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2013 YA Superlative Blogfest – Best in Show

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Thanks, SO MUCH, to Jessica Love, Alison Miller, Tracey Neithercott, and Katy Upperman for hosting this very fun blogging event. If I don’t blog for months, I still try to participate in this blogfest because I very much enjoy those women, and, I also want to do my part to promote great YA. Thanks, ladies!

Thursday, December 19th: Best in Show

Favorite Cover:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith



Cutest Couple(s):

Callie & Alex | Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Anna & Bennett | Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone
Cath & Levi | Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Josh & Nastya | The Sea of Tranquility
Will & Zoe | Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Most Likely to Succeed (Pick a Printz Winner.):
I don’t believe I’ve read a book that will win, sadly. I don’t really know what the criteria is or how it’s selected! Perhaps I should just go back and read some previous winners. 🙂 Check out the current and past winners, here.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you couldn’t put down.):
Winger | Andrew Smith

Best Repeat Performance (Favorite sequel or follow-up.):
Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas

Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel:
Time After Time | Tamara Ireland Stone
**Let me just say that I’ve been avoiding starting news series when and where I can. So, I think this is one of the only ends of a series that I read! I don’t even know if I can say it was my favorite, but it was… effective?

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath:
Wren & Charlie | The Infinite Moment of Us
Crown of Midnight
Callie & Alex | Where the Stars Still Shine

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.):
The Sea of Tranquility | Katja Millay
Check out Katja talking about her publishing journey. It’s pretty amazing!


Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year published BEFORE 2013.):
This is Not a Test | Courtney Summers
The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald


Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry:

Winger | Andrew Smith


Most Pleasant Surprise (Book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.):
Dare You To | Katie McGarry
This is a bit of a stretch because I liked Pushing the Limits, but didn’t love it. So, I was a little tepid about starting Dare You To. I ended up loving Dare You To!

Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle:
False Sight | Dan Krokos
All Our Yesterdays | Cristin Terrill

Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.)
Nobody But Us | Kristin Holbrook
Golden | Jessi Kirby


Favorite Outlier (Favorite picture, middle grade, or adult 2013 book):
I read a bunch of New Adult outside YA and it’s hard to say which one was my favorite! I think Unteachable by Leah Raeder was extremely well written and Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein was hilarious! Both broke the NA mold in different ways for me.
Required Reading – which series do you think I *have* to start in 2014?
Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Rossi
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
The Selection series by Kiera Cass
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Something I don’t even know about, yet?

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Currently…

Four score and seven years ago (or, January 20th-ish), I actually posted something on this blog. I’m back for an easy breezy “Currently” post. 🙂

CURRENTLY …
(see this post by Katy Upperman for the chain of inspiration)

Loving…
This time of year. The sun is out! Plus, family! Plus, friends! Plus, free time (sort of)!

Coco O. – I really liked the The Great Gatsby soundtrack and mostly liked the movie. This song, though, I die for!
Blurred Lines – Just catchy and poppy! The video is kind of ridiculous, which I *think* they did on purpose.
Die in Your Arms – I don’t… I can’t… I’m sorry, I don’t know why the Biebs makes this list, but seriously! I adore this little ditty.
It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over – This is old school, but I love this song. Love. Plus, long haired Lenny.
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars always has a song that I listen to. Always.
Alanis Morrisette, in general – Reading Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone reminds me of the awesome music of 1995, AKA my 9th grade year in school. So much amazing music, really. This is Uninvited (because the song is great, but so was the movie City of Angels, amirite?)
Dark Side – Kelly Clarkston is one of those pop artists that wiggles her way into my “Now” playlist on my iPod. (See also: Bruno Mars)
Chelsea Dagger – This song, thanks to Blackhawks hockey and the puke scene at the end of Pitch Perfect, was what introduced me to The Fratellies. Now, I love!
Long Black Veil – Dave Matthews, enough said?


Reading…

My TBR is insane, let’s start with that. But whose isn’t?

I’m reading Here Comes Trouble (for real this time–I’m over half way through), The Sea of Tranquility, and Right of Way.

I just finished The Infinite Moment of Us, Golden, and Time After Time recently. I’m perpetually 2% behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal (50 books in 2013) but I hope to cover a lot of ground this summer.


Watching…

NOT Game of Thrones. 🙂 But, yes, I have heard what happened with the Red Wedding business.
True Blood (namely, Alexander Skarsgard)

Dexter

Was Watching… (when I drafted this a couple of weeks ago)
Mad Men – The last episode was pretty great!
Smash – I just really got into this show and it turns out it’s too late for many reasons, including that it was canceled. 😦 So sad!
Romeo + Juliet – It’s the end of the school year finale–the final unit–and I show the Baz Lurhmann version the last week of school. The kids don’t totally get it, but they

If you can believe it, I haven’t been watching much TV. There’s not a lot on and I haven’t had much time. The hubs and I did see The Great Gatsby in the theater and watched Lincoln, finally.
I also just bought Silver Linings Playbook. You know, to support my BFF J. Law.


Thinking About…
Home ownership! We got keys on Friday and we’re in the middle of making some improvements before we move in in August. Exciting, and, I finally get it… it’s so much more rewarding, exciting, etc. to clean, organize, and all that when it’s YOURS and you LIVE there with the one you love. 🙂


Anticipating…
Moving into our new home!

The Dream Thieves – I am dying to hear if I’ll be approved for the e-galley on Net Galley. The Raven Boys was one of my top three of 2012!

The Divergent movie – Does this need explanation?


Wishing…
I was better at blogging. As such, I’m jumping on some of the days of the 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge, hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. I am not really a book blogger, but this should get me back into blogging and of course I love books, so there’s that!

I was traveling right now. Seeing Jessica Love’s travels is inspiring and she shares really great pics!

I could see Beyonce, Muse (again) and Foo Fighters in concert. Not together, just in general. I have a wish list of concerts much like my TBR (never-ending, constantly being added to). 😉


Making Me
Happy…
Becoming a home owner!
Being an auntie – My nephew was born 5 weeks early and was a little 4.2 pound DOLL. He’s absolutely adorable. There are some pics on my instagram profile.
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What are you currently LOVING?

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