Tuesday, June 21, 2011

fave reads of 2011 (so far) ...

it's already (nearly) half-way through the year (!)

and i am SUCH a huge fan of lists so i have created a kind of book blogger sharing-the-awesome book awards to celebrate all the cool stuff i've read so far this year. (which is just a fun-funky style book awards/survey thingy). i will be running it over three posts* staggered throughout the last week of june. (day one beginning this friday)

* it was going to one mega post ~ but i completely got carried away in my categories, haha, so i have broken it up over three posts

i would SERIOUSLY love it if any of you guys want to join in and post your own awards on your blogs ~ you don't have to do all three days or even have a nomination for each category (you can make it suit you). you can also chop it around and squish it all into one post if you like. if anyone does join in make sure to link so i don't miss your posts. 

there's no hard-core rules about it BUT answers can only come from books you've read this year (doesn't matter when they were published). 

you can nominate more than one book/character for each answer and re-feature the same book in different categories. (or make your own rules about it. whatever works.) i have chosen a few of my answers already and i am very loose about it (ie: two/three books for some answers, some with runner-ups and bonus shout-outs, others with only one pick ~ trying not to angst too much about it and just have fun :D

here's my categories (and the program) in the upcoming awards:

DAY ONE: the books

1. favourite book read so far in 2011
2. most powerful book
3. brilliantly funny
4. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read
5. most beautiful story
6. delicious rainy day comfort read
7. adrenalin-fuelled, unputdownable award
8. the beautiful prose award
9. most atmospheric and vivid setting
10. i-so-want-to-go-there award
11. most original and imaginative
12. best under-appreciated, hidden gem book
13. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love this-so award
14. most haunting story
15. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it
16. series that i’m loving
17.  most memorable voice award
18. completely awesome premise award
19.  would make the best movie
20.  want to re-read already

DAY TWO: the characters (& the covers)

1. best female POV
2. best male POV
3. Best couple <3
4. who i so want to be best friends with
5. who i fell completely in love with (new literary crush)
6. worst (best) villian
7. best character twist (who you loved then hated or vice versa)
8. best kick-arse female
9 best kick-arse male
10. broke your heart the most
11. best/worst character names

BONUS: 5 fave covers (from books i have read)

DAY THREE: the scenes & the random

the scenes
1. best first chapter
2. best climax
3. best ending
4. best plot twist/revelation (no spoilers!)
5. scariest/most disturbing scene
6. steamiest scene (or sweetest/sexiest kiss award)
7. best swoon-worthy moment
8. biggest nail-biting moment
9. most hilarious scene
10. most heart-breaking/tear-jerker moment

the random
1. fave first sentence
2. fave book title
3. fave reading experience (ie: created a great reading memory)
4. book with the best food in it (made me so crazy-envious-hungry)
5. book with the most sensual weather (made you shiver/sweat)
6. most embarrassing book cover (feeling sheepish in public)
7. can’t believe you waited this long to read the book (!)

aaaaaand, that's it!


  1. I am in love with the button you have created!!!!! From now on I insist you do my buttons LOL :)

    I am definitely in but you already knew that. I am off work on my list.

  2. This is such a fabulous idea Nomes, and as I LOVE lists I am definitely in. I'm currently half way through The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner and feel it may be sweeping the boards ~ the Titanic of books :D

    And I love the button too, so cute.

    Right off to list make.

  3. Yep, I agree. Cute button with a stellar execution. ;)

    This looks like a LOT of work. Not the actual organising all of this, but actually just thinking of what to nominate for each sub-category (especially day three - EEK)! I'll have fun looking at everyone elses' posts, but I suppose this means I'll be saving my brain some perma-damage and sticking this one out.

  4. I'll harp on the button's cuteness, too - YEAH, CUTE!

    This is very cool, and I love your categories. I'm not sure I can do this, because I have tests lined up this last week :(
    But I'll definitely be dropping by to take a look at yours :)

  5. I love the button! And I can't wait to see your lists! So, I can find some awesome books and add them to my to-read list. :D
    But I probably won't join cause I have only read a few books this year. I'll join next time, maybe at the end of this year, if you are still holding this.

