Yes, just what the world needs: another top 5 or 10 list. The proliferation of blogs, forums, and other internet outlets lets our opinions be trumpeted out to… no one in particular. But I have read some good books this year, and I wanted to share about them one more time. So without further ado my top SIX books of the year:
1. Scoop by Rene Gutteridge. If you want to laugh out loud at an original premise and great characters, then this is the book. I looked forward with delight at getting to sit down and read more of this very enjoyable piece. See 11/15 post and following.
2. Firebird by Kathy Tyers. Okay, this is a trilogy, but I’m counting it as one. (My blog, my rules) This was the best science fiction book I’ve read in a long time, probably since the Thrawn trilogy of Star Wars books. Good company, as Kathy has written some SW novels. The worlds she creates are vibrant and exciting, and it is very easy to get lost in the events of the book. Book 3 suffers a little in pacing, but overall the trilogy is very worth the investment of time and money! See 8/21 post and following.
3. Hood by Stephen Lawhead. Lawhead returns with a great read and retelling of the Robin Hood story. He creates a believable scenario for making the hero Welsh, and builds great characters and harrowing situations. Here’s hoping the sequels hit the same high mark. See post here.
4. Waking Lazarus by T.L. Hines. A debut novel by the brainchild of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. I enjoyed it at the time, but I was going through such a tumultous time it was hard to truly appreciate it. As I reflected, it was an engrossing story with an amazing concept. Be sure to watch for The Dead Whispers On from Mr. Hines in 2007. See 6/26 post and following.
5. Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins. I had been enjoying BC’s blog since March of 2005, but Violet Dawn was the first book of hers I read. To my regret. The book grabbed hold and didn’t let go with the suspense of the story rushing through 14 hours of life in Kanner Lake, Idaho. With such a compressed timeline, she kept the excitment up while making the town and its denizens come to life. Of course, I have also enjoyed participating as Pastor Hank in the book’s blog, Scenes and Beans! See 9/27 post and following.
6. Germ by Rober Liparulo. This one may be cheating, as it is scheduled for a blog tour in January. I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to check back then for more. Suffice it to say, this book kept me in suspense more than any other book this year. When I got it I sat down to check out a few pages. 45 minutes and 50+ pages later, my wife came looking for me since I was so distracted.
There you have it. My top 6 of ’06. Here’s to more great books in 2007!