Three years ago, Katy Upperman, Jessica Love, Alison Miller and I sat around in this posh wine bar slash library, talking about the evolution of literature and its role in society, when we had a brilliant idea for a literary sharing event. Or, you know, we were each sucking down boxed wine in our pajamas while emailing about YA books and high school yearbooks.
Point is, three years ago we came up with the idea for a blogfest that celebrates the current year’s new YA releases as if we were selecting our own yearbook superlatives. This, I guarantee you, is serious fun.
The Class of 2013 YA Superlative Blogfest will take place over four days, include more than 40 categories, and give you a chance to meet some really cool bloggers. If your TBR pile isn’t teetering by the end of this then ... you apparently read ebooks.
Here’s the deal, in bullet form for easy skimming:
- Each themed day features a list of superlatives you will fill out with your books of choice
- You don’t have to fill out every single category.
- You don’t have to participate every day.
At the end of the blogfest we’ll be hosting a giveaway, featuring some of our favorite 2013 books. Mark your calendars for December 16 through 19, then take a look at the categories featured each day.
HEAD OF THE CLASS (DEC 16)
Favorite Science Fiction
Favorite Historical Fiction
Favorite Family Drama
Favorite Genre Bender
POPULARITY CONTEST (DEC 17)
Choose characters who fit each topic from ANY 2013 YA book!
Most Likely to Become a Rock Star
Mostly Likely to Start a Riot
Fashion King and/or Queen
Girl You’d Most Want For Your BFF
Boy You Wish You’d Dated in High School
Most Likely to Become President
Villain You Love to Hate
Favorite Parental Figure
ELEMENTS OF FICTION (DEC 18)
Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.)
Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you definitely would NOT want to visit.)
Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.)
Best First Line
Most Dynamic Main Character
Most Jaw-Dropping Ending
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Best Use of Theme
BEST IN SHOW (DEC 19)
Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner.)
Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you just couldn’t put down!)
Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.)
Favorite Finale or End of Series Novel
Romance Most Worthy of an Ice Bath
Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.)
Best Old-Timer (Your favorite read of the year, published BEFORE 2013.)
Book Most Likely to Make a Grown Man Cry
Most Pleasant Surprise (Best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.)
Most Creative Use of a Love Triangle
Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more.)
Favorite Outlier (Your favorite middle grade or adult 2013 book)
Your turn! Pick your own superlative category and post it at the end this day’s list. Blog hoppers will be able to drop by and vote for their pick in the comments of your blog.
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