Saturday, December 11, 2010

Best of 2010 Survey

Hello Everyone! It's Lydia, and I found this survey on Khy's blog, and it made me excited, so I decided I should do it as well. I do realizee that it's not the end of 2010 yet, but if it really needs to be changed, i will come back and edit it wit new books (if they make the list). It was originally posted on The Perpetual Page Turner. I was going to put covers with these, but I listed so many books, it's just not possible, plus a lot of books have covers with their reviews. Here goes:

Books of 2010:

Best Book of 2010:
This is REALLY, REALLY hard, but I'm going to have to say it's a three way tie between: Hate List by Jennifer Brown (my review for this is horrible, and I want to do a new one SOON), Thirteen Reasons Why and The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz. Also Khy (hello again Khy) keeps mentioning Anna and the French Kiss (by Stephanie Perkins) on her blog, so I got the free sample on iBooks on my iPod, and OMG. This book was AWESOME. So, it'd be a four-way tie, except I haven't finished Anna and The French Kiss.

Worst Book of 2010:
The Black Sheep by Sandy Rideout and Yvonne Collins. I'm sorry, but I didn't even finish this book (SO RARE) it was just no good at all. I couldn't read big chunks of it at a time, it wasn't my favorite.

Most Dissapointing Book of 2010:
I think I'm going to have to go with That Summer by Sarah Dessen. I know that in the YA world that last sentace was pratcially a crime, but I just wasn't a fan of it......I LOVE SARAH DESSEN TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH AND BACK, but That Summer just wasn't for me. Another would be Teen, Inc. by Stefan Petrucha. I just plain didn't like this book...

Most Surprising (in a good way) Book of 2010:
The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty, for sure. This book surprised the hell out of me! After the frist hundred or so pages, I was about to give up, then the ending twist came, and I was like: WOAH! What just happened?! I was reading it at lumch (that's your anti-social Lydia for you), and I sort of look up at the hustle and bustle of a High School cafeteria, and was like what if this is all a conspiracy?? It was awesome!

Book You Reccomended Most to People in 2010:
This is a billion way tie, because I tell lots of people about lots of books, and yeah... I'll just make a list: all three books from the first question, Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen, Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir by Pat Benatar (which reminds me, i need to post a review for that, the link is for Amy's annoncement of it's release date), Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty, and The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart. AMAZING BOOKS.

Best Series You Discovered in 2010:
Ok, this is a tie between The Ruby Oliver Novels by E. Lockhart, and the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I haven't finished either of these series, but they are both totally AMAZING, and would reccomend to everyone who reads this blog!

Favorite New Authors You Discovered in 2010:
Novel Authors: Sarah Ockler, Scott Westerfeld, Jennifer Brown, C.J. Omloulu, E. Lockhart, Yvonne Prinz, Brian Lee, Ellen Hopkins, Sophie Kinsella, Robin Benway, Carrie Ryan, and SO MANY MORE.
Memoir Authors: Pat Benatar, Cherie Currie, Ozzy Osbourne and a few more

Most Hilarious Read of 2010:
This is hard. Twenty Boy Summer, and The Boyfriend List would defently be my top two.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book of 2010:
I have three: Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen. I got this book from PaperBackSwap, sat down in this big, plushy chair I have, and read it, from start to finish. It wasn't thrilling persay, but it was really good, and got through the action quick. By far my favorite Dessen read. Number two was Fang by James Patterson. This is the fifth (?) book in the Maximum Ride Series, (which if you have not read, you are insane), and it is AWESOME. The last one is Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omolou. This book hit me like one of our famous southern heat waves. It was a topic I didn't really understand, (and now that they're covering it one Degrassi, I get it now) and that's what made it so awesome. They were so detailed to the point where it was almost making fun of hoarders. She was standing on that thin white line between perfect and a complete mess.

Book You Most Anticipated in 2010:
Hate List by Jennifer Brown. No Question.

