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My favorite reads of 2007

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Yes! Yes! The whole megillah, adult and kid books, every genre! Brace yourselves! (And I'm gonna try an LJ Cut again....)


(c) = contemporary fiction
(h) = historical
(f) = fantasy
(df) = dark fantasy
(sf) = science fiction
(gn) = graphic novel
(nf) = nonfiction
(ah) = alternate history
(hor) = horror
(th) = thriller


Teen/Intermediate Reader Books

WORLDWEAVERS: GIFT OF THE UNMAGE by Alma Alexander (f)
TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson (c)
WHITTINGTON by Alan Armstrong (f)
13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher (c)
THE SHIELD OF STARS by Hilari Bell (f)
THE NIXIE’S SONG by Holly Black & Tony diTerlizzi (f)
CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD, A by Elizabeth Bunce (f) (pub.: 3/08)
GLASS HOUSES by Rachel Caine (hor)
GRACELING by Kristin Cashore (f) (pub.: 10/08)
LOOKING FOR JJ by Anne Cassidy (c)
DRAMACON 1, 2 by Svetlana Chmakova (gn)
LAMPLIGHTER by D. M. Cornish (pub.: 2008)
SKIN HUNGER by Kathleen Duey
INTO THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst (f)
OUT OF THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst (f) (pub.: 6/08)
HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager (f) (I still love it!)
THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS by Roy Espinoza (f, gn)
THE LAND OF SILVER APPLES by Nancy Farmer (f)
NOBODY’S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner (f)
WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS McBRIDE by Gail Giles (c)
SALOME by Beatrice Gormley (h)
DOUBLE IDENTITY by Margaret Peterson Haddix (sf)
THE BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS by Shannon Hale (f)
THE SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANY by Suzanne Harper (f)
13 (short stories) edited by James Howe (c)
SPLIT SCREEN by Brent Hartinger (c)
THE GAME by Diana Wynne Jones (f)
THE PINHOE EGG by Diana Wynne Jones (f)
FREAKS by Annette Curtis Klause (f)
KISSING THE BEE by Kathe Koja (c)
FAIREST by Gail Carson Levine (f)
THE TWO PRINCESSES OF BAMARRE by Gail Carson Levine (f) (I re-read it!)
WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr (f)
THE ICE DRAGON by George R. R. Martin (f)
UN LUN DUN by China Miéville (f)
HERO by Perry Moore (f)
BREATHE MY NAME by R. A. Nelson (c)
ON THE GAME by Monique Polak (c)
VIKING WARRIOR by Judson Roberts (h)
DON’T DIE, DRAGONFLY by Linda Joy Singleton (f)
FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead (f)
INSIDE OUT by Terry Trueman (c)
CRUISE CONTROL by Terry Trueman (c)
TRIGGER by Susan Vaught (c)
JACKAROO by Cynthia Voigt (f) (re-read)
SIGHT by Anna Maria Vrettos (f)
THE THEFT AND THE MIRACLE by Rebecca Wade (f)
THE BLACK MIRROR by Nancy Werlin (c)
LEEPIKE RIDGE by N. D. Wilson (f)
GRACIE’S GIRL by Ellen Wittlinger (c) yes, it was the year I found Ellen Wittlinger!
LOMBARDO’S LAW by Ellen Wittlinger (c)
THE LONG NIGHT OF LEO AND BREE by Ellen Wittlinger (c)
RAZZLE by Ellen Wittlinger (c)


