Superlatives of 2012, Day 2
In my end of year wrap-ups last year, I participated in an AWESOME series called the Faves of 2011, hosted by Nomes at Ink Crush. It appears that she is not hosting this series again, so I went ahead and decided to do it myself! This was originally a five day series, but since I’ve already covered favorite reads and covers I’ve shaved this down to two days of posts.
Part III: The Scenes
1. Best first chapter
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
It didn’t hurt that I heard John Green read the first chapter IN PERSON pre-release in Asheville last fall.
2. Best climax
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
3. Best ending
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle (it alllll comes together)
4. Best plot twist/revelation (no spoilers!)
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
5. Scariest/most disturbing scene
There’s this one scene in Unwind by Neal Schusterman…I still think about it. Oh. My. Gosh.
6. Steamiest scene
TIE (due to different types of steaminess):
Jason and Kyle in Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Leah and Grayson in Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols
7. Best swoon-worthy moment
Something involving Marcus Flutie, I’m sure.
8. Biggest nail-biting moment
When Kyra makes her plan to escape in The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
9. Most hilarious scene
When AJ Jacobs tells his wife he can’t touch her while she’s menstruating …. while she’s menstruating. She sits on every surface in the house and he has to stand! From A Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs.
10. Most heart-breaking/tear-jerker moment
I know y’all want me to say it’s in TFioS, but it was really when the Titanic sank in The Watch That Ends The Night by Allan Wolf, since I knew that actually happened. Since the story was told through twenty-four voices based on real people, I knew some of them would die before the book was over.
BONUS: Favorite meet cute
Alice and Patrick in the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. She meets him by walking in on him in a department store dressing room!
Part IV: Random
1. Fave first sentence
…I don’t know!
2. Fave book title
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
3. Fave reading experience (ie: created a great reading memory)
Re-reading The Hunger Games on the flight to Denver to watch the midnight release of the movie with my friend. I realized I was leaving the area where Katniss is from (NC-ish, the movie was filmed here) and flying to the general location of the Capitol.
4. Book with the best food in it (made you so crazy-envious-hungry)
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (they kept talking about the chocolate, since it’s illegal)
5. Book with the most sensual weather (made you shiver/sweat)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (set in Siberia!)
6. Most embarrassing book cover (feeling sheepish in public or just plain ugly)
The Dork Diaries 5: Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All by Rachel Renee Russell
7. Can’t believe you waited this long to read the book (!)
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
8. Book you’d give your mum/sister to read
I think that she would enjoy the AJ Jacobs books.
9. Book you’d give your dad/brother to read
I’d give my brother Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, since it’s got video games and 80′s nostalgia out the wazzou
10. Book you’d like to give your past-self to read (ie, me, when I was 15)
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (would give it to 16-year-old me dealing with my first major breakup)
11. Book that lived up to (or superseded the hype)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (they said I would bawl…and I did)
12. Book you stayed up the latest to finish (confess!!!)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
13. Book you were *dying* to get your hands on the most
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
14. Biggest brick of a book you read (by page count)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
15. Killer cliffhanger award
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (which we would expect after the killer cliffhanger in Delirium!)