Here’s my 2010 year in reading review. The survey is courtesy of the Perpetual Page-Turner

1. Best book of 2010? The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall. As I mentioned in my mini-review, this book had many of the individual characteristics that typically lead me to dislike a book, yet Udall made them work incredibly well.  If you’re a fan of literary fiction or are interested in stories about polygamist culture, definitely pick this one up.

1b. Runners up: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

2. Worst book of 2010? Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi. My brain felt dirty for days after I finished this dark novel.

2b. Runners up: Arsonist’s Guide to the Writer’s Homes of New England by Brock Clarke (apparently I have issues with homicidal narrators), Something Blue by Emily Giffin

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? The Possessed by Elif Batuman. I had very high hopes for this intellectual semi-memoir, but it suffered from an identity crisis.

3b. Runners up: Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. Why did I not read this sooner? Oh yeah, my chick lit phobia. Well, this was my year for getting over several of my genre biases, and I’m glad I did.

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, How to be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

6. Best series you discovered in 2010? Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (a trilogy counts, right?)

7. Favorite author you discovered in 2010? Brady Udall

8. Most hilarious read of 2010? Didn’t read much in the way of humor this year.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Yes, it came out in 2009, but it took a few months for me to give up on the miles long library hold list and buy this one.

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? Oh dear. I don’t pay enough attention to book covers to answer this one!

12. Most memorable character in 2010? Oscar Wao

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? So What Are You Going to Do with That? by Basalla and Debelius because it was a part of the wrestling-with-career-quitting-job-going-to-library-school episode that defined 2010 for me.

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Other 2010 reading details:

I read 79 books this year. This is by far the most I’ve read since I started keeping a reading journal in 2001, though much of that I credit to the speedy reading of graphic novels and fantasy books.

Fiction: 63

Short stories: 2

Graphic novels: 7

Fantasy / Sci-Fi: ~25

Nonfiction: 16

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