Adult Reader Books

BEGUILEMENT (The Sharing Knife) by Lois McMaster Bujold (f)
TERRITORY by Emma Bull (f)
UNQUIET, THE by John Connolly (hor)
1901 by Robert Conroy (ah)
LAST DAYS OF DOGTOWN, THE by Anita Diamant (h)
1632 by Eric Flint (ah) (re-read)
1812 by Eric Flint (ah)
TERM LIMITS by Vince Flynn (th)
CITY OF SHADOWS by Ariana Franklin (h/th)
QUEEN’S FOOL, THE by Philippa Gregory (h)
RESPECTABLE TRADE, A by Philippa Gregory (h)
CONSPIRACY THEORY by Jane Haddam (th)
HARDSCRABBLE ROAD by Jane Haddam (th)
HEADMASTER’S WIFE by Jane Haddam (th)
SKELETON KEY, THE by Jane Haddam (th)
PERFECT ROYAL MISTRESS, THE by Diane Haeger (h)
GRAVE SIGHT by Charlaine Harris (f/th) (re-read)
GRAVE SURPRISE by Charlaine Harris (f/th) (re-read)
ICE COLD GRAVE, AN by Charlaine Harris (f/th)
YSABEL by Guy Gavriel Kay (f)
IN THE EYE OF HEAVEN by David Keck (f)
GREEN MILE, THE by Stephen King (hor) (re-read)
THINGS THEY LEFT BEHIND, THE by Stephen King (hor)
CANDLES BURNING by Tabitha King and Michael McDowell (hor)
BROTHER ODD by Dean Koontz (hor)
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY by John LeCarre (c) (re-read)
COLD AS DEATH by T. J. MacGregor (hor)
TO THE TOWER BORN by Robin Maxwell (h)
FIELD OF BLOOD by Denise Mina (th)
DIRTY JOB by Christopher Moore (df)
WICKED SNOW, A by Gregg Olsen (th)
SHE’S SUCH A GEEK by Annalee Newitz & Charlie Anders (nf)
GOOD GIRL MESSAGES by Deborah O’Keefe (nf)
THOUSAND BONES, A by P. J. Parrish (th)
PICTURE PERFECT by Jodi Picoult (c)
SECOND GLANCE by Jodi Picoult (c)
VANISHING ACTS by Jodi Picoult (c)
FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS by Cherie Priest (hor)
NOT FLESH NOR FEATHERS by Cherie Priest (hor)
MAN ON FIRE by A. J. Quinnell (th)
TESTAMENT: AKEDAH by Mark Rushkoff & Liam Sharp (gn)
FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS by Lawrence Schimel (nf)
18 SECONDS by George D. Shuman (th)
TRIPTYCH by Karin Slaughter (th)
TRASH SEX MAGIC by Jennifer Stevenson (f)
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE by Mark Twain (nf)
PRIDE OF BAGHDAD by Brian K. Vaughn & Niko Henrichon (gn)
FARTHING by Jo Walton (ah)
HA’PENNY by Jo Walton (ah)
BASEMENT, THE by Bari Wood (hor)
DOLL’S EYES by Bari Wood (hor)
AMERICAN-BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang (gn)


Yep. Those are the ones I liked. Please note the four in YA—A CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD by Elizabeth Bunce, GRACELING by Kristin Cashore, OUT OF THE WILD by Sarah Beth Durst, and LAMPLIGHTER by D. M. Cornish—that won’t be out till this year!

Oh, I love ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)!

Here’s to a 2008 filled with great books—it’s off to a great start!

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desayunoencama
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
There's a new Haddam coming out in April, I think, CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE. (It's all about teenagers, too.)
tammypierce
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
There's a new Haddam coming out in April,

Aiiiiiieeee! Thank you! I'm so happy!

How's married life treatin' ya?

Happy New Year--or Feliz Nuevo Año (I hope I got that right)!

P.S. And I just added FAIRY TALES FOR WRITERS--having put it on my writers' recommendations lists, I hadn't put it on the list of books I had read. I fixed that!

Edited at 2008-01-08 09:13 pm (UTC)
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jelazakazone
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
So how many books did you read that you didn't like:) (I can't read that many books in a year -- not enough time and I'm not a super fast reader. I thought the 42 books I read (or listened to) last year was pretty good!)
tammypierce
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
So how many books did you read that you didn't like

56--and those are the ones that I bothered to list. There are a number that I started, didn't finish, and didn't even care enough to write down, listed as books I didn't finish. (Sorry--I am a fast reader. Nobody's perfect!)
lit_mischief
Jan. 8th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, now this is organized - and awesome. Can I link to your list for our high school library's book blog? I know at least a couple of my students are big fans of yours and might just be interested.
tammypierce
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Can I link to your list for our high school library's book blog?

