End of 2010 Survey

29 Dec

My individual “Best of 2010” posts might not be finished yet, but I thought I’d go ahead and participate in this survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner. Because you really can’t gush enough about good books. : )

1. Best book of 2010? Hands down: Anna and the French Kiss. Which I coincidentally just reviewed!

Anna and the French Kiss

2. Worst book of 2010? Nothing I read was THAT awful.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro just did not live up to the hype, in my opinion. I loved the format the story was told in, but the plot just didn’t go anywhere for me. Based on other reviews, I expected much more mystery and creepiness. The story just…existed. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater were also books that were new, to me, that I didn’t really enjoy as much as I’d hoped to. Frankly I found both a bit tedious and boring. Bonus: I cannot wait to answer this question next year, because I’m pretty sure I read an ARC of my most disappointing book of 2011 last week.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. I’d heard it was good, but it was Phenomenal!

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Vampire Academy. A lot of my friends read YA, but hadn’t heard of this series yet. I practically forced them to read it!

6. Best series you discovered in 2010? A 5-way tie: All 3 of Richelle Mead’s series (Vampire Academy, Dark Swan, Succubus), Chloe Neil’s Chicagoland Vampires series, and Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. Each one was spectacular in its own way, and completely went above and beyond my expectations.

black magic sanction

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Stephanie Perkins, Kelly
Creagh, Rachel Hawkins, Kiersten White, Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn, Richelle Mead, Chloe Neill, Kim Harrison. I was a bit behind in my series reading, in case you can’t tell. : )


Hex Hall

8. Most hilarious read of 2010? I like the bits of humor woven into all of the Hollows/Rachel Morgan books. Rachel’s pixie partner Jenks is definitely one of my top 10 favorite characters of all time. His very inventive swearing never fails to make me laugh. Especially when it involves slandering “sell out” pixie Tinkerbell by saying things like “Tink’s a Disney Whore”.

Dead Witch Walking: Japanese Cover
Jenks and Rachel on the Japanese cover of Dead Witch Walking.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? All 3 of the Hunger Games novels. Another great discovery I made, very late.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead.
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? Nightshade by Andrea Cremer was definitely the prettiest!

12. Most memorable character in 2010? Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy and Rachel Morgan from the Hollows.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? I thought Carrie Ryan’s The Dead Tossed Waves had some beautifully written passages.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? Vampire Academy. It made me fall back in love with reading after a long dry spell. And lead me to discover one of my new favorite authors. Pretty much starting a chain reaction of new literary discoveries.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? The Hunger Games. I put book 1 on my Amazon wish list in 2008. I can’t believe I held out that long. And that people I know told me “not to read it because it was awful.” What?!?!? But in a way, I’m also glad I waited. If I had to wait a year between each book, I would have had a meltdown.

Book Blogging in 2010 (optional):

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010? Too many to count! I’ve always read a few, but this year discovered some amazing new blogs.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010? I’m so new, I haven’t written that many yet. But I’m pretty proud of my Anna and the French Kiss review.

3. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? I had an amazing time at both Charlaine Harris’ and Richelle Mead’s release day signings in NYC this year.

Charlaine Harris Signing 3
Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris Signing 7

Richelle Mead

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010? Having people embrace me and friend me my very first week of blogging. Reaching nearly 1,000 hits my first week helped too.

7. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.) Paperback swap was new to me this year, and provided me with dozens of new books to read. Joining netgalley was great too. I was offered e-ARC’s to read my first week online!


13 Responses to “End of 2010 Survey”

  1. Jamie December 29, 2010 at 7:46 PM #

    I think the cover for Nightshade was BEAUTIFUL. I still need to read it. And I went to the Richelle Mead signing too. She is the most adorable human being ever! Thanks for joining in the fun with me! And welcome to book blogging! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bookshelflust December 30, 2010 at 12:16 AM #

      I love the Nightshade cover so much. Such a gorgeous image. And it’s *sparkly* too! It’s pretty good. I don’t think I loved it as much as a lot of people did, but I enjoyed it a lot. And I agree, Richelle is too adorable for words. So nice too!

      Thank you for the welcome! I’m so glad you created this survey, it’s already led to me finding new books, and making new friends. : )

  2. Stephany December 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM #

    Hooray for Vampire Academy! It made me really happy to see all the Vampire Academy answers you had ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, several of our answers to these questions were similar…in terms of Hunger Games and Vampire Academy, at least. Great choices! I still have yet to read Anna and the French Kiss.

    • Bookshelf Lust January 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM #

      Yea! I’m so glad even more people are reading it. I didn’t until late summer, now I can’t believe I waited so long. Anna and the French Kiss is so amazing. You need to read it asap!

  3. Jami (YA Addict) January 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM #

    Anna and the French Kiss and Carrie Ryan’s books are on my wishlist. And I agree on the Nightshade cover. I fell in love with it when I first saw it. All that purple!

    • Bookshelf Lust January 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM #

      I think the Nightshade cover is what first drew me to reading it too! I’d been mostly staying away from werewolves before then. Both Anna, and Carrie Ryan’s “Forest” series are great! Some of my fave 2010 books.

  4. Kathy Martin January 3, 2011 at 6:52 PM #

    I just read Anna and the French Kiss over Christmas Break. I thought it was cute and think my high school girls who love romance will really enjoy it. I wasn’t blown away. But then, I am not the target audience. Here is my review.

    Here from the Comment Exchange Program.

    • Bookshelf Lust January 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

      I bet your girls will love it! I’m 28 myself, and felt like it took me back to being a teenager.

  5. Becky January 3, 2011 at 7:50 PM #

    Here from the CEP and a new follower!
    I love Vampire Academy too ๐Ÿ™‚ I NEED to get my hands on Last Sacrifice likenow. Also, you’re probably very lucky for having started the Hunger Games so late into it – waiting for Mockingjay was torturous. I haven’t read Anna and the French Kiss yet but it’s on my TBR pile!
    I started book-blogging in 2010 also – highfive for newbie-ness!

    • Bookshelf Lust January 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM #

      Thanks for following, or wanting to! lol. I added a link to google reader. Totally forgot that! Yay for being another 2010 book blogger!

      I really just would not have been able to handle reading Hunger Games one book at a time. I’m so impatient! It was hard enough waiting between books for Vampire Academy, and I only started reading that series this year. Anna was the first non-paranormal book I’ve read in ages, and it ended up really being a nice change.

  6. Becky January 3, 2011 at 7:52 PM #

    (Edit: I want to follow, but I don’t see a followers widget or anything…if I can find one, I shall follow!)

  7. Amanda January 4, 2011 at 11:32 PM #

    Great choices!! I want to read Anna and the French Kiss so badly. I don’t know if you’ve read Demonglass yet, but I thought it surpassed Hex Hall by a long shot, which I enjoyed to begin with!

    I have got to get with the program and read Vampire Academy and Hunger Games too. I feel so out of the loop. :0

    • Bookshelf Lust January 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM #

      You must read “Anna” asap. It’s hands down my favorite read of like the last two years!

      I haven’t read Demonglass yet, and it’s killing me! It’s one of my most wanted books of 2011. I’m so glad to hear it’s even better than Hex Hall, which I loved.

      Hunger Games and Vampire Academy are such good series, and now that they’re both finished, it’s the perfect time for you to read them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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