Monday, December 17, 2012

Class of 2012: Head of the Class

Welcome to the Class of 2012: YA Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by me, Katy Upperman, Alison Millerand Tracey Neithercott. We can't wait to read about all of your favorites of 2012!

If you are participating in the Blogfest on your own blog, please leave a link to your blog in the linky tool at the bottom of this post. You can find this linky tool on each of the hosts' pages, and be sure you link the individual URL for today's post. And once you link your blog, make sure you click around and comment on what everyone else has chosen!

Oh, and remember...if you participate every day of the Blogfest you are entered to win a 2012 release of your choice from BookDepository!

Now, onto my picks! (For reference, here's the list of 2012 releases I've read.)

Favorite Dystopian
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Divergent was my favorite dystopian last year, so its sequel showing up in this spot should be no surprise. 

Favorite Science Fiction
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I loved the classic Cinderella story set in New Beijing with Cinderella as a cyborg. Such a cool take on this story!

Favorite Fantasy
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm not always a huge fan of fantasy, but I AM a huge fan of Maggie Stiefvater's version of fantasy. I absolutely adored this book, and I can't wait for the rest of the series. 

Favorite Contemporary
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

This book is really in a class by itself. I read so much contemporary that I loved, but nothing could come close to this modern classic.

Favorite Action / Adventure
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

This book had a lot more action than I was expecting, but that's what you get when you're in a war, right? 

Favorite Historical Fiction
Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

I didn't read much historical, and this one had a time travel element, but it wins anyway because I had so much fun reading it. 

Favorite Comedy
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom

I haven't laughed out loud while reading a book so many times...this book was absolutely hilarious. 

Favorite Mystery
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

One of my very favorites of the year! People are dying and Kami doesn't know why...and she also doesn't know why she has the voice of a hot guy in her head. 

Favorite Romance
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

This book totally spoke to me in a way few books have. LOVED the romance between 1995 Anna and 2012 Bennett.

Favorite Paranormal
This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Zombies are paranormal, right? Even though this wasn't a typical zombie book. there were definitely zombies eating the faces off of Courtney Summers's trademark unlikable characters. Love.

Favorite Family Drama
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

One of the most interesting parts of this awesome book for me was the dynamic between Quinn and each of her parents. 

Favorite Genre Bender
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Every Day by David Levithan

This one was too tough to choose. I thought Chopsticks was such a cool idea, and it's a book that kept me thinking long after I was done. But I absolutely loved how Every Day made a fantasy book seem so contemporary, and I loved how David Levithan played with gender. 

Come back tomorrow for the popularity contest, highlighting all of those awesome 2012 characters.
If you have posts for the Class of 2012 Blogfest, leave a link to your blog below! Then hop around and comment on everyone else's choices. Even if you aren't participating, be sure to check out the bloggers who have posts up.


  1. We have very different reading tastes! I didn't read any new release contemporaries this year, just older ones. But I'm with you on Insurgent, Cinder, and The Raven Boys. :)

  2. Lots of overlap here---but also some things (Ditched, Time Between Us) that are on my TBR pile! Definitely going to bump those up for early 2013 reads :)

  3. I need to read DITCHED like yesterday! :D :D :D
    And I had to laugh at this: "there were definitely zombies eating the faces off of Courtney Summers's trademark unlikable characters. Love" --> loved that book!
    Thanks so much for organizing this blogfest, you ladies rock!

  4. Ack, so many here that I've been wanting to read but haven't gotten to! Our first two are the same, though. I think I stuck THE RAVEN BOYS in paranormal, though, because I don't read a ton of that. Can't wait to get my hands on THIS IS NOT A TEST and UNSPOKEN!

  5. I just looked up Kissing Shakespeare...totally adding that one to me TBR.

  6. I must add some of these to the TBR!!! Great choices, Jess - we definitely have some in common. :)

  7. I see a lot of familiar favorite titles on your list! But I hadn't heard of KISSING SHAKESPEARE. I need to read that ASAP.

  8. You've got some great books on your list--ones that are on mine too, and others that are rapidly climbing my TBR list thanks to this superlatives blogfest. :)

  9. Some of these I read and didn't add to my list (although This is Not a Test was a close contender) and the ones I haven't yet read (Unspoken, Kissing Shakespeare, Time Between Us, Every Day) are on my TBR shelf.

  10. Definitely have to read these YA contemp titles I haven't gotten around to yet. INSURGENT was my favorite YA dystopian too. Good choice. :)

  11. I love that these are putting more books on my TBR list :) Great picks, and I totally agree with Insurgent and Cinder!

  12. Ohhhh....I must add Chopsticks and Kissing Shakespeare to my TBR list. I'd not heard of either of them before now, but I looked them up and they look great! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Every Day--SO MUCH LOVE. I've been dying to read Chopsticks. The whole idea of it sounds amazing, and I'm hoping to do something similar as part of a qualification at school :) Unspoken is one of my faves of the year too, first Sarah Rees Brennan book I've read and I'm so glad I did :)

  14. I voted CINDER for Best Sci Fi too! I haven't read many of your other choices, but I'm totally moving RAVEN BOYS up my TBR because I'm seeing so much love for it. And I've been meaning to read AMELIA ANNE and UNSPOKEN too...So many books! Not enough time!

  15. Ooh, we had a lot of overlap!

    IF I LIE and UNSPOKEN... I NEED to read both of those, especially now that I know they made your Favorites list. I bet I'll love them both!

  16. I need to check out Chopsticks... it sounds so interesting.

  17. Oh, I am curious about Time Between Us now, and I agree with you about Every Day. It's a good fit for genre bender and I loved the exploration David Levithan did with so many different themes.

    I'm all about the RAVEN BOYS love, of course, and OMG, I think your description of UNSPOKEN's plot is my favorite ever!