Hope you all had a lovely holiday! Santa spoiled my children - the whole family really. I spent a glorious weekend with my family, playing games, eating too much, and building this.
Yep. Hogwarts really can be built in a day.
Anyhoo I'm super excited because today's the first day in the Superlative Blog Fest!
As aspiring YA authors and enthusiastic YA readers, Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, and I are all about showcasing and sharing exceptional books. What better way to do that than a blogfest featuring the very best of 2011?
The Class of 2011: YA Superlatives Blogfest is a fun and interactive way to highlight and share your favorite YA novels, covers, characters, and story elements. The Class of 2011: YA Superlatives Blogfest will span four days, beginning today and culminating Friday, December 30th.
The rules for participating are simple:
1. Select books/characters that apply to the superlative topics for each day of the blogfest. Feel free to give explanations for your choices. You can go into as much detail as you like!
2. Add a link to your post on Katy's, Jessica’s, Tracey’s or my blog.
3. Take a few moments to hop around and check out the superlatives of other participants each day.
See? Fun AND easy! But wait, there’s more!
Some additional information:
- Unless otherwise indicated by the topic, stick with books published in 2011.
- Of course we want you to participate in all four days of the blogfest, but if you’re only able to commit to a day or two, that’s cool too!
- Don’t have a book or character to fit a particular topic? No biggie—just skip it!
- For the sake of continuity, focus on YA books only.
- Pretty please keep your posts spoiler free!
Just so you know—I read 85 books this year. Out of those, 2 were craft, three were inspirational, a small handful of adult, and about 70 YA. And of those 70 YA, less than 30 were pubbed this year! 30! It made the choices a little challenging, and sometimes I had to stretch the category a bit, but I had so much fun fitting my faves to a category, I didn’t care! So, without further Alison rambles, here are today’s topics . . . and my pics!
Head of the Class
Favorite Dystopian: Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi and Divergent by Veronica Roth
Two killer dystopians pub in the same year and I’m expected to choose. Sorry. Couldn’t do it.
Favorite Science Fiction: Hourglass by Myra McEntire
I don’t know that Myra would place her book in this category(it’s really a time slip romance), but her story is AMAZING and it does contain a wowsome sci-fi element.
Favorite Fantasy: The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
I’m not typically an angel/demon fan, but this book turned me on to it. Masterful prose, characters for whom my heart twisted, page after page, and a page-turning story.
Favorite Contemporary: Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
Click here. You’ll see why.
Favorite Action/Adventure: Angel (a Maximum Ride novel)by James Patterson
I’ll be honest, I was disappointed in this particular installment, but the series overall sealed my vote on this one. One of my favorite YA/MG series EVER.
Favorite Historical Fiction: The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
I know. It’s a stretch, but it is set in 1996. And the book is absolutely fantabulous.
Favorite Comedy: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Read it. Trust me. I read it in the summer and I still LOL just thinking about it.
Favorite Mystery: Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Really a siren book, but I figured since many novels contain mysteries (and this one has a pretty awesome one), and I loved, loved, loved this book for so many reasons and I wanted to highlight it, so I put it here.
Favorite Romance: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
I cannot, CANNOT gush enough about this book. Adam Wilde stole my heart from page one and never let go. Most powerful male voice, a most scintillating story, and his relationship with Mia - authentic, breath-taking. Titillating.
Favorite Paranormal Romance: Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
It’s House of Night - my brand of book crack. How can I not choose it?
Favorite Family Drama: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
Great read with an authentic male protagonist. And gives new meaning to the phrase sibling rivalry
Favorite Genre Bender: Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Um…can you tell I love this book? It’s time travel, paranormal, ghost, science fiction, mystery. Oh, and there’s this AMAZING main character (Emerson), two…TWO very swoon worthy guys (Michael and Kaleb), and one electrifying romance.
Want to join in the fun?! Add your link below!