What fiction book (or books) would you nominate to be the best new book published in 2007?(Older books that you read for the first time in 2007 don’t count.)
What non-fiction book (or books) would you nominate to be the best new book published in 2007?(Older books that you read for the first time in 2007 don’t count.)
And, do “best of” lists influence your reading?
Looking through the list of books I’ve read this year I see that most of them are not new books published in 2007, so I don’t have much difficulty in deciding which ones I would nominate.
In the fiction category my nominations are:
1. Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert, about mystery, magic, memory, full of psychological tension
2. Playing with the Moon by Eliza Graham, about memories, bereavement and the legacy of war
3. Speaking of Love by Angela Young, about misunderstandings, loss and above all love
4. Over by Margaret Forster about grief and death, heart-breakingly sad
My brief descriptions only give a flavour of the books and although they are all different it seems they have a lot in common – love and memories and loss.
I have only one nomination in the non-fiction category and that is:
The Verneys by Adrian Tinniswood – the lives of the Buckinghamshire Verney family in turbulent seventeenth century during the English Civil War – love, war and madness.
“Best of” lists are interesting and I suppose they do influence my reading to a certain extent. Since I started reading blogs, about two years ago now, I am more influenced by recommendations from bloggers, particularly when I know they have similar reading tastes to mine. I’m also influenced by books I see in bookshops and especially in my local library. Sometimes I prefer to pick up a book without knowing anything about it or the author and am often surprised by how much I enjoy it.