Thursday, September 25, 2014

Recommendations from 2007 (I've got to stop coming up with such exciting titles for these posts)

So, as I went through the 2007 list (66 books), I realized something that I didn't think of for 2006.  I've got a bunch of authors who I'm reading over and over again - just like last year.  And here's why:  I hadn't started the blog yet (Jan. 2011) or handling author events at Village House of Books (Oct. 2013).  At this stage of my reading life, I was pretty much focused on murder mysteries and suspense novels.  That's changed dramatically over the last year, especially.  But for 2007, there are a bunch of repeaters. Here are the 28 that I would recommend.  And, again, they are in the order that I read them.

Brian Haig - The Man in the Middle - this is the 6th book in the Sean Drummond
     series - a military JAG (Judge Advocate General), with a bunch of humor -
     very fun
W.E.B. Griffin - The Hunters - #3 in the Presidential Agent series
Barry Eisler - Hard Rain - #2 in the John Rain series
Jeannette Walls - The Glass Castle - 1 of my top 12 ALL-TIME
Steve Berry - The Alexandria Link - #2 in the Cotton Malone series
Christopher Reich, "The John Grisham of Wall Street" - The Devil's Banker
Barry Eisler - Rain Storm - #3
Harlan Coben - The Woods
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter #6 - really liked this series - #4 the least
Barry Eisler - Killing Rain - #4
Christopher Reich - The Runner - WWII-based - still has an accountant as hero
David Rosenfelt - Play Dead - New Jersey-based Andy Carpenter #6 - also lots
     of humor (like Haig) and also attorney-based
Jodi Picoult - The Tenth Circle
Lute Olson - Seasons of My Life - autobiography of the former University of
     Arizona basketball coach - it was given to me by my son, a UofA graduate -
     wouldn't have read it otherwise, but very good
Barry Eisler - The Last Assassin - #5
Sara Gruen - Water for Elephants - the book actually lived up to its press -
     enjoyed the scenes with the old guy more so than the circus scenes -
     the movie, unfortunately, focused on the circus
Barry Eisler - Requiem for an Assassin - #6
Daniel Silva - The Secret Service - #7
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter - #7
Christopher Reich - The First Billion
Christopher Reich - Numbered Account
Jodi Picoult - Nineteen Minutes
Nicholas Sparks - The Choice (remember? I love his sappy stuff)
Ken Follett - World without End - Pillars of the Earth sequel - it's in my 2nd 12
Vince Flynn - Protect and Defend - Mitch Rapp #10
David Baldacci - Stone Cold - The Camel Club #3
Greg Iles - Third Degree (only 1 this year!)
Steve Berry - Venetian Betrayal - Cotton Malone #3

I haven't looked at 2008, but I bet that it's got a similar mix to 2006 & 2007.  We shall see.


  1. The Glass Castle is a must read. I can still remember how that book made me feel.