27 December 2007

BTT on 12/27

A Very Interesting Question, one i had intended to post about anyway!

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?
I have several. Though i didn't start blogging books until February and i don't know what i read in January, I'd say my favorites in no particular order: The Watchmen, Rebecca, Ender's Game, The Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Golden Compass. There were several more that were close but not quite to my top 6. I'd say i am a bit surprised. Three books that fall under young adult? A graphic novel from the 80's? A gothic romance from the 30's? The Kushiel series at least makes sense: a lush, complex fantasy world full of strong characters with several books to delve into is exactly what i enjoy. And I knew Harry Potter, unless it ended with everybody dying, was going to be a new favorite.

Most hated? Wuthering Heights and Wild Seed. at least picking the bad ones was easy! I actually didn't have too many i really didn't like, though i know there were a few i didn't finish and therefore didn't write about. Weirdly i didn't put any non-fiction on my favorites list. i did read quite a few but going back over i don't know that any were really spectacular; a lot of stuff that i wouldn't reread, which to me is a major sign of a good work. I read a lot of timely stuff, about environmentalism or politics, as well as some memoirs which really don't lend themselves to rereads.

Updated later, because now that i got linked to i wanted to have a bit more substance:
Totals, not counting what i finish up the next few days
All books read:67
Non-fiction: 18
Audio: 4

2 comments:

  1. Rebecca is fabulous, isn't it? I've had that on my reread list for the last couple of years and am disappointed that I haven't gotten back to it. I actually enjoy both movie versions of it, but the more recent BBC/A&E version of it is more accurate to the story.

    And of course if you've read my review you know that I was blown away by Ender's Game. I am loving Speaker for the Dead every bit as much. And War of Gifts was a great little short story.

    I have wanted to own the Kushiel series just for the John Jude Palencar covers. I am so disappointed that the fourth one had cover art by some other artist. Ugh! If you did reviews of these I'll have to go check them out as I've always wondered about the stories themselves.

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  2. I didn't exactly review the Carey books, it was more like "these were great" posts. It is a wonderfully well developed world and i particularly liked the religious system. there's sex, but not too much considering the narrator is a prostitute.

    And i had wondered why the last book had such a different picture, thanks for the info on the artist!

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