The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. This is really saying something, because I haven’t read this book yet, but after reading all the other blogs and seeing this beautiful cover so many times, I had to pick it. Beautiful.
Lola and Cricket
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime AND Breakout Novel of the Year:
Divergent. This was my first e-book, and I broke down to buy it because I started with the online sample and didn’t want to go to the store to buy it. I read the entire book in 24 hours, and that includes the time it took me to download the Kindle app and the book.
Best Repeat Performance AND Sleeper Hit:
Red Glove. Most of the books I read this year were well publicized, but I heard about White Cat through word of mouth. I picked it up and when I finished, I ran to the store to get Red Glove. I couldn't believe I'd overlooked this series before. Holly Black is a genius.
Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath:
Juliette and Adam from Shatter Me. Steamiest scenes I’ve read in YA in a while!
Pair Most Likely to Stay Best Friends Till They’re 80:
I’m kind of cheating with another couple, but I pick Puck and Sean from The Scorpio Races.
Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2011.)
Super tough choice, but I have to go with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. That man is a genius.
Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle:
Clockwork Prince. I had two other books tied for this one until last night, but I made it to a certain point in Clockwork Prince last night, and I have to say, Tessa really has an impossible choice between Will and Jem. Also a runner-up for the ice-bath pick!
*My own category: Best Book written by a person I’ve met in Real Life:
After by Kristin Harmel. I've met many amazing writers online, but I feel so lucky to have met Kristin at a writing conference this year.
Wow! 2011 is almost over, and what a fun way to look back. Thanks for stopping by!