I am an excellent reader, when I read. ADD/ADHD does cause me a few minor problems when I sit with a book, mostly the issue of re-reading the same paragraph several times in a row because I can’t seem to focus, but overall my speed and comprehension skills have always been above average.
In 2007, I upped my ‘pleasure reading’ – fiction, that is – to a new high. I had never been much of a fiction reader before, instead, I was typically buying frightening numbers of non-fiction geek references on code and the like. I made a choice to change in 2007 resulting in the most fiction I’ve ever read in a single year. Below are the books I started and finished within the last calendar year.
In no particular order, what I spent time on in 2007:
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis
What a deliciously messed up little book. Rude, harsh, and at times, oddly touching. The visuals this book will embed in your brain are not easy to banish. Liked it a lot.
Pretty good stuff and a well-paced read. I didn’t guess (fully) the outcome and I enjoyed the narrative. Interesting protagonist and secondary characters were easy to ‘see’. I’m looking forward to reading where this new novelist goes next.
This one is actually a travel memoir and the most irritating thing I’ve read in a long, long time. It chronicles the world travels of a complaining, drug-using, journalist. And his writer’s block. And his STD. I have never wanted to smack a man so much as I wanted to sock it to Geoff Dyer. He is an obviously talented writer (I do like his style) but for goodness sake, stop whining about your charmed and stoned, globetrotting life. I finished it only to be able to give the most informed complaint possible.
A treat. Imaginative, evocative, and an escape. Liked this a lot. I was a fan of Gaiman when his Sandman comics were in full swing and really enjoyed this book of short stories. I’ll likely read one of his full-length novels this year.
This book grabbed me right away with its imagery and characters. I not only loved the book (even the uncomfortable parts) but I could hardly put it down. It kept me awake and reading into the night until tears of exhaustion forced me to leave their world, close the cover, and get some sleep. Pacing was great and the characters were so well crafted. Loved it.
I think that’s all of them. The completed ones anyway. I have a couple of followup posts to release in the next day or two regarding the books I only started in 2007 (and didn’t finish for one reason or another), as well as a post on the books I’ve already begun reading in 2008. Stay tuned.
Please feel free to let me know your favourite read of the last twelve months. It doesn’t have to be published in 2007, only read in 2007. Thank you!