Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Class of 2013: Elements of Fiction

Welcome to Day Three of the Blogfest! I hope you all are having as much fun with this as Katy, Alison, Tracey, and I are!

Okay, let's get to today's choices. (And, as a reminder, here are the 2013 books I read this year.)

Most Envy-Inducting Plot
(Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
These Broken Stars
I'm always saying I wish I could write something fantasy or sci-fi, but my brain doesn't work that way. If I could ever get my brain to work that way, I'd want it to churn out a book exactly like this one. (Well, not EXACTLY, but you know what I mean.)

Most Formidable World 
(Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
If You Find Me
The beginning of this book finds these sisters living in this broken down camper in the middle of the woods with absolutely NOTHING. And they have lived this way for years. Thank goodness they get out, because the description of their life there gave me some major anxiety.

(Or, the setting you'd happily travel to)
Everywhere in Just One Day / Just One Year
Paris and Amsterdam happen to be two of the best places I have ever been, and I am dying to go back to both. Plus, all the other places these two globetrotters get to visit? Yeah, sign me up. (And if I get to be in a Bollywood movie while I'm at it, even better!)

Loveliest Prose
The Dream Thieves
I'm just so in love with Maggie Stiefvater's writing. 


Night of Cake and Puppets
THIS NOVELLA YOU GUYS. So many brilliant lines, I don't even know where to begin. 
I want to be like both of these authors when I grow up.

Most Dynamic Main Character
Ryan Dean West in Winger
I can't believe this is the first appearance of Winger on my lists because I loved this book so hard! Mainly because of the amazing narrator, Ryan Dean. He's funny, snarky, smart, sensitive, and oh-so-earnest. I can't say enough about this book or this character. Love!

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Sarah Rees Brennan went and did it to us again with the end of this second book. The end of Unspoken broke my heart and the end of this one left me shaking my head and demanding answers. Oh, the wait for the third book. I don't know if I can handle it.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Drew in The Sea of Tranquility
I think Drew needs to step out of his secondary character status. He was so richly developed, sometimes I forgot he wasn't the one running this show. Can we PLEASE have a book all about Drew, Katja Millay? This playboy needs his own love story. 

Best use of Theme
I love how this book combines the idea of the "road less traveled" (the main character Parker is a descendant of Robert Frost) with the idea of your one "wild and precious life" and sends Parker on this mystery-solving adventure. She's forced out of her comfort zone at every turn, and this is mirrored in the "story within a story" that's happening with Julianna and Shane as well. 

If you played along on your blog, leave the link to your post below. If not, tell me some of your choices in the comments. And come back tomorrow for the last day of the blogfest! 


  1. I'm so glad we share our mutual love of Maggie Stiefvater. She's just so good!

    1. She really is. And she just gets better and better.

  2. WINGER, you have mentioned it a few times and now I must read it. I hadn't heard about it, and it's not the kind of book I usually go for, which may be just what I need. And, yeah, Maggie Stiefvater's prose is to die for.

    1. YES READ WINGER! It's so, so excellent.

  3. Under Loveliest Prose I made mention of Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor too! Honestly, their writing just makes me stop and question why I continue to write lol. :-)

    1. Yup. Between the two of them I'm surprised I'm still trying to do this whole writing thing!

    2. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who just goes straight to Maggie Stiefvater (I haven't read Laini Taylor, can you believe that?!) when it comes to loveliest prose. I thought I was fangirling a little. :-)

  4. I loved Winger a surprising amount, but that might be because it reminded me a little of Looking for Alaska. I wish there could've been more in that end part, but I still loved it!

    1. Honestly, I don't think I could have handled more of the end part. :-\

  5. THESE BROKEN STARS, and IF YOU FIND ME... need to read! I had no idea that's what IF YOU FIND ME was kind of about--I'm totally fascinated, now.

    1. Yes! IF YOU FIND ME is a crazy story about two girls who were raised by their drug-addict mom in the woods and how they get returned to society. It's insane.

  6. "I'm always saying I wish I could write something fantasy or sci-fi..." I'm the opposite! I wish I could write contemporary, but then my brain is like 'What? No magic???'!

    Back on topic, I love that you picked both Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor. Those are two of my biggest writing crushes. Taylor would've made my pick too if I'd had time to read her novella!

    Golden wasn't on my TBR list, but now it is because I keep seeing it show up on these Superlatives posts! I'm also going !!! that Untold made the Jaw-Dropping Ending category because I haven't read it yet and the ending of Unspoken was !!!.

    1. Drop everything and read that novella now! It's amazing!

  7. I love Drew from TSoT too, and choosing JUST ONE DAY/YEAR for Wanderlust-Inducing was smart. I'm a total homebody, but those books made me want to travel the world.

  8. I have copies of WINGER and GOLDEN but haven't read them yet! Looking forward to fixing that ASAP. I'd also happily travel to the cities in JUST ONE DAY/YEAR!