My List of Awesome

In lieu of a Top Ten List, I am doing a year-end List of 2015 Debut Awesomeness, (inspired by Kung Fu Panda.) The first part comprises the 2015 debuts I’ve read. There are a ton more that I haven’t read, but which will, of course, have their own brand of awesome.

Books I’ve read:

  1. Awesomely Matched Couple: Shazi and Khalid in THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh
  2. Awesome Friendship: Annamae and Sammy in UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee
  3. Most Mindblowingly Awesome Ending: CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  4. Awesomely Hot Healer. Also, Awesome Witches: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker
  5. Awesomely Empathetic Book: NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio
  6. Character Who Is So Awesome I Want Her to Be Real: Aysel from MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga
  7. Most Awesomely Jawdropping Moment: MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera
  8. Character Powers  So Awesome, All the World Should Covet Them: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
  9. Awesomely Hilarious: DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin
  10. Most Awesome World Traveler: Avery from THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
  11. Most Awesomely Badass Heroine: Mim from MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
  12. Whimsically Awesome: THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
  13. Awesome Epistolary Romance: SIMON AND THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
  14. Awesomely Beautiful Performance Art: THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna Marie-McLemore
  15. Awesome End of the World Book: WE ALL LOOKED UP by Tommy Wallach
  16. Most Awesome Quest: LARK RISING by Sandra Waugh
  17. Awesomely Nail-Biting Book: Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  18. Most Awesome Siblings: Tal and Wen in WANDERING WILD by Jessica Taylor
  19. Awesomest Ode to LA: DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
  20. Awesomest Otherworldly Twist: IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks
  21. Most Awesomely Tearjerking: THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart
  22. Awesome Survival Story: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes

Books I haven’t read but that display their Awesome in other ways:

  1. Most Awesome Title: DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS by Sheila Grau
  2. Awesomely Terrifying Book: BLOOD & SALT by Kim Liggett
  3. Awesomely Scary Cover: SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
  4. Most Awesome Cover/Title Combo: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon
  5. Awesome Mean Girls Potential: TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
  6. Most Awesome Book That I Currently Possess and Am About to Read: THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter
  7. Most Awesome Diverse Heroine: BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly
  8. Middle Grade Book I Am Certain Will Be Insanely Awesome: MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE!) by Alison DeCamp
  9. Book So Awesome That I’m Considering Bribing Author So I Can Have It: ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee
  10. Most Awesome Potential for Dragons: THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by MELISSA GRAY
  11. Most Awesome Then-and-Now book: THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi
  12. Most Awesomely Evocative Title: Hoodoo by Ronald Smith
  13. Book With Awesome Playlist: TRACKED by Jenny Martin
  14. Book That Will Be Awesomely Tearjerking: THE LAST LEAVES FALLING by Sarah Benwell

Tons more awesome where that came from. Hold onto your hats people, b/c 2015 is clearly going to be a year of great books!




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  1. sjwaugh

    January 3, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I’m honored! Thank you!

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