Sorry Word Nerd's a tad late on this post. Holidays and all.
Now, without further delay, here are Word Nerd's picks for the 10 best books she read in 2006.
10. Walking on Water, Madeleine L'Engle (non-fiction)
9. Pale Immortal, Anne Frasier (fiction)
8. Purity of Blood, Arturo Perez-Reverte (fiction)
7. About a Boy, Nick Hornby (fiction)
6. Truck: A Love Story, Michael Perry (memoir)
5. The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue (fiction)
4. I am the Messenger, Markus Zusak (young adult fiction)
3. Everfree, Nick Sagan (sci-fi)
2. Gentlemen & Players, Joanne Harris (fiction)
1. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (young adult fiction)
In case anyone's interested, Word Nerd's 2005 picks can be found here.
A couple things worth mentioning about the 2006 picks. Perez-Reverte makes the top 10 for the second year in a row. Last year, his Queen of the South took Word Nerd's number 7 spot.
The big upset this year is Hornby's About a Boy. Word Nerd would never have guessed that this book would take a spot in the Best of list when she picked it up.
Word Nerd's not surprised that Zusak is in the list twice for both of his books. He is a brilliant new writer. Though his books are tagged YA, they are phenomenal. Don't pass them by if you are a grown-up.