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December 29, 2007

Recently on another blog I found a really clever way to recap books read in 2007. Please forgive me for forgetting which blog it was and I hope you don’t mind that I’m borrowing your fun idea. Anyway, take a peak below at my list of “The Written Word” Award winners of 2007! Oh, and don’t mind the wonky text – I can’t figure out why some sentences are different fonts than others!

Best sex scene: Might as well start off with the good stuff. I seem to recall some interesting things going on between Victoria Gardella Grantworth and Sebastian  in the back of a horse drawn carriage while reading of The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason. Hot stuff indeed!

Book I never thought I would read, but after picking it up I thoroughly enjoyed: A book about a Japanese documentary film maker, working on a TV series about meat consumption in America, My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki was an interesting, thought provoking and ultimately really good read.

Most fun to read: Yep, I totally fell under the spell of Edward in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Now that  Cedric Diggory (aka Robert Pattinson) has been chosen to play the HOTTEST vampire ever, I will have to wait patiently for the movie version. Also I really enjoyed The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.

Most outlandish ending: This has to be a tie between The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Even though the endings didn’t detract from my overall enjoyement of both books, do you honestly think I would believe that a 90 something year old man in a nursing home would run away with the circus? And the kitchen boy’s wife – come on!

Hardest book to say goodbye to: I am and always will be a Harry Potter fanatic. I loved the entire series and found it so hard to finish Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I just wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the boy who lived.

Most screwed up family: Hands down it had to be Ann and Mary Boleyn’s clan from The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. Who knew that it was so difficult AND dangerous to be in the Kings Court? Of course, Cal’s grandparents in Middlesex were actually brother and sister. Ew.

Most disappointing reads: There are a few of them in this category. I really liked the IDEA behind A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, I just couldn’t get into the plot and found all the talk of “the Relms” got old quickly. The other book I had a hard time with (insert audible gasps from most of you about to read this) was The Book Thief. Maybe it was the timing or that I felt pressure to start it since it was due back at the library, but I only delved a few chapters in when I threw in the towel. I might need to give this one a second look in 2008. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart were all duds.

Most resilient character: Rachel Kalama of the book Moloka’i by Alan Brennert is one tough character. After being taken away from her family at the age of five and being sent to a leprosy colony to live out the rest of her days, Rachel still lives her life with dignity and in turn inspires the other leprosy victims to do the same.

Character hated with a passion: Almost all the main characters in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter were terribly annoying. No wonder I disliked the novel so much.

 To see what else I read in 2007, check out my page (with links to the ones I reviewed) here.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2007 11:44 pm

    This is great – I love your awards. I agree that Boleyn’s deserved Most Screwed Up Family! 🙂 Oh but please pick up The Book Thief again one day. Really, it’s wonderful!

  2. December 29, 2007 11:51 pm

    I am SO with you on Memory Keepers Daughter. I could not stand that book, and I thought I was the only one!! I just ordered The BOok Thief yesterday after seeing it on so many “best of” lists. We’ll see how that goes.

  3. December 29, 2007 11:58 pm

    Definitely give The Book Thief another go! I completely agree on The Inheritance of Loss.

  4. December 30, 2007 7:54 am

    Cool list.

    While I completely agree that the Bolelyn family reaks of dysfunction, the most screwed up family I’ve ever read about was from ‘Running With Scissors’ – seriously BIZARRE. (Cal from Middlesex did have a screwed up family too)

    Most disappointing reads for me – House of Sand and Fog. Good Lord, Oprah made this book out to be second to the Bible. So disappointing. In fact, stopped reading any of her recommendations after that dud.

  5. December 30, 2007 6:15 pm

    OMG-so glad to see that someone else thinks The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and The Inheritance of Loss were horrible books!

    Fun way to sum up the year. 😀

  6. December 30, 2007 10:26 pm

    I saw this same idea at http://www.leafingthroughlife.blogspot.com – maybe that’s were you got it?? Anyway, it’s a cute idea.

    I hated The Memory Keeper’s Daughter as well, but I LOVE The Book Thief. Definitely give it another try. It’s different, but it’s really good.

  7. December 31, 2007 10:14 am

    Yes, very clever! And its fun when I’ve read some of them, too. I love your blog! Thank you, Care Happy New Year!

  8. January 1, 2008 1:43 pm

    Hey Stephanie – have you seen this:
    http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/theotherboleyngirl/

    Looks great! I’ll be seeing this film.

  9. January 2, 2008 7:48 pm

    Round of applause!!! Love those awards.

  10. January 2, 2008 10:52 pm

    What a great way to recap! And, I’m not shocked that you had trouble getting into The Book Thief. Even books that 99% of readers adore have that 1% saying, “Ummmm, uhhhh.” Having to return a book to the library does that to me, though. That’s one reason I prefer owning books.

  11. January 5, 2008 11:15 am

    I wish I could remember the book I was reading, but I sat there thinking ‘Man, I don’t care about one freaking person in this book. Why am I torturing myself??’

    I still read 200 pages of it before I threw in the towel.

  12. January 5, 2008 2:54 pm

    Ha ha, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was actually in the running for my BEST novel of the year, until I kept finding some I liked better. But the characters are really hard to like, I agree.

  13. January 6, 2008 11:34 am

    I’m in complete agreement with you on A Great and Terrible Beauty. However, please, please, please give The Book Thief another try. It takes a little bit to get into the flow of the narrative, but it is so worth the effort.

    I just posted my Best of 2007. Finally. I need a better system so it doesn’t take me so long next January!

  14. January 9, 2008 5:47 pm

    Too funny, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter was one of my favorite books and maybe because all of the characters were so flawed and perhaps pretty real that I loved it.

    I’ve never heard of The Book Thief…going to amazon.com now to research.

    I enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty and still have to read Rebel Angels. I’m not a huge YA fan but this was intriguing to me.

  15. January 11, 2008 3:48 pm

    I’ve been waiting to read Water for Elephants; don’t you hate outlandish endings. Curious Incident dog Night time was like that for me.

  16. January 15, 2008 4:00 pm

    I loved Harry Potter too and hate to see the series end!! I also agree on Memory Keeper’s Daughter…I was completely disappointed!

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