My pal Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner came up with this end-of-the-year book blogger survey, and I thought I'd jump in!
Best Book of 2010
In terms of books I keep going back to and thinking, "Man, that book was ALL THAT" (yes, my internal dialogue is stuck in the '90s), I'd say Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson because it had everything I look for in a good book.
Worst Book of 2010
Okay, so if anyone in my real-life book club reads this...I'm so sorry. BUT...my answer is: Anything my book club read. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Freaky. That book about Charles Manson? Who wants to read that before bed? Gross.
Most Disappointing Book of 2010
I love me some Hunger Games, but I have to say Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins disappointed me. I see the point of the ending, but I refuse to accept it. The last few chapters were just too heartbreaking.
Most Surprising (in a good way!) Book of 2010
As someone who is really wary of reading books told from the male point of view, I feel like I really embraced it this year. And The Cardturner by Louis Sachar was the best surprise of them all. Playing bridge is cool! Who knew?
Most-Recommended-to-Others book of 2010
If you don't know that my answer is obviously the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty, it's not that you don't REALLY know me...it's more that I haven't sunk my peer pressure talons into you yet. Just you wait.
Best Series You Discovered in 2010 / Book You Can't Believe You Waited Until 2010 to Read
Let's discuss how The Hunger Games was sitting on my husband's book shelf for a year before I thought to pick it up. A YEAR! What was I doing with my life?
Favorite New Authors Discovered in 2010
Lauren Oliver, hands down. I fell for Before I Fall and swooned over my sneak peek of Delirium. She's on my auto-buy list now. I love her so.
Most Hilarious Read of 2010
A Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriaty had me laughing out loud in a sort of creepy way. It was that funny to me.
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010
If you haven't read The Body Finder yet, you should. Just don't read it at night. The scenes in the woods? THRILLING, but scary as all get out.
Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010
It didn't come out this year, but I read it this year, so it counts. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr has the simplest, smartest, most perfect and beautiful cover I've seen in a long time.
Most Memorable Character in 2010
Katniss Everdeen from Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series. A female lead with that amount of strength? Unforgettable!
Most Beautifully Written Book of 2010
Um. Oh. Well...I'm stumped on this one. Can I say Delirium by Lauren Oliver even though it comes out next year? If so, then that. Final answer.
Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You in 2010
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell. I used to have such a hard time reading books about death. In fact, I outright refused to. Then I read these books, and I was swept away. Completely changed my mind and opened me up to so many moving reads.
Stay tuned for the Part 2: Anna's Best of Blogging 2010, which I'll post Thursday!