Wednesday, December 29, 2010
2010 in Books
This End of 2010 Survey is being hosted by the Perpetual Page-Turner. I read a lot of great stuff this year, and discovered a ton of new (to me, at least) writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Green.
I also started my blog this December. My blog isn't even a month old, but I've interacted with a lot of wonderful bloggers who are as crazy about books as me, if not more so. So, hopefully, I'll get to do this survey or something like it in this blog in the coming years.
1. Best book of 2010?
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Hands down. We were supposed to read it in class two semesters ago, but I cheated and looked up the summary and chapter analyses on Sparknotes. *Please don’t hurl tomatoes at me.* A decision which I now fully regret. The Great Gatsby was completely amazing. I never knew the English language could be so beautiful.
2. Worst book of 2010?
The Perfect Wife by Lynsay Sands. This book bombed. Bombed, I tell you!
3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
The 5th Witch by Graham Masterton. I was expecting something entertaining, at the very least, from this book, but, once again, it bombed. Things were too easy for the main character, and I never felt that he was in any real danger. With five horrid witches running all over the place, I was supposed to feel somewhat concerned. Blagh.
4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. I saw this book on bestseller lists everywhere, but I didn’t think it was for me. Finally, an aunt sent it to me as a present and—surprise, surprise!—I couldn’t put it down.
5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
This is hard. Just one? No, I can’t do it. I’ll have to settle for two. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Both YA. Both amazing writing with a bit of philosophy thrown in.
6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
The Hunger Games series. I completely fell for The Boy With the Bread. I'd also recommend The Percy Jackson series for people who've finished Harry Potter, and want something to tide their reading appetite over. The movie version wasn't so good, but the books are really fun to read.
7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Another hard one. I became more adventurous when it came to book-buying this year, and I discovered a lot of new authors. F. Scott Fitzgerald is my new favorite author of all time. The new authors I discovered this year include: Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Junot Diaz, Orson Scott Card, Stephen Chbosky, Jonathan Tropper, J.M. Barrie, Suzanne Collins, Miguel Syjuco and John Green.
8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding. The first one was pretty funny, too.
9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. No contest. I simply could not put the book down.
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?
I can’t say I was “waiting” for one book in particular. I usually buy secondhand books, so there’s no room for anticipation.
11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
I love the cover The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl. I’m a lover of all things vintage, and the book cover had vintage down pat.
12. Most memorable character in 2010?
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby. He showed me what ambition can do to a person, and how blind love can really be.
13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?
It wasn’t written in 2010, but I read it in 2010… Once again, The Great Gatsby.
14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?
You tired of hearing it yet? LOL. The Great Gatsby. After I finished reading it, I thought about it for weeks, months even.
15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
And I’m back where I started. The Great Gatsby. Why did I wait so long? You were available at National Bookstore for PHP 99! Why?!?
What books made a mark on you this 2010?