This has been an awesome week of sharing favorite books and reading about favorite books. One of the things I love most about this online writing community is the love we share for the stories we read. Thanks to everyone for stopping by this week. On to the final category!
Thursday, December 20: Best in Show
- Favorite Cover: Shadow and Bone I really love illustrated covers, and the way this book's cover combines elements of the story--light and darkness, stag horns, etc.--is absolutely perfect.
- Cutest Couple: Ana and Sam, Incarnate.
- Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner.): This one is so, so hard. I think I'm going to have to go with The Raven Boys.
- Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (The book you just couldn’t put down!): Insurgent
- Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.): Insurgent
- Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel: Didn’t read any of these!
- Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath: The Darkling and Alina, Shadow and Bone. I mean, let's be honest.
- Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.): Shadow and Bone
- Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2012.): I mostly read debuts this year, but I did start the Mortal Instruments, and I'm loving it. So I'll go with City of Bones.
- Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry: This is Not a Test. If you haven't read it, you're probably thinking, "Liz. It's a zombie book." If you have read it, then you totally get this.
- Most Pleasant Surprise (The best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.): Pandemonium. I didn’t like Delirium as much as I’d hoped, but I loved the sequel.
- Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle: Pandemonium
- Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.): Incarnate
- Favorite Outlier (Your favorite middle grade or adult 2012 book): N/A
- Pick your own category—Favorite damaged character: Ronan Lynch, The Raven Boys.