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Thursday, December 27, 2007


For several years, I’ve kept a journal specifically for writing down the books I’ve read. Title, author, and date read. It’s fun to look back over what I’ve read in the past and recall a certain passion the books invoked. Normally I read about 50 books a year. This year I’ve devoted more time to writing and less to reading so have finished only 40 books. Looking back, though, I noticed several were books on craft which take a little longer especially if I do the exercises most of them suggest. Another observation was that I read quite a number of fun books . . . those that were spoofs or outrageous in some way that balanced out the heavier, more thought-provoking reads.

So, for what it’s worth . . . here are my top picks for 2007. Twelve in all since I gave Susan Meissner’s trilogy three spots. The top two tied for first—the others are in no particular order.

1. Chasing Fireflies—Charles Martin
2. Water for Elephants—Sara Gruen
3. Quaker Summer—Lisa Samson
4. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs—Alexander McCall Smith
5. Widows and Orphans—Susan Meissner
6. Sticks and Stones—Susan Meissner
7. Days and Hours—Susan Meissner
8. Peace Like a River—Leif Enger
9. Informed Consent—Sandra Glahn
10. How To Write a Damn Good Mystery—James N. Frey
11. Nobody—Creston Mapes
12. Leaper—Geoffrey Wood (although technically this book doesn’t release until January, I predict you will be hearing a lot about it)

Several authors who are “new” to me are on the list as well as some long-time favorites. As a matter of fact, I had to be pretty discerning to narrow it down to twelve. 2007 was a super reading year for me. How about you? Any great books you’ve read recently that you’d like to tell me about?

I’ll be putting together my “Must Read” list for 2008 in a few days. I’d love to hear your recommendations.


One More Writer said...

Ah, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs! Not many people know have read that one, but my husband and I LOVED that whole trilogy. So funny! They reminded us of P.G. Wodehouse!

Erica Vetsch said...

Great list!

A couple of books stand out for me in 2007.

Arms of Deliverance by Tricia Goyer


Try Dying by James Scott Bell

carla stewart said...

Thanks, Erica, for the suggestions. I've heard a lot about Tricia's book and of course, enjoyed JS Bell at the conference in Dallas.
D'Ann, I like all of Alexander McCall Smith's books that I've read--quite a few of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. I'll look for the other two in the "Finer Points of the Sausage Dog" trilogy. He cracks me up.
Happy reading in 2008.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!