I feel a little bit sheepish participating in this "Best Of" meme since I only finished a whopping 23 books this year (yes, twenty three), but I have blogger's block again and really want to post something before tomorrow at midnight! And for the record, while I do feel like a bit of a failure as a book blogger for only having read 23 books this year, I think back on all the things I did in 2010 and am totally OK that reading took a back burner and will continue to do so in 2011.
So...Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner has asked us a series of questions about our 2010 reading (pop by for a Linky of all participants).
My 2010 Reading Year
1. Best book of 2010?
No question about it – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and Extremely Loud &; Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer. I can pick two, right? They are soooo different afterall.
2. Worst book of 2010?
The Night Gardener by George Pelecanos. I don’t often feel like I've wasted time reading a book, but I wish I could have the week I spent reading this one back. I read for book club and it’s a harmless book (murder mystery), just not something I enjoy reading.
3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I wanted to read the book for so long and it ended up just being a painful time sucker.
4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
The Odyssey! Who knew that it would be so easy to read and entertaining as well.
5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
Is it weird that I don’t typically recommend books? I guess Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close though it’s not one I’d recommend universally.
6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
Does Flavia de Luce count as a series? I adored The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley and can’t wait to read more of Flavia’s adventures.
7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Not sure I really had any “discoveries” this year, but I’ll be reading more of Jonathon Safran Foer and Alan Bradley for sure.
8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
I guess maybe One for the Money by Janet Evanovich but mostly it was just entertaining rather than HILarious.
9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale about a Victorian murder mystery. This one will get included among my favorite non-fiction books!
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?
I didn’t really have any “anticipated” reads for 2010. Now, 2011 I have a whole list!
11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Delicious. I might even pick up the Jane Eyre edition for next year.
12. Most memorable character in 2010?
Definitely the cast from Wuthering Heights. I even casted out my own version of the movie.
13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Any book that can make me cry on the bike at the gym is one dear to my heart.
14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. See note above about crying on the bike at the gym. Seriously.
15. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
Animal Farm by George Orwell. Such a fun surprise and so short!
Book Blogging in 2010
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010?
I’m admittedly bad about kind of sticking to my handful of longtime favorites, especially after the blogging break and move, but a few newbies [to me] for me this year are Erin Reads, Kristi Loves Books, Iliana from Bookgirl's Nightstand (met Iliana this year in Austin!), Amy Reads, and Allie from A Literary Odyssey.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close though it’s mostly a rambling mess. In my head I also love my Les Miserables review even if I can’t seem to get more than one paragraph actually drafted.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog
Though sometimes I miss the big Sunday Salon discussions I used to have before my break, I’ve had some great ones this year. Two of my favorites from this year were Taming of the Shelves and Picking Your Next Read.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
Amanda from The Zen Leaf wrote an amazing review of Lolita. She warns of spoilers, but I think especially those who haven’t read the book should read her thoughts. It’s a beautiful book that so many people avoid but she explains perfectly why Lolita is a must read.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
ALWAYS the read-a-thon. The next I presume will be in April right before Little Miss comes. I’m hoping I can get in one last day of gratuitous reading before the true insanity begins.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?
Finally letting go of Trish’s Reading Nook and allowing myself to begin to blog more freely (still working on it, but hey).
7. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)
That I can download audiobooks from my local library! The collection is small but I’m hoping I can take more advantage of this in 2011.
Soooo, the bottom line is I want you all to go read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close right now so we can meet for coffee and chat about what heavy boots the book gave us.
I'm so looking forward to all that 2011 is going to bring. I plan to be back with a Sunday Salon on January 2nd, but until then I hope you all have a lovely and safe New Year's Eve and Day.
Much love and happy reading,