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Thursday, January 10, 2008

TT #82

Sorry I've been so absent lately--I promise I'll be catching up in the next week or so.

The Thirteen Best Books I Read in 2007
in alphabetical order

Note: click on the cover to see the review; on the title to purchase the book; and on the author's name to go to their website.

  1. ***** Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Romantic adventure.

    the mob! and flamingos!

  2. ***** Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. Contemporary fantasy.

    gods, brothers, and spiders--only Gaiman.

  3. *****+ Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher. Fantasy.

    book 4 in a series that just keeps getting better.

  4. ***** Cat in a Quicksilver Caper by Carole Nelson Douglas. Mystery.

    18th in the series.

  5. ***** Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett. Historical fiction.

    6th and last book in the series.

  6. ***** The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale. Historical romance.

    typical Kinsale intensity

  7. ***** Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens. Fantasy.

    first of the series, more of Robin's wonderful worldbuilding.

  8. ***** Ice Blue by Anne Stuart. Romantic suspense.

    nobody does dark heroes like Anne Stuart.

  9. ***** It's Not About the Accent by Caridad Ferrer. YA.

    a girl reinventing her life--and it's the current discussion on the Cherry Forums Book Club. Check it out.

  10. *****+ Living Dead Girl by Tod Goldberg. General fiction.

    a murder mystery, and more.

  11. ***** Love and Other Near-Death Experiences by Mil Millington. General fiction.

    what if....

  12. *****+ Small Favor by Jim Butcher. Contemporary fantasy.

    10th in the series, and the best yet.

  13. *****+ White Night by Jim Butcher. Contemporary fantasy.

    9th in the series.

This was harder to do than I'd expected. The 5+ star books were easy enough--there were only four of them. But I read a lot of great books last year: 72 that I gave 5 stars to. So, these, in my current mood at least, are the best of the best. Next week I might have different answers.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

  1. Marg: East of Time
  2. Adelle: 80s slang
  3. Jennifer McKenzie: Taking Command
  4. Busy91: convicted celebs
  5. Mar: 123452 meme
  6. Babystepper gets the willies
  7. Ellen B: volcanoes
  8. Dragonheart & Merlin: the same, yet different
  9. Moondancer: Hairspray
  10. Robin's been sick
  11. Susan Helene Gottfried: Yellowstone
  12. Jennifer Shirk: Webkinz
  13. Open Grove Claudia: rules of living
  14. Lori: kids' excuses
  15. Julia: New Year's resolutions
  16. Julia's favorite things
  17. Puss Reboots: Alaska
  18. Nap Warden: SkyMall picks
  19. Heather: G. K. Chesterton quotes
  20. Mama Pajama: LSU win
  21. Frances: online in 2007
  22. Melody: Neverwhere
  23. Xakara: click to give
  24. Cajun Vegan: snarky comments
  25. Norma's productive update & reboot
  26. Tanabata's New Year
  27. Leah: movies
  28. Tink: expensive cities
  29. You're next!

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



The only one of those that I have read it the Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer one, which I too loved!
Some serious talent on your list. Thanks! Happy T13!
Ooooo those are some good titles. Okay, I've been eyeing that Crusie/Mayer book. If you liked it, I'll have to consider buying it.
And I've seen you mention Jim Butcher before.
I love these kinds of lists. Thanks, Darla.
Gee thanks a lot, as if I don't have enough books sitting around waiting to be read. LOL! The only one that was already on the list was "Anansi Boys". Sigh, so many books, so little time. Happy TT!
Haven't read any of these books...still working on Harry Potter :), next is book 4!
Happy TT!
Sounds like Jim Butcher was a hit.
I might have to look into the historical fiction series. happy tt'ing!
Gaiman is a fabulous writer! Our humans really enjoy his books, graphic novels and comic books.
#2 is a diffinate on my TBR list. Several of the others looked interesting. I'll have to check them out.

Happy TT

We tend to get things a bit later over here, but you've given me some ideas to scope out later :).
I've SO got to catch up on my reading... I only have the Dresden Files series on Mt. TBR...

Too many books, ya know? Too many good choices out there (so why are they so hard to find?).
Agnes and the Hitman is on my TBR list for sure!
I'm going to write the list down. I could really use a good book. I've struggled reading since I've been writing so much. I end up editing other people's work - which doesn't work.

Happy TT!
I havent read any of those. I will have to check them out:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by. Its always great to see you.
All of them look fascinating, but the ones that intrigue me the most are the Mil Millington one and 'Captain's Fury'.
You've already know I enjoy Jennifer Crusie's (and Bob Mayer) Agnes and the Hitman. And I agree with you highly about Ice Blue...I think reader should give the book a chance :)

You also know that I have not yet try all of Laura Kinsale's books. But I'm getting there. I want to try Robin's Guardian of Honor but I wish it was printed in paperback instead of the hardcover. My library don't have a copy. I'm suppose to request it but when I try, it weren't allowed new request until Janurary 2008...hmmm now that it is 2008...I shall go see if I can request it again...*grin*....

Happy TTs Darla! Always enjoy your TTs every weeks!
Anansi Boys was the first book by Gaiman I'd ever read. So far it's my favorite with Good Omens coming in a close second.
Can you believe I haven't read any of these? Happy TT!
I've only heard of a couple of these, but haven't read any of them.
I haven't read any of these! But, I would like to read the murder/mystery one. Those types of books are my favorite.

Agnes & The Hitman & Living Dead Girl look very interesting.
Love the collection of covers.
Thanks for dropping by my site.
Happy Thursday
Can you believe I haven't read any of them except Anne Stuart?! LOL. I have been wanting to read Jim Butcher's series, but just couldn't find the first book to the series! Guess I have to buy online... Great TT list, Darla!
Thanks for coming by Darla. And thanks for a booklist. Once I'm done with my deadline I'm getting back to nothing but reading for a month before I surrender to new deadlines. (Well, I still want a thousand words a day, but that's different. LOL)

Thanks for stopping by my snarky list of comments I fantasize about hurling at the underlings.

I am planning on the Gaiman book and haven't gotten around to it yet.

Happy TT!
You are quite a reader. Thanks for sharing your best with us.

My TT is up.
I haven't read any of your top 13! I've been meaning to try Dunnett for a while, and more Gaiman though. Hope you have another year of good reads in 2008. :)
I have not read any in your list but I would love to read at least one. Thanks for the suggestions and the links.
okay, maybe I should read Anansi Boys . . .

Thanks for the list.
Jennifer, I always like reading other people's best-books-of-the-year lists, too, so that's why I decided to post mine this year. And yeah, it's fairly obvious that I'm a Butcher fangirl. :)

Ellen, it took me a while of listening to friends rave about Dunnett before I finally gave in and tried her books--but I absolutely love them. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Dragonheart & Merlin: I agree about Gaiman. My daughter's a huge fan, and my older son is on the verge: he just started American Gods yesterday.

Robin: only 4 of these books came out in 2007, and one comes out in 2008. The rest are older, so if you're interested, they should be easier to find.

Julia: Guardian of Honor is in trade paperback, not hardcover. Not sure if that will make it easier or harder for you, though. :)

Doug, yes, you should read it. It's spiders! I'm surprised you didn't grab it as soon as it came out! :)
Anasasi Boys has piqued my curiousity. I masy have to get it for 2008.

Thanks for visiting my T13 yesterday; 13 Quips Heard During Colonoscopies. Sorry it took so long to get back to you.
Every time I visit your blog my TBR-list gets longer and longer! :-) Great tips!
Thanks for visiting my expensive cities TT.
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