Monday, December 16, 2013

Class of 2013: Head of the Class





Welcome to the Class of 2013: YA Superlatives Blogfest, hosted by me, Katy Upperman, Alison Millerand Tracey Neithercott. We can't wait to read about all of your favorites of 2013!

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 2013 release of your choice!)


Now, on to my picks! (For reference, here's a list of the 2013 releases I read.)



Favorite Dystopian 
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

I suffered from a little bit of dystopian burnout this year, so I loved this book because it felt so different than every other dystopian out there! I'm pretty sure it's the time travel element that helped keep it so fresh. 


Favorite Science Fiction
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

I'm interested in science fiction, but when it gets too heavy on the science my head starts to hurt. I loved that this one was heavy on my favorite thing...romance!


Favorite Fantasy 
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh, how I want to live in this crazy world with these messed up boys!


Favorite Contemporary 
 
Just One Day / Just One Year by Gayle Forman

I'm being a total cheater and putting these two together, and I don't even care. I think of both of them as one story, and it's one of my favorite stories of the year.


Favorite Action/Adventure 
Taken by Erin Bowman

This book was full of so many twists and turns, it was the first one I thought of when I thought of action and adventure. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat!


Favorite Historical Fiction 
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Yes, the 80s are historical. 


Favorite Comedy 
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

So, this is a romantic comedy, but it's super heavy on the comedy. I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book!


Favorite Mystery 
Also Known As by Robin Benway

The main character in this one is a teen spy who goes undercover in a high school. So many fun mysteries for her to solve!


Favorite Romance 
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My heart turns to mush just thinking about this book!


Favorite Paranormal 
Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan

Are sorcerers paranormal? I think they are. 


Favorite Family Drama 
The Reece Malcom List by Amy Spalding

This book is a lot of (wonderful) things, but at its core, it's about a girl trying to get to know her mom, Reece Malcom. 

Favorite Genre Bender
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

It's a romance, but there's time travel and lots of time travel-related drama, too. 

Come back tomorrow for the popularity contest, highlighting all of those awesome 2013 characters.
If you have posts for the Class of 2013 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.


31 comments:

  1. Jess, thank you so, so much for including Taken in your list. I'm incredibly flattered. <3

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    1. Thank YOU for writing such an awesome book!

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  2. Happy to see we have some of the same books on our lists this year! I haven't seen All Our Yesterdays getting much love yet, but I adored it. You'll be happy to know that I did manage two read a few contemporaries this year :)

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    1. I will take total credit for the increase in your contemp consumption this year ;-)

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  3. If I hadn't cheated and picked a book that came out at the very end of last year, I would've picked All Our Yesterdays for my favorite dystopian :) And I'm starting to see some themes already, and I haven't read that many posts yet...

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    1. I just went through all the linked up posts and I definitely saw some themes!

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  4. The 1980s are historical. (Cries) Great list--you're giving me lots to add to my to-read bookpile!

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  5. Glad to know WINGER will be appearing in the future Superlative posts. This definitely makes me want to read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US even more, now. :-)

    I thought all the books we referenced had to be from 2013! I would have been all over THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY--probably my favorite read of the year. LOVE that book so much.

    I'm with Rebecca--the 80s are historical--*sobs.* I should know as much since 80s nights in college and now 90s dress up days at school are all the rage. ;-)

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    1. The release date for the physical version of The Sea of Tranquility was June 2013, so I totally went with it!

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    2. Good stuff--totally going to incorporate it into my lists from here on out. :-) Also, I have THESE BROKEN STARS on my kindle from Netgalley and I need to get on that. I don't think I've heard of one person who even feels "meh" about it--seems like it's all love!

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  6. So many good books on this list! And some I haven't read yet, so I have that to look forward to. I have UNTOLD on its way to me as we speak. (You were right about that, BTW.) I put E&P as historical as well, and I think I died a little inside in doing so. I am, after all, a child of the 80s. O_o I left Comedy blank, but now I'm kicking myself for not thinking to add THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. So many of these kinds of books are technically rom-coms, so I'm feeling like a bit of an idiot right now. :P

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    1. Yeah, I figure any book that made me laugh will work for comedy...and this one definitely made me laugh!

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    2. I totally created a couple new shelves on Goodreads specifically for the superlatives, including an "entertaining" shelf for books that made me laugh. :-) Otherwise I totally forget!

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  7. Oh, ELEANOR & PARK and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US; I adore those two. I need to read THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY and ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. Ah, THESE BROKEN STARS is just a bundle of feels!

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  8. Ooh, I just bought Also Known As--it's on sale for Kindle today! Can't wait to read it!

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  9. The Sea of Tranquility! Such a beautiful book - probably my favourite read of the year. I haven't read Just One Year yet (need to get on that) but going by the reviews I've read, I would've put them together too, as I've heard it's not really a sequel but rather just Wilhelm's POV.

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  10. I need to read Untold. Unspoken made so many of my Best Of lists last year but I haven't gotten to Untold yet. Such a shame because Sarah Rees Brennan's writing always makes me laugh out loud. Like, sitting alone at home laughing to myself.

    I also really need to read The Sea of Tranquility since it's popping up on everyone's lists. It's been on my TBR list for a while now.

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    1. Untold and The Sea of Tranquility are REQUIRED READING for you, Tracey!

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  11. TIME AFTER TIME has been on my TBR for a while. Obviously I need to fix that. :) Great choices, Jess!

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  12. I almost picked All Our Yesterdays for Dystopian too but felt my final choice better fit the category. But I agree with you about AOY! It was different and tautly plotted. I think it helped the focus was on the character relationships.

    I'm currently reading JUST ONE YEAR, but if I'd finished it in time, I probably would have also put it with JUST ONE DAY. And I still need to read UNTOLD! I'm so behind.

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  13. I haven't read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS or THESE BROKEN STARS yet, but I'm dying too! Great picks, lady -- I adored THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY and JUST ONE DAY/YEAR as well.

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    1. You will really like THESE BROKEN STARS...it's such a great slow-burn romance wrapped in a space adventure.

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  14. We have several of these in common, but many of these are still on my TBR list! I'm excited to read them soon, especially JUST ONE YEAR, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS, THESE BROKEN STARS, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and TIME AFTER TIME. Lots of reading to do!

    Thanks for hosting this - it was fun putting my lists together!

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    1. Oh, yay! I'll go check out your picks now!

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  15. You have a lot of books on here I need to read! I'm definitely picking up Unspoken once it's closer to the third book coming out. And I really want to read The Distance Between Us too.

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  16. You inspired me to check out These Broken Stars at the library and start it last night--really enjoying it so far! The audiobook narrators are great.

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