Sunday, March 7, 2010
Presenting the first annual 2010 Book Oscars
As a Huge Oscars fan, it seemed only right to lay out my "Best of" picks in books, as an Ode to the Academies tonight.
So I'm sitting here in my biggest, glitziest, most glamorous borrowed evening gown, dripping with Harry Winston gems and packing a Ziploc of carrots to munch on (a la Danny Devito), ready to present my awards.
The rule was simple, I had to have read it in 2009, and it couldn't be a re-read (i.e. no Harry Potter ).
Without further Ado, this is a loooong show folks, here are the winners:
Catching Fire - Who can forget the Burn away wedding dress??!
This was a close race, both Hunger Games and Breaking Dawn also had fantabulous wardrobes.
Best Visual Effects:
The Raw Shark Texts- Worlds of paper and words made this book a one of a kind visual smorgasbord, it is no coincidence that the author is also an artist.
Best Art Direction:
The Spiderwick Chronicles- Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations make the books even more magical
Best Non-Fiction work:
Marie-Therese: The Fate of Marie Antoinette's Daughter- Although the Heloise & Abelard: A New Biography was a close second, Marie-Therese was such a fresh look at such a tired subject that it was the clear winner.
Best Supporting Actor:
Balder, the yard Gnome- Going Bovine
and Puck- The Sisters Grimm
These two were both so funny and such perfect additions to their respective stories that I declare a tie.
Best Supporting Actress:
Daphne- The Sisters Grimm
Any girl who would do her hair up as a gluey beehive, making the top a pencil holder, and then go on to become very popular on her first day in a new school? That's a girl with Oscar written all over her.
Jace- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass
His one liners, heroic actions and screwed up past and present all make him one of my favorite male Characters of the year. Of course it goes without saying that Peeta Mellark (of Hunger Games and Catching Fire ) was a close second.
Wanderer/Melanie- The Host
Although a close second with naive but won't-go-down-without-a-fight Katniss Everdeen, Wanderer/Melanie was one of a kind with her struggles in The Host and won my heart thoroughly.
Rick Riordan- The Last Olympian
One of the best tie ups to a series since Harry Potter, Rick Riordan proved that he's a masterful writer with his final book in the series. He was up against some tough competition since I read books by Cassandra Clare, Tamora Pierce, Libba Bray, and Suzanne Collins in 2009.
Going Bovine- Libba Bray
and Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Yes a tie! I read sooo many fabulous books this past year, many of which are likely to make my top 10 ever list, it was impossible to pick just one.
Libba Bray has outdone herself with Going Bovine, it's a one of a kind YA novel, funny and thoughtful without being preachy. What better message in life can you give people outside of live your life well and too the fullest?
Suzanne Collins has written two parts to a series which could well become a renowned masterpiece in the YA fiction genre. Catching Fire had me so wound up that I'm still not sure how I'll make it to August 24th for Mockingjay , the conclusion to the story.