Hey it’s nearly the end of the year! Time to choose favourites from our kids!
And by “kids” I clearly mean choosing-favourites-amongst-the-book-characters-we-love…who are basically our kids now, ok. In 2016 it was all “who’s your book boyfriend” and now it’s all “WHO IS YOUR SON AND WHO WILL YOU SMITE TO PROTECT THEM” and I love it.
But to the business at hand.
I always do a “Best Of The Year” post (closer to the end of December! I can still squeeze some more reads in!) but I never manage to mention enough books?! And characters??? I want to mention SO MANY and give all the recommendations. Hence, in 2016, I made up a random book tag called…
THE SMASHING & DASHING CHARACTER AWARDS
Which is about as enthusiastic and violent as you can expect from me. What can I say.
Anyway! Feel free to join in. Basically we’re just…
- nominating characters to fit the categories
- just has to be from books you READ in 2018 (doesn’t have to have been published this year!)
- and link back to meeeee (or tell me you did the tag so I can come see your post!)
- also if you are reading this and eating a christmas cookie….share?
1. MOST RELATABLE CHARACTER
Look for me, it’s a toss up between Mark Blackthorn (from Lady Midnight) who has a lot of dramatic emotions and 10/10 would throw himself down the stairs to make a point if given the opportunity. (Every time Julian says “please chill out”, Mark just replies very calmly, “I am a fAERIE we are just this way.”) Plus I thoroughly headcanon Mark is also autistic and I cannot be convinced otherwise.
AND I also should pick a new character I just this year sooo…I also adored Alice from Furthermore! She loved shiny pretty things and if anyone startled her, she kicked them. She also could hold like grudges for YEARS and, I have respect.
2. MOST PURE ANIMAL COMPANION
Aww Leo’s dog in Satellite was ADORABLE and so pure (AND DIDN’T DIE) and it broke me how much Leo absolutely adored that dog and wanted him so much ajfkdslad.
3. FIERCEST FIGHTER
I only just read The Last Namsara (I knoooow, I am very late) but holy wow Asha was terrifying, stabby, majestic with multiple weapons at multiple times, and basically, if she stabbed you, you’d thank her.
Also WE STAN a dragon hunter who turns into a dragon lover.
4. AM SURPRISED THAT I LOVED YOU??
Look I confess I do read a lot of books I “might not like”, which seems bizarre at first (I am risking wasting time?!) buuut what if I just…really want…to read absolutely everything. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I wasn’t sure I’d like Pacifica because I hadn’t liked the author’s previous books, buuuut THIS WAS AMAZING. It’s dystopian and basically has stabby girl trash pirate, the best boy-friendship duo ever (would dIE FOR EACH OTHER platonically) and characters who make and break your heart.
5. BEST SASSMASTER
- Stalking Jack The Ripper — Thomas Cresswell cannot open his mouth without making a quip
- Bring Me Their Hearts — Zera was so very sassy. She’s under a lot of stress (she’s kind of an undead witch’s slave?!) and she copes by making fun of everything. Relatable content.
- To Kill A Kingdom — like no one could even help themselves here. Elian and Lira were just in a constant battle of who could be more pithy, aND WE SHIP THIS.
6. BEST ANTI-HERO
EVERYONE IN THE CRUEL PRINCE. Jude and Cardan were so backstabby and the entire fey court was terrifying. I am living for murder-faeries. (Just not, um, living if I am too close to them?? I would die in their world.) But I crave books were the girls are Slytherin and vicious. So this pleases me wondrously.
7. THE BEST FRIENDS OF ALL
I always mention The Raven Cycle or my Shadowhunters for this, soooo…accept that they are life goals. And let’s also nominate the squad in The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. Plus they are an epic girls squad, where Felicity likes to cut up dead things, Joanna is a super fan of animals and will cuddle a dragon, and Sim would stab you and then protec you and how could you not love her ajdfsladklj.
