Top Picks & Highlights For 2010

These are the top books or books I recommend from the last year and authors I found well written or enjoyed. The lists are not numbered because they are not by order of what is best.

10 Books

10 Authors

Adult Fiction Authors

  • Peter V. Brett
  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • Scott Norton
  • Scott Sigler
  • Kaaron Warren

Young Adult Fiction Authors

  • Michael Grant
  • James Phelan
  • John Marsden
  • Derek Landy
  • Suzanne Collins

Highlights

I don’t celebrate New Years, because it is another day, but I think it’s fun to look back on what happened in the last year, to remind oneself of what has come to pass and focus on the positives that have occurred. I find it helpful because I do forget what has happened in a certain period of time, therefore these are my bookish highlights for 2010.

  • I got a new bookcase for $50 from Ebay. Bargain! Of course it filled up within a couple of days, but still…
  • I started my own book club after not being able to join another one and it has gone really well.
  • I’ve also hosted my first reading challenge, which only my girlfriend and I signed up for, and have gotten a lot of people signing up for the ones I’m hosting for next year.
  • I was fortunate enough to be approached by a publishing company for reviews.
  • This is more a writing thing, but it’s still bookish – Joining up with NaNoWriMo and having an awesome experience with it is one hell of a highlight for my bookish year.
  • I’ve also had quite a few interactions with authors, both negative and positive, yet am grateful for all of them and have learned some things from the experience.
  • Last, but not least, in only having this blog for a year I have ended up getting quite a few regulars and visitors in general, which is fantastic. I really appreciate regulars, even if it’s just regular readers and not commenters. If I didn’t have visitors I would still blog, but even though I love blogging just for myself it’s nice to know that there’s people out there reading what you’re putting time and effort into so thank you for all followers in the past year.

Do you have any highlights from 2010?

2010 Reviews

I wanted to post the list of reviews from 2010 to archive them in a more neater way instead of creating a page so here they are.

Must Reads: Best Fiction From 2010

Here is a list of the books mostly recommended for the year 2010 as collated from scouring the internet, rather than from book seller lists and whatnot. These are the books that bloggers, forum posters, and everyone else sharing online have mentioned. Most of these are by American authors so next year on the first Monday I plan on doing a Must Reads for Australian books from 2010.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates.

In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to PowerPoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both—and escape the merciless progress of time—in the transporting realms of art and music. Continue reading

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. Continue reading