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Friday, 31 December 2010

End of Year Survey: Part One

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.

Part One:

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...


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Great post, Becky! I love these surveys. I feel I need to read Perfect Chemistry. It must be good if it left such an impression on you.

I'm sorry Torment left you feeling disappointed. I lowered my expectations for this book a lot, since I've read quite a few negative reviews for this book.

The cover for Candor is lovely! I love that bee on top of the lolly-pop.

Looking forward to Part Two!

Vicki said...

I'm glad you finally read Life As We Knew It... your enthusiasm lead me to it and I loved it too. Perfect Chemistry is definitely one of the highlights of 2010...the twitter excitement afterwards was so fun. The only thing I have to disagree on is the cover of Candor... I hate it with a passion *shudders*

All the best for 2011 Becky!

Katherine Roberts said...

I've been raving about Firebrand this year too (after seeing it reviewed on your blog, so thank you for persuading me to part with my hard-earned pennies!) This means I will probably enjoy "Perfect Chemistry"... damn, another book to buy... can you get a Kindle version, do you know?

Nina said...

Great post and great answers. Some books I already added to my wishlist. Perfect Chemistry is one of them! Happy New Year, Becky!

Becky said...

Irena, woo hoo! Yes, you must read Perfect Chemistry. I think I need to buy copies to lend out.

Vicki, so glad you enjoyed Life As We Knew It as much as I did. It has been great blogging with you this year. I wish you a very happy 2011!

Katherine, I'm not sure if it is available on the Kindle. Did you get one for Christmas? In the interest balance I feel I should tell you Keren David (who I thoroughly respect) says the ending of Perfect Chemistry is "Hollywood Smuck". She does have a point there. So only read it if you love things that are slightly cheesy and are frankly a hopeless romantic like me. If you enjoyed Firebrand then I highly recommend Immortal Beloved which is out in January and is also a fantastic fantasy.

Nina, ah ha, I know you love romantci things so I definitely recommend you spend your pennies on Perfect Chemistry.

Lauren said...

It's always interesting to read other people's answers on this kind of survey, because it reminds me of books that I'd kind of forgotten about... I think my own answers were biased towards books published towards the end of the year.

I really liked Time Riders too, and Perfect Chemistry (although my head says the ending *was* too much, even though my heart liked it). And I would probably say that When I Was Joe left me way more open to trying out books that I previously wouldn't have, so that's had a lasting effect on me as a reader as well as being a brilliant read in itself.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I need to try Time Riders :)

Keren David said...

Hollywood schmalz I think was the phrase...I enjoyed the first two thirds of PC, but it lost me at the end and I had severe problems with the disabled character whom I thought was treated like a bit of a pet dog. But I can quite see why you liked it!
Thanks Becky for your wonderful review of When I was Joe...that was definitely one of the highlights of my year!

YA Yeah Yeah said...

Great to see your thoughts, especially the numerous mentions of When I Was Joe! Have you been able to read the sequel Almost True yet? I was lucky enough to review it for the Bookbag and it's another fantastic read.

I Want To Read That said...

Ah I see Perfect Chemistry is getting a lot of lovin' (too right!) I love LAWKI - one of my favourites - I even have it on audio so I can listen to it in the car...

TimeRiders was a surprise for me too - really good!

Must try Prep and Immortal Beloved!

My name is Patricia said...

I adored Perfect Chemistry!! I fell in Love with SImone Elkeles and her writing after this book. I can't wait for the 3rd in the series (but secretly wish that Perfect Chemistry would never end lol).