After looking back over what I’ve read this year, I’d like to post some of my thoughts on some of these books and authors.
Favorite author I discovered this year: It’s a tie between Janet Evanovich, P.C. Cast., and Stephenie Meyer. I love the Stephanie Plum books! They had me rolling on the floor (Thank you, Teresa, for introducing me to them), and made me green with envy. I want to write hilarious characters like that! I discovered P.C. Cast at Conestoga, and I’m grateful I did. I enjoyed her Divine books, but I’m really loving the House of Night books she writes with her daughter. Also, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I cannot say enough good things about these books. I discovered them by accident, and devoured them. I can’t wait for the next one to come out!
Favorite books I haven’t read in years: The Anne of Green Gables series, by L.M. Montgomery. I’d forgotten how much I loved these books! And how much Anne’s lively imagination reminds me of myself. I actually hadn’t read the last two books in the series before, but I enjoyed them as well.
Favorite shorter work: I bought the e-book Muse by Lazette Gifford (of Forward Motion), and absolutely loved it. It was the first e-book I’ve ever bought, and I was skeptical at first. But this book cracked me up! I loved the setting, and the characters, especially the cats named after writers.
Favorite last-book-in-series: I know you think I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Well, I am. But Confessor, by Terry Goodkind, is also a tie. I love both of these series, and I thought both of the books were good endings.
Most overrated (to me) book: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Yeah, I know it won a bunch of accolades and awards, but frankly, I found it depressing and dissatisfying. Sorry. Good writing, but not a story I enjoyed.
Most disappointing book: Hands down, Rhett Butler’s People, by Daniel McCaig. I did not expect it be anywhere near as good as Gone with the Wind. But seriously? The Mitchell family should have let well enough alone. After the uproar over Scarlett, they should have learned their lesson. Leave the best alone. Don’t mess with the classics. Even good writing doesn’t make up for that.
Of course, these are all just my opinions. Take them for what they’re worth (which isn’t very much, and is about the same as anyone else’s is worth).