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Favorite Books of 2007

[Note:  I know... this is two long posts in (almost) one day because I wanted to get my book list together, and I wanted to do my Friday Fun Song.  Don't miss the post below on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Brian Setzer and Ann-Margret.]

Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books this weekend will be about books read in 2007.  I've been looking forward to reading everyone's lists and getting new book ideas.  It was easy to put my list together since I keep a log of the books I read, and I star the best ones.  Here are my favorites of 2007:

Rather than recognizing our unworthiness to receive this completely undeserved gift from God, we want to believe that, on balance, something in our lives merits the good that comes our way, that we deserve whatever gifts we receive.  And if we find it difficult to accept grace for ourselves, how much more unwilling are we to have it handed to others?

  • Vows:  The Story of a Priest, a Nun, and Their Son - Peter Manseau.  One of the things I love about blogs is being able to read the stories others have to tell of their lives.  This is Peter Manseau's story of his parents' lives (starting in the 1950's) and his life- intertwined with the story of the Catholic Church in Boston for those decades.
  • Enchantment_2 Enchantment - Orson Scott Card.  I love excellent, fantasy retellings of old stories.  This one retells a Russian version of Sleeping Beauty involving Baba Yaga and other Russian legends but also involving airplanes and modern scholarship. 
  • Stardust - Neil Gaiman.  A wonderful fantasy.  My review here.
  • Sunshine - Robin McKinley.  Fantasy and vampires.  I'm not usually a vampire fan so it's got to be a good book!  My review here.
  • Book of Atrix Wolfe - Patricia McKillip.  Her books create beautiful, detailed, but not always totally understandable worlds.  I ration them out to myself. 
  • Immortal Coil - Jeffrey Lang.  Yes, I'm a Trekkie.  This is a very interesting, Next Generation, mystery which also deals with the nature of personhood.
  • Goodmendo The Good That Men Do - Mangels/Martin.  Another Star Trek novel, this one a retelling of the last episode of Star Trek:  Enterprise.  For those of us who hated the way that episode turned out, this story gets it right.
  • The Eyre Affair - Jaspar Fforde.  Another fun romp in a world somewhat like ours, but with a very thin barrier between reality and fiction. 
  • The Well-Adjusted Child - Rachel Gathercole.  About the homeschooling "socialization" question.  She looks at it from every angle and with numerous examples.  Since she's in my homeschooling group, I know a number of the families quoted which made the book even more fun!
  • The Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett.  Set in his Discworld - a humorous adventure retelling Macbeth from the point of view of the witches.   I also enjoyed one of the sequels, Lords and Ladies, which retells A Midsummer Night's Dream (well, sort of).  I'm also rationing his books out to myself.
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.  I almost forgot this one because I don't always remember to add books I own to my book log.  I loved it, and now we're ready to watch the movie which, at this very moment, is winging its way to us from Netflix.
  • Dragon Rider - Cornelia Funke.  I also forget to add books I read aloud to my own list (plus we own it).  Unlikely heroes on an adventure to save the dragons.

My list is much heavier on fiction than a similar list would have been last year.  This makes me happy because, for a few years, I've had a difficult time focusing on fiction so I'm glad to get back to it. 

Comments

Framed

Great list. I've added a couple of these books to my list of TBR. I enjoyed Enchantment and Stardust as well.

moominpapa

You know, one of the privileges of living with you is that I get all these great books scoped for me. Since I'm the slow reader in the house, and don't get out to libraries much, this is a big benefit. I find that several of these (Enchanted, which I had actually read before, Stardust and Sunshine) are at the top of my list for reading in 2007. Others (like Bridget Jones' Diary) I would probably never have read without your recommendation (and I'd have been poorer for missing it). Still others I only browsed through (If Grace is So Amazing..., The Yellow Lighted Bookshop, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers..., Boys Adrift, A Perfect Mess), but learned some interesting things and got into some interesting conversations with you. And the conversations were even better than the books. And that's the icing on the cake of living with you.

Cindy Swanson

Great list...a few I've never heard of that aound intriguing.

And Pride and Prejudice? One of my favorites of all time.

M Light

Thank you all. I was surprised at how many really good books I ran across this year!

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