Thursday, December 18, 2014

Class of 2014: 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 2014 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 2014 books that I read this year)... 

Favorite Cover
So, I haven't read this book yet, but I absolutely love the cover. I'm partial to any cover with a gorgeous Asian girl on it, and this one is particularly beautiful.

Cutest Couple
Reagan and Matt in Open Road Summer
I loved these two so much!

Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner)
This was the best book I read this year. Amazing.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime
You're definitely going to want to read this in one sitting so you can figure out what happens.

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite Sequel or Follow-Up)
I read it and then immediately read the whole series again. That's how good it is.

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
Aliens have never been so sexy.

Best Breakout Novel (Favorite Book by a Debut Author)
Because I'm a 2014 debut myself, I don't really feel okay about picking a favorite from all the awesome One Four books I read and calling it the BEST. So a huge shout out to all of my fellow debut 2014 YA authors I had the pleasure of reading this year!

Best Old-Timer (Favorite Book Published BEFORE 2014)
I can't believe it took me so long to read this amazing book. 

Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
This book brings the feels! 

Most Pleasant Surprise (Didn’t Think I’d Like It But Totally Did)
This isn't entirely true...I love Arthurian legend, so I knew I would love this book. But this one is the book most outside of my normal reading patters that I really loved.
Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
I wrote this about The Raven Boys for this category in 2012's Superlatives: "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. "
Yup. Still. LOL.

Sleeper Hit (Novel So Awesome I Wish It’d Been Hyped More)
This quiet little book was so excellent, I wish more people knew about it.

Favorite Outlier (Best 2014 Picture Book, Middle Grade, NA, or Adult Novel)

Make My Own Category

Favorite Novella
I loved getting the conclusion to Allyson and Willem's story!

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 and you're all linked up, you are eligible to win the 2014 release of your choice! I hope you guys had a great time...I know we sure did.


  1. MORE THAN MUSIC was on my list today, too! Such a great book! I really could have gone with CODE NAME VERITY for pre-2014 read (and ROSE UNDER FIRE), but went with another. So hard to choose! You have some other ones here that I will be reading in 2015, so thanks for the reminders/recs. And thanks for hosting this blogfest again, Jess! :D

    1. It IS hard to choose! That's why I just didn't even try to choose for some of them. Haha.

  2. Okay, you've totally sold me on BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME -- must read soon. Same with DAMSEL DISTRESSED! And I love that you picked a favorite novella -- great idea! That little story was perfection.

    1. It is the ONLY YA novella I read this year, but it would have won no matter what. ;-)

  3. I have Just One Night but I haven't read it. I need to but the books were my favorite and I guess I'm scared that the ending might not add up to my imagination lol.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly with your breakout novel picks :) And that WE WERE LIARS was unputdownable. (And thanks for the nod to AUDREY!)

  5. I only just got to Code Name Verity this year as well - worth the wait though! I agree, Reagan and Matt were too cute and I need to read To All The Boys also. Thank you for hosting!

  6. Jess, you're going to love TO ALL THE BOYS. You loved the Summer I Turned Pretty series, right? This has that same innocent MC and writing that makes you feel so much.

  7. Code Name Verity all the way. I can't wait to read When Audrey Met Alice. I loved how Truth About Alice was written. To All The Boys I've Loved was great. I hope you enjoy it!

  8. I MUST get my hands on Damsel Distressed! I'm all about some theatre books and this one sounds so good! And I wish I could participate in your superlative but I haven't read a novella since The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Guess I need to fix that!

  9. Sooo...just getting around to commenting on this now. Funny story: our school's internet filter won't allow me to visit your blog from school. I think the combination of a woman's first name and "Love" has given the filter the wrong're flagged as pornography! Sigh. We have a long way to go. But I just picked up Damsel Distressed when I came across it at B&N a few weeks ago--looking forward to reading it!