Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 End of Year Survey

The Perpetual Page Turner created this great end of year survey for bookish folks.

1. Best book of 2010?

It's impossible to pick just one. My list of top ten eleven inspirational romances posted yesterday.

My favorite mainstream title would be Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

2. Worst book of 2010?

I really don't like to name names...

3. Most Disappointing Book of 2010?

...but I will in this case. Charlaine Harris's Dead in the Family. This one lacked the luster of earlier titles. To borrow a phrase from the author, I think it's time for this southern vampire series to meet the sun.

And time for Sookie to end up with Sam (in case Charlaine's taking requests).

And probably time for me to stop reading vampire books.

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

No Other by Shawna K. Williams

5. Book you recommended to people most in 2010?

Even though they're older, I'm always talking about Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, and Deeanne Gist's A Bride Most Begrudging and Measure of a Lady. Perfect examples of why I love edgy inspirational romance.

6. Best series you discovered in 2010?

Hands down, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

7. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2010?

Denise Hunter

8. Most hilarious read of 2010?

Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy. Don't read it if you hate laughing.

9. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2010?

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games Trilogy)

10. Book you most anticipated in 2010?

A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins are tied for most anticipated and for the only books in 2010 that I actually posed with.

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

A Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

12. Most memorable character in 2010?

The boy with the bread, Peeta Mellark from the Hunger Games Trilogy.

13. Most beautifully written book in 2010?

Havah by Tosca Lee

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

Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon

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

Again, Goal, Motivation and Conflict.

Book Blogging in 2010:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010?

Since I just started this year, they're all new to me. But I love the camaraderie I've built with my fellow inspy book bloggers. I listed several of their blogs in this post from September, but there are more on my buttons page.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?

Never Without Hope by Michelle Sutton. It was one of the first books I reviewed on this blog and I like the way it turned out.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I really enjoyed the Christian Fiction Book Club discussion for The Sweet By and By.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?

I thought the Edgy Christian Fiction Summer Blog Tour sparked lots of great discussion.

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

Judging the Romance/Romantic Suspense category for the inaugural Inspy awards.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?

Meeting fellow book bloggers Julia from Dark Glass Ponderings and Debra from Inkwell Inspirations at at book signing for Ruth Logan Herne from Seekerville. Putting faces to names was great fun.

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

The book blogging community! When I started blogging, I discovered this whole online network of book bloggers out there. Who knew?


  1. I love The Hunger Games Series too, but for me The Hunger Games was the most "unputdownable" out of the three. And, yes, Team Peeta all the way. He bakes and he paints. 'Nough said. Great 2010 reads. :)

  2. I'm still so envious that you got to meet those New Yorker authors and book bloggers!

  3. AH....meeting Ruthy!!!!!!!!

    I am envious, too. I don't get to see her hardly NEVER and she will NOT move closer to me...the brat.

  4. @Darlyn- Exactly, he bakes and he paints. What more could we ask for? LOL.

    @Renee Ann- Next time we'll meet you halfway.

    @Mary- She's a hoot!

  5. So I'm guessing from your comments you are Team Peeta too? I absolutely loved the Hunger Games Trilogy and Mockingjay made my books of 2010 list which I'm posting soon! I also agree with you about the Charlaine Harris series, the first few books of the series were really good but it got kinda stale. It was fun to read your answers wonder what 2011 will bring?

    XOXO~ Renee

  6. Oh definitely Team Peeta! Re: know you devote so many years of your life to a series and you feel obligated to finish it. I wish I could just cut ahead to see how it all ends. I want to see Sookie end up with a nice normal-ish guy like Sam. :)

  7. I stopped by your blog today. Great post.

  8. I love those pictures :) You've definitely given me some categories to think about :)

  9. Hi! I'm passing on the Stylish Blogger Award to you. If you don't do awards, that's ok. I just wanted you to know I enjoy your blog. If you do, you can visit me at Tribute Books Mama to find out what to do for the award.

    Happy New Year!
    Mary Ann

  10. Happy New Years Eve! It's 10:16 pm here in Wyoming and while I wait for the ball to drop for the 51st time in my lifetime, I am visiting the blogs that Tribute Mama Books awarded the Stylish award to.
    Congrats to you, my dear. You do, indeed, have a stylish blog.
    Please feel free to stop by my review/giveaway blog sometime,
    Laurie from Grandma Sez So

  11. Thanks for stopping by Ann and Juju. Mary Ann, thanks so much for the award! And Laurie I think you have a stylish blog too. :)

  12. LOL- Joy you crack me up. I have a serious addiction to vampires...I get the question Why is a nice Christian girl like you reading about vampires..

  13. LOL Tina, haven't got that question yet, but I'm sure some are thinking it. :) Heck, *I'm* thinking it. :)

  14. Joy, Thanks for the great review...I'm going to check out "Goal,Motivation,Conflict" by Debra Dixon & "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. BTW, love the wig and pearls! Ha!


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