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Books of 2007 December 31, 2007

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Books.

With another year drawing to a close, here’s a look back at the reading list that was:

Chris Anderson

The Long Tail

Kate Atkinson

Case Histories

Julian Barnes

Arthur & George

Bill Bryson

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid

Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a traveler

Thomas H. Davenport and Jeanne G. Harris

Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning

Jasper Fforde

The Fourth Bear

Robert H. Frank

The Economic Naturalist

Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan

Chances Are…(Adventures in Probability)

Garry Kasparov

How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves from the Board to the Boardroom

Erik Larson

Devil in the White City

Stephen Leeb and Donna Leeb

The Oil Factor: Protect Yourself and Profit from the Coming Energy Crisis

Benoit Mandelbrot and Richard L. Hudson

The (Mis)Behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Risk, Ruin and Reward

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Hundred Years of Solitude

Henry Mintzberg, Bruce Ahlstrand and Joseph Lampel

Strategy Bites Back: It is a Lot More, and a Lot Less, Than You Ever Imagined

Haruki Murakami

after the quake

Dance Dance Dance

The Elephant Vanishes

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

I. J. Parker

Demon Scroll

Rashomon Gate

Black Arrow

Isle of Exiles

Marisha Pessl

Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book I)

The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Book II)

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, Book III)

José Rizal

Noli Me Tangere (Translated by Harold Augenbraum)

J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan (The Impact of the Highly Improbable)

The tally is thirty-one books, just slightly more than my modest annual target of twenty-six. In all, it’s a better mix than last year’s and betrays my penchant for following specific authors (see Murakami, Parker, Pullman and Fforde).

As for 2008, my reading list is already shaping up to be just as interesting with at least six books on my queue. I’ll get around to them soon enough, and as always suggestions are most welcome.



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