I’ve been feeling exceptionally booky lately, what with the conclusion of the 52 Book Project 2006 and getting my read on for 2007. What better way to delve deeper into this booky mood than to explore my ten favorite reads of last year?
(10) Guilty Pleasures was my first exposure to Laurell K. Hamilton and I was hooked from page one. I only wish the entire series had maintained the quality of the first several books.
(09) Anyone But You was one of the last of Jennifer Crusie’s books that I had to read. I finally found my copy on eBay- before this new edition was released- and I devoured it in an afternoon. Crusie refers to this book as “Fred’s Book,” due to the dog being as primary of a character as the hero and heroine. Loved it. In order to avoid duplicate authors on the list, I’ll throw Don’t Look Down, co-written by Bob Mayer, and The Cinderella Deal on here as well.
(08) Match Me If You Can was a great book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, another favorite author. She rarely disappoints and she has me eager for the next book in her Chicago Stars series.
(07) The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged by Stuart McLean snuck up on me. I picked it up at Wal-Mart on a lunch hour where I found myself with extra time and no reading material. I half-heartedly read the first short story and then set it down for quite some time. I read the second story a few weeks later and was giggling to myself on a bench in the mall. The third story had me full-scale laughing out loud in public without even thinking about how I must look. The stories range from toilet-training a cat to home-repairs, demolition-style and they’re absolutely hilarious. The author has a weekly radio show and now I just have to remember to tune in when it’s on!
(06) I had been waiting for Phantom by Terry Goodkind to come out for a year. The previous book in the series had left off on a cliff-hanger and I was reminded of why I don’t normally read a series until it’s completely written and published. I read this book quickly and, what do you know, another cliff-hanger. Here’s to hoping the next one comes out soon.
(05) Size 12 Is Not Fat was my first time reading Meg Cabot’s adult fiction and it was a lot of fun. Not a difficult read, by any means, and one that can be read in an hour or two of quality reading time, but one I’ll go back to time and again. It was light, cute, and funny. I just started the sequel, Size 14 Is Not Fat Either and I’m hopeful that it is just as good. How can you not love books with titles like these two?
(04) Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon was yet another foray into a new author and I wasn’t disappointed. My good friend Heather has been handing me paranormal books for the last year and she never lets me down. The covers and titles are deceiving- they aren’t your cheesy vampire/werewolf book.
(03) Sleeping With The Fishes made the list above any other Mary Janice Davidson book for two reasons. One being that it stands alone so I didn’t have to pick the best of a series and second because the book cover is fabulous. How did I miss so many great authors before this year? I’m seeing Mary Janice Davidson’s name all over the place now and am gobbling up her stories.
(02) Before I had even finished reading Little Earthquakes, I had to go out and buy a second copy to hand to my then-pregnant friend. I really really liked this book. I haven’t experienced motherhood yet, but this book felt to me like a more accurate portrayal than your average new-mom novel. It didn’t make it look easy or as natural as other books make it out to be. I appreciated that.
(01) Anita Shreve jumped onto my radar when I read The Last Time They Met a few years ago. This year’s experience with her was with a book called Sea Glass. As with the other books of hers that I’ve read, this one leaves you a bit stunned at the end. A good read, but one that requires your full attention.
Of course immediatly after I finished this list I thought of other books I read this year like My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, but if I didn’t limit it to ten, this list would go on through all 88 titles of 2006.
So far this year, I’m eight days in and three books completed and I can already tell it will be a tough choice to round it out to a favorite ten.