It’s so strange to me that the year that is over. It snuck up on me this time. All of a sudden I noticed various blogs doing “Best of 2010″ lists and the like.

And then I had a lightbulb! As a “Best of” list would difficult with the four of us, I thought I would just send out a survey to my fellow blogites and demand that they answer. And despite a couple of double answers, I feel we got a well-rounded representation of the best of the best from 2010, (although my answers are mostly a love letter to Cate Tiernan), and good view of our different tastes. On to the survey:

*NOTE* The books didn’t necessarily have to be published in 2010, you just had to have read them in 2010. I have noted if they were published earlier. Books that will be published in 2011 were not allowed.

1. Favorite Book of 2010

Kate: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Katie: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting- I’m not sure if this is my favorite, but it sticks out in my mind and it surprised me the most.

Christine: Matched by Ally Condie

Caitlin: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

2. Book (from 2010) you wish more people would read?

Kate: Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink

Katie: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Christine: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

Caitlin: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

3. Favorite Cover of 2010

Kate: Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Katie: Zombies vrs Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbelestier

Christine: Sister’s Red by Jackson Pearce

Caitlin: Matched by Ally Condie

4. Favorite Tearjerker (feel free to describe the moment that made you cry, in an unspoilery way)

Kate: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Katie: I didn’t cry at any new books, but re-reading John Green’s Looking for Alaska made me tear up, as per usual.

Christine: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – The ending was just waterworks for me. You have to read it to understand.

Caitlin: Mockingjay. I may have almost thrown the book at the wall at one point.

5. Favorite series opener?

Kate: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Katie: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Christine: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (published in 2009)

Caitlin: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

6. Favourite Continuation/Midseries Book:

Kate: The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Katie: Ghost Town by Rachel Caine

Christine: Jealousy by Lilith Saintcrow

Caitlin: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

7. Favorite series conclusion?

Kate: Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Katie: I’m going to cheat because I re-read The Mortal Instruments this past winter, and I loved City of Glass and at the time I read it, it WAS the series conclusion. Plus I don’t think I’ve read any others this year.

Christine: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Caitlin: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (I swear it was the only conclusion I read this year. Everything else left me HANGING!)

8. Favorite Comedy?

Kate: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Katie: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford

Christine: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (published in 2004)

Caitlin: Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

9.Favorite male lead?

Kate: Will from Clockwork Angel.

Katie: Ethan Beautiful Creatures/ Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margo Stohl

Christine: Cassel from White Cat by Holly Black

Caitlin: Finnikin from Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

10. Favorite female lead?

Kate: Tessa from Clockwork Angel.

Katie: Claire from the Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

Christine: Tessa from Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Caitlin: Nastasya from Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

11. Favourite Debut Author:

Kate: Kiersten White

Katie: Alexandra Adornetto. She’s full of potential, especially for her age.

Christine: Lauren Oliver

Caitlin: Stephanie Perkins

12. What book are you most looking forward to in 2011?

Kate: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Katie: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Christine: Non-YA: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning and YA: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Caitlin: I really want to say Immortal Darkness by Cate Tiernan but I seem to be trying to answer all the questions with that series. Other than that I would say I am most looking forward to…no…no definitely Immortal Darkness by Cate Tiernan.

Now, of course, I challenge all of you to answer the questions. Either in the comments or post on your own blog/livejournal/what-have-you(please leave us link if you do). I’m super interested in everyone else’s favourites from this awesome year of books.

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