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Monday, December 8, 2014

Get Ready for the Class of 2014 Blogfest

Some years ago, Jessica Love, Alison MillerKaty Upperman, and I had this brilliant idea for a reality show in which children had to fight to the death for jump-in-line tickets at Disney, but then the Hunger Games got big. So then we had this idea for…

Well, look, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is that after many, many failed ideas, three of which involved honey, we came up with the YA Superlatives Blogfest. And it stuck.


It’s back again this year. The Class of 2014 YA Superlative Blogfest includes more than 40 categories and a bunch of really cool book nerds.

Here’s the deal, in bullet form for easy skimming:
  • Each themed day features a list of superlatives you will fill out with your book of choice.
  • You don’t have to fill out every single category. (Didn’t ready a dystopian YA book this year? It’s okay to leave that off.)
  • You don’t have to participate every day.
  • You can post your favorites to your blog, or just Instagram pics of your picks each day!

At the end of the blogfest we’ll be hosting a giveaway, featuring some of our favorite 2014 books. (You do need to participate each day to be eligible for that.) Mark your calendars for December 15 through 18, then take a look at the categories featured each day.

Head of the Class (DEC 15)
Favorite Dystopian
Favorite Science Fiction
Favorite Fantasy
Favorite Contemporary
Favorite Action/Adventure
Favorite Historical Fiction
Favorite Comedy
Favorite Mystery
Favorite Romance
Favorite Paranormal
Favorite Genre Bender

Popularity Contest (DEC 16)
Choose characters who fit each topic from ANY 2014 YA book!
Class Clown
Most Likely to Become a Rock Star
Mostly Likely to Start a Riot
Biggest Flirt
Fashion King and/or Queen
Character You’d Most Want For Your BFF
Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School
Most Likely to Become President
Quirkiest Character
Villain You Love to Hate
Favorite Parental Figure
Coolest Nerd

Elements of Fiction (DEC 17)
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.)
Loveliest Prose
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 18)
Favorite Cover
Cutest Couple
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 2014.)
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.

Grab our button (below) or banner (above) to promote the blogfest on your site. And make sure you’ve read all of the 2014 books you can!

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