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Books of 2006 (crossposted to bookcrossing and booktards)
Here are all the books I read in 2006, in the order in which I finished them:

Fiction
  1. Mujeres Alteradas 1 by Maitena Burundarena (8/10)
  2. Bleak House by Charles Dickens (10/10)
  3. The Lost Get-Back Boogie by James Lee Burke (7/10)
  4. The Absence of Nectar by Kathy Hepinstall (7/10)
  5. Curvas Peligrosas by Maitena Burundarena (10/10)
  6. Drama City by George Pelecanos (8/10)
  7. Middlemarch by George Eliot (9/10)
  8. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (10/10)
  9. The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke (8/10)
  10. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (10/10)
  11. Candide by Voltaire (9/10)
  12. The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos (9/10)
  13. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (9/10)
  14. Little Children by Tom Perrotta (7/10)
  15. Beware of God by Shalom Auslander (8/10)
  16. Mission to America by Walter Kirn (9/10)
  17. Sightseeing by Rattawat Lapcharoensap (8/10)
  18. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (9/10) (a reread)
  19. The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell (8/10)
  20. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (8/10)

Nonfiction

  1. Travels with Alice by Calvin Trillin (4/10)
  2. Granta 90: Country Life (9/10)
  3. Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop (8/10)
  4. George Sand: A Biography by Curtis Cate (8/10)
  5. The Long Goodbye to Pinochet by Ariel Dorfman (7/10)
  6. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov (9/10)
  7. The Rosetta Bone by Cheryl Smith (8/10)
  8. The Fat Girl's Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker (5/10)
  9. How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton (9/10)
  10. The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw (7/10)
  11. Julie & Julia by Julie Powell (7/10)
  12. Queenan Country by Joe Queenan (8/10)
  13. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (10/10)
  14. A Dog Year by Jon Katz (8/10)

My favorite book of the year was Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Other standouts included:
  • Bleak House
  • Maitena Burundarena's comics
  • The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos—the best book I've read yet by my favorite mystery writer
  • Mrs. Dalloway—I've loved this book for years, but I never actually finished it until 2006.
  • Mission to America by Walter Kirn—when I finished it I wrote: "It's got it all: road-trip action, lifestyles of the rich and famous, blistering insights on male-female relationships and what it means to be American, plus a bonus tip: how to tell from her hairstyle whether she's a top or a bottom!"
  • George Sand's biography—her novels are mostly forgotten, for good reason. I think her best legacy is her amazing life.
  • Garlic and Sapphires—I love Ruth Reichl's memoirs, and this is the most interesting of the three installments I've read.

The first book I finished in 2006 was a total stinker, Calvin Trillin's Travels with Alice. I had enjoyed some of his journalistic writing, but in this book he really annoyed me with his bite-by-bite accounts of every single meal he and his family ever ate in France, and the way he kept referring to Alice, his wife, as the Principessa. I didn't really read another bad book until I was housesitting for a friend and I picked up The Fat Girl's Guide to Life from her shelf. I didn't have high expectations, but even those were disappointed by this rambling mess of autobiography and TMI. Other than those two, it was a good reading year. I didn't get the quantity so much, but I tried to keep it quality.

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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: January 1st, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
his obvious intelligence and his social conscience

Yeah, those things really shine through in his writing. Some of the insights in (I think it was) Last Car to Elysian Fields on things like the appeal of the evil good ol' boy type, and the hypochondria of mobsters, totally stunned me.
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