Friday, December 30, 2011

YA Superlatives Blogfest: Best in Show

Hosted by Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Alison Miller, and Tracey Neithercott

The end of another year is here, and I can't wait to see everyone else's end-of-year lists. It's one of my favorite aspects of the blogging community. I read some great books this year, and it was really hard to pick favorites. Also, I cheated a little and picked from all the books I READ in 2011 - not necessarily published in 2011. I hate to break the rules, but I wanted to highlight all the great books I read, including those old and those not yet published. Feel free to leave comments - I'd love to hear what you think of my picks - and be sure to visit my lovely hostesses! Thanks, ladies, for putting this together! I can't wait to read your posts, as well.

Favorite Cover
There were a ton of beauties released this year,
but I think this one is the most breathtaking.

Cutest Couple
This book had my heart fluttering before I even read it.
Hadley and Oliver are just perfect together.

Most Likely to Succeed
Although I didn't have the opportunity to read the official NBA nominees,
I can tell you this one should have been on the list.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
This was one of those books that actually lived up to all its hype.
It snatched me up from page one and didn't spit me out until the last.

Best Repeat Performance
About halfway through this I was freaking out because I couldn't figure out
how on Earth Jenny Han could make me okay with which Fisher ended up with Belly. She not only managed, but she made it perfect.

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
Noah freaking Shaw

Pair Most Likely to Stay Best Friends Till They’re 80
Sophie + Jenna = BFF<3
I want to live in the world of Hex Hall so I can be their third wheel.

Breakout Novel
Hourglass was one of those novels where I just kept thinking to myself,
"How the frick did she do that?!" I will forever be a Myra cheerleader.

Best Old-Timer
I still can't believe I hadn't read this until this year.
Listening to it on audio was especially haunting.

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
Yall. This book made me ugly cry. Like, wake-Josh-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night cry.

Most Pleasant Surprise
You can just read my review for the long of it,
but I basically kicked myself for thinking I didn't like science fiction.

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
In every other love triangle in YA, I am firmly planted on one side or the other.
But Jenny Han had me as torn as Belly has been throughout the series. In fact, it wasn't until the very end that I knew how Belly would end up and that I was okay with it.

Sleeper Hit
I feel guilty about having never written a review for this novel, but it's just so hard
to put into words my love for it. It is one of my most recommended books for contemporary lovers. It is beautifully written and deserves to be in the spotlight.

So there you have it - my favorite books of the year! Be sure to visit other blogs and feel free to join in with your own picks! Huge "THANKS!" to Jessica LoveKaty UppermanAlison Miller, and Tracey Neithercott for putting this blogfest together! I had a great time putting these lists together.

And finally my own category!

Which 2011 release do you wish you'd found time to read?
(Leave your answer in the comments for a chance to win your book of choice!)


  1. Yay! Thanks so much for participating!

    I wish I wold have read The Scorpio Races. I started it and I actually gave upon it because the animal violence was bothering me. But I wish I would have pushed through, because everyone seems to love it.

  2. Thank YOU for joining in! It's been fun reading your picks. I've seen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight a few times, but I think you've convinced me to read it once it comes out.

    The book I really, really wanted to read in 2011 was Divergent. I'd been waiting for it to come out for years and then I made it my carrot. I vowed I wouldn't read it until I was finished with revisions on my book. I'm getting so close to reading it. Finally!

  3. I'm sold on Never Eighteen--sounds amazing. There are a lot of books that came out in 2011 that I wish I'd read. Scorpio Races, Lola & The Boy Next Door, Daughter of Smoke & Bone...and there's more, but I don't want to ramble too long!

  4. Which 2011 release do I wish I read? Do you want one answer or the LONG LIST? Actually the one I really wanted to read, but still haven't is Possession. And hearing it pop up in this blogfest, makes me sad I never bought it.

    Thanks for participating! SO FUN!

  5. There were so many great books I didn't get to this year! Imaginary Girls, Mara Dyer (working on it), Chime, Where She Went! I almost missed The Scorpio Races completely, and it turned out to be my favorite read in a while!

    And yes, Sophie + Jenna forever! They'd be such fun friends to have.

  6. Ooh I have a big stack of 2011 releases I wish I'd gotten to, including Anna Dressed in Blood, The Death Cure, Where She Went, Chime... looks like I'll be catching up in January.


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