5th Annual Chrisbookarama Awards

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.

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?


  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.

  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.

  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.


  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!

  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.

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

  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. :)

  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.

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

  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. ;)


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

  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!)

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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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