Thursday, December 20, 2012

Class of 2012: 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 2012 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 (and remember, these are the 2012 books that I read this year)...

Favorite Cover
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Transcendence by C. J. Omololu

I absolutely love the cover of The Disenchanments. The colors, the t-shirt, the glasses, everything. This is one of my favorite covers EVER. And after all the whitewashing in YA drama, to see this cover with gorgeous, gorgeous Griffon smack in the middle and looking right at the camera, well, damn, it's so awesome. I love the cover to Transcendence. 

Cutest Couple
Hazel & Augusts from The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Anna & Bennett from Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Both of these couples are adorable and adorably doomed, but you can't help but root for them.

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner)
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Honestly, I doubt that I have read this year's Printz winner. But I think The Fault in our Stars is pretty damn close to perfection.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (The book you just couldn't put down!)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

This book, you guys. THIS BOOK. I could NOT put it down, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. I STILL think about it.

Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up)
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Days of Blood and Starlight was a fantastic sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You know those second books where nothing happens? Yeah, that wasn't this one AT ALL. And I thought In Honor was a fantastic follow-up to Moonglass, my favorite 2011 debut!

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

I was so happy to find out what happened to Sophie and Archer!

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

You guys, no one is writing YA romance like Jennifer Echols. If you're a romance fan and you aren't reading her books, you are TOTALLY missing out.

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author)
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Ditched by Robin Mellom
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

It was impossible for me to choose between these three books by three awesome ladies. One made me laugh, one made me swoon, and one made me feel all the feelings. I loved all of them, and I can't wait to see what else these three have in store for us.

Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2012)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This book won ALL THE SUPERLATIVES last year, but I hadn't read it because the magical horses from the sea freaked me out. I WAS SO WRONG. It was awesome. And I love Sean. And Corr.

Most Likely To Make a Grown Man Cry
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

If this book doesn't make you cry then you are dead inside.

Most Pleasant Surprise (The book you didn't think you'd like, but totally did)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

I remember seeing this in my NetGalley and thinking...WHY did I request this? It doesn't sound like anything I would like. OH HOW WRONG I WAS. 

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

So you think Blue is going to hook up with Gansey. AND THEN SHE DOESN'T. What are you doing to us, Maggie? Well, I don't even care. I know I'm going to love it, regardless. 

Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more)
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

It warms my heart that so many of you have PROMISED that you will pick up this book based on all of my raving. YOU NEED TO. It's freaking fantastic.

Favorite Outlier (Your favorite MG or adult 2012 book)
Neversink by Barry Wolverton

Puffins! A walrus! Owls in hats!

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 You Loved That Hasn't Really Fit In Any Of These Categories
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I loved both of these books, but I wasn't able to squeeze them into a category, so I wanted to make sure they got a shout-out!

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. And check back, because if you participated every day of the blogfest, you are eligible to win the 2012 release of your choice from BookDepository! I hope you guys had a great time...I know we sure did.


  1. Hee - we have similar choices - great minds and all. :)

    Also, I need to start reading Jennifer Echols. I've heard so many wonderful things!

    1. I read FORGET YOU at Katy's recommendation and then promptly purchased like four other Echols books upon completion. I think, besides writing romance, that Echols is amazing at writing a hobby. I don't know if she's super worldly or just really good at research. ;-) Probably just a great writer. :-)

  2. Well it sounds like I need to get this Unspoken book.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting this blogfest. I've had such a blast with everyone. And I agree with you on The Disenchantments. That cover is pretty awesome.

  4. Thanks for helping host this blogfest, Jessica! It was tons of fun and a great way to get back into blogging. (I've been slacking.) I really like what you chose for Pick Your Own Category. I think you're right about certain books not really fitting into a category but still being awesome. I have UNSPOKEN on my Kindle from NetGalley too, and have had for quite some time now. I guess I'll just have to take your advice and get reading that book! :)

  5. I never got to mention RAILSEA by China Mieville. It is a deeply strange book and it took some effort for me to get into it at first, but Mieville is such a pro at worldbuilding (see also: the totally delightful UN LUN DUN) that I got completely sucked in.

  6. I never got a chance to put Kelley Armstrong's THE CALLING on my list but I really enjoyed it.

    Thanks for organizing this! It has definitely helped me get back into blog mode!

  7. I can't think of a book that didn't make my lists... BITTERSWEET didn't make any of my lists but I really liked the book so I guess I'd go with that.

    Katy can probably predict that I would call her out for this, but you know she's dead inside, right? ;-) I was hoping she'd post another book that actually did make her cry, but she did not.

    Thanks for hosting, Jessica! This was a hoot. A time-sucking, book-loving good time. :-)

  8. I haven't read the Disenchantments, but its cover is one that has been in my mind all year. I love it! It's interesting and bold and colorful - looks like a lot of fun. :)

    Unspoken was keeping me up nights, but my body is starting to protest the lack of sleep, lol. In general though, I just LOVE Sarah Rees Brennan's writing. I really enjoyed Spell Bound as well, especially after that cliffhanger in Demonglass, it was a relief to finally know what happens!

    OMG, SCORPIO RACES FOREVER! When I read it last year, I thought I was just infatuated. The fact that I still get a little swoony and dreamy about it now, a year later, tells me it's going on my permanent favorites shelf. :)

    The Raven Boys love triangle was my runner-up for the category. I loved the curve ball Maggie threw in there and how it totally makes you question the whole magic and destiny thing. <3

    This was such a fun ride! Thanks for hosting this again! I can always count on the Superlatives to put new and awesome Contemps on my TBR list (esp. since I don't often go looking for Contemporaries myself). :)

  9. I got into the books of Jennifer Echols mainly thanks to you. I read SUCH A RUSH, and then bought all of her previous ones.
    I´m a fan <3
    SECOND CHANCE SUMMER - I didn´t manage to squeeze it into any categories but I really loved it too!
    Thanks so much for hosting this blogfest! Was lots of fun!

  10. I LOVED The Scorpio Races. That book was magical.

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  12. YES at The Disenchantments cover! It is SO freakin' awesome! The cover for Hold Still is gorgeous, too. I can't believe I missed Spellbound! I LOVED that :)

    Thank you so much for helping host the blogfest! Definitely the best end-of-year survey-thingy I've seen ;)

  13. What I'm learning from this list: I need to read TIME BETWEEN US and IN HONOR as soon as possible!

    Thanks for a super-fun blogfest :)

  14. We have some matching choices again! I love THE DISENCHANTMENTS cover, and THE RAVEN BOYS series might end up having the best love triangle EVER. Time will tell. :)

  15. So fun! I'm starting THE RAVEN BOYS now, finally! And DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT is on my Christmas wishlist. And I've got IF I many books, so little time!

  16. Even before I read your description, as soon as I saw the cover for Transcendence I thought, "Finally!
    He looks great!!"

  17. The Scorpio Races would've been my old-timer if I hadn't read The Book Thief.

    I don't think I showed enough love to Throne of Glass this week because it kept getting edged out by other books. So that's my pick for "other."