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I read 118 books in 2007, an average of 9.8 books per month. I've increased the total number of books every year since I started keeping track, from 104 to 110 to 113 in the past three years. I don't know if I'm getting faster at speed-reading or if the books are smaller. Though some of the books I read this year could totally be used in house-building as bricks, so I don't think that's it.

Best books of 2007 (in no particular order and including no re-reads):

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Mystic and Rider books by Sharon Shinn
Spoken Here by Mark Abley
Something Rising (Light & Swift) by Haven Kimmel
Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
Niagara Falls All Over Again by Elizabeth McCracken
The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

I can't list the best films that I saw this year because they were so few. It's a sad thing to admit that I so rarely see movies anymore and when I do, they are invariably child-friendly or several years old.

Family highlights of 2007:

Anders getting a new job
Karin starting karate
Martin starting piano
Taking the family to the States for Easter
Celebrating my sister's wedding
Martin entering double digits
Getting new family portraits taken
Karin conquering the track on her mini motorcycle
Visits from John and Lizardmom
Buying new furniture, building a porch and revamping the front garden
Getting through Lizardmom's cancer scare

Personal highlights of 2007:

Losing 13.5 kilos (pre-Christmas-cookies)
Completely overhauling the AWC Malmö website
Becoming a "published" author :)
Meeting bluepoppy and mytopography and the Brombie Mob at Soliden
Meeting up with thistimearound, e11en, and sealwhiskers in person
Getting serious about recycling

Best musical discoveries of 2007:

K.T. Tunstall
Corinne Bailey Rae
Jann Arden
Anna Nalick
Vienna Teng
Jamie Cullum
Katy Pfaffl
Avocado Club
Anne Heaton

Some manageable goals for 2008:

Start art again!
Travel to Prague
Lose another 25 pounds
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