Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Novels Never Finished Reading a.k.a. I-Might-Finish-It-Someday-In-The-Distant-Future Books:
  • Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert (19% into book)
  • The Girl and the Dragon Tatoo - Stieg Larsson (52% into book)
  • Under the Dome - Stephen King (18% into book)
  • Flood - Stephen Baxter (12% into book)
  • Saving Juliet - Suzanne Selfors (44% into book)
Novels ALMOST Never Finished Reading a.k.a  Just-End-Please-Before-I-Give-Up Books:
  • The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
  • Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
  • Nights in Rodanthe - Nicholas Sparks
  • The Winner Stands Alone - Paulo Coelho
  • New Moon - Stephanie Meyer
  • The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 
Best Written Book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
Worst Written Book: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

Book That I Will Never Get Tired Of: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling 
Book That I Will Never Read Again: Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Tear Duct Activator Award: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

Wittiest Prose: The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie 
Most Boring Prose: Flood by Stephen Baxter

Most Addicting Novel/Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Best Female Character: Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Best Male Character: Draco Malfoy, The Draco Trilogy by Cassandra Claire
Best Villain: Anne Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Most Irritating Female Character: Bella Swan, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
Most Irritating Male Character: Edward Cullen, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer 

Where Is The Plot? Award: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Best Ending: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Worst Ending: The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

BEST BOOK OF 2010: The Hunger Games (Book 1 of 3) by Suzanne Collins

Let me just tell you that the first book is brilliant, then it somehow spirals down from there. But still, the creativity, the ingenious plot and the strongly developed characters of the first novel make up for the shortcomings of the other books. Not to mention that, unlike other YA novels, it features a smart, self-preserving and feisty female protagonist that doesn't weep and melt over someone with a Y chromosome in any shape or form. What a great model for girls around the globe.


So with that, I conclude a full year of diverse universes and developed characters. May next year be as equally fulfilling as this one. A toast to books, novels, fiction writing and the various worlds that only live inside our heads.


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