comics.)
    12. The Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past (trade paperback) – Chris Claremont and John Byrne
    13. Zodiac – Robert Graysmith
    14. Secret Wars (trade paperback) – Jim Shooter
    15. Runaway Ralph – Beverly Cleary (read with my son)
    16. Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (trade paperback) – Jim Shooter, et al.
    17. Star Wars, Volume 2: Dark Force Rising – Timothy Zahn (Thanks, John.)
    18. The Avengers: The Origin of the Vision (trade paperback) – Stan Lee, Roy Thomas
    19. Star Wars, Volume 3: The Last Command – Timothy Zahn (Thanks, John.)
    20. Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever – Filip Bondy
    21. The Avengers: Vision and the Scarlet Witch (trade paperback) – Steve Englehart, Bill Mantlo
    22. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Vol. 1 (trade paperback) – Larry Hama
    23. Alpha Flight: Classic (trade paperback) – John Byrne
    24. Avengers Disassembled (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    25. Daredevil – Visionaries: Frank Miller, Volume 3 (trade paperback) – Frank Miller
    26. House of M (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    27. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides (Great book. Can’t believe I hadn’t read this before. Still need to see the movie.)
    28. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted (trade paperback) – Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
    29. Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling (I KNEW Dumbledore was gay!)
    30. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 2: Dangerous (trade paperback) – Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
    31. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 3: Torn (trade paperback) – Joss Whedon, John Cassaday
    32. The Road to Civil War (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    33. Map of Bones: A Sigma Force Novel – James Rollins
    34. Civil War (trade paperback) – Mark Millar
    35. Fantastic Four – Visionaries: John Byrne, Volume 1 (trade paperback) – John Byrne
    36. The New Avengers, Vol. 1: Breakout! (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    37. The New Avengers, Vol. 2: Sentry (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    38. The New Avengers, Vol. 3: Secrets & Lies (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    39. The New Avengers, Vol. 4: The Collective (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    40. The New Avengers, Vol. 5: Civil War (trade paperback) – Brian Michael Bendis
    41. Civil War: Fantastic Four (trade paperback) – J. Michael Straczynski
    42. The Unauthorized Star Wars Compendium: The Complete Guide to the Movies, Comic Books, Novels, and More – Ted Edwards (Surprisingly entertaining read. John, you need to pick this up.)
    43. Daredevil – Visionaries: Frank Miller, Volume 2 (trade paperback) – Frank Miller
    44. Civil War: Captain America (trade paperback) – Ed Brubaker
    45. The Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist (trade paperback) – Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction
    46. Dancing Barefoot – Wil Wheaton (Thanks, John.)
    47. The Happiest Days of Our Lives – Wil Wheaton (Thanks, John.)
    48. Watchmen (trade paperback) – Alan Moore (Thanks, John.)
    Along with hundreds (yes, hundreds) of current first-run comic books over the course of the year… including the lead up to and aftermath from the death of Captain America, Avengers (both New and Mighty), and the new Thor and Immortal Iron Fist runs.
    Book I’m currently reading so I’m not sure if it should be the last entry on this list or the first entry on the 2008 list…
    • Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography – David Michaelis (Excellent read so far.)

    Comment by Adam | January 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. “8. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (trade paperback) – Frank Miller (NOT read with my son)”
    Well-played, sir.

    Comment by JohnB | January 3, 2008 | Reply

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