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Best Books of 2006

December 31st, 2006 (09:04 pm)
restless

Current Mood: restless
Current Song: Tonight Not Again by Jason Mraz

Total Number of Books Read in 2006: 433

Picture Books
Duck and Goose written and illustrated by Tad Hills
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late written and illustrated by Mo Willems
But Excuse Me That is My Book written and illustrated by Lauren Child
The Patch written by Justina Chen Headley and illustrated by Mitch Vane

Juvenile Fiction
Shug by Jenny Han
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Pieces of Georgia by Jennifer Bryant
Hugging the Rock by Susan Taylor Brown
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume
Just for You to Know by Cheryl Harness
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Teen Fiction
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman
The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando
Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) by Justina Chen Headley
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life by Dana Reinhardt
Stay with Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin

Juvenile Numbered Series
Fairy Realm by Emily Rodda
Disney Fairies by various authors
The Royal Ballet Diaries by Alexandra Moss

Juvenile and Teen Fiction: Series or Sequels
Two Steps Forward by Rachel Cohn (sequel to The Steps)
Alice in the Know by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (the 21st Alice McKinley novel)
A Crack in the Line and Small Eternities by Michael Lawrence (first and second in the Withern Rise Trilogy aka the Aldous Lexicon Trilogy)
Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld (third in The Midnighters trilogy)
Specials by Scott Westerfeld (third in the Uglies trilogy)
Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier (second in the Magic or Madness trilogy)
May Bird Among the Stars by Jodi Lynn Anderson (second in the May Bird trilogy)
Frogs & French Kisses by Sarah Mlynowski (second in an ongoing series)
Sleeper Code by Tom Sniegoski (the beginning of The Sleeper Conspiracy)
Sleeper Agenda by Tom Sniegoski (the conclusion of The Sleeper Conspiracy)

Adult Fiction
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (published in his native Australia as adult fiction before it came to our fair shores)
Stay with Me by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Adult Non-Fiction
Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent by Anthony Rapp

Additional Notable Debuts (since the majority of my juvenile and teen fiction picks happen to be debuts)
Dancing Queen by Erin Dowling (teen comedy)
Major Crush by Jennifer Echols (teen comedy)
Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr (teen comedy)
Girl in Development by Jordan Roter (teen dramedy)
In the Garage by Alma Fullerton (teen fiction, mix of prose and verse)
How It's Done by Christine Kole MacLean (teen fiction)
I Was a Teenage Popsicle by Bev Katz Rosenbaum (teen comedy/sci-fi)
AutumnQuest by Terie Garrison (fantasy)
Homefree by Nina Wright (sci-fi/fantasy)
Golden by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (sci-fi/fantasy)
Urchin of the Riding Stars by Margaret McAllister (juvenile fantasy)

Appealing to a New Audience (previously published authors who released their first novels for teens)
The Principles of Love by Emily Franklin
Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Spectacular Sophomore Releases (second novels)
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
I would list Grist by Heather Waldorf, but I have yet to read her first novel, Fighting the Current.
I would list Sparrow by Sherri L. Smith, but I have yet to read her first novel, Lucy the Giant.

Colossal Collaborations
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (teen fiction)
The Menagerie: Stones Unturned by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski (third in an ongoing dark fantasy series)
Ghosts of Albion: Witchery by Christopher Golden and Amber Benson (historical fantasy/horror)

Graphic Novels
The Baby-Sitters Club #1: Kristy's Great Idea written by Ann M. Martin and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Best of the Backlist (published prior to 2006)
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McConnell (gift book/picture book)
Meow: Cat Tales from Around the World written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Hala Wittwer (picture book)
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (juvenile fiction)
May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson (first in the May Bird trilogy; juvenile fantasy)
The Dark Flight Down by Marcus Sedgwick (sequel to The Book of Dead Days; juvenile fiction)
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan (teen fiction, mix of verse and prose)
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb (teen fiction, a haunting ghost story highly recommended to teens and adults)
Teach Me by R. A. Nelson (teen fiction)
The Art of Darkness: Staging the Philip Pullman Trilogy by Robert Butler (non-fiction)
Paper Moon aka Addie Pray by Joe David Brown (adult fiction)
Archie Leach by Cary Grant (autobiography)
Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring (play)
The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown (libretto)

This list was also posted at The Edge of the Forest. Speaking of lists . . .

Related Lists
Best Books of 2006 at Amazon Listmania
Best Books of 2005 at Amazon Listmania
Best Books of 2005 at LJ
Best Books of 2005 at Bildungsroman website
Best Books of the Month posts at LJ
Booklists at LJ
Booklists at Bildungsroman website

Comments

Posted by: SYDNEY (stagelovebeauty)
Posted at: September 14th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

is Without You well written?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 14th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)

It is so well-written. Totally honest and true.

Posted by: queen_of_ocd (queen_of_ocd)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)

I LOVE Mo Willems' Pigeon books.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)

Ditto.

Posted by: kidslitinfo/Kelly (kidslitinfo)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)

I'm going to have to read "Shug." I keep seeing it on the lists and I've missed it somehow.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)

It is so sweet.
http://slayground.livejournal.com/114832.html
http://slayground.livejournal.com/114616.html

Posted by: jenny han (jennyhan)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
xoxo

YOU are so sweet! Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for Shug. You've been amazing.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: xoxo

You are welcome! :)

Posted by: cynthialord (cynthialord)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 09:06 am (UTC)

:-) Thank you so much. That means a lot to me.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)

You are welcome! :)

Posted by: The Blog of Author Jonathan Stephens (jonstephens)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)

Go THE BOOK THIEF!!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: September 15th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)

It is the best thing to hit historical fiction in a long, long time.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 17th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)

We have a lot of favorite books in common, and I love your extensive and well-categorized list. My library gets so many books late that I'll be publishing my Best Books of 2006 list in March.
-MotherReader

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 17th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you! So many goodies on the teen side this year; few on the adult side.

Posted by: Terie Garrison (teriegarrison)
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 09:14 am (UTC)

Wow! Thanks for including AutumnQuest on your list!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)

You're welcome!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)

Great list though just so you know Grist is not a debut. Heather has another award winning novel called Fighting the Current which was published in 2004.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 18th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I have it under Sophomore Releases.

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: December 20th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)

Great list! :)

I stayed up until 2:00 in the morning finishing An Abundance of Katherines last night. What a book!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 20th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)

Thank you for checking out the list!

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