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One of my favorite new book bloggers, Jamie from Perpetual Page Turner as well as Broke and Bookish, put together this fantastic year end survey. Truly, this was absolutely inspired as I was at a loss with how to summarize my year and all the fantastic reading I’ve done. So, when I saw her guide I was quite nearly jumping for joy! Now with that said I’m also a huge procrastinator, and of course my year end summary for 2010 is going up in 2011. Sorry!

So, without further adieu, my 2010 Year End Summary and thoughts…

1. Best book of 2010?
How do I answer this question? I mean really? This has probably been the hardest question of all. So I’m narrowing it down to my top picks (in no particular order) with links to my reviews…
Jumpstart The World by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
The Naming by Alison Croggon

2. Worst book of 2010?
Honestly? I have a hard time answering this one because I hate to be negative about all the work that goes into writing a book, but there was one book, without question, that took the cake…
Boys Lie – How Not to Get Played by Belisa Vranich, Psy.D. and Holly Eagleson – Just read the review and you’ll see why.

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?
This is also really tough. I had a pretty decent year with most of the books I read being quite good. Unfortunately there were a couple that I just couldn’t seem to connect with and/or had me wanting more than I got…
Gone by Lisa McMann
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien – I had zero idea what to expect from this book when I went into it. Well, needless to say it ended up being a book I still think about and honestly am hoping the sequel comes out sometime in the very near future.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?
The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems – This is without a doubt our most read book series in the house. We now have about six books out of the series and every one of them was worth the purchase. The one that started it all?
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems

6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
The Books of Pellinor – I was able to host a giveaway in conjunction with a discussion opportunity and it’s ended up being one of the best series of books I’ve ever read. I’m almost completely done with the series and I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially fantasy fans.

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?
Beth Kephart by far is my favorite new-to-me author. I have a few others, but Beth’s writing pierces my soul and helps me to find the peace I’m constantly looking for. I just love it.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
There were at least two, possibly three, I absolutely cannot do without…
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook – Gross Junior Edition
Ivy and Bean: What’s the Big Idea? by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – And no, I didn’t even read it. Shock! I’m planning to very soon. 🙂

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen – I loved the original cover, but the paperback is even more beautiful. If you can believe that?! Take a look:

12. Most memorable character in 2010?
Gaia from Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Maerad from The Books of Pellinor

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart – I’ve said it already, Beth’s writing is beyond beautiful and if you haven’t read anything by her you NEED to. Besides, she has numerous books to choose from, there’s bound to be one you will fall in love with!

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?
The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart – There is something about this book that I connected with so personally. It’s hard to even explain it fully, but it’s changed how I even feel about some things that have happened in my past. Well, all of Beth’s books do that actually. Not only that, but reading this book was my first connection with Beth Bephart and it’s one I’m extremely grateful for.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?
Anything by Beth Kephart or Catherine Ryan Hyde. I know this is getting old, but seriously. Both of them have over a dozen books out and their writing is something that just shouldn’t be passed up. Extraordinary.

Book Blogging in 2010 (optional)

Tales of Whimsy1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010?
Tales of Whimsy – I love Juju’s involvement in the blogging community, not to mention the fact that her reviews are always fantastic! Besides I think she’s just an all around wonderful person.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
Honestly? I’m not going to pick. I’m so overly critical of myself I could never pick one. How about you? I’d rather know which one you liked the most that I wrote?

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I’d have to say my post I did for Share A Story Shape A Future – A Sticky Situation. It was all about my son’s obsession with sticker books and how we used them to help him understand the world around him.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)
Armchair BEA was by far the best event for me as a book blogger. There were only a few of us that started the event as something to do while everyone else was actually at BEA and we never expected the response we had. Not only did bloggers participate, but publishers and authors did as well. All in all we had almost 200 bloggers participating and we’re on track to do it again this coming year!

5. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?
Personally for me it was when I won the Best Kidlit Book Blog during Book Blogger Appreciation Week. It was a huge accomplishment for me and I still feel incredibly honored to be voted amidst the array of other kidlit book bloggers out there. Definitely something completely unexpected from when I started book blogging.

That’s it! I know, really long winded, but I wanted to do something to wrap the year up and this seemed fitting. Hope you enjoyed it and I’d love to know what your favorite read was last year! (Or your answers to any of the above questions for that matter!)

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14 Responses to Hodge Podge: End of Year Survey 2010

  1. Ooooooo I hadn’t seen the paperback cover of The Girl Who Chased the Moon…. SO PRETTY!

    OMG OMG OMG Thank you! *hugs* You’re making me cry again 😉 Thank you! You rock. You are the coolest, sweetest, most diverse chica I know! 🙂

  2. Sounds like you had a great reading year! I haven’t read any of the books on your survey, but I would really like to read the Hunger Games trilogy next year.

  3. Raquel says:

    Great overview. I’m so glad that you’ve been enjoying The Books of Pellinor so much and thanks again for taking on the giveaway/discussion!

  4. I’m SO glad you included JUMPSTART THE WORLD in your top books. Such a strong, brave novel. It’s a great book for adults, too.

    Catherine will be guest posting on my blog this Sunday on self-editing. Do stop by for her words of wisdom.

  5. Gina says:

    Nice wrap up Danielle! Have to agree on the choice for “disappointing” books there….I was hoping for so much more from LRM. Love that cover for GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON…both of them actually. Congrats on all that achieved in 2010…and best wishes for the coming year. ^_^

  6. Katie says:

    Ok, ok- You’ve convinced me! I need to give Beth Kephart another try. I wasn’t a huge fan of The Heart is Not a Size, but I’d really like to read Dangerous Neighbors! Speaking of great authors, I just read a post from Angieville, singing the praises of Sarah Addison Allen. When I came her and saw her name again just 5 minutes later, I knew I had to give her a try!

    And I just have to add, I love the Elephant and Piggie books too!!!! Mo Williams is just too hilarious! My little niece always reads Elephant and Piggie books to me via Skype 🙂

  7. Thanks, Danielle. It means a great deal to see Jumpstart honored on your blog. And I know you read a lot of books in 2010!

  8. Congratulations on your award! That is so fantastic! xo

  9. Florinda says:

    Beth Kephart was my Author of the Year as well. And a big WOOHOO for Armchair BEA :D!

  10. Cathe Olson says:

    Love the list . . . see many I need to add to my “to read” pile. I’m a huge fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde but believe it or not, Jumpstart The World is her only book I have not read. I’ve even read her UK-only books. I need to get that one . . .

  11. msyingling says:

    I haven’t been able to get a copy of Clockwork Angel, but am definitely looking forward to it.

  12. Amused says:

    What a great reading year you had. I need to put Beth Kephart on my authors I need to try list! I also really hope to make it to BEA this year, finances holding! Hope to see you there 🙂

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  14. Beth Kephart says:

    Whoa. No. I had no idea you had been so incredibly generous. Thank you SO much for these many, many honors—and from someone like you, who reads so widely and with such heart. I am thrilled and I am about to go cross post this. Many, many thanks.



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