Faves of TwentyEleven: The Random

I’m a few days late to this part of my Faves of TwentyEleven post — sorry! Christmas got me a little too busy, so yeah. Too much food and time with friends will do that do you. But anyway, I have a few more days left of 2011 (Can you believe it!) and so I still have time to do this. :)

Faves of TwentyEleven is hosted by Nomes of inkcrush. And in case you’re interested, here are my other Faves of TwentyEleven posts:

Day Four: The Random

fave first sentence

Our story opens where countless stories have ended in the last twenty-seven years: with an idiot — in this case, Rebecca Atherton, head of the After the End Times Irwins, winner of the Golden Steve-o Award for valor in the face of the undead — deciding it would be a good idea to go out and poke a zombie with a stick to see what happens.

Deadline by Mira Grant. :)

fave book title
The Dark and Hollow Places (Carrie Ryan). Sounds so sad and evocative.

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

I also really liked Between Here and Forever by Elizabeth Scott as a title. The book was so-so, but the title is nice and sentimental.

fave reading experience (ie: created a great reading memory)
Deadline by Mira Grant. I was so excited for this book, but when I started reading it, I realized that I needed to re-read Feed first, so I had to stop myself and get back to the first book. Totally worth it, because it made me understand the second book more. Totally doing the same thing once Blackout comes out. :)

Deadline by Mira Grant

Another one for this category is Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I read this on my trip to Europe, and was almost done with it by the time I got to Paris. Because the book was fresh in my mind while I was in Paris, I was totally squealing with delight with all the familiar places mentioned in the book. Best reading decision ever.

book with the best food in it (made you so crazy-envious-hungry)
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. Do not read this when you’re hungry! Also, Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto made me crave for baked eggs so bad. But since I didn’t know the recipe, I had to settle for scrambled eggs with cheese.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

book with the most sensual weather (made you shiver/sweat)
Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand. Unearthly was set around summer while Hallowed was set around winter. We don’t have winter here, but I felt that the books reflected those seasons perfectly.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

most embarrassing book cover (feeling sheepish in public or just plain ugly)
Angelica’s Daughters. I don’t really think this cover is ugly but I felt uncomfortable reading it in public. I wasn’t too fond of the cover of On the Edge by Ilona Andrews too.

Angelica's DaughtersOn the Edge by Ilona Andrews

can’t believe you waited this long to read the book (!)
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. It’s been on my TBR for a year and I can’t believe I waited that long. Also The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, because I’ve read The Knife of Never Letting Go last year and it took me a year to read the sequel.

book you’d give your mum/sister to read
Oh my mom doesn’t really read that much…but I would probably give her A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes. It’s right up her alley.

A Girl named Mister by Nikki Grimes

book you’d give your dad/brother to read
For my dad, it would be Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. My brother doesn’t read much but I lent him The Best of This is a Crazy Planets by Lourd de Veyra and The Filipino Heroes League #1: Sticks and Stones by Paolo Fabregas.

book you’d like to give your past-self to read (ie, me, when I was 15)
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. I don’t know why I don’t know about this book, but I think my younger self would totally eat this up. :)

book that lived up to (or superseded the hype)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This book had mixed reviews, and while it’s not really my absolute favorite this year, I thought it lived up well to its hype. :)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

book you stayed the latest to finish (confess!!!) and book you were *dying* to get your hands on the most
Easy. Deadline by Mira Grant. :) I couldn’t stop reading on the night I finished it. Plus, I was so, so, so excited to have it delivered on my Kindle and to get the print copy. I will probably be the same for Blackout.

fattest brick of a book you read (by page count)
Hm, I think the thickest I read this year was The Ask and the Answer? It’s around 500+ pages. I have a lot of chunkster books lined up next year, though!

killer cliffhanger award
Definitely Deadline by Mira Grant. I wanted to scream when I got to the end (and when I read the sampler for Blackout) but I had to stop because my mom was already asleep beside me. :D

Looks like this list was dominated by zombies. Interesting, eh? :) What are your answers to the categories above? Share them in the comments! :)

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