Monday, December 31, 2007

Top 10 Books of 2007

All told I read 77 books this year. When I first counted them up I thought to myself, "SEVENTY-SEVEN!? That seems a little low for someone who spent a hell of a lot of time with her nose in a book!"

But then I remembered that there are only 52 weeks in a year, meaning that on average I read 1.48 books per week.

Accordingly, I jumped up and ran four or five victory laps around my coffee table.

So which of the Seventy and Seven were the best?

I'm glad you asked. I've done a lot of hemming and hawing over which books I liked the best, and basically it came down to the ones that really stuck with me. There's a precarious balance between reading something you're comfortable with and something that pushes the boundaries of convention to achieve something really remarkable. For me, these were the books that really captured me.

In the Adult Fiction category:
5. Baby Proof - by Emily Giffin
4. The Memory Keepers Daughter - by Kim Edwards
3. A Thousand Splendid Suns - by Khaled Hosseini
2. Austenland - by Shannon Hale
1. Love Walked In - by Marisa de los Santos (my review)

In the Young Adult Fiction category:
(FYI, many of these are series, and as such I recommend them as an entire series.)
5. Faerie Wars (3) - by Herbie Brennan
4. Blue Bloods (2) - by Melissa de la Cruz
3. Eclipse - by Stephenie Meyer
2. Attolia Series: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia - by Megan Whalen Turner
1. Wicked Lovely - by Melissa Marr
An honorable mention goes to The Myth of You and Me, by Leah Stewart, as the only book that I read twice this year. (Quite by accident. I just really like it, so I'll pick it up every so often.) I recommend this book if you have ever had a best friend that you don't talk to anymore. And even though said friend could be accurately described as a pushy bitch, you find yourself dreaming about her a lot and wonder what ever became of her. Those formative years .... they really stick with you. eh?

I hope you had a wonderful reading year too! I'd love to hear what books made your list for the year. Don't hold out on me now.


Miss Hass said...

I quite enjoyed both Baby Proof and The Memory Keepers' Daughter. I definitely want to read the rest of your list since maybe we have similar tastes.

I'm very impressed with the number of books you read. Amazing!

liloat said...

Slacker! I read 147 books this year. I guess that means I am nerdier than my librarian sister. Of course, almost half of my books I didn't read, I listened to them on tape, but I still think it counts.