I thought I hadn’t read that much this year, but looking over my list, it’s well over a book a week which, considering how busy I’ve been, is an achievement I’m happy with. Here, without further ado, are my book awards for this year:
I can’t choose just one, so this is a tie between
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (he is the most amazing and thought-provoking story teller – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant).
Harvesting The Heart by Jodi Picoult (I wrote about this book here – enough said)
Other than the two books that I didn’t manage to finish (see my ‘Books’ page):
How to Be An Amazing Mum by Tanith Carey has to win this award, not entirely for its content, I must be honest, but for the two very unpleasant comments left by its author, who took exception to the fact that I gave my honest opinion of her book.
New Author I’ve Enjoyed
Karin Slaughter was recommended to me by a colleague back in the spring of this year, and since then, I’ve been reading through her books in chronological order. I enjoy a good thriller, and have really liked the character development in the series, as the books are based around the same set of characters. I shall be reading more of these in the coming year.
Again, two books tie for this award:
Living on the Seabed by Lindsay Nicholson
Stolen Time by Sunny Jacobs
Both these books are stunning , and very different, examples of triumph of the human spirit over the most terrible adversity.
Biggest Disappointment by Previously Enjoyed Author
The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi – really disappointing after some of the wonderful books she’s written in the past. Maybe she just doesn’t have any more stories left in her – I often think this is the case with prolific authors who start well and then disappoint later on.
Most Unusual Book
Fred & Edie by Jill Dawson, which I wrote about here.
Here’s to another year of great reading in 2010!