Monday, January 1, 2007

Best Books of 2006

10. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell

9. Braving Home by Jake Halpern

8. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

7. Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson

6. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

5. Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado

4. The Dead Beat by Marilyn Johnson

3. Maybe Baby by Lori Leibovich

Maybe Baby is a collection of essays written by both men and women who have decided either not to have children, to have children, or haven't made up their minds yet. My enjoyment of this book wasn't so much because the stories were groundbreaking, but because, as part of a young married couple, it's comforting to hear how other people came to their decision, and how they felt and were treated afterwards.

2. Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

Families across the world, from North America to Africa, were given enough money to buy what they would eat in a typical week, and were then photographed in front of that food. The author's talk about each family, their food, and their situation. It's incredible.

1. World War Z by Max Brooks

Only six out of the 100 books I read in 2006 were adult fiction, but one of them was the best book of the year. By far. Horror is a hard genre to pull off. It would be easy, even in a book about zombies, for it to become too unrealistic or too unnecessarily gory, and lose it's scariness because it tries too hard to be scary. Just thinking about World War Z makes me excited because it was so good. I can't wait to read it again.

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