What? I like to stay positive and recount good memories.
In that spirit, here are some of my favourite bookish things of 2011.
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins
For all the awesomeness that Lola possessed, it was Cricket that sold this book for me. Cricket, your pining squeezed every last bit of empathy and feeling from this cold, cold heart.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor
A book where every word has a purpose. Every action and event was not just filler, but fodder for readers to gnaw on during the reread after the epic conclusion.
Favourite Author Event/Signing
Margaret Stohl for the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series
I went to only one author event this year, and it was awesome. Read the posts for my gushing.
Favourite New Author
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Dude. DUDE. This lady is crazysauce talented. The plots are always out there, but she makes it work with all the banter and witty sayings and putting the characters into precarious positions thing. I don't know, it's just addictive. I've read every book of hers that's been published so far, and I'm kind of going "Hmmm" at how the books get high ratings on this blog. Also, her books are on a publishing schedule where a new book comes out every few months and I don't know how she does it, but I like it. /greedyreadersyndrome
Favourite Greek Mythology Adaptation
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
I cannot choose between Jason or Percy. I'd like to say that I'll be loyal to Percy because he's the first, and Jason would seem like a rebound with the fact that he's similar to Percy, but I don't know. Greek mythology and Rick Riordan is a winning combo. I haven't found any series that's topped it so far.
Favourite Spin Off
BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead
One of the things I appreciate when authors create a spin off book or series is the handling of the universe. Too many references to the previous series, and it gets irritating. Too little, and it feels weird, like a cameo of your favourite author in a movie which gets you confused because 1) what's he doing there, and 2) what does this universe have to do with him? Mead balances this extremely well, by firstly, not having everyone fawn over Rose, highlighting her perfect~ qualities and secondly, by focusing on Sydney. It seems silly that I'm pointing it out, but there are books that are marketed as the book about 'side character from first series', only to have that character remain in the sideline for the spin off series. Sydney is quite clearly the main protagonist for this series.
with regards to a book/ movie adaptation of a book
The Hunger Games movie by Cathay Organization
Have you read my post? They went to a lot of effort for it, and I enjoyed every single thing they set up, even if some of it feels excessive (Promo in the bathrooms. *cough*). Hey Cathay, if you have more Hunger Games promo, call me. Really.
(aka I had a craving for history)
MULTIPLIERS by Liz Wiseman
This book helped me to be a better leader and learn how to better manage people. I love it.
Favourite Singaporean book
S. RAJARATNAM: THE PROPHETIC AND THE POLITICAL by Chan Heng Chee, Obaid Ul Haq
I had my eye on this book for a while, and borrowed it twice because once is simply not enough. It's a collection of selected speeches by the late S. Rajaratnam, one of Singapore's founding fathers. I'm ashamed to say that my knowledge of Singapore's political history is lacking, and I'm currently trying to rectify that by reading books from Singapore's leaders to learn their perspectives about building Singapore from the ground up. Always inspiring, always a reminder that great things have to be built, that Singapore didn't become this first world country without some serious effort and sacrifices. I'm going to get a copy of this for myself.
I'm looking forward to another busy year with school, CCA, work, book blogging, family, friends, outings and just everything that's made 2011 and the years before awesome. What are you looking forward to?
Here's to another great year ahead!