Thursday, January 3, 2008

My Favorite Books of 2007

Each year I pick five books that I enjoyed most during the year. I try to choose books that represent the various genres that I like to read (mysteries, women's lives and relationships, and suspense/thriller).

In alphabetical order by author:

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

I always enjoy books about women's lives and relationships that feature several interesting characters combined with information about a particular subject or place. Garden Spells featured quirky characters, magic, cooking, and a sense of place of a small southern town.

The Watchman by Robert Crais

This was the best page turner I read this year. The storyline was fast-paced and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill

By far, my favorite mystery discovery of the year. Hill writes a gutsy British police procedural series that doesn't always play by the rules that most mystery authors follow (which I loved).

Con Ed by Matthew Klein

Even though I guessed part of the ending, I loved the ride that Con Ed took you on--the world of con games and con men.

The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline

Another novel with a well-drawn female main character, intriguing secondary characters, and a great sense of place.


Anonymous said...

I've got Garden Spells to read later this year and also the Susan Hill books. I'm eager to get started with those. Thanks for a few more suggestions!

dillydally said...

i read 'the various haunts of men' a few years back and absolutely enjoyed the read. but the second book couldn't hold my attention...would love to see what you think if u've read it.