Sure! It's going up on my website when my IT guy/spouse-creature gets to it, but in the meantime, feel free!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Hi Tammy,
Through the magic of Google Alerts, I see that you named A Wicked Snow one of your favorite reads of 2007. I wanted to thank you for reading it (and liking it!). It was my first fiction, so getting the thumbs up from an accomplished author like you means so much.
Best,
Gregg Olsen
www.greggolsen.com
tammypierce
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
I see that you named A Wicked Snow

Not only did I like it, I went pelting to the bookstore to see if you had more fiction out there!

May I hope for more? May I? Hunh? Please?

And thanks for stopping by! I'm honored!
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cmpriest
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh -- thank you!
You really made my day :)
tammypierce
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh -- thank you!

Are you KIDDING? Do you know how many of my fans just plotzed to know you came here?

And I just finished DREADFUL SKIN! What a killer premise--I had almost as much fun describing it to my husband as I did reading it. I also have four college students lined up to read it!

Welcome--here's to a wonderfully creative New Year!
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aidenfire
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in what you liked about Hero. Although I really really wanted to like it, it just didn't end up working for me. So yeah, curious about your views. :)
singnovember
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Seeing so many good books in the world-in one year-leaves me with a very happy, hopeful feeling...

(and this makes me want to pick up Half Magic again-although Knight's Castle has always been my favorite)
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I was pretty happy myself, I must say!
ladyjoust
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
LAMPLIGHTER ARC! I think I need to pester my store's RH rep.

Oh, and I have to thank you for UN LUN DUN and HERO. They'd both still be sitting on my shelves, along with all the others I really need to get to someday soon. I loved them both so very much.

And that reminds me: I really need to make a Curdle icon.
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I want a Curdle! Wasn't it dear? I fell in love the minute it started approaching and skittering back! And HERO was just wonderful! I felt heartbroken that Full Cast Audio couldn't do it, but the book was mostly all first person, with very little actual dialog. They prefer books with lots of dialog. ::sniff::

But I still got to read it because Full Cast had it! Yay!

Wait till you see OUT OF THE WILD, GRACELING--have you seen A CURSE AS DARK AS GOLD yet? 2008 is off to a splendid start!
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marsbarn15
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
You would have to rub in the the Advanced Reader Copies. You know how to make a girl green with envy... What a fabulous perk of being an author!
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Aww, Heather, you KNOW I love to torture my friends! }8-D
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forcedrhyme
Jan. 8th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
I actually read Wicked Lovely because someone left it on the table in the cafe of the bookstore I work in and I saw the positive review you left it on the back cover of the book I liked it a lot, thanks for the recomendation (though you didn't actually know you gave it at the time).
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Trust me, the pleasure was all mine--I love that book, and the wonderful ending!
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soccerblondie61
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
You should read The Lightening Thief if you haven't. I believe it's the first in a trilogy. It gave my friend and I a harry potter vibe (a kid finding out he's not completely human, boarding schools, and spending summers in required places). It was really good. I highly recommend it if you like Greek Mythology because that's the whole premise of the book.
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Actually, I did read it before it came out! It's on my Boy Book list on my website, in the recommended books section, on the list of books for boys!
oracne
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
I loved FREAKS. Glad you did, too!
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
It's hard for Annette Curtis Klause to put a foot wrong. It was unsettling, but good!
onlyobsess
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory? I've read three of her books, and that was the only one I actually thought was marginally good...

And how was/is 1632? I was actually about to take that out of the library today, but hesitated. What did I miss?
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I read THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL a couple of years ago and liked it very much, which is why I'm still reading Gregory! I thought she did a tremendous job of showing just how much of a hold medieval families had over their children--how their children were literally bred up to know they had no choices other than those dictated by their families.

