4th Annual Chrisbookarama Awards

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.

The Best

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!

The Worst

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?


  1. I loved The Little Stranger though it didn't quite make my best of 2010 list. And I'm intrigued by The Wolf Leader! I love Dumas but I had no idea he'd written a werewolf book!

  2. I did not like The Little Stranger very much. However, I loved Affinity and am loving Fingersmith so far.

    I, too had no idea Dumas wrote a werewolf book!

  3. What a fun way to do a best (and worst) of post!

  4. hm, I liked Captivated, but you are right... I read it more for the du Maurier's. I really don't have a big interest in Barrie. If I did, I might have actually read it differently and not liked it!

    I need to read The Little Stranger!

  5. I really enjoyed your year-end awards, even if I haven't read too many of the books you mentioned :-). My husband is reading Shades of Grey right now, though; we're both big Fforde ffans. (Yes, I did that on purpose.)

  6. I want to thank you for hosting the du Maurier challenge-that was my motivation to discover a new to me reader I really liked-

  7. Love the changes you've made to the blog!

    I've been sitting on the fence re The Little Stranger, but from your review as well as that of others, I'm feeling pretty convinced it's one I do want to try.

    As for quirky, have you read Come, Thou Tortoise yet?

  8. Undine Spragg should get the best ugly name award, too. And yay for bookmagic, who is possibly the only other non-fan of The Little Stranger I've seen.

  9. J.M. Barrie is to blame for ugly babies? I almost want to read it now.

  10. Gah! I keep seeing The Little Stranger on Best-Of lists, and I want it!!!! Rawwwr!


    Happy 2011, Chris. :D

  11. Helen- I didn't either until The Classics Circuit tour.

    Bookmagic- This was the first I read of hers.

    Jen- Thanks!

    Kelly- I thought he had it out for Barrie.

    Florinda- I'm also a Fforde ffan.

    Mel- I'm so glad!

    Steph- Yes, I did when it first came out. Loved it!

    Jill- Ha! Definitely an ugly name.

    John- Almost.

    Andi- Go get it!

  12. I love your year end awards, Chris. So much fun to read!

    I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games trilogy this year as well and enjoyed it. And I completely agree with you about Marian in The Woman in White.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Chris!

  13. I am looking forward to meeting Undine Spragg sometime. She sounds so nasty :)

  14. I loved Shades of Grey, The Little Stranger and The Hunger Games Trilogy. I also so agree with your choice of Best Heroine Who Got the Shaft. I was so frustrated by that!


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