Thursday, 29 December 2011

Faves of 2011 Book Awards: The Random

The Faves of 2011 Book Awards are hosted by Nomes at Ink Crush.
Day Four: The Random

1. Fave first sentence
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was a reread this year, but it's got one of my fave first sentences ever: "Marley was dead, to begin with." Tell me you don't want to keep reading! Bah!

2. Fave book title 
That'd have to be Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Love the alliteration, the intrigue and the peculiarity (natch).

3. Fave reading experience (ie: created a great reading memory)
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. It was just a lovely read, and made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Naw.

4. Book with the best food in it (made you so crazy-envious-hungry)
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Amy and Roger do a lot of eating in this book. It's mostly junk food, but it all sounds amazing.


5. Book with the most sensual weather (made you shiver/sweat)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. A big chunk of the book is dedicated to describing how freaking freezing it is, brrrr.

6. Most embarrassing book cover (feeling sheepish in public or just plain ugly) 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Loved the book, but man, that cover is embarrassing AND ugly.


7. Can’t believe you waited this long to read the book (!)
There were a few that I was late on the bandwagon for this year, but the one that I really can't believe I only read recently was The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

8. Book you'd give your mum/sister to read

I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington. It's just a brilliant, heartbreaking, beautifully-written story. 

9. Book you'd give your dad/brother to read

Well, neither my dad or my brother read at all, so I'm going to apply this one to my fiance - I've been urging him to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins ever since I finished it.

10. Book you'd like to give your past-self to read (ie, me, when I was 15)
This is such a hard question! I think I'd have to go with The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, just because I've always loved the movie and I wish I'd discovered the book sooner.

11. Book that lived up to (or superseded) the hype
I was surprised to find that The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins more than lived up to the hype.
12. Book you stayed up the latest to finish (confess!!!)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I couldn't put it down, and read it in two rather late-night sittings.  

13. Book you were *dying* to get your hands on the most 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. After finishing Anna and the French Kiss I was itching to get my hands on Perkins' next offering.

14. Fattest brick of a book you read (by page count)

At over 500 pages, this was The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson. Took me waaay longer than it should have to read.

15. Killer cliffhanger award
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It left so many loose ends I actually got kinda mad. I wish the sequel would come out already!


  1. Great list, Belle! Some of these have been faves of mine, or have caught my eye as well. And I completely agree about the Perfect Chemistry cover :)

    I've never been able to manage Stieg Larsson, but I do have a copy of the Ishiguro on my shelf--I'll get to it next year, hopefully :)

  2. These lists are so fun. It makes me reconsider books I previously rejected.

  3. Clearly, you're not a romance reader! If you think Perfect Chemistry is the most embarrassing book cover you've ever seen, you are NOT invited to peruse my shelves. *runs away to turn all romance book covers face-down*

  4. @Stephanie - Thanks! Ishiguro is definitely a much easier and quicker read than Larsson.

    @Jenny - They made me think really hard about everything I've read, lol!

    @Ruby - Haha, you got me, I'm not really a romance reader. Mainly because I'd be too embarrassed to be seen reading them, thanks to the covers! No judgement for those who are braver than me though :-)

  5. I have had The Last Unicorn on my list for quite a while now. I should get a copy soon, I hear it's a great classic fantasy read.

    I have not read Perfect Chemistry yet but you're right about the cover. It's something that I'd probably read only in my room, alone. :D Perhaps there are other cover designs/editions?

  6. I haven't seen any, Tin! But it's worth a read anyway I think :-)

  7. Embarrassing romance covers are 78% of the reason why I bought my Kindle!

  8. Haha, hmmm, you might have just converted me to getting an ereader ;-)

  9. oh, that first sentence it truly brilliant! love it :)

    also, i read never let me go in two days as well (even though it is a little chunky) beautufl mesmerising book.'

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