Friday, December 30, 2011

Class of 2011: Best In Show

It's the last day of the blogfest! Thank you all so much for playing along with us and sharing your favorite 2011 releases! Alison, Katy, Tracey, and I have had so much fun hosting you all this week, and we've loved reading about everyone's favorites. I don't know about you all, but I've certainly added some new books to my TBR pile!

Remember to hop around to the other blogs on the linky below to see everyone else's choices. And at the end of today's post, everyone chose their own superlative category, so make sure you weigh in on all of those.

Here are my picks for today...

Favorite Cover
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Oooh, pretty *pets*

Cutest Couple
Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door

You knew I was going to say this one, right?

Charlotte and Harlin from A Need So Beautiful

One thing I loved about this book was that it started with them already together. I loved that we saw how they were together as a couple...they were so adorable!

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner)
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

To be quite honest, I have no idea what the requirements of the Printz are, besides, you know, excellence. These are the books I thought were the most overall excellent this year. 

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (The book you just couldn't put down!)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I literally stayed up all night to finish this one. It just kept getting more and more OMGWTF with every turn of the page!

Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.)

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (duh)

I liked this companion to Anna and the French Kiss even more than the first one!

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

This is another one I liked even more than the first one!

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
An ice bath romance that also makes you want to tear out your eyes, Lochan and Maya in Forbidden by Tabitha Sazuma. (Why does the book with the, uh, most descriptive hook-up scenes have to be the book about brother/sister incest? Gah.)

If you want one that doesn't make you feel ooky...
Lola and Cricket in Lola and the Boy Next Door (obvs) 
(dang, the end of that book...)

Pair Most Likely to Stay Best Friends Till They’re 80

Karou and Zusana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
I loved the friendship between these two!

Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author)
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

I can't wait to see what else Jessi Kirby has in store for us! This debut was EXCELLENT! Such a perfect contemporary!

Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2011.)
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
It was published in late 2010, so it's not a super old-timer, but this is one of my favorite reads of the year!

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

So, this book doesn't really count because it's MG, not YA. But OMG if Milo doesn't make you cry then YOU HAVE NO HEART. And it's really the only book that made me cry this year. I didn't read too many tear-jerkers.
(ACK...I just realized that this was a 2010 release. Bah. I'm sticking by my answer anyway.)
Most Pleasant Surprise (The best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

It surprised the hell out of me how much I loved this book. Saying it's not my thing id the understatement of the century. I seriously wasn't expecting it at's amazing what an incredible book will get you on board with.

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
Wither by Lauren DeStefano

The fact that there was some polygamy / sister wivery going on in this book in addition to the two potential love interests for the main character definitely put a spin on the traditional love triangle, making it more like a love rhombus or pentagon or something.

Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.)
Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt
This book was so adorable! And so much fun to read! I don't know if it got the love that it really deserved this year.

And now it’s your turn! Pick your own superlative category and post it at the end of today’s list. Blog hoppers can drop by and vote for their pick in the comments of your blog!

Here's mine:
Book With Writing/Story Most Like Your Own

I know most of us are writers, so, writers, which book reminded you the most of your own writing? And non-writers out there, which book had the writing/story you could relate with the most?

For me, the book with writing most like mine was...
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Throughout this book I just couldn't help thinking how much her style reminded me of mine. That made for a fun read, for sure. 

Ok, everyone...that's it! Thanks so much for playing along! Be sure to drop your linky in the list, answer my bonus question in the comments, and visit everyone else's blog. I hope you guys had a great time.


  1. Ohmygosh I just bought Catching Jordan and now I CAN'T WAIT to read it. :)

    And Lola and Cricket are my cutest couple too. SO ADORABLE

    Okay, so the book who's style matches my own - hmmm. This is a bit tough since the four projects I've written have completely different voices, and this latest one I'm working on has a slightly different style of writing too. So, I'll go with my baby - my first project I wrote. Zoey's voice from House of Night sounds weirdly similar (actually rather spot on) to my main character's voice - and I didn't start reading the House of Night novels until AFTER I finished that project. A friend who read both said the same thing.

    Great question, Jessica!

  2. I can't wait to get a hold of daughter of smoke and bone. Truly

  3. I need to read Catching Jordan so I can get a glimpse into what I am to expect for your book!!

    Thanks for hosting, I had a great time participating!

  4. SEAN GRISWOLD has been on my to-read list for awhile. Moving it up now that I know it's your sleeper pick :)

  5. Love rhombus...dead and buried.

    I kind of want to read Forbidden and definitely need to move Sean Griswold's Head up higher on my TBR list!

  6. Imaginary Girls does have a gorgeous cover, but I didn't get to it this year! It's near the top of my TBR though, so I'll get it read early in 2012. :) I also liked Demonglass more than Hex Hall, and I thought the relationships in Wither were handled in interesting, compelling ways. I wasn't sold on the romance really, but I liked the interaction of the sister-wives.

  7. Oooh, the Imaginary Girls cover is gorgeous! I did tell you you've sold me on Shine, right? Now I also wanna read Moonglass--loves me a good contemporary :D

    Your created category is so creative! I wish I had an answer...I like to think I write like certain people, but then I read my stuff & I'm brought back to reality :D I have Catching Jordan on my bookshelf & now I'll be thinking of you as I read.

    I had fun with this Blogfest! Thanks to you & the girls for hosting it!!!

  8. I love your picks. I loved Sean Griswold's Head and Catching Jordan so I'm happy to see those on your list. As for your question: holy cow that's hard. I feel like I'd need to list a bunch of books for different aspects!

  9. Your category is so hard. I honestly have no clue.

    Thanks for hosting the blogfest, it was fun!

  10. Great choices! Thank you so much for hosting. And I don't have a clue about your category, either, but I think it's a great question! I'll have to ask my CP :)

  11. I love ALL of your choices today, Jess. Yay for Charlotte and Harlin, and yay for IMAGINARY GIRLS beautiful cover. Also, you're right: Why-oh-why did FORBIDDEN's romance have to be so, um, steamy?

    You're final category is aWeSoMe too! I think of all the 2011 books I read, my style is most similar to Jessi Kirby's in MOONGLASS. Maybe that's why I love that book so much... :)

  12. I gave up trying to figure out what shape the love-thing in Wither was. Mostly because I'm really bad at math.

    A Need So Beautiful was mostly just okay for me, but Charlotte and Harlin were my favorite part about the book. They were all sorts of adorable, and I really hope they find each other again in the next book.

  13. This is a great list and I agree with so much of it. And yes to Forbidden, I loved that book so very much. And was so heartbroken while I read it.