2007 Book List

Have Read (in 2007 – to my best knowledge anyway, I slacked off keeping track in the latter part of the year, so I wrote down as many as I remembered):

42. Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart [302 pgs] (I will never tire reading her books – they are SO good)

41. The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck [190 pgs] (A funny funny book – this guy has the greatest way of putting things to create vivid hillarious images. Paul can’t wait to read it to see what I am always laughing about.)

40. The Goose Girl by Shanon Hale [383 pgs] (I’ve read this before too, but was in the mood for it. It is AWESOME! Well written, great plot and character developement, definitely a favorite, the sequel Enna Burning is incredible as well, though I didn’t have a chance to read it a second time.)

39. Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen [157 pgs] (I had read this book once before – I began to read it one night to my hubby and we were laughing so hard as we read that we were crying. I ended up reading the whole thing out loud that night – stayed up till 2 in the morning or so. It was just as funny this time around. Though somewhat inappropriate for children – nothing major, depends on how strict you are.)

38. After Hamelin by Bill Richardson [227 pgs]

37. The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes [384 pgs]

36. Charlie Bone and the Beast (Children of the Red King Book 6) by Jenny Nimmo [464 pgs] (I read the first 5 books some time ago, they are a fun series – not incredible writing, but fun reads, especially for kids – kind of a cross between Harry Potter and X-Men.)

35. Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer[624 pgs] (The sequel to Twilight and New Moon – well done, definitely better than the second. I still like the first the best though.)

34. The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup [360 pgs]

33. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett [323 pgs] (The third book in the Tiffany Aching series – lots of fun, but not quite as strong as the others. It is still a good read though.)

32. Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes [448 pgs]

31. Mission for Mother/Guiding the Child by G. Hugh Allred [263 pgs] (this is an old book, published in 1968. It was used and studied by my mother, who passed it on to me)

30. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling [759 pgs.] (A great fun read 🙂 )

29. The Double Image by Helen MacInnes [319 pgs.]

28. Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes [304 pgs]

27. Above Suspicion by Helen MacInnes [256 pgs]

26. While Still We Live by Helen MacInnes [444 pgs] (I got onto a Helen MacInnes kick, being in the mood for more thriller type books than children’s lit. She is a marvelous author who began writing during WWII. Many of her books are set in that time period and after – they are exciting spy novels that are extremely well written. She is a favorite author of my Dad’s. I think I read a book or two in highschool, but am absolutely inthralled with them now. You will see a lot of books by her over the next little while. 🙂 )

25. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card [415 pgs] (Though not a children’s lit book a fascinating fairytale rewrite for adults. Original and entertaining, it doesn’t read like a cheesy fairy tale but a remarkable story of change and growth.)

24. Jonathon Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke [782 pgs]

23. Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull [431 pgs] (This is the sequel to Fablehaven which I read last year and I enjoyed it as much as the first. A fun fantasy especially for children that teaches some very powerful lessons without being preachy.)

22. Heir Apparant by Vivian Vande Velde [315 pgs] (I found this book on the recommended school reading table at Barnes and Noble and I thought it looked good and intriguing. I wasn’t dissapointed – a neat blend of science fiction and fantasy with a lot of humor. Very well written too.)

21. Walk on Water: The Miracle of Saving Children’s Lives by Michael Ruhlman [332 pgs] (a book about pediatric cardiac surgery and a very good one, intense, well written. Hits really close to home if you have a CHD child, so I wouldn’t recommend reading while waiting for major surgery, etc. – *WARNING* – the language is really bad in this book, I got a copy of it for 32 cents, found a list of swear words, etc and what pages they were on and did a fast edit, so now I should be prepared to read it, but if you are offended by bad language as I am, do not read this book unless you care to wade through to edit it. heh – how’s that for a massive run-on sentance?)

