Here's something I saw over at Persnickety Snark's the other day. I think she was thinking only YA when she did her survey... and perhaps she was thinking only books from 2010. But I wanted to ponder all my reading from the year 2010 (not just newly released books, and not any particular genre) and fill it out accordingly.
Best Book: I can't pick just one best book, and so you'll just have to stay tuned for a later post when I do my top ten of the year!
Worst Book: I don't do worst books. But a couple of books I started but didn't finish were: The Demon's Lexicon and City of Bones.... and I think I need to try again on these two!
Most Disappointing Book: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel, this wasn't even close to the awesomeness that was Life of Pi
Most Surprising Book: Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, I avoided it for years because I thought I would hate it, and guess what, I didn't.
The Book Most Recommended to Others: The Book Thief, The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games
Best Series Discovered: The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Favorite New Authors Discovered: Neal Shusterman, Michael Perry, Justin Cronin, Megan Whalen Turner, Becca Wilhite, Ally Condie, Sydney Salter (not necessary new authors, but new to me this year)
Most Hilarious Read: Coop by Michael Perry (I would also say most thought provoking)
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Most Anticipated Book: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Favorite Cover: oh man there's too many....I loved the covers of Warbreaker, The Queen's Thief, Rules of Attraction, The Replacement, Matched, Bright Blue Miracle... just to name a few
Most Memorable Character: Perrin from The Wheel of Time, Antsy from The Schwa, and of course Gen from the Queen's Thief
Most Beautifully-Written Book: North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Book That Had the Greatest Impact On You: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, wow it's powerful
Book you Can't Believe you Waited Until 2010 to Read: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
New Favorite Book Blog You Discovered: Polishing Mud Balls by Ibeeeg (Deanna)
Favorite Review You Wrote: The Passage by Justin Cronin
Best Discussion on Your Blog: True or False: 90% of Everything is Crap!
Most Thought-Provoking Review or Discussion on Another Blog: oh man, I can't think of specific ones at the moment. But there's always some great discussions going on over at The Zen Leaf (now I'm remembering she created quite a discussion when she talked about some books she hasn't read, remember that one?) and at Age 30+... and at Angieville's. ... just to name a few.
Best Book Event You Participated in During 2010: Probably the most recent Teen Festival at the Provo Library where Scott Westerfeld came, but I really especially love our Utah blogger get togethers too.
Best Moment of Book Blogging in 2010: When all the people who couldn't go to BEA rallied together and created the first ever Armchair BEA blogging event. That was fun!
Best Bookish Discovery of 2010: This year, I discovered that I really love read a longs and buddy reads. Anyone want to read something with me next year? Let's do it!
How about you? What books (or blog posts) would you plug into these categories?