I’ve already given y’all a rundown of my favorite and least favorite reads from 2017, but I figured I’d dish out a few other awards.
I just came up with some random categories (like a tag, I guess) and figured I’d nominate some books or characters. The challenge is to mention ones that weren’t on my top or bottom list (I can’t promise I won’t repeat though).
+ Funniest book
Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosh (almost forgot I read this – it’s great). Runner-up might be Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher.
+ Scariest book
Strange Weather by Joe Hill – not only is rain made of crystal nails scary as hell, but so was his story about gun use, Loaded.
+ Book that made me cry the most tears
Ok, I know it’s on my top list, and it wasn’t the only book this year that made me cry, but it’s the one that made me cry for the longest amount of time and that’s The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.
+ Book that blew away my expectations
Burntown by Jennifer McMahon – I was way wrong about the plot (was thinking like post-apoc wasteland and it’s so, so not that) and when the character POVs kept switching at first I was like, wtf. But then I realized I loved all the characters and this was a fantastic story!
+ Most underwhelming read
Overall I’d say the Chronicles of Narnia. I listened to all but the last book over the past few months. I really thought I’d love the series, because my nostalgic love for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is strong. But it wasn’t strong enough to propel me through the series and I quit before it was over. Just not for me!
+ Most lovable character
This is a reread, but I love Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle (both the movie and book versions!) I also really love Brittle from Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill, but I’m not sure she’s meant to be loveable. Oh and also Lady Trent from In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan.
+ Most annoying character
Danny from The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card – he’s so conceited and cocky, yet will tell himself he needs to be humble and generous and then after he is for about .01 seconds, he goes back to being a total dink. He’s an idiot too.
+ Feel good read of the year
I really want to pick The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, but of course that was on my top list. Austenland by Shannon Hale is a reread (and I watch the movie constantly), but I love it so much; it’s so cute! I read The Hobbit every December too, because I love it so much. Oh well, guess I’m not coming up with anything original for this one!
+ The book I seriously thought I’d get to and totally didn’t
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – confession time: I’ve never read anything by Christie! I really want to and when I saw the trailer for the movie (which I won’t be seeing because I hate stupid Johnny Depp) I got really excited about reading the book. I got a copy off Paperback Swap and then promptly let it gather dust in my “priority” pile, where it currently still resides. I’m a dink.
+ The book I’d most like to chuck off my balcony
Surprising no one, I’m picking the Dark Tower series by Mr. King. I’d chuck the box set off a cliff if I hadn’t already donated it. I even wasted my money buying nice copies of half the series because ours were beat-up hand-me-downs. Grrr.
+ Most bizarre book
Hmm…I think I’ll go with the short story, Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead by Carmen Maria Machado. A girl creates a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to follow her sister into the underworld. It was strange, yet modern, and pretty moving too. Runner-up is The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew. The witch rides a vacuum cleaner and spends a good portion of the book shrunk and living in a dollhouse. Then later she flies roller skates. What even?
+ Most likely to reread
Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff – it’s a lot of fun!
+ Prettiest book
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – not only is it gorgeously illustrated, but the fairytales inside were excellent.
+ Ugliest book
Nothing I picked up was particularly hideous looking so I’m going to go with The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. I don’t understand why there’s a basket of strawberries on the cover. It’s boring and has nothing to do with the book (that I can recall.)
+ Most meh read
Tree Girl by T.A. Barron – The plot interested me somewhat and the characters were okay, but there was nothing particularly magical about the book, nor was it very moving or even memorable. Not bad really, just…meh!
Feel free to answer these questions yourself – if you do, let me know so I can see your picks!