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2007 Stand-outs

Happy 2008! I'm starting off the year with a list of the books I most enjoyed in 2007. Since I spent 2007 studying for my Master's in Library Science (and I finished it!), the reviews will take longer to post than this list. Don't worry, they are on the way!

If only I didn't read so many good books! As you can see, I have trouble narrowing down my choices. I do recommend every book on this list. They are books that stood out in my mind after a year of reading. For fun, I've listed them in the order I enjoyed them, which shouldn't be construed as a ranking of their quality.

As always with the Stand-outs, I've categorized the books so so that I don't have to make too many choices between wonderful but very different books. This year, I've added a category for audiobooks. Two of the audiobooks I listened to were the very best books I read in a previous year, so it didn't seem fair to put them with the genre they are part of and have them top the list again. Instead, I ranked them according to my experience enjoying listening to them.

Happy Reading!



  1. Sacred Choices
    by Christel Nani
  2. The Manual of the Core Value Workshop
    by Steven Stosny, PhD
  3. Horse Sense for People
    by Monty Roberts
  4. The Little Book of Letting Go
    by Hugh Prather
  5. Codependent No More
    by Melody Beattie
  6. The Powerful Self
    by Steven Stosny, PhD
  7. The Mother's Book of Well-Being
    by Lisa Groen Braner
  8. Guidance 24/7
    by Christel Nani

  1. Prayer
    by Richard J. Foster
  2. When I Lay My Isaac Down
    by Carol Kent
  3. Grace (Eventually)
    by Anne Lamott
  4. When Godly People Do Ungodly Things
    by Beth Moore
  5. Praying God's Word
    by Beth Moore
  6. Battlefield of the Mind
    by Joyce Meyer

  1. How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It
    by Patricia Love, EdD, and Steven Stosny, PhD
  2. The Gaslight Effect
    by Dr. Robin Stern
  3. If We're So In Love, Why Aren't We Happy?
    by Susan Page
  4. The Prodigal's Pen
    by Robert E. Steinkamp

  1. Enchantment
    by Orson Scott Card
  2. Fortune's Fool
    by Mercedes Lackey
  3. The Decoy Princess
    by Dawn Cook
  4. Inda
    by Sherwood Smith
  5. Thursday Next
    by Jasper Fforde
  6. Super Mom Saves the World
    by Melanie Lynne Hauser

  1. Redeeming Love
    by Francine Rivers
  2. Austenland
    by Shannon Hale
  3. Home to Italy
    by Peter Pezelli
  4. Jane Austen in Boca
    by Paula Marantz Cohen
  5. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
    by Alexander McCall Smith
  6. The End of the Alphabet
    by C. S. Richardson
  7. The Diagnosis of Love
    by Maggie Leffler
  8. Back on Blossom Street
    by Debbie Macomber


Audiobooks
  1. The Higher Power of Lucky
    by Susan Patron
  2. The Goose Girl
    by Shannon Hale
  3. The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness
    by Joel ben Izzy
  4. Young Men in Spats
    by P. G. Wodehouse
  5. The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax
    by Dorothy Gilman

  1. The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
    by Carla Morris, illustrated by Brad Sneed
  2. Cowboy and Octopus
    by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  3. Go Away, Big Green Monster!
    by Ed Emberley
  4. Flotsam
    by David Wiesner
  5. Grandpa for Sale
    by Dotti Enderle and Vicki Sansum, illustrated by T. Kyle Gentry
  6. Phooey!
    by Marc Rosenthal
  7. 365 Penguins
    by Jean-Luc Fromenthal and Joelle Jolivet
  8. A Splendid Friend, Indeed
    by Suzanne Bloom
  9. Do Unto Otters
    by Laurie Keller

  1. Book of a Thousand Days
    by Shannon Hale
  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    by J. K. Rowling
  3. Keturah and Lord Death
    by Martine Leavitt
  4. Twilight
    by Stephenie Meyer
  5. Straw Into Gold
    by Gary D. Schmidt

  1. Ender's Game
    by Orson Scott Card
  2. Dragonhaven
    by Robin McKinley
  3. Eva
    by Peter Dickinson


  1. American Born Chinese
    by Gene Luen Yang
  2. Number 8
    by Anna Fienberg
  3. Speak
    by Laurie Halse Anderson
  4. An Abundance of Katherines
    by John Green
  5. Hush
    by Jacqueline Woodson
  1. Copper Sun
    by Sharon Draper
  2. The Book Thief
    by Markus Zusak
  3. The Lion Hunter
    by Elizabeth E. Wein
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
    by Brian Selznick

  1. Saving the Griffin
    by Kristin Wolden Nitz
  2. Princesses Are People, Too
    by Susie Morgenstern
  3. The Quigleys in a Spin
    by Simon Mason
  4. The Castle Corona
    by Sharon Creech

  1. Moses
    by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  2. Team Moon
    by Catherine Thimmesh
  3. Bound for the North Star
    by Dennis Brindell Fradin
  4. The Journey That Saved Curious George
    by Louise Borden, illustrated by Allan Drummond
  5. A Million Dots
    by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mike Reed