Reviewer Faves 2006 By Hilary Williamson, December 2006
Here's our annual poll of reviewers' personal favorites for the year (BookLoons' sixth online) across the wide range of books they enjoy. I'd like to thank all of them for their support, friendship (despite the fact that most of us have never met), love of reading, and willingness to write the reguular reviews and columns that engage site visitors' interest. And if you're reading this, thanks for dropping in today, and we hope to see you again.
Tim Davis reads widely - from literary fiction, mysteries and science fiction to non-fiction. Many of his choices are included in BookLoons Recommended Reads 2006 (a companion piece to this article, limited to three books per genre). This year, two Scandinavian mystery authors were high on Tim's list - Norwegian Karin Fossum for When the Devil Holds the Candle, and Arnaldur Indriğason for his latest Icelandic mystery, Voices (currently available in the U.K. and Canada).
Martina Bexte's choices reflect her tastes for paranormal, romance, horror, and thrillers (perhaps the most extreme range of all our reviewers!) In paranormal, she recommends The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo, and The Smoke Thief by Shana Abé. And she sets Lee Child's The Hard Way above the crowd of 2006 thrillers.
Kerry Sapet reads across a range, from contemporaries and historicals to non-fiction. Most memorable for her this year were The Sweetest Hours by Laura Pederson, Janet Aylmer's Darcy's Story, Margaret George's Helen of Troy, and the thought-provoking This I Believe, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman.
We all have different reading tastes. I hope you'll find some here that stimulate your own literary tastebuds, but also encourage you to branch out and try new genres. You might be surprised - as I've been in the past few years - by some remarkable reads. Happy Holidays & Happy Reading this year and next from all of us at BookLoons!!
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