Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

Most Envy-Inducting Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself.)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater's brain is a weird and wonderful place.

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.)
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
I have zero desire to visit anywhere that is being attacked by giant insects.

Wanderlust-Inducting (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to.)
Rome is one of my favorite places on Earth. I'd love, love, love to go back. (And reading this book made me feel like I was there.)

Loveliest Prose
I loved the writing in quite a few books I read, and I feel like those books will get lots of love from other people. In addition to those, this debut really stood out. Writing you want to savor.

Most Dynamic Main Character
Jude and Noah in I'll Give You The Sun
These two grow and change in such compelling ways throughout this novel. 

Most Jaw-Dropping Ending

There were some things I figured out about this book as I read, and there were some things that were complete shockers at the end.

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
(Drawing by the ridiculously talented Maggie Stiefvater)
My love for Ronan Lynch is no secret to anyone who has talked to me about these books for more than 5 seconds. God, what a character.

Best use of Theme
Laini Taylor did such a beautiful job of weaving the theme of hope throughout this entire trilogy.

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 definitely going to check out the book you mentioned under loveat prose, thank you!

  2. I picked WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN for the Wanderlust category, too. That story is adorable! And you've sold me on BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME... Seems like a Katy Book. :-)

    1. It is! It's a sweet, quiet story with absolutely gorgeous writing!

  3. I love all of these choices! And yes - RONAN!!! Also, must get my hands on Wish You Were Italian soon. I hear so many good things!

  4. I've heard Breakfast Served Anytime is beautifully written. I remember putting it on one of my Top Ten Tuesday lists but just never got round to buying it (and it definitely wouldn't be in my local library). Next time I cross the pond, I'll have to look out for it.

  5. I haven't read Grasshopper Jungle but the name alone makes me want to stay far away from the setting. Bugs. Yuck!

  6. I added Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs to my tbr pile. Thanks for the recommendation. It is a really pretty cover.

  7. I love these lists; they help me narrow down what to read. All the love for Stiefvater's series means I better get on it!

    1. It does, but it can also be overwhelming. So many books!

  8. "I have zero desire to visit anywhere that is being attacked by giant insects." Preach it. Ewwwwww. After reading Book 2 in the Raven Cycle I am a big Ronan Lynch fan now. Still need to get to BL,LB, though.

    1. Oh man, Book 2 Ronan is my FAVORITE. But wait until you read BL.LB. I swear, my Ronan-loving heart won't be able to handle what's waiting for us in book 4.