Thursday, June 23, 2011

Faves of 2011, So Far...As Directed by Nomes

So, the ever fabulous book blogger Nomes over at Inkcrush is having a book award carnival over on her blog.  And, we all know how much I love lists, especially ones having to do with books.  I just had to join in on her fun.  You can check out her introduction post for her THREE days of awards here, and her DAY ONE post here.

Now, for my list!

  1. Favorite book read so far in 2011:  three-way tie between: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth, GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin, and BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
  2. Most Powerful Book: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
  3. Brilliantly Funny: LADY BE GOOD by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  4. Best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerking read: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson and BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
  5. Most Beautiful Story: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
  6. Delicious rainy-day comfort read: WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman
  7. Adrenalin-fueled, unputdownable award: ASHFALL by Mike Mullin
  8. Most beautiful prose award: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
  9. Most atmospheric and vivid setting: SHINE by Lauren Myracle
  10. I-so-want-to-go-there award: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  11. Most original and imaginative: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  12. Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book: YOU by Charles Benoit and REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelly
  13. I-had-no-idea-I-would-love-this-so award: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
  14. Most Haunting Story: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson and BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys
  15. Outside my comfort zone, but gosh I loved it: VIOLENCE 101 by Denis Wright and GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin
  16. Series that I am loving: SONG OF FIRE AND ICE (Game of Thrones books) by George R.R. Martin, THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSE books by Charlaine Harris, and THE HOUSE OF NIGHT books by PC and Kristin Cast
  17. Most memorable voice award: INVINCIBLE SUMMER by Hannah Moskowitz
  18. Completely awesome premise award: ULTRAVIOLET by RJ Anderson
  19. Would make the best movie: DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
  20. Want to re-read already: DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver and DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
As you might have noticed, there a few repeats on here, but really, a book can only be truly awesome if it kicks ass in several categories.  Right?

What about all you magnificent minions?  How does your list stack up?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments.  I'll just be over here, devouring the next GAME OF THRONES book and not-so-patiently waiting for season two to spring of 2012!!! ARGH. I so cannot wait.


  1. I thing I had better read divergent and I've heard Game of Thrones is good. Not YA but still a great read. Have you watched the tv series? Its not out in Australia yet :(

  2. Recently, I started reading the Game of Thrones, and I love the way it is filling in all the gaps for me. Brilliant story!

    Looks like I really need to pick of Between Shades of Gray and Divergent, huh?

    Glad you know you enjoyed them so much. I'm a sucker for wanting to know about hidden gems, so thanks for sharing yours. I remember hearing a lot about Revolution a months back, but it has been a while.

  3. oh *high five* for both being into lists :) i love reminiscing over my fave reads and also nominating things for awards :)

    (and i KNOW you've read heaps this year to choose from ~ mine ended up doubling over a lot too, my fave books overlap in so many categories)

    i've seen game of thrones as a hash tag in twitter but had NO IDEA it was a book (off to investigate ...) ~ and it is not out in Australia as a show yet either :(

    i agree on between shades of grey = gorgeous book

    AND i got revolution in the mail today from a swap ~ looking forward to getting into it (more so now)

    LOVE your picks and i am thinking i need to try that SEP book (i love funny books)

  4. I out my Shine by Lauren Myracle on my list :) New Follower

  5. Love your picks! I love the TV adaptation of The Game of Thrones and I ordered the book yesterday. Can't wait to read it!

  6. Looks like you have some great picks there!

    I have such a hard choosing books I like "best" in any category. It's like a mother trying to pick her favorite child. *grin*

  7. I have Divergent as my #1 as well!

    I'm currently, very slowly, reading Game of Thrones! Love the show for sure!

    I loved The Sky is Everywhere, but I read it last year. :)

    And since you mentioned Sookie Stackhouse, True Blood starts Sunday!

  8. Love your list! I'm planning to get Between Shades of Gray soon. I have not heard of Game of Thrones. I'll have to check that one out!

    Assuming that you are in the US: If you want to read Raw Blue, send me an email. I have someone else reading it right now, but she could send it to you when she's done. You'd just have to mail it back to me (or to someone else).


  9. Such a great list here..
    I must read 'if i stay' so i can get on to 'where she went'
    And i need to check out between shades of gray which i have seen in bookstores lately.
    Ahh i'm so happy you have 'The sky is everywhere' on your list, i am in love with that book.
    great post!
    I have a lot of books to add to my TBR list.
    - abbeys bookshelf

  10. Lots of Divergent and Between Shades of Grey! I think I'll have to give these two some time at the top of the TBR soon! :)

    And Game of Thrones! I need this series! All I have heard are good things, and I love the occasional epic fantasy. :)

  11. The Sky is Everywhere is SUCH an incredible book. It's definitely my favorite this year. Divergent was amazing as well :)

  12. Great list! Divergent is one of my favourite books of 2011 so far as well.


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