Thursday, December 19, 2013

Class of 2013: 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 2013 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 2013 books that I read this year)... 

Favorite Cover 
I fell in love with this cover the second I saw it...before I even really knew anything about the book! I'm glad the inside is equally as awesome, but even if I didn't love the book as much as I do, I would still adore this cover. One of my favorites ever. 

Cutest Couple
Amazing art by Simini Blocker
Eleanor & Park
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a white girl/Asian boy pairing. There's nothing cuter, IMO.

Most Likely to Succeed
(Or, pick a Printz Winner)
I know crap about what qualifies a book to win the Printz, but I think Winger was ten kinds of awesome and needs some shiny medals on that awesome cover, STAT.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
(The book you just couldn't put down!)
The Sea of Tranquility
The second I started this book, I was pulled deep into the lives of these characters and I never wanted to put it down. I was very tempted to start it again the second I finished it.

Best Repeat Performance 
(Your favorite sequel or follow-up)
You guys know my feels for this series. After the ending of Unspoken, I wasn't sure how this second installment would hold up. But OMG did it hold up. Fantastic book two!

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
Time After Time
This book picks up where Time Between Us leaves off, but in Bennett's POV. I loved hearing things from his perspective, getting some of the questions from the first book answered, exploring more time travel, and getting a bit of closure on this awesome couple. I was very satisfied with how this story ended!

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
The Sea of Tranquility
The chemistry between Nastya and damn. 

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author)
The Reece Malcom ListTaken
All Our Yesterdays
Ok, I couldn't pick. I loved all three of these debuts! I can't wait to read more from these authors!

Best Old-Timer 
(Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2013) 
Where Things Come Back - John Corey Whaley 
I'd had this Printz winner sitting on my shelf for too long. I finally picked it up this year. What amazing writing! And such a unique story!

Most Likely To Make a Grown Man Cry 
First you will cry with laughter, then you will cry because the ending tears out your heart.

Most Pleasant Surprise 
(The book you didn't think you'd like, but totally did)
These Broken Stars
Not that I didn't think I would like it...more that I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle 
The Dream Thieves 
These Raven Boys have it again...the same love triangle from the first book takes some interesting turns, and then another totally unexpected element is added in that I still can't even wrap my head around. Damn, Maggie Stiefvater, you know how to keep us on our toes.

Sleeper Hit 
(Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more)
This Song Will Save Your Life
This contemporary about music and finding your passion and figuring out who you are was one of my favorite books of the year. Pick it up if you haven't yet. 

Favorite Outlier
(Your favorite MG or adult 2013 book)
The Sultry Springs series
I love this trilogy of contemporary adult romances from Macy Beckett! Each follows a different couple in small town Sultry Springs, Texas, and they are funny and sassy and hot, hot, hot. I can't wait for her next series!

My category:
Favorite POC Main Characters
Jude from The Book of Broken Hearts
Kami from Untold
Park from Eleanor & Park
I want to celebrate the awesome books I read this year that feature non-white main characters! If you're looking to add a little diversity to your TBR, check out one of these awesome books!

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 2013 release of your choice from BookDepository! I hope you guys had a great time...I know we sure did.


  1. Goods books on this list! I haven't read some of them, but ELEANOR & PARK was one of my favorites for sure! I also like the white girl/Asian guy pairing, which is *cough* probs why I wrote a book with that. ;-)

    I really need to read that Sarah Rees Brennan series! Everyone talks about how amazing it is.

    1. *white girl/Asian guy high five*

      YES! Read Unspoken right now!

  2. Ohh, I love your last category! I haven't read THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS yet but I love Sarah Ockler.

    The cover for WINGER is pretty fantastic. Looking forward to finally reading that one too!

    Thanks again for hosting such a fun blogfest!

    1. Thanks for participating, Ghenet!

      Sarah Ockler never disappoints! This one is just as great as her other ones.

  3. Very cool category! Definitely Park, and Elder from Shades of Earth, and... I can think of quite a few guy POVs or love interests, but I don't think I read any POC female main characters. Why are there not more of them?? I'll have to look for that more in 2014.

    1. There need to be more POC female main characters! Maybe I'll write a book about one! LOL

  4. You have such a great mix of books here and quite a number of them are ones that I haven't read yet. I love, love, love that fan art of Eleanor & Park by Simini Blocker. So perfect!

    1. Her E&P artwork is just the best. They should release a special edition of the book with her illustrations.

  5. Ooh, I love the category you chose. One of my favorite POC main characters was Ben from FAULT LINE. I thought Christa did a fantastic job of weaving his Haitian background into the story without making it seem like his lineage was all he was -- if that makes sense. Also, Park. Of course Park!

    Oh, and I'm most definitely going to be reading WINGER come January. I've heard so many great things about it over the course of this blogfest.

    1. I can NOT believe I didn't get around to reading Fault Line before the end of the year. Jess Fail!

  6. "the ending tears out your heart." <--And that right there is why I haven't read WINGER yet. It's been on my TBR list for a while and I keep seeing reviews like yours and then my heart is like, "Please not now. Not yet." :)

  7. Three things:
    EXCELLENT add-a-category. :-)
    I DID read TSoT immediately after finishing it. I love that book SO HARD.
    Sleeper hit: I have a feeling that I would enjoy TSWSYL so I may pick that up, soon.

    Great selections, as usual!

  8. Oh man, that's a great category...and I'm realizing that the books I read that were pubbed in 2013 were pretty white (or have already been mentioned.) Hmm...Linh Cinder sticks around in Scarlet! I also read a few books from 2012 that had great POC characters: Boy21, Pinned, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. All highly recommended.

  9. All your talk of WINGER just makes me want to read it NOW!

    I LOVE your category. I would say Park, hands down. Elisa from THE BITTER KINGDOM too!

  10. Okay, so I freaking love Eleanor and Park--the couple and the book. I have got to read THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY, TAKEN, and TIME BETWEEN US. As for my favorite POC...I love Park, Prince Kai (The Lunar Chronicles), and Kenji (the Shatter Me trilogy). Thanks for helping putting this together! I loved it!

  11. Love that little fanart of Eleanor and Park, which I haven't read yet, but just ordered it; this blogfest convinced me of that! You've also tempted me with Sea of Tranquility and This Song will Save Your life. THanks for hosting this blogfest, I enjoyed it last year and again this year! It's really helped me read more new pubs too.

  12. Definitely agree with you about E&P for favorite POC character. And I really need to get my hands on WINGER. I'm pretty sure I would love it! Have a wonderful holiday, Jess!


    Anyway, I said that I couldn't remember if I'd read any books with POC characters this year, which is really bad and I need to make more of an effort (starting with your picks!).

    I'm pretty sure, though, that June in Marie Lu's Legend trilogy might be described as having Asian ancestry? I can't remember, because she didn't make a big deal out of it, which I liked because it's not June's defining characteristic. (June's defining characteristic is that she's a badass.)

  14. There were so many good debuts this year! Definitely agree that Taken and All Our Yesterdays were both great ones.

  15. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS took more than one of my categories. And your final category is great. When I looked at the books I'd read this year and while I enjoyed many of them, the lack of POC as main characters (or even secondary characters for that matter) was really disheartening.

  16. So many books I need to read on this list. :) And that's why I love this blogfest. Happy Holidays!