Thursday, December 27, 2007

Booking Through Thursday - Highlights

It’s an old question, but a good one... What were your favorite books this year?
List as many as you like - fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, science-fiction, business, travel, cookbooks - whatever the category. But, really, we’re all dying to know. What books were the highlight of your reading year in 2007?

In the beginning of the new year I'll be posting my list of books read in 2007 and discussing whether I've met my reading goals, but I am more than happy to "talk" about some of my favorite books from the past year right now.

I'll focus on fiction because that's what I read most.

Best fluffy read
The Royal Treatment by MaryJanice Davidson. I thought this was just a cute, fun read. I liked the alternate history aspect of it and that it didn't take itself too seriously.
My second choice would be the Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series by Charlaine Harris. So far I've read Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, and Dead as a Doornail (you can read some comments here). Apparently they are making a television series based on the novels. I'm not sure that I'll want to watch it.

Best new installment in a series
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde, the 5th book in the Thursday Next series. I love how this book illuminates Thursday's character and explains so much about how she acts in the earlier books. Fforde, and his seemingly boundless imagination, never fails to delight me.
Many a reader would choose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling for this honor, but not me (you can read my comments on book 7 here).

Best audio
The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, read by Shohreh Aghdashloo. I loved this book and I thought the audio version was absolutely fantastic (read my review).
My second choice would be The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber, read by Dennis O'Hare. I thought the book was enchanting and probably would have liked it just as much on paper. I have a hardcover copy on my wishlist.

Best adult fiction
I'm not going to try to pick one favorite. Here are some books that stuck out this year:
- Oracle Night by Paul Auster
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Audrey Niffenegger
- Torch by Cheryl Strayed (I read this one for WestofMars' Debut a Debut contest; read my review)

Best young adult fiction
Same as above.
- His Dark Materials series (The Golden Compass et al) by Philip Pullman (yes, I hadn't read this series before last March)
- LionBoy by Zizou Corder
- Magyk (Septimus Heap, book 1) by Angie Sage (a great start to the series, the other books thus far haven't been quite as good)

I also wanted to highlight some wonderful authors I discovered in 2007:
  • Shannon Hale, author of Goose Girl, Enna Burning, Princess Academy, River Secrets (read my review), Austenland, and The Book of a Thousand Days.

  • Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon's Arms (read my review), and numerous works of short fiction.
This was a wonderful question. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to recommend.


  1. As good list as any. I forgot to mention Khaled Hosseini!

    My list!

  2. Friends have recommend me to read Mary Janice Davidson but I haven't pick up on it yet. I guess eventually I will

    haven't even read book by Khaled Hosseini either but I just won a book "The Kite Runner", can't wait to read it

    Gret list...Happy BTT!

  3. I was trying to explain Jasper fforde to a friend only this afternoon. It isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. You can see the eyes starting to drift as you mention Pickwick, and the moment you reach the migrating mammoths you've really lost them. The only thing to do is give her a copy of The Eyre Affair and let her get on with it!

  4. I have Time Travellers Wife on my TBR pile, will be reading it soon!

  5. I love Sookie Stackhouse and have to agree that I probably won't watch any TV series based on the books. Completely agree about Jasper Fforde and table talk I have friends who run screaming whenever I mention his name. When I first read His Dark Materials I had to keep pinching myself that these were books for children. I haven't read any of your other authors, although The Kite Runner is buried in my extensive "to be read" pile, but great list and great blog.

  6. I loved The time travellers wife I cried my eyes out! The Golden Compass (Northern Lights in the UK) is one of my favourite books of all time.
    You had lots of interesting books on your list that I'll have to check out.

  7. I still haven't read the His Dark Materials series. It just hasn't appealed to me. Happy BTT.

  8. I'll be getting the audio book for A Thousand Splendid Suns. I've read The Kite Runner and enjoyed it very much.

    A very thorough list and I've enjoyed your sharing very much. Many thanks! :D