Ah, the time of year where we are all allowed to climb up on our individual pedestals and pontificate on our favorite movies/books/albums/etc. for the year.
OK, so I’m a little cynical about this. But – not cynical enough to avoid participating in such an event. Heh.
Without further ado, I give you my favorite books for 2007:
5. Wedgewood Grey by John Aubrey Anderson. Book 2 of the Black or White Chronicles continues an amazing tale of spiritual warfare from Mississippi. He continues a great beginning with a strong second effort.
4. Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead. Another second in a series. I enjoyed the start of the King Raven trilogy with Hood, but the voice for Scarlet was just perfect. No one does historical fiction quite like Lawhead.
3. Fearless by Robin Parrish. Hmm. As I write this post, I see I had a weakness for sequels this year. Anyway, I gushed plenty about the amazing suspense in Fearless. I’m still waiting for a copy of the next book to proofread for Mr. Parrish, so I don’t have to wait until July ’08. Still waiting… (Oh, and this book inspired this essay by me – shameless self-promotion)
2. Try Dying by James Scott Bell. Ha! It isn’t a sequel. Mr. Bell is a prolific writer, but I had only read a How-to book on fiction by him. Well, this taut legal thriller caught my interest in both his writing and the legal thriller genre in general. I definitely will check out more of his work.
1. Abiding Darkness by John Aubrey Anderson. I read this book early in 2007, and it stayed my favorite book throughout the whole year. This was a book that had me crying at one point, and a couple chapters later I was laughing out loud. The description, the characterization, the setting, and the plot all caught me in a strong way. It was an amazing first book for Mr. Anderson, and it started the Black or White Chronicles off on very firm footing. If you haven’t read it yet, you are certainly missing out. Just a note: I received an email from the author recently asking for prayer, as his latest book is being considered by a publisher. I hope it is the fourth book of B or W, as it was intended as a 6 book arc.
A few honorable mentions:
Snitch by Rene Gutteridge – still the best comedic writer I’ve come across. Fun characters with whimsy and a catchy read.
The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock – a bold start for the very enjoyable Legend of the Guardian King fantasy series. This Christy award winner is a must read for fantasy fans.
In High Places by Tom Morrisey – a touching book from a man who knows his adventure.
To Dance in the Desert by Kathleen Popa – a literary women’s fiction book that drew in this action and mayhem man. Great first book!
Anyone else have a great read this year they’d like to mention? I’m always up for hearing about books (affording to buy them is a different story…)
Oh, and Happy New Year everyone!