Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Katy Upperman and I are the hosts and we hope you will join in the fun! It runs today through Thursday, December 18th and highlights favorite books published in 2014. And at the end we’re giving away a 2014 book to four lucky winners! All you have to do is participate each day to be entered.
Just as a point of reference, here are the 2014 pubbed YA books I read this year: The Impossible Knife of Memory (Laurie Halse Anderson), Grasshopper Jungle (Andrew Smith), Don’t Even Think About It (Sarah Mylnowski), Ignite Me (Taherah Mafi), Panic (Lauren Oliver), Noggin (John Corey Whaley), Push Girl (Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill), The Geography of You and Me (Jennifer E. Smith), One Two, Three (Elodie Nowodazkij), The Here and Now (Ann Brashares), Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Laini Taylor), Since You’ve Been Gone (Morgan Matson), What I Thought Was True (Huntley Fitzpatrick), Complicit (Stephanie Kuehn), Torn Away (Jennifer Brown), Everything Leads to You (Nina LaCour), Faking Normal (Courtney C. Stevens), Alienated (Melissa Landers), Isla and the Happily Ever After (Stephanie Perkins), Side Effects May Vary (Julie Murphy), We Were Liars (E. Lockhart), I’ll Give You the Sun (Jandy Nelson), 100 Sideways Miles (Andrew Smith), Redeemed (PC Cast and Kristin Cast), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Maggie Stiefvater), Perfectly Good White Boy (Carrie Mesrobian), and Zac & Mia (AJ Betts)
I’m also counting in this list Control (Lydia Kang) and The Promise of Amazing (Robin Constantine) because they were published super late in 2013 (December 26 and December 13, respectively) and really, they were awesome and how fair is that not to include them? JNow for today’s awesome category…
Villain I Love to Hate: Jael (Dreams of Gods and Monsters)
Kind of wanted to join Karou and Akiva and battle him myself.
Favorite Parental Figure: Grandpa Ben (What I Thought was True)
Most Likely to Start a Riot: same choice every year, but it’s so true… Ronan (Blue Lily, Lily Blue) although I think Blue could rival him for that choice this year! Also, Alice (Side Effects May Vary). She, uh…kind of did start one with her list.
Biggest Flirt: Collins (Since You’ve Been Gone)
Coolest Nerd: Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone) and Josh (Isla and the Happily Ever After)
Fashion King and/or Queen: I’m just going to nominate the book and cast of Everything Leads to You. That entire story just feels so . . . vintage.
Character You’d Most Want For a BFF: Amanda (Push Girl), Zuzana (Dreams of Gods and Monsters), Bishop (Panic), and Gansey (Blue Lily, Lily Blue)
Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School: So, so many. Here’ s the (haha) short list: Gat (We Were Liars), Heath/Aurox (Redeemed), Cassidy (What I Thought was True), Antonio (One Two Three), Oscar (I’ll Give You the Sun), Ethan (The Here and Now) and Adam (Blue Lily, Lily Blue).
Most Likely to Become President: I feel like I always pick Gansey (Blue Lily, Lily Blue) for this, which he still deserves, but this year I’m also going with Frank Porter (Since You’ve Been Gone)
Quirkiest Character: Isla (Isla and the Happily Every After). Stephanie Perkins can write some quirky but extremely loveable main characters.
So excited to see your pics! Make sure you sign up on the linky!