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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Favorite books of 2007

I'm enjoying reading the many "favorite books" lists on various blogs and forums (or is that forii?). Thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. Perhaps you'll see something that interests you and join us on the Day Of Reading!

Riding the Iron Rooster - Paul Theroux
He traveled through Communist China by train (just a little before Tianamen Square). I enjoyed this because he appreciated the Chinese people and yet didn't miss their foibles. Helped prepare me for my trip to China.

Brave New World - Aldous Huxely
A classic from 1930's. Shockingly prophetic look into the "future". Here are some posts inspired by reading this book: here and here and here and an excellent article. (The edition I've linked to has some contemporary responses in the back, which I enjoyed reading, too.)

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Houseini
I liked this one even better than Kite Runner, which was good.

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortensen
Excellent true story of one man's life mission to villagers in the high Himalays/Hindu Kush around Pakistan and Afghanistan. I should say his was not a Christian mission, but he was doing missionary-type work. He began his mission before 9/11, but has been able to continue it after as well. (In fact, he was there at the time of 9/11 and had a hairy escape from the country.)

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson Laugh out loud funny memoirs of his life growing up in the 50's. Some other greats by Bryson that I've thoroughly enjoyed: A Walk in the Woods(Bryson attempts the Appalachian Trail) and In a Sunburned Country(Bryson visits and writes about modern-day Australia). In fact, I'd confidently purchase any book by him. Be warned - he does use some bad language; however, it is not gratuitous nor frequent.

2 comments:

Ruth said...

I enjoyed your booklist, and have put a couple on reserve at the library.

Kathleen Hamilton said...

The plural (at least the real plural) of forum is fora ;-).

I read two of the same books last year that you did--Brave New World, a re-read, and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I haven't read (and don't plan to read) Houseini's other book, but I loved this one.