[DWJ] best books 2006
rosgross at bigpond.net.au
Sun Dec 31 05:54:29 EST 2006
I haven't read anything by any of the writers you've mentioned, nor many of
those Hallie has mentioned either, except for Megan Whalen Turner and
Shannon Hale. Certainly not Jaclyn Moriarty, even though, as you say, Emma,
I must have seen her books everywhere (but I don't remember doing so). I'll
have to do something about this quick smart!
<<I feel like I've spent a lot of the year starting books then impatiently
throwing them down and returning to old favourites. But as I went through
my blog I realised I've actually come across lots of great new books in
2006, many of them YA novels. My only worry is that seeing as I didn't keep
a reading list I only have the books I reviewed to prompt my memory. I hope
I haven't missed any crucial ones! I have cheated and included lots of
books in the first category.
Belated author discoveries: Scott Westerfeld. Why hadn't I found Scott
before this year? Peeps is one of my favourites for 2006 and one of my
favourite vampire books in general. I also loved his Uglies trilogy that
other people have mentioned here.
Jaclyn Moriarty. Overlooking this author was embarrassing as she's
Australian and you'd think I'd have noticed her books everywhere. I
wouldn't have thought the stories told through a mix of notes/diary
entries/letters etc would work so well, but I've laughed my way through
these books and appreciated the handling of the serious elements (although
I agree The Betrayal of Bindi MacKenzie was the weakest book).
Hilary McKay. I've loved her funny and perceptive Casson and Exiles books.
Fantastic family stories. Actually for McKay and Moriarty I agree with all
of Hallie's comments!
Most anticipated book that fulfilled all my expectations: King of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner. I didn't think she'd be able to pull it off a
sequel so well - it's different but still wonderful and clever.
Best new series: The Temeraire books by Naomi Novik: A great combination of
dragons and sailing ships. These books are fun and have proved to be very
popular with everyone I've lent/recommended them to. I think the series
was starting to flag a little by the third book but am looking forward to
the next one.
Book that lived up to its hype: How I live now by Megan Rosoff. I wasn't
thrilled with the couple of pages I flicked through in the bookstore but
bought it anyway. I'm glad I did! The style grew on me and I was sucked
into the story.
Book that reassured me that the author is still on the ball:Dzur by Stephen
Brust. A long-awaited installment in the Vlad Taltos books and a great read.
Other great books: Criss Cross by Lyn Rae Perkins. I just loved this
book. I can see why the lack of an overarching story annoyed some people
but I enjoyed the writing style, the humour and generally the whole summery
feel of the of book.
Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I reached a point a few years ago where I
decided not to read any more WWII, especially holocaust, novels as I felt I
had read so many. But this story, narrated by Death and telling the story
of a German girl who steals books, was a worthy exception. Published as an
adult book here but YA in the US.
Other notable authors I've enjoyed for the first time in 2006 have included
Caroline Cooney, Sarah Dessen, Shannon Hale and Penni Russon. What a great
year for YA fiction!
Here's to a 2007 filled with more great books! No doubt this list will help
with that aim as admirably as it has in the past so thank-you.
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