And the moment you've all been waiting for. Word Nerd's Top Ten Book of 2007. (Just a reminder, while some of these actually were 2007 releases, Word Nerd makes her list based on books she's read in the past year, regardless of publication date.)
The envelope, please.
The winners are:
10. Destroyer, C.J. Cherryh (sci-fi)
9. Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey (fantasy)
8. The Hand of Oberon, Roger Zelazny (sci-fi/fantasy)
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling (fantasy)
6. Nobody True, James Herbert (horror)
5. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper (juv. fantasy)
4. Whistling in the Dark, Lesley Kagen (literary fiction)
3. Something Rotten, Jasper Fforde (mystery/comedy)
2. The Blade Itself, Marcus Sakey (thriller)
1. The Liar's Diary, Patry Francis (thriller)
For comparison, the 2006 list is here.
There are no repeat winners on this list from last year. Also, 60 percent of the authors on this list were people that Word Nerd started reading in 2007.
A word of explanation about the winners in the #3, #5, #8 and #10 spots. Word Nerd wanted to nominate the whole series that these titles came from, but forced herself to pick the ones she most enjoyed out of multi-book cycles.
The dark horse pick for this year's top 10 pick is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Word Nerd wouldn't have expected Rowling's final book to make the top ten list, but when looking at the whole book list for 2007, it really stood out since it tied the whole series together so well. (Yes, there will be disagreements by some on that... post comments if you want to discuss. As an FYI though, Word Nerd's not the only one to put it in a Top Ten list list; Newsweek did too).
If Word Nerd had written the list on another day, it's quite possible that the 1-4 spots would have come out in a different order. As it is, Sakey's debut novel and Francis' debut novel were both stellar and Francis' only beat out Sakey's for the top spot because the twist at the end was so good.
If you search the blog, past reviews for the winning titles are available.