Hour 6 Mini Challenge: The Best of Your Reading Year


Hey, everybody! Welcome to the Hour 6 Mini-Challenge!  I hope that you are having a lot of fun with the read-a-thon and glad you decided to come by for a break and fun!  So without further ado…The challenge for the hour is to share some of your best from your reading year and why.  The idea is to pick at least 3 of the categories below and share your favorites and why.  Hopefully, everyone will discover a new author..book…or maybe even genre.

Best Book of Your Reading Year

Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year

Best YA Book of Your Reading Year

Best New Adult Book of Your Reading Year

Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year

Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Best Sci-Fi Book of Your Reading Year

Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year

Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year

Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year

Best Main Character of Your Reading Year

Best Author of Your Reading Year

Best Supporting Character of Your Reading Year

Best Cover of Your Reading Year

Best Character You Love To Have of Your Reading Year

Best Setting of Your Reading Year

Best Story Line of Your Reading Year

Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year

Or anything else your want to tell us the Best of Your Reading Year

Be sure that you share the book title and author.  Share as much or as little as you want.  Come back here and post the link to your answers in the comments.  If you do not have a blog, just leave your answers here.  This mini challenge will run through hour 9 so think about it and have some fun with it!

A randomly selected winner will be chosen from all of the entries.  The winner may choose a prize from our site: http://24hourreadathon.com/april-2014-prizes/. The winner will  fill out the form noting that they are an hourly challenge winner and the name of the challenge.


So get out there and get sharing!


*** #7 Hawk was my winner http://hawkeye19.tumblr.com/post/83928935724/best-book-of-your-reading-year-the-fault-in-our


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115 thoughts on “Hour 6 Mini Challenge: The Best of Your Reading Year

  1. The Best Author of my Reading Year has to be Peter Clines. I’ve been reading his Ex-Heroes series and am just one book away from being caught up. He always manages to keep my attention, even when I’m worried that I’m losing interest!

    The Best Supporting Character of my Reading Year is also from this series, Zzzap, aka Barry. A superhero who has the ability to transform into pure energy and light. That’s not why I like him so much, though. I like him most because he’s always the joker of the group. When the main characters are getting flustered and frustrated he comes in with a random joke and I immediately crack up. There is no other book character I have read this year that makes me laugh so hard or keeps me reading like him. And he’s not even a main character!

    The Best Children’s Book of my Reading Year was Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner. It was recommended to me as a joke, but who doesn’t love, even a picture book, with a cat and tiny aliens? It explains so much about a cat’s behavior!

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  4. Best YA book of Your reading year: So far the book that blew me away has been Angelfall by Susan Ee. This is amazing. It has everything in the novel that I love in the book. Suspense, Horror, you name it. I was drawn first by the beautiful cover but got way more by reading the description of the book. Which is AMAZING. I recommend everyone to read it if you haven’t already. I still haven’t read World After (it’s sequel) just because I don’t know when the third book of the series is coming out.

    Best Cover of your reading year: I would have to say Cress by Marissa Meyer that cover is just so gorgeous. I fell in love with it once I saw it.

    Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year: That one goes to Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. His world building is amazing. That man. I am yet to read the rest of the series. Just because of the unknown wait for the 6th and 7th book. Planning on continuing the series next month. I just love his story. It’s amazing.

  5. Hey! I’m not on a computer at the moment so going to leave you my answers here instead of my blog. I have chosen a few books to share with you.

    Best YA I have read of the year – this has to be a novella – finding Cinderella by colleen Hoover. This was my first experience of her and the book was brilliant! Since then I have purchased other books by colleen.

    Best author of the year? I think Sophie Kinsella is brilliant! Light hearted reads

    Best cover? I would have to say the book I’m reading now has a fabulous cover! It’s so pretty and that is Life Drawing by Robin Black

    Thanks for a wonderful challenge, you can catch me at mrsbbooks2011.blogspot.co.uk


  6. 1.Best Book of Your Reading Year:
    Reboot by Amy Tintera
    This was a great book because it included action, romance, and adventure. It had something for everyone.
    2.Best Cover of Your Reading Year
    Cress by Marissa Meyer
    I LOVED the cover of Cress! THe braid with the fabric intertwined and the purple background portrayed the fairytale retelling tremendously! It was gorgeous!
    3.Best Historical Fiction of Your Reading Year
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
    I loved this book because it showed how the horrors of the Holocaust affected even young boys. It told a beautiful tale of friendship that I will never forget.

  7. Best Book: A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
    Best Romance Book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    Best YA Book: Blood Red Road by Moira Young
    Best Sci-Fi Book: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
    Best Fantasy Book: A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
    Best Children’s Book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
    Best Fiction: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    Best Main Character: R from Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
    Best Author: Alexandra Bracken
    Best Supporting Character: Liam from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    Best Cover: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
    Best Character You Love To Hate:
    Best Setting: Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Best Story Line: More Than This by Patrick Ness

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  9. Oh, so many favorites this year! I chose 5. Thanks for hosting! ~Megan

  10. Best Ya REading of the Year- The Fault in our Stars 🙂

  11. Best Mystery Book of my Reading Year is definitely “You”, by Zoran Drvenkar. This is amazing how well someone can keep your attention through the whole story, how well can play on your emotions, both – loving one of the characters and hating another. It’s a book where you can feel all the spectrum of emotions and different feelings – maybe you will discover a reaction that’s not normally typical for your behaviour?

