Even though 2010 isn’t quite over yet, and I’m still plugging away at a bunch of books that I want (and need) to finish before 2011 begins, when I heard that Jaime from The Perpetual Page-Turner was hosting a fun end of year survey on books that bloggers read over the last year, I knew I wanted to participate. In 2010, I not only really got into the YA genre, but also I started this blog, which has been a real joy over the last 8 months. I’ve read so many great books, even some that were outside of my comfort zone, and I’ve met some amazing book bloggers and authors, who “get” how much I love reading. Connecting with you over some great books has been more than I ever imagined it could be, so thanks for stopping by, reading my blog, and participating when the mood struck. You’ve all made it so worth while.
1. Best book of 2010? I’m not sure if this is supposed to be the best book written and read in 2010 or the best book I read in 2010, so with that in mind, I’m going to give two answers. The best written in 2010 book that I read is Monsters Of Men by Patrick Ness, and the best book that I read in 2010 is Nina LaCour’s Hold Still.
2. Worst book of 2010? There were a few books that I didn’t like this year, but the WORST book of 2010 is a label that is a little to harsh for me to give any novel. I for one want to stick, mostly, with the positive, so I’ll have to pass on this question.
3. Most disappointing book of 2010? I fell in love with romantic and fairytale-like plot of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater when I read it earlier this year, so I couldn’t wait to read the sequel, Linger when it came out. For an paranormal/urban fantasy novel, however, it was really heavy, and I, personally, had a really difficult time getting into the teen angst of the first half of the book. Isabel and Cole really grew on me, but their strength and ingenuity couldn’t combat the heaviness that this novel left me feeling.
4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Definitely Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. This novel made me laugh AND get over my prejudice about books about privileged rich girls.
6. Best series you discovered in 2010? Definitely Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy.
7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Laurie Halse Anderson, Jill Murray, Lucy Christopher and Nina LaCour were all new to me authors that made my year.
8. Most hilarious read of 2010? Again, I’d have to say Natalie Standiford’s Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters.
9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2010? Becca Fitzpatrick’s Crescendo
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay without a doubt.
11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? Michaela MacColl’s Prisoners In The Palace is absolutely stunning looking with a mix of modern and period-reminiscent design. I also really loved the look of Jane Eagland’s Wildthorn - there just is something about corsets that draws me in even as I resist the idea of them.
12. Most memorable character in 2010? Caitlin from Nina LaCour’s Hold Still and Kate Malone from Laurie Halse Anderson’s Catalyst really spoke to me in 2010, and I have a pretty good feeling that these characters will stay with me for a very long time.
14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? Hold Still by Nina LaCour
15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to read? The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Have you read any of these books either in 2010 or in the past? Would any of them make your list if you already have or were going to fill out this survey? Let me know your thoughts and whether you’ve participated in this fun 2010 survey as I would love to see how other people answered them as well.