Booking Through Thursday: And the Nominees Are…


Oops. Almost forgot this week!

Booking through Thursday asks:

1. 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.)
2. 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.)
3. And, do “best of” lists influence your reading?

Let’s go backwards.

Yes, best-of lists influence my reading. If a book shows up on 90% of the lists, I’ll often refuse to read it, figuring it’s overhyped and I probably won’t like it. The list of books I’ve been stung with like this is pretty long.

As for non-fiction, you guys know me. Other than the occasional rock-and-roll-themed book I’ll review for Front Street Reviews, I avoid non-fiction.

So… that brings us to fiction. And to be honest, I have no clue, other than Jennifer Estep‘s books, and the latest Colleen Gleason, what else I’ve read this year that was actually published in 2007.

I’d do better to give you a round-up of what I’ve read in 2007, and I’ll be doing that before the 27th, so if you’re in town, stay tuned. If you’re going to be travelling, add me to your reader so it’ll be there when you get home.

Merry Christmas to my celebrating friends, happy Eid to those who are about to end their celebrations, and safe travels to all.

And if you need something to fill your time, there’s a cool interview posted at Front Street you shouldn’t miss, as well as Bunnygirl‘s Holiday Flash Fiction Carnival.



  1. bunnygirl

    December 21, 2007 4:08 pm

    I usually do the same with much-hyped fiction. I avoid it. I figure if it’s that good, it will stand the test of time and I can still read it in another year or two. I might make an exception for an author I like (Tom Robbins comes to mind), but in general, I’m not much of one to be first on the bandwagon. Any bandwagon.BR/BR/Thanks for linking to the Holiday Flash Fiction Carnival! I hope your readers stop by over the next few days because there’s some fun (and short) reading there!

  2. pussreboots

    December 21, 2007 10:43 pm

    Most of the books I read this year weren’t even published this decade. I have been making an effort to record the publication dates of all the books I read as I review them.

  3. Sara

    December 22, 2007 3:51 pm

    Hello, Michele sent me…to say, I don’t read a lot of current books – I always have a to-be-read-stack and everything seems to go to the bottom.BR/BR/I too tend to avoid the “hyped” books – and have made one exception this year – am currently reading “Eat Pray Love” …it’s okay…if I hadn’t been going through some things right now – I probably would not have read it…

  4. Thumper

    December 22, 2007 5:18 pm

    I sometimes read a much-hyped book if the people who are so high on it are people who seem to enjoy the same types of books as I do. It has to be really bad for me to not at least marginally enjoy reading.BR/BR/And Hi from Michele’s!

  5. Terra Kent

    December 22, 2007 7:42 pm

    Happy Holidays my friend

  6. gautami tripathy

    December 22, 2007 10:39 pm

    Too much hype puts me off. I picked up HP 7 from my nephew’s place. I was hugely disappointed after reding it. I think 3 and 4 were the best ones. BR/BR/As I said on my blog, I seldom get newly published books. BR/BR/BTW, I drink tea by gallons (Remember my avatar?). I don’t know if it has kept my weight in check or not. But I am definitely not overweight!

  7. gautami tripathy

    December 22, 2007 10:40 pm

    I forgot! Our common friend, Michele sent me here today!

  8. Michael Manning

    December 22, 2007 11:33 pm

    Michele sent me! Have a Merry Christmas!!!!

  9. Red Garnier

    December 23, 2007 8:07 pm

    Susan Happy Holidays and best wishes for 08!! HUGS!! 😉

  10. Dewey

    December 23, 2007 9:12 pm

    I’ll definitely be looking forward to your roundup, and I love the idea. Maybe I’ll do it, too, though I’ve only been blogging half the year!

  11. love wins

    December 25, 2007 8:21 am

    Taking time to absorb the moment that reminds us we are passing through another seasonal moment into a new year is like reading your blog… thoughtful.

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