Jan. 4th, 2011

Okay, so I give awards based upon books I read in 2010, not on when they were actually released. I read 149 books (including children's & manga) last year. Feel free to pipe up on the ones you've read. I don't have a paid account so no polls. :)

Best Fiction Book I Read This Year: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Best Non-Fiction Book IRTY: The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge

Best Book IRTY that (I hope) Doesn't Make Me Sound Like a Pretentious Twit: Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron - by Jasper Fforde

Best Anthology IRTY: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Best Book (Not From My Childhood) IRTY to Matt: The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Best Manga/Graphic Novel: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Harry Turtledove Award for "Why Am I Still Reading This?: The Full Metal Panic series by Shouji Gatou. I gave up on this one after the end of the first series. A mess of poor artwork and storytelling.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham. Wasn't really bad, just ordinary.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't (Sci-Fi/Fantasy): Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - I'm not actually sure everyone loved it, but it does get mentioned on popular steampunk book lists so I guess it's true. Summer action movie quality; that's not an endorsement. Try the Leviathan (admittedly more kerosene than steampunk) series instead

Author Everyone Loves Who Didn't Impress Me: China Mieville. This is a bit disingenuous because I do want to read more of his stuff, but The City & The City took a great concept and failed on the execution.

Worst Book: The Coming Economic Armageddon by David Jeremiah- Poor grasp of economics plus bad biblical scholarship equals a recipe for disaster

The full list. Manga just listed once regardless of the number of volumes )



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