2004 Year-In-Review : Books

Inspired by lucyinchicago

Best BooksThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; The Dive From Clausen’s Pier
Best Book Most Obviously Written With Me In Mind A Year At The Movies: One Man’s Filmgoing Odyssey

Best Books with an International SettingCold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey Into Australia; In A Sunburned Country
Quietest Book with an International Setting (also my First Bookring) — Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

Best Book I’ve Yet to FinishEats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
Book I Wish I’d Not FinishedBookends

Book I Never Thought Would Be As Good As It Turned OutEverything Is Illuminated
Book That Should Have Turned Out BetterThe Virgin Blue

Best Story CollectionI Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
Best Story Collection Attempted at the Wrong TimeStill Wild: Stories of the American West, 1950 to the Present

Best Book JacketThe Gardens of Kyoto; I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
Most Unsettling Book Jacket, Mirroring Its Unsettling StoryThe Lady and the Unicorn
Book Jacket That Was More Intriguing Than the Pages WithinVermeer: A View of Delft

Good Book With a Great ReviewHouse Under Snow
Enjoyable Despite Its Lousy ReviewThe Last Juror by John Grisham

Most Overrated Jemima J: A Novel About Ugly Ducklings and Swans
Truly UnappreciatedJust A Geek: Unflinchingly Honest Tales of the Search for Life, Love, and Fulfillment Beyond the Starship Enterprise

Nicest SurpriseConfessions of a Shopaholic

Favorite Main Character — Christopher John Francis Boone from The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Favorite Supporting Character — Luke Brandon from Confessions of a Shopaholic
Favorite Supporting Character in the Worst Book— James, Cath’s love interest in Bookends
Character Who Deserves a Series of Her Own — Portia, pre-lesbian plot mistake, from Bookends
Character I Never Wish to Meet Again — Cath from Bookends

Least Action-Packed Spy StorySpygirl: True Adventures of My Life as a Private Eye

Most In Need of a Good EditorBookends

Most Awful Book by a Formerly Beloved Author / Biggest Waste of My Time (but at least I didn’t read all the way to The End) — Carrie Fisher’s The Best Awful

Favorite Author Discovery of the Year — Bill Bryson
Author Most Like a Cup of Hot Cocoa on a Winter’s Night — John Grisham with Skipping Christmas
Author Whose Writing Style Most Resembles the Patterns of My Brain — Jasper Fforde with The Well of Lost Plots

Author I’ve Overdosed On — Tracy Chevalier, though I’m sure I’ll pick up future novels
Author I’ve Bid Good Riddance — Jane Green, and not soon enough

Most Anticipated Reads of 2005Memoirs of a Geisha, The Rule of Four, The Broker, biographies of Katharine Hepburn


About Jules Q

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Posted on 31 December 2004, in What I Read and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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