Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, so I saw this tag pop up last year and now it’s back, but this year I’ve decided to participate. Now, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the Academy Awards but there are people who get really into it. Lucky for us bookworms, there’s a book tag to correspond with it.
Basically how this tag works is there are a number of categories, and participants look through the books they read in the previous year and choose the winner for each category. There are some people who will choose the same book for multiple categories, but I wanted to limit each book to only one category win so I can share more awesome reads with all of you.
This tag was originated by BOOKadoodles on YouTube. You can check out that video here.
All right, let’s just jump right in now.
Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)
- How about two male protagonists from the same book? I’m talking about Merik Nihar and Aeduan from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. This was one of my first reads of 2016 and it stuck with me through the year. I wanted to know more about the characters and the world.
Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)
- Shazi from The Wrath & The Dawn/The Rose & The Dagger is definitely my pick for this. She is such a strong and awesome female protagonist, and these books blew me away.
Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)
- I loved this book, and I feel like there were enough revelations and twists and turns revolving around interpersonal drama that it qualifies for this category, so I pick The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. This was a surprise favorite of the year for me; I got drawn into the lives of these young women, and now I’m counting down until the release of the sequel.
Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)
- My favorite book cover of 2016 is Dreamworld by Rachel E. Kelly, hands down. And there were some beautiful covers to choose from, but I’m just so in love with this one.
Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)
- Hmm….I guess I’m picking the Night Court from ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas for this one. Come on, especially the inner circle, are all just freaking awesome.
Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)
- I’m picking two winners in this category, because I can and I can’t choose a distinct winner. First Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo because the world and the characters and the plot are just epic. And second, A Darker Shade of Magic/A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. The parallel Londons and traveling…it’s just such a rich story with vibrant characters. See why I had to pick two winners?
Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)
- Well, I guess I can probably go with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling here, but that kind of feels like cheating, because it is a screenplay of the film. So, if you consider that cheating, then I guess I’ll have to go with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)
- For this I’m picking Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I’d like to see this one as a movie period, but I think it could make a cool animated feature, something in the vein of a Miyazaki film. It could be awesomely magical.
Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)
- The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers had to win a category in this list. This tale would totally make an excellent movie or better off a show. I cannot recommend this book enough for its diversity.
Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)
- Okay, this category has obviously been won by Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It has great action and characters and cool story…and let’s be honest if we kept this as Best Visual Effects, Illuminae is absolutely visually stunning.
Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)
- For this I have to go with The Shootout Solution by Michael R Underwood, which is Episode 1 of “Season 1” of Genrenauts. These are great little genre exploration adventures following a group of people who have to go to different genre worlds to fix the stories by following cliches and tropes inherent in that particular genre. It’s fantastic.
Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)
- Okay, for this one I find that I have to pick The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. This was such a wonderful book. I was drawn into the story and the lives of the characters, and I read it at the perfect time for this lovely summery contemporary.
Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)
- Umm…I don’t think I read any actual historical fiction in 2016. Well, that sucks. But I did read a few non-fiction, including the lovely Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything In Between by Lauren Graham. It was one of my favorite reads of the year, because Lauren just IS Lorelai Gilmore, and her wit and humor shine in this collection of personal essays.
All right, well that’s all for today’s post. If you decide to do this tag as well, please let me know. I’d love to see what books made the cut from your 2016 reads.