I think 1632 is brilliant. Through some major temporal "accident," never explained, a small West Virginian mining town that's hosting the wedding of two people, one of them a stalwart of the United Mine Workers, is ripped from its time and space and plopped down in the middle of Germany during the 30 Years' War. And that's where the fun begins.

Think of it. How do modern values translate to the Renaissance? How do modern people adapt to a world without technology? They're not worried about some Prime Directive; they're trying to survive in the middle of a battlefield, and they are seeing things we believe to be vile, like the traditional behavior of mercenaries with civilians. It's the story of a wide cast of people from both sides of time, from all degrees of society, with all different beliefs, trying to fit in with something that is a reality none of them ever imagined.

My favorite bit: the cute, perky, bouncy, bubbly blonde captain of the cheerleading team is the town's best sniper!
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cunningplan
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I'm always in need of new things to read, so this is awesome. Looks like I discovered your journal at the exact right moment. Also, Svet Chmakova is a friend of a friend/casual acquaintance from University and super-super nice and talented. I love it when people discover Dramacon!
cunningplan
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
PS - how was Ysabel? I keep meaning to grab it from the library but getting distracted by other shiny things. I loved Kay's Summer Tree, and I've heard it's in the same vein.
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__shelovedmagic
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
It's so weird to see all these books that I've never heard of...I used to think I was a book connoisseur, that'd I'd read sooo many, but apparently I'm wrong. There just isn't enough time anymore =[

This is my first time commenting, so I just wanted to say hi! I'm Alicia, and I adore your books to pieces. =]
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Hi, Alicia! Welcome!

In your defense, I should point out that the circumstances of my work mean that I'm exposed to the newest stuff, by publishers, librarians, and booksellers, so I tend to read a lot of books on that level, before most of the rest of the world gets to them. Either that or I'm being introduced to someone's favorites from long ago. The Jane Haddam books, for example--I found one or two I really liked, and went digging for the rest with an out-of-print service!

Wishing you a New Year filled with cool books,
Tammy
pearly_dreams
Jan. 8th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)
My bad. First said that I thought the cut had failed... *headdesk, repeatedly*

But yay!! Books!! Now I know where to go when I need something to read. ^^
pinkwerewolff
Jan. 8th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
have you read the black jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop?

Oh, and my friend and I went to a mock tournament down in Florida during our marching band's trip to disney. We were quoting the Kel books every minute. Seriously.
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I just can't get into Anne Bishop, and I'm durned if I know why. I know this disappoints my fans dreadfully, because a lot of them are also Bishop fans. 8-(
tassie_gal
Jan. 8th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Sweet - I was just thinking the other day I needed a book fix but wasnt sure WHAT I wanted. Though I really shouldnt be reading books until AFTER I finish my thesis....(yeah right!!)
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
Well, you need a break now and then, yes? All work and no play makes Jill a raving, gore-taloned, slime-toothed, flaming-eyed, psyhotic-breaking maniac with control issues, yes?
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amyreading
Jan. 9th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Hi Tammy,
Thanks for a fantastic list! Would you recommend Candles Burning by Tabitha King? I had it from the library, but alas, due dates forced my hand before I got Very Far into the novel.
Also to add to the recommendations from Your Intrepid Readers above, have you read World War Z (Max Brooks), which is the best book I've read this year (although it came out last year)? Also to recommend: And Only to Deceive (Tasha Alexander) and The Devil You Know (Mike Carey).
Ciao,
Amy
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC)
My 2 cents on Candles Burning by Tabitha King
One book fiend to another...

I enjoyed it. It was deliciously creepy in a Southern Gothic way, and I couldn't work out all the mystery, had no idea where the twists would take me. I will say, it's a book you have to concentrate on fairly fiercely, or you might miss subtle details and clues and get horribly lost in some places. I had to reread a few pages and even a few chapters--but in my opinion, it was very worth it. I do love that south-goth flavor.

