Thursday, January 11, 2007 Best Books of 2006's Best Books of 2006

    Stand-Alone Chapter Books/Middle Grade Novels
  • The Adventures of Vin Fiz by Clive Cussler
  • Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know the Story) by Barbara Ensor
  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
  • Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Gossamer by Lois Lowry
  • Heat by Mike Lupica
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
  • Vanishing Act: Mystery at the U.S. Open

    Debut Series
  • The Dragon's Eye: The Dragonology Chronicles, Volume 1 by Dugald A. Steer
  • The Cowgirl Aunt of Harriet Bean (Harrien Bean Series) by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Araminta Spookie: The Sword of the Grotto by Angie Sage
  • Escape from the Carnival: A Never Land Adventure by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Ulysses Moore #1 : The Door to Time by Beth Dunfey
  • Ulysses Moore #2 : The Long-Lost Map by Beth Dunfey

    Series Updates
  • The End by Lemony Snicket
  • The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket
  • Ark Angel: An Alex Rider Adventure by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Lost Colony: Artemis Fowl #5 by Eoin Colfer
  • Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion by Captain Will Lubber, edited by Dugald A. Steer
  • Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Small Steps by Louis Sachar
  • The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
  • Evil Star: Book Two of the Gatekeepers by Anthony Horowitz
  • Sir Thursday: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Four by Garth Nix
  • Lord of the Shadows: Cirque du Freak Book #11 by Darren Shan
  • Sons of Destiny: Cirque du Freak Book #12 by Darren Shan
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two by Angie Sage
  • Spirit Walker: Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2 by Michelle Paver
  • Mercy Watson Goes for A Ride by Kate DiCamillo
  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime by Kate DiCamillo
  • Amelia Bedelia Under Construction by Herman Parish
  • Geronimo Stilton Series Geronimo Stilton
  • Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff

    Pop Up Books
  • Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters by Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
  • Mommy? by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks, and Matthew Reinhart
  • Sabuda and Reinhart Present-- Castle: Medieval Days and Knights by Kyle Olman, illustrated by Tracy Sabin

    Picture Books
  • The Berenstain Bears Go On Vacation by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • Eloise in Hollywood by Kay Thompson
  • Is There Really A Human Race by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Lucille Lost: A True Adventure by Margaret George and Christopher J. Murphy, illustrated by Bob Dacey and Debra Bandelin
  • A Million Dots by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Mike Reed
  • Olivia Forms A Band by Ian Falconer
  • Probuditi by Chris Van Allsburg
  • Where's Waldo? The Great Picture Hunt by Martin Handford


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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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