The Best and Worst of What I Read in 2010

Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created a survey for book lovers to talk about what they read in 2010. Check out Jamie’s blog, and then sign up if you want to complete the survey, too! Note: These are about books I read in 2010, not necessarily books that were released in 2010.

1. Best book of 2010? How can I even choose? Actually, I can. The Hunger Games. It came out a few years ago, I believe, but I didn’t read it until this year. The first book of the series was by far the best, and the most engrossing. It consumed my life while I was reading it.

2. Worst book of 2010? Very Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani. What a complete waste of time! I read it for book club, and I hated every second of that book. The main character, a woman who apprentices in her family business of shoe making, was the most self-absorbed, narcissistic, unlikeable character I have ever read. Ever. Blah.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? Mockingjay. Nobody shoot me! It was good, but I was expecting more of an oomph to finish out the series. I did like the ending though, which most people I know found disappointing. Also, John Grisham’s The Confession. Somehow, he needs to get back to his glory days of The Firm and The Pelican Brief.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. My boyfriend Alex and I really like his show, and Alex started reading his books. I loaded it onto my Nook for Alex, and when he was finished with it, I read it. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the hilarious and sometimes soul-searching romp through New York’s cooking underbelly. I have absolutely no connection to that world whatsoever, but it was fascinating to read.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? The Hunger Games (I even mailed a copy to a friend in Argentina, so you know I’m serious), The Tomorrow When the War Began series, anything by Ellen Hopkins, and anything by Tana French. She’s a genius.

6. Best series you discovered in 2010? The Hunger Games trilogy, & the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (does that series have a proper name?).

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Suzanne Collins, Anthony Bourdain, David Ebershoff, and Ellen Hopkins.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010? Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw, both by Anthony Bourdain. His writing style is identical to his speaking style, so if you like his show you’ll love his books.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. It was a dense book, but good lord I couldn’t’ stop reading it. It tells dual stories set in different time periods, both concerning polygamy. Also, I couldn’t stop reading the first two books of the Hunger Games series.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Hmmm. I don’t know that I really anticipated any 2010 releases, I just enjoyed them as they came. This year I mostly caught up on books I’d missed out on from previous years.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? I mostly read on my Nook, so this one is hard! Hold on, let me go on Amazon… okay I loved these:

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, by Jerome Charyn

The Likeness, by Tana French

12. Most memorable character in 2010? Little Bee from Chris Cleave’s amazing book and Francie Nolan from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Also Anna Karenina, but only because I hated her so much.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? I haven’t been struck by prose that I just thought was beautiful in a long time, but I’m about to read an Anita Shreve, so that may shortly change.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? Mockingjay. After I read the last page, I was so emotionally overwhelmed. Very few books really choke the life out of me that way.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Whenever I pick up a classic for the first time, I always feel a little guilty that I haven’t read it already.

How about you? What were your favorite/least favorite reads this year?

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