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Sep. 9th, 2007

12:47 pm - Best Books of 2007 (So Far)

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Rising (or not) to a MotherReader challenge again, I'm going to try a list of the year's books (so far), without the freedom of my own invented categories to allow me avoid some of the agony of choosing so harshly between my favourites. (The Best Book with a Green Cover Read between January 5th and 10th? Oh, that award definitely goes to... No contest.) Right, there shall be none of that. It is limited to children's/YA though.

I knew this year was a low reading one for me, but also thought it was going to be about 75% books read for the MA module - 'The Origins and Development of Children's Literature' - with the burst of just-for-fun in June for the 48 Hour Reading Challenge and books that squeaked in around January and once I went on holiday mid-August. But I found that a surprising number of wonderful books (written this century) had been read this year. Making list-making HARD. But it's a nice start of a new academic year kind of project all the same. So...


Best YA Books (So Far)

Gatty's Tale, by Kevin Crossley-Holland - My write-up
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Lawson
Devilish by Maureen Johnson
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve - My write-up
The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Okay, I'm exhausted by the pain of the narrowing-down process (and going to have to relinquish computer in a minute or two anyway), so will mention that I left Hattie Big Sky in at the cost of Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle only because I didn't want to have two by one author on such a short list and The Bermudez Triangle is older too. (Not sure if this is supposed to be only books published in 2007 or not - but hey, if it is, I can re-jig and post another.) Still not happy about leaving Sarah Dessen's Just Listen off either. I shall go and eat, calm myself, and come back later today with a list of bests for younger readers - I think more Middle School in US terminology.

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From:steepholm
Date:September 9th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
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The only one of those I've read so far is Here Lies Arthur, but I certainly second your enthusiasm about that. It seemed set up to be the kind of book I wouldn't like much, but totally won me over: real subtlety, and a wonderful sureness of tone and pace.
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From:lady_schrapnell
Date:September 9th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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I wish you had unlimited reading time so I could push *everything* I'm enthusiastic about on you, and not only to get your succinct little one-liners about why you loved something. Gatty's Tale of course will be on your TBR list but I'd be interested to see if you liked Devilish as much as Sartorias, Dorian and I did.
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