When Becky announced that she is hosting the Bookworms Carnival in January, theme being the Best of 2007, I wanted to do more than just a list. So I came up with the book-a-rama Awards © 2007. Like that? ;) I'm going to give the best and the worst books of 2007 an award of my own making. Yes, I have too much time on my hands.
Looking back, I wonder if the highest ratings I've given out were deserving or just given in the afterglow of a good read. Have they stuck with me? Do I feel the same now? Let's take a look.
Best Survival Story Award: The Boleyn Inheritance I know Gregory writes fictional accounts of real events, but if Henry was even remotely the tyrant portrayed in the book, it amazes me that Anne of Cleves survived. Henry was lopping off heads left and right. That she not only survived but thrived (big house in the country!) makes her my #1 survivor of 2007.
Best Love Story Award: The Time Traveler's Wife What an emotional story of two people in love in unusual circumstances. It was an unbelievable story that felt believable.
Best Protagonist & Best Pleasant Surprise: A Two-fer and a tie. O Pioneers! and Dead of the Day. Before you say 'WTF?' Yes, they are two completely two different authors in different genres in different centuries but... I never read anything from either Willa Cather or Karen E Olson before. I had no expectations. By the end of these novels, I was a fan. And pleasantly surprised. Both novels had incredibly strong female protagonists who, in their own way, took on big challenges and met them.
Best Scared the Be-Jebus Out of Me Award: The Handmaid's Tale A chilling glimpse of the future. I recommend this for book clubs, especially women's book clubs. So much fodder for discussion is in this book.
Best Girl Power Award: The Birth House Very timely. Women are exploring their options in terms of childbirth today. Whether it's at home or in a hospital, the choices are finally theirs. This book is set in the era when the midwife was about to be replaced by sterile hospitals.
Best Creepy yet Compelling Award: Lolita Humbert Humbert is a pervert, a child molester but so arrogant he had me laughing at him. The writing is perfect and lyrical.
Will it be a classic 100 years from now? Probably not, but it was a fun read.
Best Atmosphere Award: The Thirteenth Tale Reading this in October was the perfect time for this gothic tale. I lost myself in this book. I was there in that crumbling mansion with those inbred crazy people. They made Cathy and Heathcliff look like upstanding citizens. Since this was my only 5/5, it wins
So that's my list. If you'd like to read my reviews of these books, check out the sidebar. What made your list? Leave a comment or a link. I'd love to know.