20. King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery by G. Watne Miller [245 pgs] (A very interesting look into a great man who really did a lot to move open heart surgery foreward. It amazed me how in the face of so much defeat and failure so many great men continued to push forward to give us the marvelous medical blessings of today)

19. Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark[390 pgs](Every once in a while I just need a fun suspenseful – edge of you seat read, so I turn to this author, mainly because I can rely on her for fun plots and clean language)

18. Partners of the Heart: Vivien Thomas and His Work with Alfred Blalock by Vivien Thomas [232 pgs](An incredible autobiography written by an incredible man – it is a fascinating book on a lot of different aspects – not just heart surgery. The movie “Something the Lord Made” was based on this book.)

17. The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis [290 pgs] (This was a cute story of two girl on cowboy adventures – though it seemed to end awfully abruptly – almost too tidy of an ending, didn’t quite seem possible, but it was an enjoyable read just the same)

16. I, Coriander by Sally Gardner [279 pgs] (A very interesting book, part historical fiction and part magic/fantasy. I found there were a few plot holes and things that the author explained by magic that loosened the credibility some, but it was still a good book and very enjoyable – especially for kids (probably 10+). I found one word that I felt would be objectionable for my children anyway on page 156, but a black marker took care of that for me.)

15. Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath [150 pgs] (It was a very cute book, but not one that will grab adults or stay with the reader forever.)

14. The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill [472 pgs] (I really enjoyed this book, though sometimes the author was just a bit redundant from time to time. The story was wonderful and filled with suspense, an epic battle led by a fierce 14 year old girl. A bit violent in parts – it is a battle – but nothing too bad, I’d recommend ages 10-12+ though.)

13. Snow by Tracy Lynn [259 pgs] (A retelling of the fairy tale Snow White. While it is very charming there are a couple things that would make it more suitable for older children only. Also it is a fun read but I prefer a bit more ‘showing’ to the writing – this author does mostly telling. It feels a bit unbalanced from time to time. I enjoyed it nonetheless.)

12. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle [327 pgs](The original Robin Hood, a classic and incredible. It is just a great and entertaining as it was years ago – just be prepared to speak in old english everytime you put the book down for a time. – heh)

11. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall [262 pgs.] ( I loved this book, a sweet tenderhearted story of four sisters and their summer vacation. It is very much in the vein that I write, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She did a wonderful job with her characters and briging out their different personalities.)

10. Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret by Obert Skye [396 pgs] (The sequel to the other Leven Thumps book.)

9. Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo by Obert Skye [359 pgs]

8. New Moon by Stephanie Meyers [563 pgs] (the sequel to “Twilight”, it was a good book, though not as good as the first. It felt a bit predictable, but a great story just the same.)

7. Septimus Heap Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage [564 pgs] (It was good, but I wouldn’t say great. As an adult I found it predictable and rather ordinary, but I think kids would like it a lot)

6. East by Edith Pattou [498 pgs] (Recommended by my sis. This was a really good read. A very complex twist on an old familiar tale, I didn’t even realize what it was loosely based on until I was halfway through. Fantastic book.)

5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyers [498 pgs.] (Recommended by a close friend – though I am not a huge vampire fan, I really enjoyed the book, it wasn’t your typical vampire “I’m going to suck your blood” story. I seemed quite well written too, but often I get so involved in the story itself that I don’t notice the writing unless it is truly apalling. 🙂 Appropriate for 13 years+)

4. The Curse of Chalion by Lois Mcmaster Bujold [502 pgs.] (Recommended by my sis; not a children’s book, and well worth the read. A fantastic story, a great author, I found her writing fantastic. I would like to read more by her)

3. A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchet [406 pgs.] (The sequel to “The Wee Free Men”. I could hardly put the book down it was that entertaining. A great plot with lots of humor, and creativity, I love his humorous writing style. I liked it just as much as the first.)

2. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchet [375 pgs.] (Just as good as I remembered. If you like a fantasy/fairytale type book with a great sense of humor, out of the ordinary, and very original, this is for you. I loved it just as much the second time as I did the first. It would be considered a young adult book, but I think it would be enjoyed by adults too.)

1. Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede [288 pgs.] (More young adult than children’s, an enjoyable read. I found the book entertaining with a good story line. This is the second of two, I read Mairelon the Magician, the first book, at the end of the year. Though the first is very good, I favor the second.)

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