January 3, 2012

5th Annual Chrisbookarama Awards

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Another year, another awards show. Once again I'm joining the ranks of the other book bloggers making their Best of 2011 lists. 2011 seems like a blur. I read so many books; some destined to be favorites, some not so much. You can find my thoughts on these books under Book Reviews.

First up, let's have a look at 

The Fabulous!

Best Book So Scary It Needs to Go In the Freezer: That would The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. There were some spine tingling moments in this one. Do not read it when alone.

Best Kick-Ass Heroine: India Black. She's a whore but not one with a heart of gold. If you got the money honey, she's got the time. Or she can be blackmailed into chasing down Russian spies. Whatever. 

Best Crazy/Weird Ending: Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon was a twisty wild ride right up until the end. 

Best Unintentionally Funny Book: The Castle of Wolfenbach by Eliza Parsons. Oh the drama! Oh the swooning! And Pirates!

Best Girl Power Book (Non-Fiction): Record Collecting For Girls by Courtney E Smith. Girl, put your records on. Don't be intimidated to start your own music collection. 

Best Quirky-Wirky Book: Tie between Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons and Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. Both have spunky heroines who've never met a problem they can't handle and involve farms of woe.

Best Reason Authors Should Narrate Their Own Books: Tina Fey. I laughed my butt off through Bossypants

Best Frightening Glimpse of the Future: The Giver by Lois Lowry is hopefully not where we're headed. Then again I wouldn't want to live in Colson Whitehead's Zone One either. 

Sweetest Book (In a Good Way): The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Just a little girl and her Grandma on an island. So quiet and lovely.

Best Teen in a Work of Fiction: Ruby from The Town That Drowned by Riel Nason. I loved that girl.

Freakiest Short Story: I read some doozies but The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman-Perkins was the best! It made a cameo on an episode of American Horror Story. Get that lady out of the wallpaper!

Best Mantra from a Book Ever: "I prefer not to" by Bartleby the Scrivener.

Best Loooooove Story (Sort of): Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy. So purdy.

Finally,
The Best Read of 2011: Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple. I was impressed by this quiet novel. I loved the main character and her ability to get it together. It made me want to read more from this author.

The Best of 2011

The Not So Fabulous :(

Too Quirky For This Girl: The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. I just couldn't buy the goings on in that one.

Too Squicky For This Girl: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Yuck, TMI. 

Too Much Teen Angst: Mackie from The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Play this boy some Morrissey. It was all sad face all the time.

Most Confusing Glimpse of the Future: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. What was going on that last half?

Not My Favorite Austen Re-Mix: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Lynn Rigaud. No, just no.

No Non-Fiction: Slow Love by Dominique Browning. Not Stroller, not again.

Everybody Loved It...But Me: Every review I read from every other book blogger loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenson. I only thought it was okay.

Just Couldn't Finish It: Pioneer Woman, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. I'm sure Ree Drummond is a wonderful blogger but I couldn't listen (audiobook) to her gushing over Marlboro Man any longer.

So that was how 2011 looked for me reading-wise. This was the most I've read in one year that I can remember. Audiobooks made a big impact on those numbers. This was also the year I tackled Henry James  (again) and this time I won. Nice try, James.

I'm ready for 2012! I hope I find some good books and I hope you do too. How was your reading year?


18 comments :

  1. The only title I've read is Bossypants and I thought it was fabulous. I'm making note of some of your other award winners.

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  2. I keep hearing mixed opinions on The Last Werewolf, but with TMI I don't think it's for me.

    I haven't read Someone at a Distance yet, but the two others I have read of her were definitely favourites.

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  3. These are GREAT! And how lovely that Ms. Whipple receives the highest honor. perfectly lovely.

    And now that I understand your maritime category, I won't be recommending Overboard! To you unless you like survival at sea stories.

    :)

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  4. The Summer Book was one of my favorite reads in 2010 -- I agree, one of the very sweetest books ever. I give it to all new grandparents :)

    Loved your list! Happy 2012!

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  5. I like the new look. I'm laughing at your reaction to Pioneer Woman. It never dawned on me to read it. Now I know my instincts are correct.

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  6. I love the way you did this. With so many "end of the year" posts, this one was a pleasure to read.

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  7. Loving the pink! Also, I love your category for The Last Werewolf - I gave up on that one about two discs in, in spite of a FANTASTIC audiobook narrator, for the very same reason. :)

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  8. I'm kicking myself for buying a shiny new copy of Bossypants instead of getting the audio version. Gah!!

    I had never heard of Van Booy before this year but now see his name everywhere!

    Happy new year.

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  9. Excellent awards! The good and the bad were all awesome. I totally want to read The Woman in Black.

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  10. Now you've really pushed me into picking up Someone At a Distance. Love my Persephones, for as you say, a quiet but meaningful read.

    Tina Fey, however? I'll be dipped in s..t before I pick anything by her. ;)

    XO

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  11. p.s. Meant to say I like your new background while I was commenting above.

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  12. Kathy- Glad to contribute to your addiction. ;)

    Iris- Yeah, can't recommend that one. I must get my hands on more of Whipple's work.

    Care- Haha! No not really into sea stories.

    Col- Aw, that's so nice.

    Beth- I think you have to be a fan to enjoy that one.

    Ti- I always wonder how I'm going to make my list, then I start goofing around with it and decide to keep it that way.

    Carrie- I listened to it too. He was a great narrator but the book was not for me.

    Trish- I loved hearing her read it.

    Andi- I hope you get to it this year! The movie is coming out in the spring.

    Bellezza- I want to read more Persephones this year for sure. (And thanks!)

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  13. I totally forgot what I was going to say. The pretty new colors distracted me.

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  14. I always enjoy your Awards, Chris! Fun reading!

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  15. I was disappointed I didn't get to either The Woman in Black or The Night Circus during the RIP Challenge. Now that the film is coming out I am sure I'll end up seeing the movie version of The Woman in Black before reading it.

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  16. Aw, I'm positive yours wasn't the only lukewarm review of The Night Circus in blogosphere as it won a very similar award on my year-end list, too :-)

    Looks like a great year overall- Dorothy Whipple and Stella Gibbons are two authors I hope to read in 2012!

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  17. Great list. Loved The Woman in Black and Don't Breathe a Word was definitely creepy. The cover freaked me out too. I had to keep it turned over when I wasn't reading it so I didn't have to look at the kid on the cover. I'm glad I followed your recommendation and picked up The Castle of Wolfenbach. It was so much fun.

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  18. Love the end of year list! I have yet to read Whipple but so glad you loved her book so much!

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