This feature is a mini awards ceremony for our favourite books we've READ so far in 2011! Here it goes!
1. favourite book read so far in 2011
-nuhuh, not gonna answer that! It will give away my year-end list, I think (and yes, this will be the only question I won’t answer… probably) Don’t hate me! *cackles*
2. most powerful book
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar
-man, this book gave me chills. So good!!!
3. brilliantly funny
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray!
-No way I could give this award to any other book... serious lulz. My gosh, I wish I could read this 5 times, then quote from it endlessly the way I do with Friends. You guys know exactly what I mean.
-close runner-up is Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty-- brilliant and funny as well :)
4. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I won’t even do the manly “nah, that’s water from the ceiling” crap, I totally cried. It's not outrageous-- it's subtle, beautiful, and quietly gorgeous.
So many runner-ups! There's Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King, spunky but definitly ache-y.
I so wish I could mention Where She Went by Gayle Forman, but I read it last year :(
5. most beautiful story
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Eeeep, I love this book SO HARD. It's full of all the angst and grief I love, lots of historical fiction woven in and the story is just so beautiful.
Super close runner-ups: Split by Swati Avasthi... an amazing story of brothers, redemption and family.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - because it's original, funny, and so awesome! I think I can find beauty in that :)
6. delicious rainy day comfort read
I bought and reread Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I think it’s a book that I will never get sick of... definitely for those rainy days.
Runner up (another buy + reread) is Heist Society by Ally Carter (MORE HALE PLZ) and another buy + reread is North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley (MORE JACOB PLZ). And Anna and the French Kiss (MORE ETIENNE PLZ)
.. I have a thing for fictional boys. Hi. Nice to meet you.
7. adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
Divergent by Veronica Roth. I just want to do some mad fistpumping like one of those steroid monkeys because I just get excited when we talk about this book!
8. the beautiful prose award
Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Any time I compare anything to Patrick Ness… shoo-in.
Just missed out: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard.
9. most atmospheric and vivid setting
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
-ohh the Washokey wildwinds :) Gorgeous setting.
10. i-so-want-to-go-there award
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
—PARIS! Also: Revolution which also takes place in Paris, but lets face it: Anna knows Etienne, so if I go to her boarding school I could know him too. *swoon*
11. most original and imaginative
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan. This man is a freaking… I dunno… spider? As in the spiders that have those icky but pretty webs… okay I’ll stop now because I kind of hate spiders and I don’t hate Levithan… OKAY. Here’s the deal. His words are like spider webs because they are pretty and not gross at all. Why do I even try.
12. best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
Nothing by Janne Teller—the more I think about it, the more I like it. It's a freaking Printz book too!
Also, Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian- my friends, this YA contemporary is AWESOME. You are seriously missing out if you've skipped this.
13. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award
Blood Red Road by Moira Young- totally blew my mind. The writing, the setting, the characters… l-l-l-luuuuurved it.
14. most haunting story
A Monster Calls by Patrick ness. Oh the TEABS (thanks FYA ladies)
Oh so close: Ordinary Beauty by Laura Wiess... haunting is the perfect word for it.
15. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty- it’s hilarious, funny, heartwarming, honest… written in LETTER FORM (which is what I'm counting as out-of-comfort-zone)!
The more I think about it, the worse this choice is. I mean, it's contemporary YA which basically is my comfort zone! :P OHKAY I'll admit it, this isn't that much "out-there"... I should probably just pick a paranormal book since I really tend to stay away from them....
Oh, what about a Middle Grade? Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow by Nathan Bransford.. didn't love it but it fits the category 70%ish ;)
16. series that i’m loving
Blood Red Road (Dustlands trilogy) by Moira Young! Close runner up is Divergent :)
17. most memorable voice award
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. What made this book stand out is Anna's relatable-ness, and her endearing, endless charm (and St. Clair). All comes down to Perkin's genius writing!
18. completely awesome premise award
Wither Lauren DeStefano :) Sister wives are fascinating... admit it :p
19. would make the best movie
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray *fistpumps* someone cast Sarah Palin stat!
20. want to re-read already
Blood Red Road by Moira Young. It's been a couple weeks, but I still can't get this book out of my head!
Ohkay, obviously I have a LOT of repeats here (Blood Red Road = 4)… I wish I read more books! I have so many awesome ones waiting on my nightstand, I think I’ll even do an IMM vlog this Sunday because I’m so excited! I love my library!
Also, I'M DONE SCHOOL. Like I've been saying that for weeks now, but seriously, all the exams are done (though the Chemistry one I did went tragically... *sigh* I have moped for around 5 hours, and I'm hopefully recovering by reading. I want some happy books-- any suggestions???)
And thanks Nomes for hosting this wonderful feature-list-thing! :) So much fun!!