  6. Lovely idea, Nomes! I'll definitely be checking out your list and maybe do a few of the categories. I've only read about half of what you have and don't know if I have a book to fit everything. Love the button too!

  7. This sounds like so much fun, can't wait to participate =)

  8. I'm totally in! And I agree with everyone about the button :)

  9. Dooooood! I totally love this idea! Yes! I'm in all the way, but *bites nails* How will I choose? So much to think about.

    Okay, when does this start? This Friday! Yikes! I don't smoke but I think I'm gonna have to start so I can prepare. LOL

    Are you gonna have a link up dealy thingy?

    Thanks nomes. You're brilliant!

  10. quick question. I know you said there are no hard core rules, but is this just for YA books?

  11. Love the button, Nomes! I will definitely participate. Looking at the categories, I think I will need to think quite a bit.

  12. oh, i LOOVE lists, I will SO be doing this!! I just wish I've read more books, i've kinda failed in 2011 :P but i'm excited!! awesome idea =)

  13. You so rock, Nomes! I can't wait to see what your awards are, and I may try to keep up (that's a massive undertaking, though!)

  14. Like everyone else commenting, I love your button and your categories! Can't wait to see what your nominees are. :D

  15. Great idea! Love the different categories you've come up with and I'll be looking forward to seeing which books you choose :)

  16. Oooh, sounds fun!!! I'll definitely be doing this. I've already got a lot of them picked out :)

    New follower, BTW :)

  17. I love love love that button! And I look forward to your lists. :)

  18. I'm loving try, I think I'm going to try to do this as well, but in any case I'll be checking out yours!

  19. I'm such a button whore that I'd love to have a go but not sure if I have time :) I'll be back to check on your lists for sure!!

  20. Nomes! I love this! I'm going to try to do it but you know I'm just reorganizing all my stuff since I'm such a newbie.

    Can't wait to see what your picks are!

  21. This is so exciting *sing song voice as she runs off to stare at her book shelfs*

  22. Great idea and i love the categories!

  23. I am so bad with choosing books for the best of anything, but I cannot wait to read your choices. Great idea too and yes I adore the button too.

  24. Sooo joining it! I have nothing to post on Friday or Monday and I can squeeze in another day next week as well! Love the idea and the cool graphics! Such a great idea!!!

  25. This is such a great idea! I'll definitely be participating. How do you always seem to come up with the best stuff? I love it. :)

  26. Nomes,

    I'm having a problem--I want to give every award to The Piper's Son! ;)

  27. What a fantastic idea! Hopefully I can put aside some time to participate too!

  28. This is such a great idea. I'd love to participate but I'm too new and I wouldn't even know where to start with the awards. Since being a book blogger my reading has extending beyond my tried and true and I love it. Maybe next year?

    You are awesome! I can't wait to see you picks! Your button is super cute btw.

    ♥ Trish Just a YA Girl

  29. I absolutely love this idea. Writing my post was so much fun! And now I have a lot more to add to my TBR pile. :)

  30. I would LOVE to do this
    but does it have to be during the summer?
    I was thinking I could do this in september...or maybe late july early august idk I'll work it out

    so does it matter when it gets done so long as its before December 31st 2011 ?

  31. What a wonderful idea! I'll definitely be joining you!

  32. I love this! Totally going to join in... will there be linkys?

  33. Saw this on Missie's site. I'm so in for tomorrow's post! Love this idea! Glad I found this!

  34. Love this idea and the buttons are gorgeous. I will do this as soon as health improves.

  35. This is really great!! I posted mine here:

  36. what a great idea!

    This is going to be fin seeing everyone's lists :)

  37. This is such a great idea!

    Here's mine http://inside-every-story.blogspot.com/

  38. LOVELY idea and delicious Button!

    Will work up my lists...

    Lovely to find you
    noodleBubble x


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