Feb 2, 2008

the top 10 fiction books of 2007

Writing tip: These top 10 fiction books of 2007 (as deemed by Time) were once just the glimmer of an idea in the writer’s mind. I don’t know how the writers came up with the ideas for these books, or how long the books took to write, or how many rejection letters the writers received and burned or filed.

But I do know that these books represent hard work and dedication. Even if a book doesn’t make it to the bestseller list or someone’s top 10, it still required mountains of discipline, hope, and faith. A dash of self-confidence and courage probably didn’t hurt, either.

If Diaz, Ferris, Hosseini, Petterson and the other six writers on this list can do it – then so can you. And so can I.

The top 10 fiction books of 2007:

  1. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

  2. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

  4. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

  5. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson

  6. The House of Meetings by Martin Amis

  7. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Dallows by J.K. Rowling

  9. Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard

  10. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

These books represent writing hope, writing dreams, and writing goals. These writers followed their hearts and listened to their editors, and wrote through their insecurities and fears.

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