Happy New Year, friends! I am very excited to unveil for you today my very first ever…
annual personal book awards!
I read so many great books this year, and I think this is going to be a super fun way to recap all of my favorites.
This post was partially inspired by the wonderful Alexandra @ Twirling Pages (I’ve linked her book awards video from last year) and I also got most of the categories from Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner. AND this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (run by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl) is about the best books of 2018, so basically, I’m killing it!
I did my best to choose one book per category and avoid repeats, but I did need to add some honorable mentions because I read so many good books!!
Note: covers are from Goodreads and link to the books’ respective Goodreads pages.
Take the Cake | Best Book
Okay sorry, I know I just said I would try to avoid repeats, but this is as far as I could narrow it down. And there are SO many more amazing books I read, but I think these are the top three, in no particular order. (Also, can I just say that this accidental color coordination is pleasing me greatly.)
Hidden Gem | Best Underrated Book
I loved both of these books, and they both have fewer than 500 ratings on Goodreads. They deserve all the love!!
Gasp! | Biggest Surprise
Going into At the Edge of the Universe, I had no idea what to expect (I grabbed a free e-book of it on a whim and didn’t know a whole lot about it), and let me tell you, it was weird. Good! But I was totally surprised by how unusual it was.
Kickoff | Best Series Starter
I considered both Six of Crows and This Savage Song for best series starter, but since I already gave awards to both of those books, I decided to name The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for this one, which is hilarious and fun and highly recommended! (And I’m super excited to read the next book.)
Second is the Best | Best Sequel
Gosh, I enjoyed reading both of these books SO MUCH. I guess Leah on the Offbeat is more of a companion novel to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda than a sequel, but I had to include it.
Finale | Best Series Ender
I’m so sad that these series are over. I loved both of these finales though! (Especially the ending of The Penderwicks at Last.) And I even think Always and Forever, Lara Jean might be my favorite book in the trilogy!
Backlist | Best Book Published 5+ Years Ago
(I got the idea for this category and a few others from the wonderful Cait, and her fantastic recap post!!)
I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, published in 1999, for the first time this year, and I thought it was very good, and still relatable to teenagers now despite having been written 20 years ago.
Premiere | Best Book from a Debut Author
The Poet X is Elizabeth Acevedo’s gorgeous debut novel. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook version, which is narrated by the author and is abslutely stunning.
Making Friends | Best New Author Discovered
I first discovered Alice Oseman through her webcomic (and soon-to-be-published graphic novel), and I am so so glad that I did. She is an amazing writer and artist, and I can’t wait to read the rest of her works!
Old Pal | Best Book from an Author I’ve Read Previously
I’ve had varying success with John Green novels in the past, but Turtles All the Way Down (along with The Fault in Our Stars) is definitely one of my favorites of his books.
Idol | Most-Read Author
Something strange that I discovered while trying to figure out which author to pick for this category is that I didn’t read a lot of books from the same authors. Out of the 100 books I read in 2018, there are only four authors from whom I read more than two books. (I read three books written by each of these authors.)
Trying Something New | Best Out-of-Comfort-Zone Book
I’m not usually big on classics, but my mom recommended this to me (it was one of her childhood favorites!) and I really enjoyed it. It was kinda sad, but really good. (And I loved all the bookworm appreciation!)
All Done Up | Best Cover
This one was difficult to choose because there are SO many absolutely exquisite book covers to pick from, but I think the design for Hilary Reyl’s Kids Like Us is probably my favorite. (It’s a sweet book on the inside too!)
Long Overdue | Best Book that Should’ve Been Read Ages Ago
The books I went with for this award are Six of Crows, because it’s like the most hyped book in the YA universe, and The Westing Game, because I’ve been meaning to read it since I was in fifth grade.
All Smiles | Best Book That Was Fun & Happy
I will never stop screaming about how amazing Heartstopper is because it’s the most adorable, wholesome graphic novel ever and reading it just makes me smile. (You can read the webcomic for free here.)
Grab the Tissues | Most Tear-Inducing Book
Dude, I probably sobbed in the bathroom for a good ten minutes after finishing this book before I was able to collect myself, no joke.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go | Best Setting or World-Building
Front and Center | Best Protagonist
I definitely have to go with Dimple for this one. She’s so smart and human and I love her. (Also Rishi! But Dimple is my favorite.)
Sidekick | Best Minor Character
My three picks for best minor character are Sohrab from Darius the Great Is Not Okay, who is so sweet and just the nicest person, Kitty from Always and Forever, Lara Jean, who is so funny and iconic, and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, who is the most badass younger sister character.
Soulmate | Most Relatable Character
Lara Jean!! We’re both artsy and kinda awkward and have siblings and like planning things, so she was super relatable for me.
OTP | Best Ship
I loved Fitzphie in the most recent Keeper of the Lost Cities book, but Nick & Charlie are also absolutely adorable, and I had to include Jesper & Wylan and Vi & Cece as honorable mentions.
Friends Forever | Best Platonic Relationship
Frances and Aled win best friendship! They’re so cute and I love how totally platonic their relationship is.
We’re All in This Together | Best Group Cast
There are so many good choices for this award! I loved the found family vibes in all three of these books.
Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose for these awards? Do you have any bookish goals for the coming year?
(Also, side note, you can look at my 2018 reading challenge on Goodreads for a more comprehensive list of books I read this year.)