I have been enjoying reading these posts on some of my favourite blogs so here I am participating in Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Survey.
1. The Best Book of 2010?
Without a doubt Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I love this book so much and it was published in the UK this year. Two other brilliant books that I can't live without of 2010 are When I Was Joe by Keren David and Firebrand by Gillian Philip.
2. Worst Book of 2010?
For me, it was My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. I feel terrible saying this because it wasn't poorly written or anything but I just didn't enjoy the format, the lack of pace, the ending... I'm not entirely sure that I got the point of it. I know lots of other people loved though.
3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
Torment by Lauren Kate... I loved Fallen but I just felt Torment lacked direction, there was too much teen speak and the whole thing frustrated me.
4. Most Surprising in a Good Way Book of 2010?
Time Riders by Alex Scarrow. Having a weird prejudice against time travel as a device for story-telling, I am totally converted after reading this book. Bring on the next one in the series. I am addicted people!
5. Book You Recommended Most to People in 2010?
Oh this is tough. Recommending books is my job. I guess it has to be Perfect Chemistry though. My twitter-craziness after finishing it surely would put it top of the list. I know I have also recommended my other two favourites (When I Was Joe and Firebrand) time and again whenever I see book people.
6. Best Series You Discovered in 2010?
Got to be The Last Survivors by Susan Pfeffer. How could I have waited so long to read them? Bloomin' brilliant in the most terrifying way possible. I still feel the need to stockpile just about everything.
7. Favourite New Authors Discovered in 2010?
Curtis Sittenfeld ... why had no one told me how brilliant Prep is? Lili St. Crow... loving the whole kick-butt heroine thing going on in Strange Angels. Lisa McMann... how awesome is her conciseness? (I could do with some lessons) Jaclyn Moriarty... every word she writes is pure gold.
8. Most Hilarious Read of 2010?
Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud... Genius in the funny stakes!
9. Most Thrilling Unputdownable Book read in 2010?
I refer to Question 6. It has to be Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer. I didn't want to go to the toilet because I was so invovled in that book. It will stay with me for a long long long time.
10. Book you most Anticipated in 2010?
Ooh there were two BIG ones for me. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan. Both were well worth the wait!
11. Favourite Cover of a Book you Read in 2010?
Candor by Pam Bachorz - The UK one!
12. Most Memorable Character in 2010?
Alex Fuentes! Duh!
13. Most Beautifully Written Book of 2010?
This one was such a difficult choice because I find so many styles of writing beauiful but I'm going with Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan because for me, it was lyrical.
14. Book that had the greatest impact upon you in 2010?
When I Was Joe by Keren David. That book spoke to me in a way that seems humanly impossible.
15. Book that you can't believe you waited until 2010 to read?
Life As We Knew It... I remember a colleague telling me it was brilliant over two years ago. I really need to learn to read a book when someone passionately tells me that I HAVE TO. I guess I don't like to be ordered around...
Part Two coming soon...