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Friday, June 24, 2011

Faves of 2011...So Far (1) The Books

The wonderful Nomes over at inkcrush has created this very cool book awards/survey thingy covering a bunch of different categories in which we post our picks during the last week of June. The books must be ones we have read this year.

To view Nomes's original post with the 'rules' and all the categories, click here.

Today's categories are all about The Books!
(all links lead to my reviews)

favourite book read so far in 2011
I currently have five favourites, although one is a re-read (and the only book I've re-read this year)*: Where She Went, Saving June, Just Listen*, Five Flavors of Dumb and Die For Me

most powerful book
I think I will have to pick Five Flavors of Dumb here but I'll give an honourable mention to Where She Went.

brilliantly funny
Outspoken - hilarious, obnoxious and witty

best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
This is a toughy because alot of books effect me but in different ways and for different reasons. I'm going to go for Where She Went, Between, Saving June and Five Flavors of Dumb.

most beautiful story
Saving June and The Big Crunch. Just love. Go read the review.

delicious rainy day comfort read
Morganville Vampires series - it's like a soap opera! and Just Listen - one of my all-time faves I love to revisit

adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
This goes to Divergent without
a doubt.

the beautiful prose award

A Little Wanting Song and Saving June - see reviews for quotes. Just stunning.

most atmospheric and vivid setting
Die For Me and Where She Went - *sigh* Paris and New York. So cliché but they are my two favourite cities. So magical.

i-so-want-to-go-there award
This category could be understood in a few different ways. I pick Anna and the French Kiss because I wish I was part of their friendship group, was living in Paris, and had St. Clair to hang with all day. A Little Wanting Song because I love Dave, and Saving June because I want to be sitting in the fourth car seat with Jake (yum), Harper and Laney. Oh and Where She Went so I can give Adam a hug.

most original and imaginative
Five Flavors of Dumb - um, a deaf girl managing a band??? And honourable m
ention to Genesis, Die For Me and Burn Bright.

best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
90 Packets Of Instant Noodles and The Big Crunch - subtle but real and tender

i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award
The Demon Trapper's Daughter - I knew nothing about this. Thought it sounded kinda cool but was put off my the Aussie cover
. Also, Burn Bright - I've just finished it and despite the brilliant and glowing review from Nomes, I still wasn't sure I would like it. I wasn't even sure when I was half way through it. But by the end...(!)

most haunting story
Love is the Higher Law - it gave me shivers.

outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it
I don't really read a lot outside my comfort zone (at least when I do, I don't really like them) but Genesis was quite a challenge for me. I wouldn't say I loved it though. But it was intriguing.

series that i’m loving
Old series - The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Morganville Vampires, If I Stay. Or new series - Die For Me, Divergent, The Demon Trapper's Daughter
, Burn Bright

most memorable voice award
Definitely Piper from Five Flavors of Dumb with honourable mentions to Adam from Where She Went and Kate from Die For Me

completely awesome premise award
Five Flavors of Dumb, Black Painted Fingernails and Savi
ng June - music and roadtrips. Enough said. Plus Where She Went because I so wanted a sequel to If I Stay AND it's from Adam's POV!

would make the best movie
Hmm Divergent and Saving June. And I think Five Flavors of Dumb would very interesting to see how they would do it.

want to re-read already
Anna and the French Kiss - I miss the characters, Saving June - just finished i
t and I already want to read it again, Just Listen - have already re-read about 3 or 4 times!

Remember to check back in on Monday for The Characters and The Covers!


  1. Awesome list! Saving June is one of my favourites. I also picked Five Flavors of Dumb, Where She Went, Divergent and Die For Me for a few.

    I really want too and NEED too read The Big Crunch!

  2. haha I just posted an almost identical comment on your list!

  3. Jess!

    Yes! I can't tell you how much I love Where She Went! Adam is my perfect guy.

    And why do I feel like the only person on the planet who hasn't read Anna and the French Kiss. Someone, please slap me! I'm still not sure about Burn Bright either, but I do want to give it a try.

    And what is The Big Crunch about. I'm off to find out.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Saving June :( I want to read that so badly! I loved loved LOOVED WSW, that book is freaking beautiful. Hehe I'm pretty sure Divergent has been sweeping the adrenalin award in ALL the lists I've read so far :) I love your list, such awesome choices!

  5. I want to read Saving June so much. I keep hearing such amazing things about it.

    Also I LOVEd Piper from Five Flavours of Dumb, such a great book. Oh and Just Listen I love, I have it on audio too and it's great.

    I have To Die for on my shelf so I must get to it as we seem to like similar books :)

  6. I am seeing Saving June on so many lists - I need to read that book! I think I might be the only person who hasn't read If I Stay but I do plan to do so this summer.

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  8. I keep hearing about Die For Me. My TRP keeps getting larger and larger.

  9. so many good books :)
    i also really wanted to give adam a hug.

  10. this is so awesome jess.

    i love that you and nic and i all put SAVING JUNE in our favourites section.

    i cannot wait to read five flavors of dumb! i have already preordered it ... just have to wait it out.

    i like just listen as well, well, not as much as you do (LOL) but it's still a definite rainy day comfort read :)

    and eep (!) about nearly not making it through burn bright *bits fingernails* now i am dying to know more about your thoughts on it ...

    i also want to read the big crunch (ever since your review <3)

    " I want to be sitting in the fourth car seat with Jake (yum)" LOL ~ me too!

  11. JUST LISTEN is one of my all-time faves as well!

    and FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB just sounds like it's right up my reading alley :)

  12. I loved all of your favorite books! :)

    I'm planning on reading Saving June in July! I can't wait to see what all of this buzz is about! :)

  13. I'm so glad to see some love for Five Flavors of Dumb - it was such a great book and sadly not mentioned often!

  14. Just Listen is a great book, possibly my favourite Sarah Dessen (and the first Dessen I ever read), so I completely agree with you on that, but I'm sad to say I haven't read very many others from your favourites. I really like the sound of Five Flavours of Dumb though, I'm going to have to try and find a copy!

  15. Ohh you've given me lots of books to check out!
    I have some of these books but i haven't had time to read them yet.
    I desperate to read Saving June after so many raving reviews.
    great post and list!
    - abbeys bookshelf

  16. Love the subtle sound of The Big Crunch - I'm going to have to read that one! And Five Flavours of Dumb, which sounds like a really distinctive read.

  17. This is an awesome list. Got a lot of books to check out from this. Hoping that Five Flavors of Dumb is available here in the US - I've seen it on a few blogs now.

    And I love your blog color scheme (I'm a sucker for neon green). :)

  18. awesome Jess! I need Five Flavors of Dumb:)

  19. Thankyou for all your comments! I love hearing from people :) And yes, you should all go and check out the ones that interest you, they are all totally fab books :) xxx


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