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Teddy’s Best of 2007 Books

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 31, 2007
Posted in Best Read 2007  | 14 Comments

This is a list of my favorite books, which I read in 2007. To make this list, they had to be at least four out of five stars or higher.

Books I rated 5/5:
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beneath the Marble Sky by John Shors
Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik
The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller

Books I rated 4.5/5:
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Sunne in Splendor by Sharon Kay Penman
The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
The God of Small Things by Arundhatni Roy

Books I rated 4/5:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Three Day Road by Joeseph Boyden
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion by Morgan Llywelyn
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The CrazyLadies on Pearl Street by Trevanain
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


My absolute favorite book of 2007: Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb
I highly recommend this amazing work of historical fiction! It’s one that I hope to re-visit again, which says a lot, as I rarely re-read books because of my long TBR. This is definitely among my favorites of all time!

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 30, 2007
Posted in Books Read 2007Historical FictionJeffrey Eugenides  | 7 Comments


Well Written With a Twist

Middlesex spans three generations of a Greek-American family, the Stephanides. Calliope, of the youngest generation narrates. Through her, we learn the history of all of the generations and their secrets. The story is really about Calliope, but we can’t learn about her without first going through her family history. You see, Callie is not your regular kind of girl.

With lyrical prose that flies off the page, Jeffrey Eugenides writes a refreshingly different story, one that will stay with me. He gets a little wordy in a couple places, however his humor and beautiful writing makes up for this.

I haven’t read his book The Virgin Suicides; however, I definitely plan to now.

4/5

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The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 26, 2007
Posted in Books Read 2007Historical FictionTrevanian  | 4 Comments


Nostalgic Coming of Age Story

The novel opens with the young Jean-Luc, his mother and sister moving into a slum on Pearl Street in Albany. His father sent word to Jean-Luc’s mother to meet him there but as usual, he doesn’t show up. Once again the mother and her two small children have to fend for themselves.

This richly textured coming of age story, through the depression reads more like a memoir than fiction. I listened to the audio version and Tom Bosely did an excellent job narrating. I listened to this book while working out at the gym. I could hardly wait for each workout to listen to more.

I was truly sorry that this delightful book had to end. I have never read a book by Trevanian before, but I plan to read more now.

4.5/5

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