Susan Vaught
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mothehappycow
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
I was wondering what you read outside of your genre. I find it slightly amusing that you decided to read my mind. Do you like 'coming of age fiction' at all? 'The Tie That Binds' by Kent Haruf is one of my favorites. I also really liked 'Plainsong' by the same author. Barbara Kingsolver's 'Poisonwood Bible' is very thought-provoking. I'm also mildly obsessed with Jane Austen (by mild, I mean I actually have several books of collected literary critique essays on her novels.)
tammypierce
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not big on coming of age fiction, or really on mainstream fiction at all. Jane Austen was a favorite of my high school years, and I still regard her with deep affection. My own mild obsession on the same level as yours is Mark Twain, only I am collecting books of his that don't commonly show up, like CHRISTIAN SCIENCE, THE GILDED AGE, and his political writing. Twain is actually my literary idol.

I was a Scarborough fan back when she started out, and read most of the books you cited, though I have trouble remembering the plots now. She kept me happy for years! And I paid a hefty sum for her THE HEALER'S WAR, based on her experiences as a nurse in Vietnam. What an amazing woman!
mothehappycow
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot a couple!

'The Song of Sorcery' by Elizabeth Scarborough (delightfully whimsy with magic and adventure surrounding the tale of a witch trying to resuce her fairy sister from a rougish gypsy. The other books in the series are 'The Unicorn Creed,' 'Bronwyn's Bane,' and 'The Christening Quest.' Very fun and lively, all. I'd look for them at used book stores as alas, they are out of print.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Yep, made my day, too!
I'm an obsessive fantasy reader and a big fan of yours. I think my agent and I managed to be the first people to fawn over MELTING STONES to Bruce Coville. Loved it, loved it, stayed lost in it, and I want a Luvo of my very own--deep, booming, amazing voice and all. I also want the next Circle story now! Already pre-ordered Bloodhound and my (grown) kid is threatening to swipe it out of my mailbox. And whyyyyy can't we have Numair's story noooooow...? :)

Yes, I'll admit I actually agreed to speek at a conference once *just* to get an ARC of your next book.

So glad you enjoyed TRIGGER.


Susan Vaught
www.susanvaught.com
tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep, made my day, too!
OMG. TRIGGER was brilliant--gut-wrenching and so very real! I can't say it was a pleasure, precisely, but it was a splendid read!

I will tell David Baker you loved his Luvo--he's always thrilled when someone singles him out! He's always done a fantastic job for my books (he's the Badger in the Daine books, Dedicate Gorse in the Circle ones), but his Luvo makes me happy. And he'll be returning when I get the next Circle book done and we get to recording it, because that's where Evvy, Briar, and Rosethorn first meet him.

BLOODHOUND is, um, a tad bit delayed (April 2009). Thank last year's drunk driver and two rounds of foot surgery. I didn't know I couldn't write through a painkiller haze!

How is BIG FAT MANIFESTO doing? (I just ordered a copy and can't wait to read it!)

Wishing you a New Year filled with great books!
Tammy
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Oops
I promise, if I'd written that before midnight, I would have spelled "speak" properly.

Maybe.

Probably.

I hope.

sv
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tammypierce
Jan. 9th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
You know I think you're a goddess.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 9th, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tammy...
...for discovering me this year! I think we met briefly at some conference or other a few years ago, but didn't have a chance to talk. You are an amazing reader--wish I had a list like this from 2007!

Ellen Wittlinger
tammypierce
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks, Tammy...
Believe me, the pleasure was all mine! I picked up several of the books you had signed from the 2006 Rochester Teen Reads Festival while I was at the 2007 one, and I was off to the races. I think LEO AND BREE is my favorite so far, but of course, I'm not finished yet!

It helps that I'm a fast reader and spent a lot of time traveling last year or laid up with assorted health problems. ::hairball:: I read to distract myself. I'm slowing down now that I'm able to write productively, and next month the travel schedule picks up again.

Thank you for stopping by! I'm looking forward to reading more of your books!
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