2010: I’ll Never See You Agaiiiiiiiin (well, after the 31st that is)

Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner came up with an awesome end of 2010 survey and OF COURSE I am taking it. As I used to rock out Myspace surveys back in the day.

1. Best book of 2010?

For YA it’s a tie between Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

Revolution Jennifer Donnelly Book Cover


Nevermore Kelly Creagh Isabella Varen Nethers


The Knife Of Never Letting Go book cover Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

2. Worst book of 2010?

Owl In Love by Patrice Kindl… that’s creepy ya’ll.

Owl In Love Patrice Kindl Book Cover

Owl In Love

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev… I wanted to love this, but just couldn’t get past how mean Bertie was to Ariel.

Eyes Like Stars Lisa Mantchev Bertie Book Cover

Eyes Like Stars

4. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2010?

Crank by Ellen Hopkins. I thought I wouldn’t care much for Crank as it’s in verse, but I wound up loving it.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife Of Never Letting Go book cover Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

6. Best series you discovered in 2010?
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is the deal.

Vampire Academy Richelle Mead Roza Dimka Belikov Hathaway

Vampire Academy

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?

Jennifer Donnelly, Sherman Alexie, and Richelle Mead.

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, for realz it’ll break your heart while you laugh.

The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie Book Cover

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – omfg!

Catching Fire Cover Suzanne Collins Book Hunger Games Sequel

Catching Fire

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?

The Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Duh. PLUS it was the end of a series and we know how often that happens (HINT: NEVERRRR)

The Last Sacrifice Book Cover Richelle Mead Vampire Academy Series Rose Hathaway Lissa Dragomir

The Last Sacrifice

11. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2010?

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. If you look closely at it, there’s a hidden image of a pile of skulls and I love the colors and the creepiness really appeals to me.

The Monstrumologist Rick Yancey Book Cover

The Monstrumologist

12. Most memorable character in 2010?

Kate Carver from Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Plain Kate by Erin Bow Book Cover

Plain Kate

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?

Tie between Plain Kate by Erin Bow and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

14. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2010?

Definitely Bottled And Sold by Peter H. Gleick mainly because I don’t drink bottled water anymore because of it.

Bottled And Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water Gleick Peter Book Cover

Bottled And Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water

15. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2010 to finally read?

Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet The Spy 90s Book Cover Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet The Spy

Book Blogging in 2010 (optional)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010?

There’s a few: The Crooked Shelf, Forever Young Adult, Makeshift Bookmark, Anna Reads, Chachic’s Book Nook, and Angieville.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?

LOL, definitely The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, I got to dress up as a book banner, scream about erections, and kittens.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

My favorite discussion post was my In Defense of Average Boys post. A)Because I find myself funny and B) Because I think something should be said for imperfection.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

This is tough. I’m going with the Cover Matters series on the Book Smugglers because straight UP white washing is full of suck.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

BEA, bro. Like that is EVEN a contest.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?
Hmmm…. there’s a lot. I’m going to go with SpeakLoudly.

7. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.) ?

OBLONG BOOKS!! I wish I had known there was a book store that hosts YA author signings only 2.5 hours away sooner. This store is awesome.

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I clearly need to read Vampire Academy! I have The Knife of Letting Go and Revolution and need to get on them! Jen has also recommended Nevermore to me as well! Girl..coming on your blog kills my TBR! I mean..I’m not complaining! πŸ™‚

  2. Dang, I really must read The Knife of Never Letting Go.

  3. Ditto above commenter on The Knife of Never Letting Go. Some great titles here.
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  4. I’ve heard nothing but goodness about Revolution. I’m excited to read it!

  5. So many good titles in your list! I should check out the ones that I haven’t read. Thank you so much for listing my blog as one of your favorite discoveries this year. Right back at you, April. πŸ™‚

  6. I must be really indecisive – I keep seeing these sorts of “best of 2010” things around and thinking…but, but, what if I read something else I like better after I post the survey?? So I’m keeping mum until the end of the year. πŸ˜€

  7. Hi April,
    I don’t read much YA, but I and all my friends did really enjoy The Hunger Games series. I didn’t know which of the three to pick for question 9, but I think any of them would fit. πŸ™‚

  8. debnance at readerbuzz says

    I must add Revolution to my wishlist. I’ve seen it all over.

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

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