June 24, 2011
Nomes at Inkcrush has come up with a fabulous idea to feature some of her favourite 2011 reads so far. I'm loving reading everyone else's lists so I'm joining in! If you want to participate see Nomes' post here.
Here are the (awesomely creative) categories and my picks. They are mostly YA but there are a couple adult reads included as well.
1.) Favourite book read so far in 2011
Okay, this one is virtually impossible for me to answer, but I think Anna and the French Kiss and Mistwood would be duking it out. The Host might get a piece of the action too.
2.) Most powerful book
3.) The most brilliantly funny
Hmmm...I don't think I've read any really hilarious books so far...but I did find Ruby Red to be thoroughly entertaining with some laugh-out-loud lines.
4.) Best ache-y, heartbreaking, tearjerker read
Books don't often make me cry, but I think I was tearing up at The Host.
5.) Most beautiful story
I really loved Mistwood, it reminded me of everything wonderful about YA fantasy.
6.) Fave rainy day comfort read
Anna and the French Kiss or Unearthly...both have such cute romances!
7.) Best tense, adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
Divergent would be vying with The Host and Enclave for this one — they all had me totally in their grip.
8.) The beautiful prose award
Song of the Sparrow — the writing was very evocative. Mistwood also gets a mention here.
9.) Most atmospheric and vivid setting
Song of the Sparrow and Jasmyn.
10.) I-so-want-to-go-there award
Ruby Red. Because they get to travel through time and that is awesome. Or maybe Jasmyn by Alex Bell, because part of it is set in Europe and involves castles and such.
11.) Most original and imaginative
Jasmyn by Alex Bell. This book is kind of trippy. Nothing makes sense but you just have to keep turning the pages because it's so wild.
12.) Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
Probably either Song of the Sparrow or Grace. Some of Elizabeth Scott's other novels get quite a bit of buzz, but Grace seems overlooked.
14.) Most haunting story
I'm not sure I've read one yet that really fills this category.
15.) Outside of my comfort zone but gosh how I loved it
The Host by Stephenie Meyer. It was for my "Read Outside Your Comfort Zone" Challenge and I'm not normally one for aliens.
16.) Series that I'm loving
Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent — I really enjoyed the latest (My Soul to Steal) in this series. It's pretty addictive. I'm also finding the Hex Hall series very entertaining.
17.) Most memorable voice award
To Enclave for Deuce's tough-as-nails attitude and to Anna and the French Kiss for sheer relatability.
18.) Completely awesome premise award
I think Memento Nora and The Host will be fighting over this one. Divergent might sneak in here too.
19.) Would make the best movie
Divergent would make a fantastic, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-the-whole-time movie. And I think Jasmyn would be good as one of those really surreal movies where you don't understand what's going on till the end (and maybe not even then...)
20.) Want to re-read already
Anna and the French Kiss and Mistwood.
If you've done a list and I haven't visited yet then feel free to link me to it in the comments!