Monday, December 26, 2011

Faves of TwentyEleven Book Awards: The Books

Faves of TwentyEleven Book Awards
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Welcome to Day One in Faves of Twenty Eleven Book Awards! I have several amazing reads this year and I'm really excited to share 'em. Let's start, shall we? *drum rolls*

1. Favorite book read in 2011: Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I have so many favorite reads this year but if I'm held at gunpoint with this question, I'd say it's Cynthia Hand's Unearthly.

2. Most powerful book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go stayed with me long after I finished reading it.

3. Brilliantly funny: Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Entertaining and hilarious. I'd love to meet his Dad someday.

4. Best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Although I shed more tears on If I Stay, this book actually squeezed my heart more.

5. Most beautiful story: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The story of Liesel Meminger, narrated by Death himself will just grip you until the last pages.

6. Delicious rainy day comfort read: Cloaked by Alex Flinn

After my initial shock on finding out Alex Flinn was a female author, it made me see her work on a different point of view and that made reading this so much better.

7. Adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award: Feed by Mira Grant

This is actually a runner-up for the Favorite book read award as well as in the Series I'm loving category. Feed is a story of zombie apocaplypse at its best.

8. The beautiful prose award: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Another runner-up for my fave book read. Laini Taylor's storytelling and world-building is just fantastic.

9. Most atmospheric and vivid setting: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Also one of my fave book reads, Finnikin of the Rock is incredibly good.

10. I-so-want-to-go-there award: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 The setting here is in Paris, the City of Love. I'd love to go there with  Etienne St. Clair as my tour guide-slash-boyfriend, of course.

11. Most original and imaginative: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

I read this book thinking it was that movie with Jim Sturgess and their lot singing the Beatle's songs. But what I found out was: Big spaceship + frozen bodies + mystery + love. Utterly original.

12. Best under-appreciated, hidden gem book: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

I always say that I'm tired of vampire novels/series. But J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series amazingly rock so it's the only vampire series I'm reading.

13. I-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award: Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

This is just a fun book to read. I read this in one-sitting!

14. Most haunting story: The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Actually haunting is an understatement if we're talking about TML because this book tortured me and I kid you not when I say I loved every minute of it.

15. Outside my comfort zone but gosh how I loved it: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I don't really read classics. But after watching the movie starring Keira Knightly, I knew I just have to read it. And I'm glad I did, Mr. Darcy is the epitome of hotness.

16. Series that I’m loving: The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

I absolutely love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and so it's not a surprised that I also love The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan, the second installment in The Heroes of Olympus series.

17.  Always recommending this book award: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

After I finished this book, I think I flooded my timeline on Twitter about how awesome this book was until somebody replied and said to me to shut it. *snort* Ignorant.

18. Completely awesome premise award: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

"Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love."After reading that, who would not want to read the book?

19.  Would make the best movie: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The shallow-me would say I'd like to see who'd play Akiva and a reasonable-me would say I'd love to see the actress who'd be adventurous enough to dye her hair blue to play Karou. Not reasonable enough? Oh well, nevermind.

20.  Want to re-read already: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I'm not the type who re-reads book except for the Harry Potter series but I would really re-read this book just to fall in love again.

Now it's your turn. Share your own list by commenting and leaving the link below. :) And stay tuned tomorrow for the Faves of TwentyEleven Book Awards: The Characters. 


  1. 1. Your topics for the awards are AWESOME. I wish I thought of them!! AMAZING <3

    2. Your Twitter bird? HOLY MOLY THAT IS AMAZING, HOW DID YOU DO THAT!!!! ahhhhh!

    Love :)

  2. Ohh I totally love the categories! You got Daughter of Smoke and Bones is there, I really need to find time in to read it, I hear nothing but good things about it. Anna and The French Kiss definitely made it there I so want that book, it's really perfect! btw have you read Lola and The Boy Next Door? It's equally amazing as Anna ;) You got AtU as most original and most imaginative I second that! I was blown away by that book, made me claustrophobic at the least! I can't wait for A Million Suns! few more days and it's out eeek and you got Finnikin! I'm dying to read that thats why I ordered it I just have to wait for it ;) you got an awesome list here!

    Here' s my Top 10 Books of 2011

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  3. Oh no, it was not my idea, it was Inkcrush's. :) And the blue birdy is cute, isn't he? I forgot how I made him, but I'll look it up for you. :D

    Thanks for visiting!

  4. @Jay

    Thank you Jay! You've got to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Finnikin of the Rock, they're both amazing in so many levels. I have a copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door and I'm so excited to read it because I've heard good things about that book. I'm excited as well for the A Million Suns. There are so many books coming out next year, I can barely keep my butt planted on my seat!

    And I'd sure check out your list. :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by! I love Sh*t my dad says. It's hilarious. And Your background is awesome.

    Following back!

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

  6. @Ning

    Thank you Ning for visiting back. :) So glad to know you have read Sh*t my Dad says.

  7. I really need to try Never Let Me Go Again. I started it a long time ago and then life got in the way.

    Awesome list/topics!

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

  8. Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I LOVE your list here! Some really great books up there like Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Finnikin. :D

    I'm still working on my own post - it's so hard to narrow it down! :P

  9. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog :) I really enjoyed this post, there are a couple books there that I haven't read so I will have to check them out! New follower :)

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  10. Totally agree with the I-so-wanna-go-there and Wanna-re-read-already award for Anna and the French Kiss! Books I own but haven't read yet but really want to read after your post:

    The Book Thief (I can't believe I haven't read it yet either), Finnikin of the Rock (I'm a HUGE Melina Marchetta fan) and Where She Went (If I Stay was great, but not amazing for me so I never quite got around to reading Where She Went. But it's got great reviews so maybe I should!)

    Fantastic post! And Cupid's adorable, haha. Following you back :) Happy holidays!

  11. @thecheapreader

    Never Let Me Go has an eerie quality to it and because of its quietness, it'll get under your skin without you knowing it. I really liked it and can't recommend it highly enough.

    Thanks for dropping by. :)

  12. @Sam

    Yeah I really loved those books! Whenever you're done with your list let me know. :)

  13. @Amy

    Hi there, Amy! Thanks for stopping by. :D

  14. @Ajoop. S

    Oh yes! Anna and the French Kiss is just love! Sigh. :) Anyway, I'd really recommend those 3 books you haven't read yet, they're incredibly good!


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