Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Laura Duet's Best Books of 2006! An annual list.

I don't think it is a coincidence that I read the least amount of books ever (well since adulthood, I guess) in 2006! This is also the year that I started Maude and Mozart and reading everyone else's blogs which I really love to do, but boy it really cut into my reading time! So, reading has kind of taken a back seat to blogging and stamping.....hopefully, I will be able to read more in 2007 while keeping up with everyone's blogs too. Without further ado, here are the best books I read this year!!!!!! The number one book was definitely the best book I read this year and then following that #2 through #10 are in no particular order. 1. Digging To America by Anne Tyler.

2. Girls of Tender Age by Mary-Anne Tirone Smith
3. The World According to Mimi Smartypants by Mimi Smartypants 4. Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg

5. But Enough About Me by Jancee Dunn

6. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

7. The Way We Were by Paul Burrell

8. Cancer Vixen by Marissa Marchetto

9. Little Children by Tom Perrotta

10. Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby

Please, I beg of you, leave me the the title of the best book or books you read this year in the comments section! I live for this kind of information!!!!


Nicole Finlayson said...

Hi Laura,

I have just stumbled across your blog while hopping and I'm sooo glad I did. It is a feast for the eager blog-reader.:)

I'd love to list some great books for you but this year I too became addicted to blogs and haven't read a thing!!

I hope 2007 brings more reading for both of us :)

Nicole xx

lorie said...

Adventures in Candy Town...by my grandson Christopher

One Crabapple said...

Not that it was the best book...but it was definitely a page turner !

The Thirteenth Tale

If you ever read it I will tell you something about it that is special to me. It has to do with the very last page.....so of course ! I cannot tell here and now.

Love your list. Will keep these in mind if I ever get to reading again.

Most recent to begin (and collecting dust ! but this does not reflect on it's content !) is Water For Elephants. Will let you know ... and hopefully not in 2008 !

Love, S.

Lisa said...

Hi Laura,

I just posted my year in books at www.breakingfourth.blogspot.com!! Here's to happy reading in 2007! Lisa...

lindaharre said...

I feel compelled to write, but have to admit this has been a lean year for book reading for me:( I have purchased and read Linda and Obie's book and Lynn Perrella's books on journals and dolls! Do those count? I have also read several more of Mary Higgins Clark's mysteries. Many books on Autism......the rest of my free time has been spent in my studio or on this computer writing articles and answering emails:) Love this blog....but it does take a lot of time. There, that wasn't as painful as I thought it would be:)

Kucki said...

Oryx and Crake from Margret Atwood was one of my favorites this year. But then I always enjoy Atwood.

dogfaeriex5 said...

ok do not laugh..but the best book that i read over and over is the betsy, tacy & tib series by maude hart lovelace..i have read and reread this series of books forever..i think i discovered them when i was 10 or 11 during the summer reading program at the library..i vow to be a better reader this coming new year2007~~~

Tatterededge said...

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Last Templar By Raymond Khoury

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Blackbird, Still Waters and Show Me the Way all by Jennifer Lauck

THese were my best reads this year.

Heather said...

I may be a bit behind you in reading and my favs for 2006 I think were on your recommendation but I loved a Fine Balance.. OMG!! but soo sad. and The Time Traveler's Wife! OMG.. LOVED IT!!! This touched me...

I can't remember what else I read right now but it was a lot.

Oh I read a Million Little Pieces ( I think) and My Friend Leonard. They aren't any works of literary genius but touched me by their proximity to what my family has been experiencing this year.

Donna Gors said...

Without a doubt the best book I read this year, and one of the best books I have ever read, was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Absolutely beautiful book!

Diane Duda said...

I think I only read two books this year. I read Eldest when I was at the lake for a week. Got hooked on these after reading a copy of Eragon that I bought for Aaron and he never read.
Also reread Little Women that my aunt bought me when I was just a girl. I read this one only while bathing so it took a while.
Mike bought me Amy Sedaris's "I like you" for Christmas. Very funny, so far.

Beth said...

First of all...your pictures on this post are FABULOUS.
And of course you already know my favorite book for this year, but for your audience I'll fill them in..It is, EAT PRAY LOVE and I loved it SO much !!!!

SuziQoregon said...

Hi - found you from the TBR Challenge group - Here's the Top 5 I put together for this year.

My Top 5 books for the 2006 reading year are:

1. Hell at the Breech by Tom Franklin. It’s a brutal story, but so beautifully told.
2. One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash. Southern Literature at it’s best
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. If not for my fellow book bloggers I would not have picked up this amazing book. For some reason it’s hiding in the young adult section and should be up front in every bookstore with a big “YOU NEED TO READ THIS!!” sign on it.
4. Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. A lost and only recently discovered novel set in occupied France during WWII. The story OF the book told in the appendices is as compelling as the story IN the book itself.
5. A multiple way tie between my favorite mystery/thriller series authors – Lee Child, Karin Slaughter, Julia Spencer-Fleming, Harlan Coben, and Jack Kerley
6. (Because there’s no way I could limit myself to a top 5) Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson. This is a true adventure story and it’s fabulous.

mary w said...

Oh boy-BOOKS-the photos of your house look curiously similar to mine!Piles and piles! Let's see I read ALOT but here are a few gems that come to mind...The Time Travelers Wife-hands down the best book I've read in the past couple of years,The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night,The Red Tent and My Sister's Keeper-those are the few that stand out in my mind.Of course i could go on and on-I am hoping to keep better track of what i read in 2007.

Ruth said...

Hi Laura! Oh, I'm just drooling over those booky photos! Can I come and live at your house?

I just posted my booklist for 2006 at my blog. These were my top picks: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Fight Club, The Time Traveler's Wife, I Capture the Castle, Oryx and Crake (thanks for the recommendation by the way!).

I'll definately look up these books you've recommended :)