Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Welcoming 2008 & Reviewing 2007 -- part one

Happy 2008!

What I'm reading: Dreaming of you by Lisa Kleypas & Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz.
What I'm working on: Revisions to the beginning of The Slayer's Circle and adding new scenes where needed.

I'll be posting this year's writing and life goals later in the week -- once they're finalized and I'm done tweaking them. I'll probably also post a "best of" for 2007 -- the "best of" being a list of the most memorable things I've done or accomplished in 2007 -- kind of a year in review.

For now, I'm transferring my Read in 2007 list into a blog so I can start my Read in 2008 list in the sidebar. These are the books I finished reading this year. It's a fairly sizable list. In wondering how I compared to others as far as number of books read, I checked out some online info about how much American adults read. I found a very interesting article from the Washington Post: One in Four Read No Books Last Year. Check it out. The title itself is depressing for a writer. The article said the "average" person read FOUR books last year. FOUR. I read ten times that many. (I wonder how many TV reruns people watched last year. Pathetic.) For a writer, the message is clear. If people are only going to read 4 books a year, you'd better write a damn good one and promote the hell out of it.

Anyway, let's get past this depressing news and on to my list -- many of which were outstanding. Let me know if you read any of them and what you thought.


Books read in 2007

• New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
• Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy
• Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
• Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer
• All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz
• Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
• The Devil and Miss Prym by Paolo Coehlo
• The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
• A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
• MacKenzie’s Pleasure by Linda Howard
• Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
• Incantation by Alice Hoffman
• The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
• Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
• Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
• What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker
• A Piece of Heaven by Barbara Samuel
• Raintree: Haunted by Linda Winstead Jones
• Raintree: Inferno by Linda Howard
• This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
• A Man in a Million by Jessica Bird
• A Perfect Match by Emilie Rose
• When Good Things Happen to Bad Boys (Anthology) by Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, & HelenKay Dimon
• Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
• Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
• Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
• Ladies Man by Suzanne Brockman
• Second Sight by Amanda Quick
• Under the Microscope by Jessica Andersen
• Match Me if You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
• Closer by Jo Leigh
• The Trudeau Vector by Juris Jurjevics
• GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dixon
• You Can't Hide by Karen Rose
• Long Time Coming by Sandra Brown
• A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
• The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration: New Ideas for Writing by Monica Wood
• Investigating 101 by Debra Webb
• Parlor Games (anthology) by Jess Michaels, Leda Swann, & Julia Templeton
• Flashpoint by Suzanne Brockman
• Valley of Silence by Nora Roberts
• Dance of the Gods by Nora Roberts
• Morrigan's Cross by Nora Roberts


Katie Reus said...

I can't imagine reading only four books a year. That's one of the most depressing things I've heard. I read a ton this past year but only a couple match up w/ your list. I started the Raintree trilogy b/c of Linda Howard (my all time favorite author) and discovered Linda Winstead Jones who I now consider one of my faves too!

Dara Edmondson said...

That's an incredible number of books! One of my goals is to read more in '08. I read about 15 in '07 - nothing compared to you!

Macy O'Neal said...

A significant number of those books were "read" on CD or via Ipod download from Audible during my 25 minute commute to and from work each day. I'm amazed at how much I enjoy audio books.


Terry Odell said...

I've posted my "what I'm reading" list since I started my blog. Never backed up and listed them in one place, though. I figure I read at least 2 books a week; usually more.

And looking at your list, it's amazing how many books I haven't read. I read Nora Roberts almost exclusively as JD Robb. Don't read paranormal. I love Suzanne Brockmann-just started All Through The Night at the Y this morning (my guilt-free reading time). But I turn everything off at 10 pm at the latest every night and crawl into bed and read. Don't watch much tv.

Cinderwriter said...

Good Job Macy!