RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

Book Appreciation Day (*not an officially recognized day)

I don't write enough fic to do the fanfic-summation meme, but I totally read enough books to fill out a year-end READING SURVEY! I will probably even cheat and retroactively stick this into previous years' posts, it's so awesome. Well, for me. You, less so. Which is why I added a secret awesome project to make this survey more relevant: below the questions, you will find a visual representation of all 107 covers on this year's reading list (save one that I could not find anywhere on the internet and forgot to check out of the library again to take a picture of). I even did my best to find the precise editions I read, whenever possible.

**Note: This fact should be pretty obvious, but since I found this on a book-reviewing blog, in my case it applies to books read in 2010, not necessarily published then. Although I did find a whopping number of current-year releases at the library, mostly without trying.

1. Best book of 2010?
The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield

(and everything else listed under "best book" in yesterday's survey, clearly. Can we talk about Deborah Williams' Paper Hearts? Because I read it based off a rec list of "adult books teens will enjoy," and it just did everything, everything, everything right in terms of heartwarming storytelling. There's even a dog.)

Special "actual best book written in 2010 that I read" award: The Outside of a Horse -- Ginny Rorby. And I think this is where I'm giving up on naming authors.

2. Worst book of 2010?
The Way He Lived, which had no plot and seemed like a glorified creative writing class project rather than an actual story.

A book that was so bad I could not finish it, though, was Jumping Off Swings. I mean. It was just 1000% infuriating at every turn.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox. CSB hadn't received it yet when I first wanted to check it out, but I was eager for it because it looked great. It was not.

Also This World We Live In, a sequel to Life As We Knew It, that survivalist story about what happens when the moon moves closer to earth, throws off weather patterns and disrupts civilization. The first book made me afraid to look at the moon, this one made me want everyone to die. So boring!

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
Aunt Jane McPhipps and her Baby Blue Chips (Frances Rummell), which, true story, I CANNOT FIND A REVIEW OF ANYWHERE ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET. Just a few covers for sale without comment on the content. Apparently some books can be lost to time. Which makes me super, duper glad that the library forced me to pay $3 up front for a bag and subsequently caused me to snap up every old non-ex-library book I saw in revenge, as I would never have bought this under ordinary circumstances. 

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
I don't really recommend, per se, but I think right now I'm pushing Summers With the Bears pretty hard, because you know you want to be amazed by this memoir of how an ordinary couple formed lifelong friendships with a couple of wild yearling black bears, who hung out on their deck, liked to be handfed, and brought their cubs back and everything. It's mind-boggling.

Little Blog on the Prairie, meanwhile, is the kind of YA novel you can give to 10-year-olds and feel good about.

6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
The...Inkheart trilogy, if that counts, or possibly the Shopaholic books. Past Self hates me either way.

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Definitely Dayton Hyde. I love the set of circumstances that led me Yamsi: A Year in the Life of a Wilderness Ranch. I'd say Sophie Kinsella, but I don't know if that counts given how I took one look at the size of Twenties Girl and recoiled in horror.

Gigi Amateau seems like a good candidate for the Classy Authors list, too.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
Frosty: A Raccoon to Remember. Cheeky temporary-pet raccoon antics!

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?
Um. Inkdeath. Please do not kill me, Past Self.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?
I maybe got into a little bit of a frenzy over Mini Shopaholic, yeah.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
Despite the suckiness of the plot, Distant Waves (# 97, an empty dress suspended underwater) was such a haunting cover that I want it in some sort of poster-sized version to hang on the wall.

The Lit Report, too. Even worse plot, but geeze, that alluring stack of books topped with a cute little hat?

12. Most memorable character in 2010?
Mo Folchart, Inkheart series. That's mostly Brendan Fraser's doing. But still.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?
I know what this question means, and yet nothing really stands out. Maybe The Dogs Who Came to Stay. Or, actually, A Dog Named Christmas had a lot of evocative warmth.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?
Well, clearly The Thirteenth Tale altered my brain chemistry in such a way that made me unable to evaluate it objectively anymore. Given all the great books I read later, I now can't believe that I really loved it that much, but it seems to have affixed a Permanent Sticking Charm to itself that anchors in first place.

15. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
Ann Rinaldi's Term Paper, maybe. I passed it at the library for years and years, and finally I decided perhaps it wasn't that boring after all...or maybe I just thought I should read it before they culled its ancient self, because it's somehow been here for 30 years. Turns out it even has a sequel, which of course the library system does not have. -.-
Now behold: EVERY BOOK I READ IN 2010

Are the pictures too big or too small? I had a terrible time with this. I always have the most terrible time with picture size. It looks so tiny in Paint, and so huge in the LJ editing window...

P.S. The movie list is done, too. It topped out at 40. Always the neglected sidekick list, I can't even be bothered to come up with links for those, so I'll just assume everybody knows all the films by name and release year.
Tags: books, picspam, surveys, year in review

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