BookLion Birthday Awards

The major impetus for starting the BookLion was actually that I tried to tally up all of the books I had read over the 2009/2010 year and failed utterly. I thought that if I wrote a bit about each book, I would at least remember their names – but after a while it became clear that the more I wrote, the more I thought about each book, the better I was able to point at why I liked/disliked it, and the better my writing skills became. One of the stranger outcomes is that my mania for buying books has considerably decreased this year – it’s as if by connecting with the books on a deeper level, I already own them in some way and don’t have the same urge to blindly fill up my already over-full bookshelf.

So now, without further ado, I present the 2010/11 BookLion awards (unlike the Caldecott or the Newberry, the BookLion awards are not judged by a committee of unbiased professionals, nor are the books taken from a particular publication year, but they are merely awarded from amongst my completely random, theme-less year of reading and judged by a somewhat, if not totally, biased me. In light of this, it might be best to just use these awards as a guide to the blog this year.)

Best Books Read This Year: (I truly wanted this category to read simply ‘best book’ but I just couldn’t decide on one, and, in fact, narrowing it down to 3 was impossible).

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Booklion Awards SidebarOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marques

The Warden by Anthony Trollope


The Once and Future King by T.H. White

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead 

The Grave Yard Book by Neil Gaiman

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne 

If You Read One Book from this Blog:

 Jeeves and Wooster by P.G. Wodehouse (although it didn’t beat out the ‘best books read this year’, P.G. Wodehouse is universally charming and will make your day lighter – guaranteed.) 

Wish I Wrote: 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Most read (and loved) Authors: 

Roald Dahl

Mark Kurlansky

Best Cover:

Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

Personal Favorite Post:

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 

 Best Picture Books:

Eloise by Kay Thompson

George and Martha by James Marshall

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz

Most Disappointing:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (I know that the majority of the world doesn’t agree with me about the Hunger games, but I stick by my opinion – Catniss is a ridiculously un-thoughtful character and the plot simply repeats again and again and again.)

Reckless by Cornelia Funke  (Why, oh why, did you have to jump on the YA bandwagon, Cornelia?)

In conclusion, I think it’s safe to say that i’ve read a lot of excellent books this year. If it’s your first time here, you can use these ‘awards’ as a guide around the blog – if you’v been reading all year, perhaps you’ll find some of the choices surprising (or expected) and worth commenting upon.


2 thoughts on “BookLion Birthday Awards

    • I do love a lot of Cornelia Funke, the Ink series in particular, but I think you’ll find that Reckless is different. It is as if someone made her write a YA book because it would sell, and then deleted any semblance of her characteristic quirkiness.

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