8. BEST VILLAIN TO HATE
Can we just point to the Demon King from Girls Of Paper And Fire and LOATHE HIM. He’s a despicable rapist, conqueror, and entitled monster. Usually books like this give the villainous men a redemption arc, but NO THE GIRL ACTUALLY GETS SOMEONE GOOD AND DESERVING. Lei and Wren forever ajfdskald, these brilliant girls.
9. AWARD FOR THE BEST VS WORST YA PARENTS
BEST ➸ What If It’s Us was super super cute and had also some super annoying issues (for me, anyway) bUT can we point out that it had two sets of supportive and loving parents?!? They were 100% here for their queer sons and it was so heartwarming.
WORST ➸ It is like the absolute opposite of the above in It Looks Like This…parents who are cruel and close-minded and drive their queer kids to terrible heartbreaking things. This was such a hard book to read. (Also pointing out it’s #ownvoices and very important,,,crying)
10. SHIP OF ALL SHIPS IN 2018
- Lei x Wren = Girls of Paper And Fire
- Mark x Kieren = Lady Midnight/Lord of Shadows (shhh)
- Tella x Dante = Legendary
- Sarai x Lazlo = Muse of Nightmares
- August x Jack = The Wicker King
- Ronan x Adam = (I read the Opal novella and aww)
- Andrew x Neil = The Foxhole Court
11. MOST PRECIOUS MUST BE PROTECTED
Look I don’t know if I can honestly nominate my own characters without being very very narcissistic. BUT I struggle with the fact it’s ok to flail over your characters when they’re unpublished…so like??? Can I pls still flail? I am still a blogger.
Also Beck, Joey and August need to be protected fROM ME but whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Beck is so Soft™ and just doing his best and is so grumpy until he is fed cake.
12. HONESTLY SURPRISED YOU’RE STILL ALIVE
Dude I am just putting forth everyone in The Foxhole Court series. Because for Neil, my main question is: HOW. And for Andrew, the fact he hasn’t exploded a national monument with himself standing on top is an actual wonder.
Reasons Neil Might Die = 20% because of ticking of mobsters, 8000% because he got stabbed by the enemy and then Andrew stabbed him again for getting stabbed in the first place.
(LOOK I SWEAR THIS SERIES IS AMAZING. JUST GO WITH IT. OUR FAV PROBLEMATIC DISASTER SONS.)
13. AWARD FOR MAKING THE WORST DECISIONS
Boomerang was just one long list of bad decisions, with Sean and Trip just needing to pause for a moment. But did they? No. I love them so so much bUT BOYS….THINK ABOUT THIS.
Also Todd from The Knife of Never Letting Go series? (Which I finally finished this year! BEST trilogy. Ruined me.) He is a prime example of someone who is Doing His Best and yet the worst happens.
14. MOST IN NEED OF A NAP
Absolutely going to say Jack and August from The Wicker King. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I deeply deeply love this book. I’ve read it twice this year and it just took my heart and…you know, smashed it. But also healed it. Books about being broken and healing are incredibly special. And afjdsladjk they were both so so tired by the end. They need to just take a long nap together, thanks.
15. WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT YOU
Absolutely nominating the squad from the Strange The Dreamer duology. I am absolutely starry-eyed and in love with these two books. Best of all ,it finished, but left the world WIDE OPEN. I can see infinite possibilities for more stories and I want them all!! (Especially I want a story about Nero and Calixte and their queer squad.)
A DUOLOGY WASN’T ENOUGH.
…the questions if you want them…!
1. Most Relatable Character
2. Most Pure Animal Companion
3. Fiercest Fighter
4. Am Surprised That I Loved You??
5. Best Sassmaster
6. Best Antihero
7. The Best Friends Of All
8. Best Villain To HATE
9. Award For Best vs Worst YA Parents
10. Ship Of All Ships In 2018
11. Most Precious Must Be Protected
12. Honestly Surprised You’re Still Alive
13. Award For Making The Worst Decisions
14. Most In Need Of A Nap
15. Want To Read More About You
do you always struggle to talk about your favourite books enough at the end of the year?? tell me (1) a character/book you’re surprised you loved, and (2) a character you would totally protect
and if you want to do the tag, go ahead!!