2010 Wrap-up

I haven’t been doing much (well, much for me) reading or blogging lately, so I kind of forgot about doing a 2010 recap before, you know, 2011, so I’m just going to grab this meme from the internets and go with it. One thing to add, though, is that I read 123 books this past year (nice, right?), which is fewer than 2009 and also full of many more kids and YA books, but I did enjoy most of what I read!

Best book of 2010?
Numbers-wise, my favorite books were two non-fiction books about language (The Word Snoop and Biting the Wax Tadpole), and a re-read (In the Woods), and that seems to hold pretty true even after a year of thinking about it. I will also throw in When You Reach Me, which was absolutely adorable and came so close to getting that 10.

Worst book of 2010?
I really quite disliked Thirteen Reasons Why, which I listened to, probably primarily because of the voice actors.

Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag. I quite enjoyed Flavia in The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie but found this sequel to drag on far too much.

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
American Born Chinese. I had read other graphic novels before but thought they weren’t terribly good; this one was brilliant and got me started on a new adventure in reading!

Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
Mostly I’ve been recommending books I’ve read in previous years, but of 2010 books I’d have to say Mr. Peanut since I’ve already foisted it upon my book group!

Best series you discovered in 2010?
Hmm. I quite liked the first in the new Shades of Grey series, but I’m also just kind of in love with Jasper Fforde. A completely new-to-me series that I will have to continue is Confessions of Georgia Nicholson, which was brilliantly hilarious.

Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Bill Bryson! I have got to find one of his travelogues, it can only be better. Aaaand Sarah Waters, on whom I have a total girl-crush.

Most hilarious read of 2010?
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging, hands down.

Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?
If I Stay — I listened to this on my commute, so not technically “unputdownable,” but I was very much looking forward to getting back into the car while this was playing.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
Mr. Peanut. Very awesome.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
Fingersmith. I must learn not to resist the internets!

2 thoughts on “2010 Wrap-up

  1. Cari says:

    Still haven't read Shades of Grey. Why, Cari, why? I checked it out and renewed it like five times. Just never got to it.

    I'm sad you didn't like Thirteen Reasons Why – I was a big fan. I think I already told you I loved When You Reach Me.

    Will have to check out The Word Snoop – I liked Biting the Wax Tadpole too.

    Yay for books!

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