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).
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:
Most read (and loved) Authors:
Personal Favorite Post:
Best Picture Books:
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.