1. Best book of 2010? East of Eden by John Steinbeck blew me away! The prose is beautiful, and the characters are incredible. It is now in my top 5 favorite books of all-time.
2. Worst book of 2010? I read Many Bloody Returns, a short story anthology edited by Charlaine Harris. If it hadn't been for the fact that I read it for a challenge, I would never have finished it. It was so boring. It was about vampires, and I guess I discovered that genre just isn't my thing.
3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010? I feel so blasphemous saying this, but I was so disappointed in The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I really expected to love it, but I couldn't stand Clare. I just couldn't connect emotionally with the book when I had no sympathy for one of the main characters.
4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010? The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins really surprised me. I didn't expect to get sucked into it as much as I did. So much drama and suspense. The book was much more sensational than I expected.
5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010? I don't really have anyone in my life that asks for book recommendations. Sad, right? If I did, I would recommend Daddy-Long Legs by Jean Webster. It is so cute and sweet. I just loved it. It would be a good book to recommend to someone who may not love reading. It's short so there isn't too much of a time commitment.
6. Best series you discovered in 2010? I read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I haven't reviewed it, but it was a fun read. I have Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters on my shelf. Hopefully I'll get to it in January.
7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010? Nick Hornby, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Wilkie Collins. I'm looking forward to reading more from each of these authors during 2011.
8. Most hilarious read of 2010? I didn't read very many funny books this year but The Guinea Pig Diaries by A. J. Jacobs was pretty funny. It wasn't the best book I've ever read, but there were definitely times when I was laughing out loud.
9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010? I wouldn't say it was thrilling, but I didn't want to put down Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro. It was horrifying watching it unfold, but I was really invested in reading it.
10. Book you most anticipated in 2010? I don't think I really anticipated anything in 2010. I don't usually read books when they first come out. I'm always late to the party, reading everything two to three years after everyone else.
11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010? I have to cheat on this one because I didn't read anything this year with a really great cover. I just bought these two books for myself and I'm reading them next year. The Vintage Classics covers are very cool!
12. Most memorable character in 2010? Cathy from East of Eden. Hello sociopath! She is by far the most evil character I have ever read about.
13. Most beautifully written book in 2010? I hate to bring this book up again, but East of Eden had the most beautiful prose of any book I read this year. Can you tell it's my favorite?
14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010? This is a tough one. I really think A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was the most moving. I've known the story forever, but this year was the first that I actually read Dickens' words. I thought the message so powerful when reading it. Next year, I hope to read it to my children throughout December.
15. Book you can't believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read? Here I go again--East of Eden. I wouldn't bring this up again if it weren't completely true. I checked this book out from the library so many times over the years and kept returning it unread. I'm so glad I finally read it. Now I can't wait to re-read it.