    Best Non-Fiction Book of my Reading Year – this category, oh my! THE BEST, absolutely the best here is the Millenium series (written by Stieg Larsson). The characters there are so complex and unique that you feel like, reading the third part, you’ve known them for 10 years. Again, you feel inside yourself, the emotions of the character. You feel like all these things they feel were your own experience. While reading, you cannot stop.

    Best Book of my Reading Year is “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón where I could find myself. Through the whole story, I kind of saw myself there, not always in a direct way but still, I was there, I felt what they felt and I found some sentences that suits some of the moments I went through in my life. I think everyone should read it, slowly and carefully and convince himself that “we see in the books only the things that are inside us”.

  12. Best Author: definitely Ignacy Karpowicz. Poorly known outside of my own country, he is the first person to describe different minorities in a riveting span of their daily lives with such a wit, sarcasm and consistency. If there is any translation of Karpowicz you can find or you have a good command of Polish – definitely give it a go!

    Best Cover: John Green and his “The fault in our stars” – the motiff is so distinguishable and showed up on so many gadgets it’s hard to get rid of it!

    Best Non Fiction:
    Was thinking about “Seeing Voices” by Oliver Sacks on American deaf Culture, but definitely one other book left me devastated, “Jutro przypłynie królowa” (“The queen will arrive tomorrow by the sea”) from Maciej Wasielewski. It’s a documentary on the history of the people living on Pitcairn Island. It reads like a great thriller and when after a few pages you realize it is a documentary, you soul falls apart. I felt… physically dirty after reading the book, need a 2-hour-long bath to somehow… soak the book outta me?

    Hope everyone are having a great time, if you want some European literature recommendations or just meeting a new friend, tweet me @kantanda

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  14. Best YA Book: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

    I really liked this book. I emphathized with Eleanor and developed a crush on Park. I love that Eleanor is a strong,takes-no-crap female protagonist who is also vulnerable with very real fears and insecurities. Even the despicable kids have human sides. And Park is such an unheroic hero with his band shirts and eye liner. He’s not perfect,and I’m so glad that neither the author nor Eleanor ever pretended he is because it makes the love that much more real and meaningful. Excellent read.

    Best Sci-Fi: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

    There is so much going on in this book. Multiple story lines, characters who interact without ever actually meeting, a novel within a novel…no page space is wasted. However, it’s not difficult to keep track of the characters or the moving of the plot, which is good because so much is being said that the book would be a horror if it were difficult to follow. Besides dealing with the perception of reality, the book discusses cultural and racial superiority, the effects of fascism on a people, gender roles, and injustice. A quick, excellent read that offers a lot of fuel for thought and discussion.

    Best Classic: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.

    I know a lot of people dislike this book or find it really challenging, but I absolutely loved it. I thought it was so unique and completely different than anything I’ve ever read.

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  17. Best Book and Fantasy Book of my Reading Year: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This is a great, descriptive fantasy book (first in a trilogy) with the best tale I’ve read in years.

  18. Best Book of Your Reading Year: The name of the Rose (Umberto Eco) – I’m not the only one to see the value of this book, so will skip the explanation because ti is quite self-explanatory.
    Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales (Oliver Sacks) – One of the most fascinating books I read.. And if you watch Dr House after reading it, you might notice a familiar case 😛
    Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: Nova država Hrvatija 2033 (group of authors) – A Croatia dystopia, a possible future for my country. Dark and intelligent read

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  21. Best Supporting Character- Begbie from Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh for being one of the most terrifying characters EVER.
    Best Story Line- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- I LOVED this one.
    Best Cover- The Mangle Street Murders by MRC Kasasian and published by Head of Zeus. I thought this was just stunning.

  22. Best book: the yellow wallpaper by charlotte perkins gilman, it’s so well written, very short, but so good! You kind of go crazy along with the main caracter. Best non-fiction: Unsaid things… Our Story by McFly, it totally changed how I look at famous people now, it’s a very good book if you are of the right age, if you’re too young you will probably just fangirl over it. and best sci-fi: The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy by douglas adams, the humor is just so my type of humor, I love it, if you love Doctor Who, and the sarcastic humor in Sherlock, you will love this too.

  23. Romance: Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry
    Main characters are fun-loving kindred spirits, but theirs is a story that’s fraught with smartassery, sexiness, and, well, sadness.

    New Adult: Salvation by Noelle Adams
    Not really my genre, to be honest, but I found this novel really compelling and thought that the issues tackled in it are handled deftly.

    Author: Sarah Mayberry
    What can I say? I’m a fangirl. Haha! So far in this year alone, she’s released three books—one independently published, one Harlequin SuperRomance, and one novella—and I loved every one of them. She always hits all right spots, tugs all the heartstrings I have.

