December 20, 2007

The Best of 2007

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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.

The Best

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 Wi
fe 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 str
ong 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.

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

BEST BOOK 2007!!!!
****(Confetti!!!!)****

Will it be a classic 100 years from now? Probably not, but it was a fun read.


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.

13 comments :

  1. Great list of books for the year, Chris! I can't wait to dive into The Handmaid's Tale and The Thirteenth Tale that's sitting on my TBR pile. ;) And not to mention books by Karen E. Olson too.

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  2. I haven't read but one on your list.. but it was a good one because it won your award! lol.. I loved the 13th Tale!

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  3. Thanks so much for naming my book one of your "bests" for 2007! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed it.

    And if I were to name Best Blogs, yours would be there. Love visiting here.

    BTW, you probably would like the Anne Boleyn book, even though it's nonfiction. If you liked Philippa Gregory's book, then I'm sure you'll like the actual story...I'm not much for historical fiction about the Tudors because the fact is so much more interesting!

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  4. I loved The Thirteenth Tale, too!

    The Birth House was my book club's first book of 2007, we all enjoyed it.

    I can't wait to read the Boleyn Inheritance, I'm really looking forward to it.

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  5. These are great awards! Love it.
    You've got some on here that I would have given those awards to as well. I still need to work on my best of list. I need to hurry :)

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  6. Yes, they were all good.

    Karen- *blush* Thanks. With the Tudors, truth is stranger than fiction.

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  7. I read The Thirteenth Tale and The Time Traveler's Wife just last year and enjoyed them both. This year I read The Other Boleyn Girl and WOW, was that a good read! Great list - I will be posting my best of soon!
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  8. Oh, I picked up The Boleyn Inheritance the other day and didn't buy it and I've been dying to read it ever since. Henry VIII was definitely a murderous tyrant! Spoiled and good looking athletic guy in his youth. The non fiction is just as good as the fiction, more so, because truth is crazy.

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  9. Awesome awards Chris and I agree with you on the one's I read as well!

    The Boleyn Inheritance
    The Time Traveler's Wife
    The Handmaid's Tale

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  10. I absolutely agree about The Handmaid's Tale. I read it a number of years ago and just thinking about it can still give me chills. I didn't like the movie version at all.

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  11. I enjoyed The Handmaids Tale too and Time Travellers Wife is just sitting there, waiting to be read...

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  12. Many of those books are on my list for this year...I'm looking forward to them even more now!

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  13. great list! i've read some of your award winners (including The Thirteenth Tale and The Time Traveler's Wife in 2007) - and i agree that they were great reads - and i've got The Birth House on my to-read list.

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