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Went to Dia Del Libro 2011 yesterday at Instituto Cervantes. After that we headed to Pedro Gil’s Booksale branch, another Booksale branch at Robinson’s Place, Chapters and Pages, and another Booksale branch at Makati Cinema Square. Here’s my book haul. I need to stop buying books, but I can’t! Especially since they’re all mostly below a hundred pesos. That cat book there is only Php5, how could I resist???
2010 Book survey:
The first book you read this year: The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend
The last book you finished this year: Little Bee by Chris Cleabe
The first book you will finish in the new year: Until the real thing comes along by Elizabeth Berg
Your favorite “classic” you read this year: Is “I capture the Castle” a modern classic? Haha.
The book series you read the most volumes of this year: The Hunger Games trilogy, Scott Pilgrim comics, Pretty Little Liars (It wasn’t as bad as I imagined it to be. It was actually intriguing, like Veronica Mars meets Mean Girls meets Gossip Girl meets Skins, with all that rainbowy sexual tension)
The genre you read the most this year: LGBT fiction, young adult, haha.
The book that disappointed you: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I expected something Ruth Reichl-y, or Sarah Addison Allen-y, or even Hoffman-y, but ended with some serious Wally Lamb like emo drudgery mixed with Kafkaesque philosophizing. Ugh.
The book you liked better than you expected to: Pretty Little Liars. See reasons above.
The hardest book you read this year (topic or writing style): I gave up midway on a lot of books for 2010. Maybe it was the writing style mostly, but I’m sure they were awesome books. The Unnamed, since it depressed me, Bee Season, because I got bored by it, The Little Stranger, which I bet is interesting, but it was an audiobook which I really couldn’t finish, work got in the way.
The funniest book you read this year: I like the Runaways. Oh Joss Whedon, you genius, you.
The saddest book you read this year: Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Read it, and weep. And be disturbed.
The shortest book you read this year: Plain Janes?
The longest book you read this year: I can’t remember.
A book that touched you: If by touched you mean I cried, here’s my weepy list:
-Between Mom and Jo
-A lot of Berg books, if not all, haha.
-The Year of Fog
A book you read this year you want to recommend: If you’re queer, try the comics of Ariel Schrag, books by David Levithan and Julie Anne Peters. If not and you like the magical realism of Alice Hoffman and Isabel Allende, try books by Sarah Addison Allen. If you like Anne Tyler or Anna Quindlen, try reading books by Elizabeth Berg.
A book that you discovered this year that you will definitely read again: A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
A book that you never want to read again: Cruddy by Lynda Barry. It was amazing but also horrific and scary.
And finally, make a New Year’s Resolution: Review all the books I read, even if it’s just one sentence. :) Create an organized Books I’ve read list and organized TBR list.
What books did you love for 2010?