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  25. Best Non-Fiction book of reading year: The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx& Friedrich Engels

    Best Author of Your Reading YearBest Author of reading year: Vladimir Nabokov. I read Pale Fire, Speak Memory, Lolita and Pnin by him in 2014. And he is one of my all time favorite authors now.

    Best Setting of your reading year: Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Alaska back in 20s.

  26. Best Book
    Steelheart by Sanderson excellent action & Plot twists

    Best Author

    Anne Aguirre Her Enclave series is amazing!

    Best Fantasy Book

    Bitterblue by Krisyin Cashore

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  30. Best ROMANCE ? A BEAUTY SO RARE by TAMERA Alexander

    Best MYSTERY? DEATH BY THE BOOK by Julianna Deering


    Best SETTING? A LADY’S HONOR by Laurie Alice Eakes

    Best COVER? GIRL IN THE GATEHOUSE by Julie Klassen

    Best YA ? MARTYR’S FIRE by Sigmund Brouwer

    thanks for the fun! just need to get back to the reading =)

  31. Best Main Character: Kvothe from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
    Best Mystery Book: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (which I actually finished during the read-a-thon).

  32. Oops, I forgot one.
    Best Cover: Angelfall by Susan Ee.

  33. Best Book of Your Reading Year
    Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

    Best Romance Book of Your Reading Year
    To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

    Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year
    The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

    Best Main Character of Your Reading Year
    Dexter from Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

    Best Story Line of Your Reading Year
    Divergent by Veronica Roth

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  36. Best YA was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. I can’t believe I just discovered Sherman Alexi this year. What a brilliant author.

    Best book overall so far is actually a non-fiction called Tears of the Desert. It’s about Halima Bashir’s journey from Darfur to becoming a refugee.

  37. Hmmmm, it’s been a really good reading year for me thus far. It’s tough to choose. Let’s see. I think Best YA book for me is a toss up between Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. They were both amazing, knock-out debuts. Best Main character would be Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead. Best supporting character would be a demon gargoyle in the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. I finally finished the series, listening to Emerald Green on audio a couple of weeks ago. I can never spell his name, but he is hysterical. He made the two later books worth reading. I absolutely adored him.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Happy reading!!

    -indie reader girl0329

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  39. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple because almost everything that happened were unexpected! It made me just want to keep on readin since it was so surprising most of the time!

    Best YA Book of Your Reading Year & Best Cover of Your Readin Year: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon because it has slim to no romance at all in it! In most YA books, there’s a lovestory, and I’m sick of it! Not saying that those with romance aren’t good, it’s just that it’s so expected for it to come that when it didn’t in this book, I was VERY pleasantly surprised! + The cover is gorgeus!

    Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: The boy on the wooden box by Leon Leyson because ut was just so heartbreaking. I reall had to tell myself several times that this is not fiction and that everything in the book has happened in real life.

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  41. Best Book of Your Reading Year: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A story of alchemy, love, life goals, and never giving up on what you wish, following your dreams. Fantasy mixed up with astrology, art, a nice character development. I am a true fan of Coelho.

    Best YA Book of Your Reading Year: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I wasn’t a fan of vampire until this series came along. Witty and remarkable and it keeps you going over and over for more. I wish I had read if before.

    Best Mystery Book of Your Reading Year: Ring Of Fire by Pierdomenico Baccalario. It emerges you into what is going on. 4 teenagers in Rome brought together and they all have something in common – all were born in the 29th of February. Coincidence? I think not.

    Best Non-Fiction Book of Your Reading Year: Post Office by Charles Bukowski. Bukowski is my all time favourite author and he is by no doubt a genius. His writing is honest, raw, terribly beautiful. A story of sex and living and boredom and how the world is not how you make it to be.

    Best Fantasy Book of Your Reading Year: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Yeah, I feel terrible to only this year be checking The Wizard of Oz out but I had never felt like it before. Despite some of its flaws, Baum describes the most wonderful scenarios and characters. A true classic.

    Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Holes by Louis Sachar. Holes is interesting and even though quite boring at times, it is a wonderful book, full with adventure and witty characters.

    Best Cover of Your Reading Year: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. The cover shows a promotional picture for the adapted movie version of Winona Ryder, with her eyes wide open. It is very beautiful, shocking and represents the story well.

    Sara Williams
    My twitter – http://twitter.com/sarafwilliams/
    Email – xsarafolhas@hotmail.com

  42. Here’s my responses! http://instagram.com/p/nRB7oGt-4y/ Since it said it went through hour 9 I hope that means I’m not too late for it.

  43. Ohemgee. How to choose?? Okay, I’m going kneejerk here:

    Best Cover of Your Reading Year: She Rises by Kate Worsley

    Best Fiction Book of Your Read Year: Ann Weisgarber’s The Promise
    Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: J. Boyce Gleason

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  45. Hopefully I’m not too late!

    Best Book of Your Reading Year:
    A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

    Best YA Book of Your Reading Year:
    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Best Cover of Your Reading Year:
    The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

    Best Fiction Book of Your Reading Year:

    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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