I know 2010 isn’t over yet but this is the time I start reflecting on what I’ve read and start looking ahead to those books I just HAVE to read in 2011. The holidays get crazy for me so I figured I’d do this now rather than when I’m running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done before Christmas. I’ve read A TON of good books this year and I’ve really expanded my interests–I had never really read much YA (and definitely no paranormal) until this year. I love that my reading taste has become so eclectic! I can always find something to suit the mood.
I’ve created a little survey for 2010 that you can fill out about your 2010 reading experience whenever you want until the beginning of January. Feel free to link up with Mr. Linky and share your “Best of What I Read 2010” lists and visit others on the list.
1. Best book of 2010? This is hard. I am bad at picking favorites. To make it easier on myself, I’m going to break it into YA & Adult. YA– Please Ignore Vera Dietz, The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay & If I Stay. Adult — Pride & Prejudice. Hands down. Ok, and Never Let Me Go!
2. Worst book of 2010? Well, I won a book called Assault on the Senses on Goodreads and it was so terrible that I couldn’t finish it. I’d say the other one that was just meh for me was No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories. I really really wanted to love it because I heard good things but it just didn’t do much for me.
3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? I’d say probably Under the Tuscan Sun. I liked it but I was just expecting something incredible. Everything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour was pretty disappointing as well. I was SO looking forward to this because I love travelogues and the fact that the narrator was a recent college grad trying to find herself–like myself. It was really funny but was disappointing for my expectations.
4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Please Ignore Vera Dietz was a book that I heard about and it sounded like it would be a decent read but I didn’t want to fork over the cash for it. I ended up winning it on Lenore’s blog and was ended up really loving it!
5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Aside from the fact that I am always a Jonathan Safran Foer/Nicole Krauss pusher, I’d say that I recommended three books a lot this year– The Hunger Games, A Long Long Time Ago & Essentially True and Thirteen Reasons Why.
7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? David Levithan, Jennifer Donnelly, Nick Hornby, Kazuo Ishiguro and Jane Austen.
8. Most hilarious read of 2010? I’m reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares as we speak and I’d have to see this is pretty freaking hilarious and will probably take the cake.
9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? It’s between The Hunger Games trilogy and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I was glued to both of them because I just HAD to know what was going to happen!
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Along with everyone else and their mom–Mockingjay! But I’d say I most anticipated Great House as I loved The History of Love and Nicole Krauss is one of my favorites!
11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? I loved the symbolism of Chains and I thought If I Stay was pretty fitting and kind of haunting.
12. Most memorable character in 2010? There were so many memorable characters from 2010–some because they kicked ass and some because they were so evil! Isabel from Chains is one that I loved. Also, Katniss from The Hunger Games. And Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice..so mad at myself for waiting this long to be charmed by her!
14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? Oh boy. This is hard because I feel like a lot of books I’ve read this year have had a big impact on me. I’m going to go with Thirteen Reasons Why because a friend committed suicide this year and it was really thought-provoking and dealt with the subject well. I would say If I Stay but I just finished it so I’m not sure of the impact on me.
15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? Pride and Prejudice–seriously. WHY did I not read this sooner?? If you haven’t read it, read my vagrant thoughts.
Book Blogging in 2010 (optional)
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010? Well, I’ve discovered most of my favorite book blogs this year since I only just started blogging in June of this year. I seriously have a huge list of favorite blogs but I’m just going to name a few: Steph Su Reads, Presenting Lenore and The Zen Leaf (very eclectic which I LOVE because it’s hard to find blogs that have a little of everything like me–YA, adult, classics, non-fiction). Check out my blogroll for other favorites!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010? Never Let Me Go. I was scared that I wasn’t going to be able to write about it but I was actually happy with how it turned out and the discussion with it. I also loved writing the review of Chains. I loved the book and really put a good deal of time writing the review it deserved.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog? I really should have kept a list of them. I feel like there have been SO many. Steph Su always has thought-provoking reviews and discussions. Most recently she wrote a post about negative reviews that had great discussion with it!
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I really had a wonderful time doing the Read-a-thon. Met so many fun people and felt very productive! PAYA also has a special place in my heart because it was the first bookish event I went to. I’ve also had some great times participating in Top Ten Tuesday hosted over at my other blog–The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve had some good laughs reading people’s lists.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010? I’d have to say any time I’ve met up with fellow bloggers at signings and festivals. I’ve met some awesome people! Meeting Jonathan Safran Foer was up there too! But probably one of the most memorable ones was meeting Laurie Halse Anderson and recording THIS hilarious video. Also, I loved how the book blogging community really came together with the whole Speak Loudly ordeal.
7. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.) ? Paperbackswap was my 2009 best discovery but this year is NetGalley. I haven’t actually been able to use it too much because I’m not getting my Nook until Christmas BUT I already know it will be the best discovery of 2010. I’d say Book Depository is another one!