Monday, December 31, 2007

My Top Ten Reads of 2007

MENTAL STATUS: "Depressed". Just a little bit. This holiday vacation time went by too fast--and I really have nothing to show for it. Didn't go anywhere. Didn't write anything. I barely even cooked. Hmm... That was a good thing, now that I think about it.

Okay. Looking back on what I did last year on my blog, I saw that I had in fact posted a top ten list of books I read in 2006. If you're curious, you can check it out here.

So, let me preface this list--AGAIN--with another disclaimer. These books didn't necessarily come out in 2007. I just so happened to have read them this past year. And while I read WAY more than just ten, these are the books that stuck out in my mind because I enjoyed them that much.

**Drum roll please**

10) Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas ** This book was...AWESOME. It made me look at my own writing and books I'm reading in a whole new light.

9) Trouble in Tennessee by Tanya Michaels **I had to list this one because--honestly--it was the best Harlequin American I read in quite a while, and made me forget that I was reading a category romance and not a single title book.

8) Fools Rush In by Kristan Higgins **I love to find new authors--and if they're funny, to boot, it's a MAJOR bonus.

7) The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman** This book lists obvious things that every writer should already know by now, yet I found myself learning more than I had planned to get from this book. Check it out.

6) Any Man of Mine by Carolyne Aarsen **I loved this book. It was a funny, charming, inspirational romance. I would read it again in a heartbeat.

5) Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones ** Another non-fiction book that I found very enlightening. Almost like Biblical psychology.

4) Sushi for One? by Camy Tang ** Another funny inspirational story. (But at one point it even brought tears to my eyes) I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

3) Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin ** I think it says a lot about a story when I'm rooting for a heroine who is double-crossing her friend. Well written and interesting.

2) On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn **I believe this was a RITA winner, and with good reason: witty dialogue, cute story, and charming characters. 100 percent pure Julia Quinn.

1) Ex and the Single Girl by Lani Diane Rich **I love this author. She's funny, yet can pull at your heartstrings without resorting to cheap tricks. She's truly becoming one of my favorites.

Well, that's it for 2007. Anything else I should have read? I'll add it to my TBR pile for 2008. :)

Have a Happy New Year!


MaryF said...

I loved Ex and the Single Girl, too, and was also strangely compelled by Something Borrowed. I started Something Blue but couldn't finish it.

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a lot of good books! I got a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble for Christmas so I might just have to check some of them out....;o)

Happy new Year! Don't party too hard! ;o)

Chicki said...

You did well. I didn't read nearly as much as I wanted to in '07. Hopefully I'll do bettr this coming year. My goal is to finish Eric Jerome Dickey's backlist, read Ann Christopher and Nicholas Spark's last two releases, and I can't wait for Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez' sequel to The Dirty Girls Social Club to come out.

Chelle Sandell said...

I'm so far behind on my tbr stack! Then Harlequin had free Blaze downloads...*sigh* guess thats a 2008 goal. ;) Happy New Years!!

Camy Tang said...

Thanks! I'm so glad you liked my book! I love Julia Quinn and I liked that one by Carolyn Aarsen, too. I've been meaning to read Emily Giffin and Lani Diane Rich (have both those in my TBR pile). Donald Maass rocks! I often recommend that Noah Lukeman book to my writer friends, too. Your list has a few new titles I think I'll try!

Patricia W. said...

I loved Camy's book too but I forgot to put it on my list. Looking forward to the next in the Sushi series.