Dec 16, 2013

YA Superlative Blogfest: Day 1

It's that time of year...when the year is almost over. And when the year starts wrapping up, people typically share their favorite whatevers of the year. For us bookish folk, the Class of 2013 YA Superlative Blogfest is one way to do that. The Fest takes place over four days, with four themes and over forty categories. And of course it's all bookish! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, or participate yourself! Today's Day One, and it's going to be good with the topic of...

Head of the Class

-If I got a genre wrong, don't kill me (I'm mostly going off of Goodreads)!
-I may cheat and mention some that aren't, but I will only be choosing books released in 2013 (and will try not to have repeats).
-I'm not the best at picking and choosing, but I'm going to try!

Favorite Dystopian
Here's the deal. I got to the point where I had all the categories narrowed down and mentioned most of the books I wanted to mention...and then there was this one. Not only was I have a very hard time choosing just one book, but I knew that choosing one meant that the other wouldn't be on this at all. So I'm cheating and mentioning them both. They're both strong sequels with great stories and fantastic characters, and I love them (and NEED their sequels).

Favorite Science Fiction
This series is seriously effed up. But this book reminded me of how much I love the series. And it was a fantastic series ending, one of the best I've read.

Favorite Fantasy
I don't know if this is really fantasy, but I didn't have much else to put in this category. (I'm actually starting to get into fantasy, but what I really liked wasn't released this year, like Angelfall and Cress.) However, I really liked Evolution, more so than Unbecoming. But oh my gosh, when can I read about Mara Dyer's freaking Retribution?! I need to know things.

Favorite Contemporary
Actually, it's basically my favorite everything.

Favorite Action/Adventure
This book is vastly underrated. I don't I've ever read anything like it. And it's beautifully heartbreaking and magnificent.

Favorite Historical Fiction
I surprisingly read two historical fictionish novels this year (this and The Madman's Daughter). While this is set in the 80s, it's still historical! And it is so, so good, and most definitely one of my favorite books of the year.

Favorite Comedy
I haven't really read any comedies this year. However, there's a reason why I put this book on here (after anything else that could've been here was put into a different category). This book is 100% totally and completely safe. It's a quick, fun, easy read, great for when you need to just read something. It's got romance and mystery and comedy and thrills and action, but nothing's too much or overdone--it's that simple, light book for when you need just that.

Favorite Mystery
This book was practically flawless. It was extremely well-done, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was like an episode of Criminal Minds. What's more mysterious than searching for a killer?

Favorite Romance

Favorite Paranormal
Another one that's a favorite everything (favorite series alert!).

Favorite Family Drama
Family Drama: When you're put into the Witness Protection Program for something your father did (you don't know what), you have to keep changing your name and look (maybe I'll dye my hair blue next time), your sister is fragile (be careful with her), and your mom's got some issues (maybe with alcohol, among other things). But it sure makes a great story. (And one I quite enjoyed.)

Favorite Genre Bender
I'm not really sure what exactly a genre bender is, but I had to put this book somewhere. This book could be called NA (for the ages, not the bow chicka wow wow), though it's typically classified as YA. Either way, it's a wonderfully written story about more than love: it's about before and after, being a teen mom, and what to do when the person you loved is suddenly back in your life.

Whew! That was hard! It took me quite some time to narrow the categories down to just one book, but I had somehow did it (with one exception). Have you read any of these, and if so, what did you think? And if you participated in the Class of 2013 YA Superlative Blogfest (if not, you still can!), let me know; I want to see your picks!


  1. Lol @ bow chicka wow wow!

    I agree, this was a tough assignment, narrowing everything down. I've only read 1 of your picks (The Distance Between Us, definitely cute!), but some of your others are on my tbr list - The Elite, the whole Gone series, How to Love... So many great books to read!

  2. I adored FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK so much. And UNRAVEL ME. =) I need to add some of the others to my tbr list...

  3. I didn't know where to put THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, but it looks like you found a great category. I also feel like I should have included THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (like you did) because it was such a cute book! I really need to get reading the GONE series. I have the first book on my shelf, but still have yet to pick it up. I suppose I'll have lots of reading material since it's how many books in now? Great list, Rachel!

  4. Thanks for reminding me to read ENDANGERED! Such a unique concept, and it sounds wonderful.

  5. Yes, I completely agree with your reason for putting How To Love in the genre bender category (I left that out because I'm terrible at branching out from contemporary, so usually no danger of genre bending there but I suppose I can add How To Love to the list now ). The Naturals looks really interesting and I'm with everyone else, must add the Gone series to the never-ending TBR list!

  6. Oh, good call for sticking Rules for Disappearing with family drama! I loved that book!

  7. I so want to read THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, and seeing it on yours and Jessica's lists helps it get a big push to the top of the TBR.

    Your right about E+P but I don't know if you've seen all us old ladies talk about how tough it is to put a book that is set in a period during our lifetimes on a list as historical fiction. I didn't list anything for that category, so I think I would add E+P though!

    I haven't read either of your Dystopian choices, but, I see them *everywhere.* I bought THE SELECTION recently, so maybe I'll get going with it. :-)

  8. The Naturals was so fun! I liked that one, too, and I can't wait to see where it goes in next book. I haven't heard of Endangered, so I'm glad you listed it!

  9. Someone else recommended The Distance Between Us - I really need to read that! Love all these choices and of course, I'm adding more to the TBR!

  10. I haven't read most of these but now I'm really intrigued - definitely adding them to my TBR pile.

  11. I really need to read How to Love and The Distance Between Us soon. Great picks!


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