Posted by: Amanda | January 1, 2008


In  2007, I read 42 books.  For the first time, a number of those were books I had read before.  I re-read the Ender’s series by Orson Scott Card, after the last Harry Potter book, and thoroughly enjoyed them again.  This time I did see the Mormon theology much more clearly in the writing though.

But this year offered only 3 truly great reads that I can highly recommend.  Two of them were new authors, one her first book – the other her second.

My list of the favorite reads of 2007:

Love Walked In by Marissa de Los Santos – (they are making a movie of it and I hope they do it justice). I met the author at a reading at the Virginia Festival of the Book.  She charmed me and I bought the boo and had her autograph my copy.  Then I fell in love with the book.

Tolstoy Lied by Rachel Kadish

Winters Tale by Mark Helprin (This one is so engrossing, you feel as if you are caught in an ethereal dream the whole time you are reading it – should definitely be read while it is snowing outside).

Honorable Mentions go to Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran – another VA book festival find and while I can’t say I enjoyed the book or that it was particularly well written, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking did feel like a book everyone should read.

I did enjoy reading the Hobbit aloud in our cross country drive.  It was interesting though, I enjoyed the feel of it in my mouth and the rhythm of it on my tongue, more than following the story.  But my family enjoyed the story.

I also had more unfinished books this year than ever before (and several of them because they were so good I am just going slow, only a couple because I just couldn’t get into them):

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Crucial Confrontations

Proust was a neuroscientist

From a Sealed room

Every Day Grace

 I am sincerely hoping that 2008 will be a year when at end I can once again offer you a list of my top 10 favorites of the year!


  1. Thanks for the book reviews. Per your suggestion I ordered “Love…” I’m looking forward to reading it.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Ah, I love your year end book review. It has to be the best thing about New Year’s Day for me 🙂 I feel the same way about Year of Magical Thinking. I’m going to look for Winter’s Tale. Happy New Year!

  3. OK, my library only has Winter’s Tale on CD. It is very long. I am wondering if I should shell out the $ and buy it so I can read it instead of listening. What do you think?

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