This Monday was the 67th annual Miss USA pageant. Congrats to Miss Nebraska on her win, making her the first lady from her state to wear the crown. Now if y’all know me at all, you know my interests have a bit more bookish lean to them. Hence my 3rd Annual Miss Bookshelf USA pageant, where I scour my previous year’s bookshelf to bring you some of my favorites.
My Goodreads shelves say I read thirty books last year. Eight more than last year and that doesn’t count the books I beta read and the three I haven’t finished yet. Interestingly, a third of those are adult books which I blame mostly on my sister. Here’s the full list and my reviews if you want to check it out.
For my TOP TEN delegates in no particular order (Ok, twelve. I did fudge the numbers just a bit because of sequels. Hey, it’s my contest and if the sequels are as awesome as the first, them I MUST include them):
The Broken Earth #1 & #2 by NK Jemison
A SHADOW BRIGHT & BURNING by Jessica Cluess
Princess Academy #1 & #2 by Shannon Hale
STARS ABOVE by Marissa Meyer (specifically “The Little Android”)
HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD by John Tiffany & JK Rowling
THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES by Wade Albert White
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE and THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY by Natalie Lloyd
RAVENCLIFFE by Carolyn Goodman
And out of these beautiful books and talented authors…
Miss Amnity goes to… Miri of The Princess Academy, for always listening to her heart and her head equally!
Miss Style goes to… THE FIFTH SEASON and THE OBELISK GATE because whoa…Essun has a certain style about her. And that thing Ms. Jemisin does with Hoa’s POV–blew my mind, people.
Mr Photogenic Cover goes to THE ADVENTURER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL ESCAPES. I mean, you know it’s going to be fun just looking at it.
Second Runner Up is…. STARS ABOVE! So many of the stories in this Lunar Chronicles collection are great but “The Little Android”, Ms. Meyer’s version of “The Little Mermaid”, tugged on my feels just as hard as the original fairytale.
First Runner Up is this sweet hopeful book…THE KEY TO EXTRORDINARY. Seriously, I’ll read everything Natalie Lloyd writes. She has an extraordinary way with words.
AND OUR 2018 MISS (AND MISTER) BOOKSHELF USA GOES TO…BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE and THE RAVEN KING! Kind of fitting right? The Raven Boys and Blue looking for royalty all along 😉
So what do you think of my picks? What was your favorite book you read last year?
For the curious and who’d like more book recommendations, check out my 2017 pageant contestants.