Friday, December 29, 2006

Best (and worst) Books of 2006

Top 5 books read in 2006:

The Way the Crow Flies - Ann-Marie MacDonald
How to Breathe Underwater - Julie Orringer
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Socrates in Love - Kyoichi Katayama

Honorable Mention:
Deafening - Frances Itani
The History of Love - Nicole Krauss
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

Best New Author to watch:
Julie Orringer

Best Non-Fiction:
Geisha of Gion - Mineko Iwasaki

Most Surprising:
Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre

Most Amusing:
The Fourth Bear - Jasper Fforde

Most Shocking (and Most Violent):
Out - Natsuo Kirino

Most Disappointing:
The Book of Secrets - M.G. Vassanji

Worst Book:
Vendetta - Michael Dibdin

(clicking on the book title will take you to my original review)


  1. I am in the Challenges with you, so I thought I'd stop by.

    I thought OUT was the "most shocking", too. Yikes!

    Happy Reading!

  2. This is too weird...I thought I posted a comment this morning. ??? I don't get it.

    Anyway, I totally agree that OUT was the MOST SHOCKING! Obviously, I did decide to read it. I rated it a 3.5/5.

    I also forgot to add you onto my blog sites. I will go do that now. :)

    Happy New Year! May it be book-filled!

  3. OOPS! Just realized it had to be blog owner approved. No wonder. :)

  4. Yay! My first book of 2007 is The Way the Crow Flies. I'm about 30 pages in and so far, so good!

    Happy, Happy New Year, Nat!

  5. Interesting review - I am going to have to look out The Book Thief along with The Stolen Child. I keep seeing glowing recommendations about those two!

  6. I'm a little scared to read 'The Book Thief' as I don't want to not love it since so many book bloggers have raved about it and included it in their favorites for 2006. But I checked a copy out from the library so I should know one way or the other within a few days.

  7. Happy New Year, Nat! Thank you for sharing your best and worst books of 2006. "Socrates in Love" is definitely going on my TBR. We don't do some books justice by lumping them in a general fiction or non-ficton category, so I'm glad you devised other categories for them, I am intrigued with the "Most Surprising" category, I'd love to find out more about "Vernon God Little".

  8. Sorry about that Joy. Didn't help matters that I've been away for a few days. Anyway, thank you and Happy New Year to you too.

    Les- I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy New Year to you too!

    the traveller- The Stolen Child has been on my mental wishlist for a while too.

    Lesley- lol! no pressure!

    Lotus- after thinking about my top 5, I thought there were still some books that stood out in some way, and I started thinking of categories. It was fun! Socrates in Love was also made into a film in Japan and I'm going to try and get my hands on a copy. A bittersweet love story- the book made me cry!
    As for Vernon God Little, mainly it was most surprising because I went into it thinking I wouldn't like it. I added it to my summer challenge to just finally get the darn thing read and out of the house! BUT I ended up liking it. I don't think I'd want to read it again, so it's still going out of the house, but it was better than I thought.


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