Favorite Cover of a Book You Read in 2010:
Two options:

(The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz and Hate List by Jennifer Brown)

Most Memorable Charachter of 2010:
Gosh...this is really hard.
Allie (aka the Vinyl Princess) was totally awesome!
Valerie (from Hate List) was awesome.
Ruby Oliver (she just wins by default)
Hannah (from Thirteen Reasons Why)
Jazz (from Define "Normal" by Julie Anne Peters)
Lydia, Emily and Cass (The Year of Secret Assignments)
Anna, Frankie and Matt (Twenty Boy Summer)

Most Beautifully Written Book in 2010:
This is really easy: The Forest Of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I'm reading thi right now, and so far: AMAZING. It's written so well, I'm now a huge Carrie Ryan fan!

Book That Had the Greatest Impact On You in 2010:
I don't know..Hate List hit me hard, and so did Wintergirls (by Laurie Halse Anderson, love her!). I think I read Speak last year, but it's still going on this Survey. Speak was the most moving book I've read (probably other than the Bible) and I reread it often.

Book You Can't Believe You Waited UNTIL 2010 to Read:
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.

Book Blogging in 2010 (optional):

New Favorite Blog You Discovered in 2010:
I Love Maddz from Slightly Bookish, and Larissa from Larissa's Bookish Life! There are SO many more that I would love to list, but I don't have time. Sorry other wonderful bloggers! i still love you!

Favorite Review You Wrote in 2010:
I loved my review of The Vinyl Princess! Not to sound really braggy, but either that one or my review of Someone Like You. Either one of those would be my top two.

Best Discussion You Had On Your Blog:
Ok, hands down this is the post that Amy and I wrote together when we were on the trip to my aunt's beach house. Here is the link, if you were wondering.

Most Thought Provoking Review or Discussion You've read on Somebody Else's blog:
This survey. Mostly because it's fun.
Best Book-Related Even You've Participated in:
When Amy and I went to see Liz Kessler. It was so hilarious, because Amy loves mermaid books, and she gets tounge tied in front of authors and such, so I had  to talk for her. I totally wish someone had been recording that! We had to drive an hour to get there, then three hours back to Amy's house. It was so fun because Amy talked about it for days after.

Best Moment of Book Blogging in 2010:
See above, or the whole Speak Loudly thing. I didn't get much into it in the blog, but it was still a big deal to me, because Speak and Twenty Boy Summer are two of my favorite books.

Best Bookish Discovery of 2010:
Um....Pat Benatar's memoir? I'm not really sure what this question is asking...

Woah! This is for sure the LONGEST POST EVER. I feel very special. goodbye for now.
oh, and i've decided that i'm going to end each post with a quote, either movie or music.
"i wanna rock n roll all night! and party every day!" -"rock n roll all night" by KISS


  1. Oooh, I love the idea of this survey. Anyhow, while I didn't read Sarah Dessen's That Summer this year, I definitely agree with you that it was extremely disappointing, which is so rare with a Dessen book. Maybe it was because it was her first book? Also, I loved The Vinyl Princess as well. I can't wait to read more by Yvonne!

  2. Yay, I'm glad you liked the parts of Anna that you read! :D Also, yay Hate List! I love that book.

  3. I am a new follower! YEAY!!! Hope you will stop by my blog and follow back!

    Emma Michaels

  4. So I was jsut reading this post, agreeing and nodding my head (I agree....That Summer was my least favorite Sarah book. Pretty disappointing, lol) and then it was the book bloggers part, and I was like "Maddz from Slightly Bookish...OMG that's ME!" So thank you :D

    I might have to do this later this month on my blog--so you'll totally get featured :D

    Oh and since you guys love music, I TOTALLY suggest you read Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John!! My fave book of the year--I just posted a review of it on my blog! Check it out!


  5. Lauren: that does make sense. I got it at a discount book sale, and read it and was like, that didn't work out like i wanted it too...

    Khy: I know! it's awesome! Hate List does rule. i though it was awesome that i got it for valentines day from my aunt. so weird...

    Emma: We love new followers! i will check it out!

    Maddz: Thank you! after you commented on my last post, i went to your blog and became a follower! I really want that book! I asked my dad for it for christmas, and he said maybe. i like maybes!


  6. Wow - these are some inspired choices, i have to admit. I agree that Carrie Ryan's writing is awesome and beautiful, and everything by Sarah Dessen is worth reading. (I'd read her shopping list if she'd let me.) Oh, and THIRTEEN REASONS WHY was such a gut-wrenchingly amazing read.

    Let's hope 2011 is as inspiring!

    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out Maddz!