Fun Friday: 2010 Wrap Up

I borrowed this one from Perpetual Page Turner (she has a Mr Linky box if you want to check it out) and thought I’d use it as a combined wrap up for 2010 and as a Fun Friday. I know it is only the 24th and we have another week till the end of the year, but I’ve got several end of year posts for different things lined up over the next week including Top Picks, Highlights, and Must Reads of 2010.

1. Best book of 2010? I’ll be answering this one in my Top Picks so I’ll wait for that post.

2. Worst book of 2010? The Heroes of Asgard because it literally put me to sleep no matter how charming I found the mythological stories. Yes that’s right, it beat Eat, Pray, Love even though that was bad enough, but at least I finished it.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? I’d have to say Threshold by Caitlin R. Kiernan. It had a really intriguing plot, but I don’t know, I think it was just not as exciting for me as I was hoping. Then again I’d just come off of a really bad slump with picking up books I couldn’t get into.

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Chasers by James Phelan. I was not expecting to be so engaged and for that ending, making it a great surprise.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? Gone by Michael Grant or more like the Gone Series, I think I recommended Infected by Scott Sigler a few times, The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett, and Chasers by James Phelan, but I’m not really used to recommending reads to people. I’m amazed I recommended that many in the first place.

6. Best series you discovered in 2010? Definitely the Alone series by James Phelan even though so far he has only published the one book, but I don’t care, I’m pretty much sold just on that one alone and I’m hanging for the rest. Not series, but a trilogy would have to be Infected by Scott Sigler.

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Scott Sigler, James Phelan…. Hmm what the hell else have I read? Audrey Niffenegger, Kaaron Warren, Scott Norton, and Joe Hill.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010? That’s a tough one because I don’t really read humourous books to begin with, but I do have a twisted sense of humour. sWitch by Scott Norton and Satan Burger by Carlton Mellick III would probably have to be the most continually  amusing or at least have an amusing undertone to them, but Nightlight would be the most amusing (not laughable to me though because it was stupid humour and I don’t always like stupid humour, but I do like it when Twilight gets payed out) out of all the books I read. I did get a chuckle out of quite a few of the other ones, but that is more amusing characters or writers letting their sense of humour bleed into their stories.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? I’m taking as thrilling being another word for enthralling rather then adrenaline producing – The Time Traveler’s Wife, Infected and Contagious, Chasers, Slights, The Desert Spear and The Painted Man, and Requiem by Mills and Ledroit.

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins comes close, but I’d have to say The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett wins out.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? There’s too many so I have to do a gallery. I have to say though, that even though I enjoy all these covers the ones that are the most outstanding for me would have to be The Painted Man and Contagious, Contagious wouldn’t be a surprise to my close friends because I love gas masks (I even made a wallpaper out of it) and as for The Painted Man – I think that image holds a lot of mystery to it yet at the same time can tell you so much about the story once you know it. I don’t think it’s easy to find it now, but I have an ARC of it and the cover is less orange like the paperback is these days, but more the colour of the image I posted (which is why if you have seen the review I posted I didn’t post that image because I don’t like it).

12. Most memorable character in 2010? Perry Dawsey is without a doubt one of my most favourite and memorable characters of the whole year. He is the main character in Scott Sigler’s book Infected and I don’t know what it is about that character, because I don’t exactly agree with a lot of his opinions, but every time someone says or I read something about characters Perry Dawsey is the first to spring to mind.

Him and Myrnin from The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. Myrnin is such a fun, eccentric, and dangerous character. Plus I really love his wardrobe. I actually want his wardrobe all the way down to the mismatched aspect to it. The only thing is I was introduced to him a couple of years ago, Dawsey was this year.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenengger and I mention why in my review if you’re interested.

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? I feel that I’ve had a really good reading year this year so that’s a hard one. If I’d read only ten all year I’m sure it would be so easy to answer…. Mind you, Chasers always springs to mind. I’m starting to think that might be my stand out book for the year.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? That’s an easy one, none of them. Why? All the books that I was waiting to be released this year with great anticipation and still haven’t read! I have such a ridiculous backlog, but I am determined to at least try to rectify that next year. Emphasis on the word try… And these are on top of the ones I bought this year because I thought I needed them as soon as I heard about them. Here’s my list of them to give you an idea.

  1. The Sorceress and The Necromancer by Michael Scott
  2. The War of The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
  3. Lies by Michael Scott (along with Hunger, which came out the year before)
  4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – No! I haven’t read it yet! For shame!
  5. Sacred Scars by Kathleen Duey
  6. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong (including the one before it which I also haven’t read, but I pre-ordered that one as well. See, this has been going for two years)

I’m starting to annoy myself so I think I’ll leave it there…. Are you answering these questions or have you done something similar?

P.S. I won’t be posting tomorrow (Christmas Day) so have a great day to all those who celebrate the holiday, and the same to all those who don’t. I know what it’s like to not celebrate it, yet be surrounded by it,  so to those who are in that boat I hope you have a great weekend regardless of all the christmassy shit around you. I may not know all that are in that situation, but I’ll be thinking of those people the most over the weekend.

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