End of 2010 Reading Survey

End of 2010 Survey

This survey is hosted by The Perpetual Page Turner. I so enjoyed reading all of the participants lists that I feel obligated to do one myself:

(like many others, my list deals with books I read in 2010, NOT books that were published in 2010.)

1. Best book of 2010?

That’s a tough one. Probably the one I enjoyed the most was Kurt Vonnegut’s collection of short stories, Welcome to the Monkey House. 25 stories in all, and almost all of them great (it’s like that album or CD you buy and tell someone, “I like ALL the songs on here, not just the hits.” Honorable mention could go to The Gargoyle, Gone With the Wind, Two on a Tower, and Guy Mannering.

2. Worst book of 2010?

Probably The Quickie by James Patterson. I was “forced” to read this by my book club, where I am bound to read anything – even things outside of my normal genres…

3. Most Disappointing book of 2010?

Probably Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. I had heard so many good things about this book that I didn’t expect to spend a whole month slogging through it. I felt it WAS beautifully written, but just not so much my cup of tea.

4. Most Surprising (in a Good Way!) book of 2010?

Maybe Beastly by Alex Finn. This was a YA book that I ended up enjoying a lot. It may be that it came “just at the right time” for me as I had recently read a bunch of books that were much “deeper” and needed a break.

5. Book You Recommended to the Most People in 2010?

Probably a three way tie between The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo books, The Hunger Games series, and The Gargoyle. This last one is less heard of – you may want to check it out. I always meant to write a ‘gushing’ post about it but never have.

6. Best Series You discovered in 2010?

Probably a tie between the first two mentioned in the previous question. I have a feeling when all is said & done (and written), that the “Demon Trilogy” of Peter Brett – for which I only read the first book this year, and the third won’t be out til next year – might surpass these other two.

7. Favorite New Authors discovered in 2010?

New to me authors: Margaret Mitchell, Peter Brett, Sir Walter Scott (well I’d read Ivanhoe before 2010, but I came to appreciate him only this year; the same would go for Kurt Vonnegut)

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?

I only read two books with much comic value, and only one of them purposely so. The winner by default is Wade Rouse’s At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream.

9. Most Thrilling, Un-put down-able book of 2010?

Another tie. The Hunger Games and The Gargoyle

10. Book you anticipated most in 2010?

Probably The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I’d heard so much about it I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. Now I know. Lisbeth Salander kicks butt.

11. Favorite Cover of a Book read in 2010?

I’ll go with the Classic cover of Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott

12. Most memorable character in 2010?

Lisbeth Salander. If I suggested anyone else she’d kick MY butt.

13. Most Beautifully Written book read in 2010?

I’ll go with the incomprehensible 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. A close second might by Cold Mountain. Beautifully written, but tough going for me.

14. Book that had the Greatest Impact on me in 2010?

Maybe Welcome to the Monkey House again. It really rekindled the joy of reading in me. The month I spent reading about a story a day from this book in the morning at the coffee shop before reporting to work with the other drones was quite memorable and pleasant. The stories in this book really make one think…

15. Book you can’t believe you waited until 2010 to Read?

I guess I’ll have to go with Gone With the Wind. It’s been on my list forever and FINALLY I can do more than “smile and nod” when people mention and discuss it. Now, if I could only sit still long enough to watch the movie as well…


  1. Jillian said,

    December 14, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Gone With the Wind the book is way better than the movie. 😉


  2. Ann Marie said,

    December 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with Jillian!


  3. stentorpub said,

    December 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve heard that from many people. I probably still need to watch it anyway, though, if for nothing else than to avoid “public ridicule” 🙂


  4. Darlyn said,

    December 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Yes, The Hunger Games was definitely hard to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Also, I completely agree that One Hundred Years of Solitude was beautifully written. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. 🙂


    • stentorpub said,

      December 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Darlyn.

      We had a funny moment at my book club meeting last night, as I and my one fellow member who has also read The Hunger Games were trying to describe it to our more ‘conservative’ members. Their looks of skeptical curiosity/disbelief(?) were quite funny.

      Have you also read Love in the Time of Cholera by Marquez? I found that one superior to 100 Years of Solitude, as it was more of a traditional ‘story’ format.



  5. trish said,

    December 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I had a love/hate relationship with Cold Mountain – on the one hand it was a beautifully written historical story, but a little too gruesome for me. And I didn’t like the ending.

    I love the cover of that walter Scott book too! I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover.


    • stentorpub said,

      December 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Trish. I didn’t mention it in my original post but the ending of Cold Mountain was indeed QUITE disappointing. Inman deserved better – and so did we readers, I think.



  6. December 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    You must watch the movie of GWTW. Absolutely. In fact, right now. So you can do a compare-contrast. Go.

    Here’s my Best Of list: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2010/12/sunday-salon-best-of-2010-in-books.html


    • Jay said,

      December 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      Its just hard to find four hours to spare that it will take to watch it. 🙂

      I just remembered a personal Gone With The Wind (the movie)-related story: earlier this year, I visited an “historic” home in Wabash, IN, which was the former residence of a certain Dr. James Ford of the civil war era. Anyway, the kicker was that the chairs in one of the rooms were the same actual chairs used in aunt Pittypatt’s parlor from the movie. (I have a picture somewhere that I will try to find and put on here later). Our guide at the house asked if anyone was familiar with GWTW and then pointed them out. She said that most guests want to know “which one Clark Gable sat in.” I’ll see if I can’t find the link to the it site and put on here later too.


  7. Jay said,

    December 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Okay, here’s the link: http://www.jamesfordmuseum.org/


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