Amy’s 2007 Top 10 Book List


This blog is new but the annual Top 10 Book list is seven years old. For those of you who are new to the book list tradition, welcome. It’s pretty simple: I rank the best books I read and offer up some commentary. The books do not have to be published in 2007; they can be classics or titles that have been on my wish list for years. The books can be fiction, non-fiction, or short story collections. I have yet to include a poetry collection but it’s always a possibility. For a few years, I refused to select any of Oprah’s picks, mainly because those authors were already getting their fair share of publicity. I kept my list to lesser-known writers who deserved just as much praise. I’ve slacked off that rule in recent years but still firmly believe that, while Oprah is a tastemaker in the literary world, there are plenty of writers she doesn’t select who deserve our undivided attention.

New this year — send me your book recommendations and I’ll add them to the 2008 list! I’d love to have a top 100 recommendations for next year’s installment – that’s my goal!

Finally, let’s bring sexy back to reading in 2008. We’ve all heard the sad, sad news that fewer people are reading books. Folks are filling their time with video games, television, and other non-reading forms of entertainment. I guess telling someone you’re an expert at Guitar Hero seems much hotter than telling someone you just finished up Joyce Carol Oates’ latest and it left you breathless.

My super-duper pal Jody Heavenrich gave me a button that says, “Reading is Sexy.” (See above). I’m wearing it with pride! Give yourself some extra sexy points if you’re a reader because reading is sexy!


#1 Ann on 01.03.08 at 6:56 am

Interesting and informative list, as always. (extra points for good writing too)

I hate to make recommendations to you because you’re so much better read than I am. I’m recommending “On Chesil Beach”and I think “The Road” is also worth a read if you don’t mind depressing or weird sentence constructions. And I’m also very in love with “Boy Meets Boy” by David Levithan.

Of the books I’ve read in the past, I’d recommend “The Crow Road” by Ian Banks and “The Distant Echo” by Val McDermid.

#2 Shelley on 01.28.08 at 6:53 pm

Great pics. Love Russo too.
Given your comment about Canucks knowing how to write (also, our sense of place), I have a couple of recommendations (maybe you’ve already read them, but whatever):

Jane Urquhart – Stone Carvers or Map of Glass
Anne Marie MacDonald – Fall On Your Knees
Carol Shields – Stone Carvers

And my favourite of 1007: When I Was Young & In My Prime by Alayna Munce. Honourable mentions to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and History of Love by Nicole Krauss.

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