With big nods and curtseys and thankful interpretive dance routines to Persnickety Snark and The Perpetual Page Turner, here is my 2010 Reading Survey. I love, love, love doing surveys, almost as much as I love reading them, so I’d dig it real deep if you’d all do your own and post linkies as comments. Or just read mine and comment to yourself about how bang-on my answers are!
Anyhoo, here ’tis:
- Best book of 2010? Oh, jeepers, they put the hardest one first, don’t they? Luckily, this year I have a hands down, happy-dance-making winner. After reading (and becoming hopelessly besotted with) A Brief History of Montmaray (eternal thanks to the amazing Zoe Walton for introducing me to it), I was a bit worried the sequel, The FitzOsbornes in Exile would not live up to its exceedingly high standards. I should not have worried. This book is awesome, awesome, awesome and if you have not read it GO OUT AND GET IT NOW EVEN IF IT MEANS BREAKING INTO A CLOSED BOOK SHOP!!! Thatisall.
- Worst book of 2010? Oh, okay, now this is difficult. Not because there have been so many horrid books this year that it’s hard to choose; more because I don’t really like giving bad reviews. I try to find something to like in any book. That said, I didn’t really go gaga over the Stieg Larsson trilogy but, hey, I don’t think the publishers of those books are too worried about my opinion!
- Most Disappointing Book of 2010? Okay, please don’t kick me, but Hush Hush didn’t float my boat as much as I thought it would. Lots of people loved it, so I am clearly a muppet.
- Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? After the abovementioned disappointing experience with angel-related fiction, I have been a bit squeamish about halo-lit. Thankfully, even though I do have to make a stern face about its unimaginative title, Halo, by super-talented Alexandra Adornetto, was a fun, gorgeously-written read. Can’t wait for the sequel.
- Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Girl Aloud by Emily Gale. Much deeper than its sparkly pink cover would lead yout to believe. Loved, loved, loved this book. In 2011, I already know my most-recommended book will be Dangerously Placed by Nansi Kunze. She may be my Twitter mate, but I am totally unbiased in saying this YA sci fi is made of chocolate-covered awesome.
- Best series you discovered in 2010? Diary of a Chav – discovered in the UK and probably won’t translate too well in bogan-y downunder, but having experienced a few “chavs” on my travels, I totally dug the chance to peep into their world. Grace Dent is a super-funny writer and Sihraz Bailey Wood is a creation of comic genius.
- Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Emily Gale, Maggie Stiefvater, Lauren Kate, Grace Dent, Alexander McCall Smith (I know. Bit behind the eight ball on that one, hey?), RM Corbet, Alice Kuipers.
- Most hilarious read of 2010? Diary of a Chav, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Will Grayson, Will Grayson. David Levithan may possibly be a god. John Green definitely is.
- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? Heist Society by Ally Carter. Damn, that girl can write suspense. Almost as well as she does tummy-clutching laughs.
- Book you most anticipated in 2010? See Number One! Also, Dash and Lily.
- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? Apart from the gorgeous gift of a cover I was given for Daisy Blue (inner voice: Kate, you CAN NOT NOMINATE YOUR OWN BOOK), I’d have to say the covers in Lauren Kate’s Fallen series are pretty much perfect.
- Most memorable character in 2010? Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He is one of the most memorable characters OF ALL TIME.
- Most beautifully written book in 2010? Montacute House by Lucy Jago. Pure poetry. Except, um, it’s prose (onner voice: Kate, you are a donghead. Shut up and stop pretending to be at all clever. The end).
- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Unfortunately, I read this after I posted my Best of 2010 list (That’ll learn me). It would definitely have been up there. So moving, so un-emotionally-manipulative. So gosh-darn real. Unputdownable.
- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? For Husband Bear: The Deathgate Cycle by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. He’s been bugging me to read these for years and I have fobbed him off due to my chronic David-Eddings-induced fear of adult fantasy. HB? Yep, you win. I was wrong. They are superdooper
Now … Bring on 2011. Can’t wait for another year of booky awesome!