Previously known as the book-a-rama Awards, Chrisbookarama Awards ©2010 are a collection of the best (and worst) books I've read in the last year. This is the fourth year I've done this. Time does fly.
This was an exciting blogging year for me. I hosted my first reading challenge: The Daphne du Maurier Challenge (still ongoing) and The Princess Bride Readalong. In September, I went to my first book festival, Word On the Street and met some book blogging buddies. I've reviewed 95 books this year. I wanted to reach 100 books but didn't quite get there. There's always next year. It's always best to start the new year with optimism.
For now, let's look at the books of 2010, the good and the bad.
Best Frightening Glimpse of the Future: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde was really weird but extremely entertaining. I can't wait to read more of this series.
Best Protagonist: That is hands down Valancy Stirling from The Blue Castle. Once this lady let loose, there was no stopping her.
Best Series (Or I Can't Believe I Read the Whole Thing): The Hunger Games. Yep, I jumped on that bandwagon and read all three books in 2010.
Best Graphic Novel: I have a tie between Mercury and The Exile. Mercury had an engaging dual storyline and is set in Nova Scotia. The Exile has Jamie Fraser's butt, 'nuff said.
Best Leave the Lights On Book: While the vampires on crack in The Passage were freaky, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters gave me the heebie-jeebies.
Best Heroine Who Got the Shaft: Marian from The Woman in White. Marian is way too smart to end up as a babysitter for her sister's kids.
Best Nasty Heroine: Undine Spragg from The Custom of the Country was a woman I loved to hate. She was just awful.
Best Quirky Book: I don't think they get any quirkier than The Brontes Went to Woolworths.
Best Book No One Has Ever Heard Of: The Wolf Leader by Alexandre Dumas. If you said Huh? you've proved my point. Dumas was writing about werewolves way before Stephenie Meyer.
The Best of 2010
The Little Stranger
Such an atmospheric book with a many layered story. The ending is left up to the interpretation of the reader, I love that!
Dude Needed an Editor: Charles Dickens, I'm looking at you. Little Dorrit was too damn long.
Dude Needed to Stop the Blame Game: Piers Dudgeon blamed J.M. Barrie for just about everything in Captivated. World hunger? J.M. Barrie's fault. Got an ugly baby? J.M. Barrie's fault.
Dude Didn't Need a Biography: Though you got to give Daphne du Maurier props for trying, Branwell Bronte didn't need a biography (The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte).
Not a Very Helpful Do-It-Yourself Book: Amy Sedaris's I Like You is a great book if you throw parties for people on drugs or you are on drugs or you want to pretend to be on drugs.
Well, that was my year. I look forward to what 2011 brings in reading and blogging. Hope it's good! How was your reading year?