Jan 1, 2018

The 2017 Bookish Academy Awards!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I'm sorry this post is late, I meant to post it two days ago, but it took a lot longer to set this up and also I was busy with life. 😞 I know, I'm sorry I really need to get better at planning my posts ahead of time and staying consistent. That's one of my New Year's resolutions! So I promise this year I will be better!

Anyway, I heard of this tag called The Bookish Academy Awards, created by BOOKadoodles. It's like you have a little award ceremony for all the books that you have read throughout the year, inspired by The Oscars! Technically, you are supposed to do this around the Oscar season, but I thought this would be easier for me to do during the calendar year so I can keep track of all my books I read "that" year.

There's a lot of books I awarded that I want to share with you, so let's get into it! 😊

 

This award goes to the best male sidekick.
 
All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)

For best male sidekick, I picked Noah from All Fall Down by Ally Carter. He's the only one that really stood out to me, though I'm not exactly sure why. It could be that I loved his dorkiness and willingness to help all the time. I also loved that he was clearly JUST a friend to Grace and that there was NO LOVE TRIANGLE! 😂 Because that so easily could've happened and it's pretty rare that when there are two guys and a girl, one of them is actually going to just be friends with her.

 This award is for the best female sidekick.

Firefight (The Reckoners, #2)

Okay, Megan isn't exactly a "sidekick" and if she was real and I called her one she would literally shoot me, so I'm not going to say that. 😂 The only reason I picked her for this category is because she's not the protagonist, and I just REALLY love her! She's so kick butt and awesome and I love the banter between her and David and ugh this is just one of my favorite series!
 

This goes to the best male protagonist. 

 Firefight (The Reckoners, #2)

And again, I'm going with Firefight. I didn't read many books with male protagonists this year, but David was definitely the best! My favorite thing about him is that he's such a dork but also he's really kick butt too. There will be a really intense scene, and he'll ruin the moment by going completely off topic trying to find a good metaphor for the situation...and failing miserably. 😂

This is for the best female protagonist.


Uprising

This was a hard choice, but I chose Jane Wellington form Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I LOVE her character development, and I saw a little bit of myself in her, and this book just means so much to me know. It doesn't look like much, but I was so surprised with how much I ended up loving it and how powerful it was.
 
 

This award goes to the best plot twist. 

All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)

This one definitely beat out all of the other books I read for this category. For all the other plot twists I read this year, even if i didn't see it coming, I still wasn't completely blown away. With this one, I don't know if it was because the beginning part of this book seemed a little mediocre, but the ending TOTALLY shocked me! There are so many twists at the end and you don't know who to trust, not even the protagonist! And the revelation at the end was just so tragic and I just felt so sorry for Grace and everything she had to go through. My jaw was literally hanging open for the whole finale! 😱
 

This award is for the best non-fiction book.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Okay, yeah, so this is the only non-fiction I read this year, but I really really enjoyed it! And I don't read non-fiction that often! The topic really has to be interesting to me. And because I took ballet when I was little, I have a deep appreciation and admiration for it. I have heard of Misty Copeland before I read this book, but I didn't really know much about her, and I really enjoyed reading about her life. I saw small parallels between her personality and childhood and mine when I didn't expect to, and it made me really have a love for Misty and this book. If you love reading books about ballet or strong and empowered women, then you should totally check this out! 
 
 

This award goes to the best book to movie adaptation with the best soundtrack. 
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Okay, we all know that movies for this series are absolutely disastrous, but I made myself watch it anyway. Why? I don't know, I just feel the need to finish what I start. But, out of all the movie adaptions I finally got around to seeing this year, I picked Allegiant for the best score. I felt like they did a good job of putting the music with what you were seeing on the screen...not so much everything else, though. 😞
 
 

This award goes to the book with the best cover design. 
The Mark of the Dragonfly

This was a hard one. I usually don't like the color green at all, but I just love the design of this book cover! In real life in hardcover it is GORGEOUS! It's so shiny and the gold detailing of the font and of the dragonfly is so beautiful when it catches the light, and I also LOVE the artwork on the back cover of the book, which looks like this:

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I love all the detail they included! I love the mountain that looks like a dragon in the background, I love the city lights and the meteor shower and Anna holding a crossbow and the scene where they are riding on top of the 401 and Piper's hair in the wind and ugh, just EVERYTHING is amazing! 😄
 

This is for the best book to movie adaptation. 
Before I Fall

Definitely Before I Fall. Compared to all the other movie adaptions I've seen recently they did a pretty good job I think. I think some of the events weren't in chronological order, but for this particular story, since she is living the same day over and over again, I don't think it mattered as much, as long as the most important scenes were still there. They did stay pretty close to the book, though, so overall I think it was pretty good and liked it.
 
 

As you can guess, this award is for the best author. 

All the Light We Cannot See

The award for best author definitely goes to Anthony Doerr. I totally see why this won a Pulitzer! The writing is so beautiful and descriptive and I love how the timeline jumps around so much but you don't get confused at all! It's just enough so you can start putting all the pieces together about how everything and all the character's lives connect, and ugh it's just so good! I loved it!
 

This award is for book you would like to see as an animation. 
Disney in Shadow

I totally think this would make a great cartoon on Disney Channel, since it's set at Disney World. If they did it right, and kept it close to the books, I think it would be pretty cool and fun to watch.
 
 

This goes to a book set in another country. 
 All the Light We Cannot See

I only read a handful of books set in a country other than my own, but this one definitely wins, for all the reasons I mentioned earlier. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and it really made me crave more historical fiction!

 

This goes to the book with the best action. 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

This book had amazing action! There were some scenes where I could so clearly picture it as a movie, like the arena scene at the end and The Queenstrial. When I read the Queenstrial scene, I imagined the girls displaying their powers in the middle of the arena with the camera focused on them and spinning around them in a circle. (I have no idea what this technique is called, but hopefully you get the idea) it just seemed so perfect and vivid in my head and I hope if they actually do turn this into a movie someday, they will do something like that! 

This is for the best anthology. 

Let it Snow

Okay, so this is also the only anthology I read, and it wasn't the best book ever, but it was cute and overall I still enjoyed it. 


This goes to the book with the most unique world or setting. 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

I LOVE this world building in this series! I just love the way the politics and the magic system works and the cultures and even the weapons! I just think it was so creative and I can't wait to read the next book!
 

And last but not least, this award goes to my favorite book of the year!

 Uprising

This was really hard to decide, but after thinking hard about it, and when I counted up all the awards I gave to all my books (including some extra categories I made for myself) Uprising came out on top with wins in SIX categories! Some of my other books only got up to four! And honestly, I feel really good about my decision. I think I made the right choice. 
This book is so important to me. It really surprised me at how powerful it was, and it was the first book I ever remember reading where I was actually sobbing while reading it. This book deserves so much hype and I'm really sad that it hasn't gotten what it deserves. It's so different than all of the author's other books, (at least I assume so, I've read a majority of them) and it's just so empowering and inspiring and tragic and just so heartfelt and important and...okay I'm rambling now, but I could come up with so many other words to describe how amazing his book is. I think everyone needs to give this book a chance! it is one of those beautiful precious hidden gems out there that people need to find!

 

What are the best books you read this year? Don't you love the idea of a bookish award ceremony? This should be a real life televised thing. 😂 I'd love to see what books you would pick for these categories! Feel free to do this tag too, and send me your links in the comments!


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