Dec 20, 2009

The Sunday Salon - A Guessing Game

The Sunday Salon.com Guessing

Like many other bloggers, I've been thinking about what my favourite reads of the year were. I already have a good idea of what will make my final top twenty (and have in fact written a draft), but usually I only post my list on the final week of December because I'm hopeful until the very end that another book will blow me away.

As some of you might remember, last year I had a game/giveaway in which I asked people to guess my favourites, and rewarded one winner with a book of their choice from my final list (credit to Literary Feline, who I think was the first blogger to do this back in 2007). I had a lot of fun with this little contest last year, so I thought I'd do it again. Here's what you need to know:
  • If you click here you'll find a list of all the books I read so far this year.
  • After taking a quick look through the list, leave me a comment with five titles that you think will make my final Best Reads of 2009 list.
  • The books don't have to be published in 2009. As long as they're books I read this year, they're fair game.
  • ETA: It's totally okay to just guess randomly if you have no idea. Who knows, you might get lucky!
  • I will put the names of those who guess correctly in a hat and draw a winner.
  • If nobody gets five books right, I'll draw from among those who manage to guess four.
  • Order doesn't matter. You don't need to guess my favourite five reads of 2009; just five books that will make my final list.
  • The winner will receive a book of their choice from my final list, which I plan to post a week from today.
  • This means that you have until Saturday the 26th to play.
Good luck! I think plenty of you will get many books right this year, as there were quite a few titles I was particularly loud and gushy about.


Graphic Novels ChallengeAnother thing: as I mentioned last week, Chris and I are hosting the 2010 Graphic Novels Challenge. Quite a few people who are new to the comics medium have asked us to put together a list of recommendations for beginners, and we plan to do just that. But to make the list as complete as possible, we'd like to ask for your help. Please click the link for details - I have to say I'm a little sad that the post has been up for a while and we got zero e-mails with suggestions so far. You don't have to to be an expert in comics and graphic novels to contribute; if you read one that you'd recommend to others, please send it in. Thank you in advance!

29 comments:

  1. Somehow, I've whittled it down to 5:

    Tender Morsels, Fingersmith, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the Children's Book, and The Time Traveler's Wife.

    Cheers, Ana! :)

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  2. First of all, I'm planning on e-mailing y'all by GN suggestions soon! :)

    Ok...here are five I'm guessing:
    Shakespeare Wrote For Money
    Paper Towns
    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    The Children's Book

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  3. I could never guess but I did have fun scrolling through in amazement at all the wonderful books you have read this year!

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  4. I can't comment on the guesses until the contest's over, but thanks for playing, Amanda and Eva!

    Jill: Just so everyone knows, it's okay to guess randomly :P You might get lucky!

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  5. I couldn't even begin to take a guess, but I just wanted to say that I am absolutely AMAZED how many books you read in a single year! How do you do it? I am lucky to read a book a week, but I desperately need to improve my speed or I won't accomplish half of my lifetime reading goals.

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  6. Molly: I know of bloggers who read twice as many as me, though! And when I post my end of the year stats and break it down, you'll see that a lot of them were comics or children's books, which are quicker readers :P Anyway, it helped that until October, I only worked part-time. My monthly totals have been steadily decreasing since I started my current job :P

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  7. That is some serious list of books, Ana! You have been a very productive girl! OK, here is my guess for five of your favs:

    Black Juice
    Time Travelers Wife
    Fingersmith
    The Moonstone
    Tender Morsels

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  8. So hard to choose from all the fabulous books you've talked about this year. My guesses are:

    The Knife of Never Letting Go
    Girl Meets Boy
    Bluestockings
    Alias Grace
    Naomi and Elys No Kiss List

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  9. How fun! I must play! After taking a look at your list, here are my guesses:
    Little Brother
    Fingersmith
    The Knife of Never Letting Go
    Magic for Beginners
    The Moonstone

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  10. I'm surprised you could narrow it down to five! :D

    My guesses:
    The Ask and the Answer
    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    The Love We Share Without Knowing
    The Children's Book

    That was tough...as I know you read so many that you really treasured this year.

    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend, Ana!

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  11. La la la can't comment on guesses :P Thanks for playing, though!

    And Debi, I could never narrow it down to five! That's why I said order didn't matter :)

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  12. I'm going with Tender Morsels, Fingersmith, Mortal Love, one of the Bone books (do I have to pick one?) and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

    I'm excited for year-end lists! Going to compile mine next week :-)

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  13. Oh gosh!

    -The Knife of Never Letting Go
    -The Woman in White
    -Fingersmith
    -The Ask and the Answer
    -The Moonstone

    :D

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  14. LOL, I love it! I'm terrible at these things so I'm not going to guess, but I think it's a great idea!

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  15. Ooh, exciting!

    My guesses:

    Paper Towns
    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    The Fox Woman
    Nights at the Circus

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  16. I couldn't even begin to figure this one out!!!

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  17. I'd like to blame it on being overly exhausted, still fighting the remnants of this damn flu, and overall overwhelmedness, but I'm afraid misreading "this post" two years in a row can only be blamed on me being an idiot! :D
    So how many books made that final favorites list this year?

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  18. Ok...

    The Knife of Never Letting Go
    The Love We Share Without Knowing
    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    Paper Towns

    Oh my God do you know how hard that was?!?!?! I wanted to pick like...25!!!! I'm never going to be able to do a top 10 this year :/

    I hope we get more suggestions for the GN 2010 challenge as well...I'm about to email you back!

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  19. Argh, I can't even hazard a guess! Like Chris says, there are at least 25 that could be in your top picks. I am going to email suggestions for graphic novels, but I bet you already have 'em.

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  20. I'm coming back later with my guess. But about the recommendation, I find it hard to do it in your requested format (if you like this book, you'd like..) I can't, for the life of me, compare graphic novels to any normal novels!

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  21. Debi, you are not an idiot >:( If it makes you feel better, Mathie misread it in the exact same way as you :P

    Gavin: The final top will be 25, yes, but I thought that made it easy to try to guess 5, not harder. Sorry, I should have realized this was a stupid idea.

    Mee: Another bad idea :( Sorry. I guess I just don't think of the graphic medium as very different from other mediums. I think of graphic novels as books, as just another way of telling a story, and that makes it easy to compare them in my head.

    To everyone else: thanks for bearing with me.

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  22. Wonderful!

    I'll guess:

    Paper Towns
    Fingersmith
    Tender Morsels
    The Children's Book
    Alias Grace

    :)

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  23. Tender Morsels, Fingersmith, Paper Towns, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Secret History.

    You have read a lot of fantastic books in 2009, so I look forward to finding out which you liked the best.

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  24. You know...it would help if you hadn't read 1000 books this year!!

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  25. Hmmmm....after a great amount of going back and forth, I'm sticking to this:

    Tender Morsels (although it probably won't make MY top 5!)
    The Ask and the Answer
    The Secret History
    Paper Towns
    and Fingersmith!

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  26. Actually, that does make me feel better. Much better. :)

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  27. My guesses (and these are random-ish guesses):

    Paper Towns
    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    Purple Hibiscus
    The Children's Book

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  28. I think I'm going to go with:

    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    The Knife of Never Letting Go
    The Ask and the Answer
    Black Juice

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  29. I hope I'm not late!
    My guesses:

    Tender Morsels
    Fingersmith
    The Love We Share Without Knowing
    Purple Hibiscus
    Alias Grace

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