Best of 2010 in Books Meme

This set of questions is the perfect way to look back on a year’s worth of reading.

Best Book of 2010: The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Worst Book of 2010: I only had one 2-star read this year: Godric by Frederick Buechner, and I hesitate to call it the “worst” book because it gave me one of my favorite quotes of the year. So, I’m glad I read it, simply for that one passage.

Most Disappointing Book: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen

Most Surprising (In a Good Way): Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides – I had no idea how much I would adore this book!

Book You Recommended to Most People: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Best Series You Discovered: Anne Perry’s World War I Series: No Graves As Yet, Shoulder the Sky, Angels in the Gloom, At Some Disputed Barricade, We Shall Not Sleep

Favorite New Authors You Discovered: Anne Perry, Beth Kephart, John Green

Most Hilarious Read: Tie between An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book: Tie between The Passage by Justin Cronin and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Book You Most Anticipated: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Favorite Cover of a Book Read: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Most Memorable Character: Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless

Most Beautifully Written Book: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on You: Columbine by Dave Cullen

Book You Canโ€™t Believe You Waited Until 2010 To Read: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Here’s hoping 2011 is another memorable bookish year!

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13 Responses to Best of 2010 in Books Meme

  1. Nymeth says:

    Very happy to see my beloved Middlesex on your list! I hope 2011 will be a great year for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Thanks, Nymeth! Middlesex was amazing – one I know I will reread someday because it has so much to offer, I’m sure I missed tons!

  2. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    I’m not surprised at the choice of Godric, although, of course, as a fan of the book, I am disappointed. However, we all have different tastes as I am learning as I just had to put down a book about which everyone else (well, a few book bloggers) I know was raving. And while I haven’t read Zadie Smith’s On Beauty, my wife has and loves her work. Maybe I’ll have to add it to my ebook reading for the year or look for it at our library.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – I’m reading a collection of Smith’s essays in January with Vasilly for the Essay Challenge – hoping her non-fic is as good as her fiction.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Thank you for sharing your “Bests” list with all of us. I would agree that for me Columbine had the biggest effect on me. I really learned that we can’t miss the small things as parents and certainly not the big ones!

  4. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12

    Middlesex, Columbine, On Beauty, We Need To Talk About Kevin, I love them all! Looks like you had a great reading year. I’ve got to add The Lotus Eaters to my TBR, I’ve heard such great things.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – It was a great year! And yes, you should definitely read The Lotus Eaters – it’s amazing.

  5. Dave Cullen, author of Columbine
    Twitter: davecullen

    OK, I officially love you and your readers, CarrieK.

    I’m touched that my book had such an impact on you.

    And thanks Kathleen and Melissa.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Dave – I do have great readers! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for writing such an important book. Happy New Year!

  6. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    I really like this meme! Have seen The Lotus Eaters on a couple of lists now and I’m kicking myself because it was in my hands at B&N the other day, but I didn’t buy it. On Beauty is on my shelf and I hope to read it as part of the TBR Dare. Really want to read Columbine soon, too (am considering the audio). Happy New Year, Carrie!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Happy New Year, JoAnn! May 2011 hold many hours of reading terrific books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. The Lotus Eaters was my top book of the year too–such a good book! You list a few I hope to get to one of these days: The Passage and Columbine among them.

    I hope you have a very Happy New Year, Carrie!