Thursday, December 27, 2007

Best Books of 2007?

A good book is always on tap; it may be decanted and drunk a hundred times, and it is still there for further imbibement. ~Holbrook Jackson

Booking Through Thursday

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?

You know what's sad? I can only think of a couple of books that were new reads for me in 2007 that I truly enjoyed. Most were pretty forgettable.

One I thought was fantastic was "Agnes and the Hitman" by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. What an unexpected book! A hitman as hero? A chef with anger issues? Pink Flamingos? A rich secondary cast? I loved this book and will go back and visit it again soon.

Another book I read that I wouldn't have if not for The Long and the Short of It reviews, was "Rules of Gentility" by Janet Mullany. I'm not a big regency fan, so don't seek out those types of books, but we'd received this for her author spotlight, and I needed to do a review. I was thoroughly pleased by this book! It's silly to recreate the wheel, so you can read how pleased here in my review.

I'm in the middle of a silly, well-written romance right now that I have to talk about as well: The Invasion of Falgannon Isle by Deborah MacGillivray. This is another book I "have" to read for LASR -- and I'm laughing my way through. If you're willing to suspend disbelief a bit, dive into this book for fun, three-dimensional characters and a unique storyline.

I also discovered Kerrelyn Sparks, again because of a book I "have" to read. I've heard of her, but never quite got the motivation to grab one of her books. I have the ARC to "The Undead Next Door", and realized the moment I started it that there were books that came before. So I went and picked them up. I finished "How To Marry a Vampire Millionaire" in two days! Funny, interesting, well-written. Yep. I'm a big fan now.

I have a laundry list of books to read based on my reviewers "best book" recommendations, so hopefully next year I'll have many more awesome stories to tell you about!

What about you? What are some of the best books you've read this year?

Your Daily Dakota (at least until she grows up to be a big, ugly dog *G*):


You Are 56% Gross

You're more than a little gross, but probably no more gross than the average person.
Maybe it's time to drop some of those disgusting habits that could eventually embarrass you!

And, now you know my secret -- I do, indeed, let my dog kiss me.


OneLuvGurl said...

I didn't like the ending of Cell, either, but the build up was good and I am a fan of King, so it is really hard for me to say I don't like something of his.

Happy BTT!

I let my dogs kiss my lips, too!

Allie Boniface said...

Does that dog do anything except sleep? :)

Alice Teh said...

I'm contemplating "How To Marry a Vampire Millionaire". Sounds like fun. :D

I also updated my list by highlighting my top 5 favourite books. Thanks for the nudge!

Barbara H. said...

"Rules of Gentility" by Janet Mullany sounds good!

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

gautami tripathy said...

Are those romances? I am currently reading a few romances by Belva Plain, Brenda Joyce, Catherine Coulter and Janet Daily!

Literary Feline said...

Agnes and the Hitman sounds like a fun read. I'll have to look for that one! I read Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong earlier this year with a hitwoman protagonist. It was more serious than funny, but still an entertaining read.

Melissa said...

You Are 40% Gross

You're a tad gross, but generally you're a clean, hygienic person.
No one can be perfectly clean all the time, and it's better to be human than a neat freak.

Julia said...

I have read books by Jennifer Crusie and have enjoy them. I have copy of "Agnes and the Hitman" in my TBR pile but haven't read it yet. However I did read the first book that Jennifer and Bob has wrote together : "Don't Look Down" and really enjoy that one!

It interesting that you post a comment at my blog, that you have like most of the books that I listed for this week BTT --- I'm curious to know which books :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog...Happy BTT !

Crafty Green Poet said...

Interesting to read about your favourites, not read any of them myself!

Tori Lennox said...

That puppy is soooo cute!!!

You Are 28% Gross

You're a tad gross, but generally you're a clean, hygienic person.
No one can be perfectly clean all the time, and it's better to be human than a neat freak.

groovyoldlady said...

I'm 52% gross, so I'm not as disgusting as you are. ;-)

My 3 fave books this year are the two #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books(McCall Smith) - I have every intention of reading the entire series and then reading it AGAIN - and the one I got from you: "Pi and the Fabulosa (slightly married) 24 Hour Man by Dana Mentink".

I'm not nuts about the one I'm reading for review, but I'm going to buckle down and finish it and write the review THIS WEEKEND so I can move on.

Brandy said...

If I were to make a list, Agnes and the Hitman would go on it. I loved that book!

I am 4% Gross: You're not gross, but you tend to think everyone else is. And you're right... they are!
Some people may think you're a neat freak, but at least you'll never die of flesh eating bacteria.

I actually agree with this one! *G*

Have a wonderful day!

Melody said...

I have read a few books by Jennifer Crusie and find them a great and entertaining read. I will have to check out Agnes and the Hitman, thanks for the recommendation!

Dru said...

I loved Agnes and the Hitman.

I'm also 4% gross.

Julia said...

Thanks for answering the question at my blog, Marianne :)

I hope you have good weekend :)