Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I Loathe, I Like, I Love

I cannot believe that today marks the beginning of a new year. I'm sure many of you are experiencing similar feelings about 2013. Time truly flies by so fast, does it not?

For me, 2012 was the year of the YA books. I have been introduced to so many different characters and authors. Here are the first annual "I Love, I Like, I Loathe" awards for AM Station!

NOTE: Not all these books came out in 2012, but I that is the year in which I read them.

The Dynamic Duo Award for Best Movie/Book Goes To: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I still remember where I was when I read this book for the first time. It was in January or February and I was at back-to-back basketball games that my siblings were playing in. I was so engrossed in the book that I could not lift my eyes from it's pages!
(PG14 for heavy content, brief violence, language, and some sexual content)

The Most Amazing/Disappointing Award Goes To: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I read this book this past August and was extremely impressed by Green's ability to capture real life circumstances. This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. However, the book contained unnecessary sexual content, making it unable for me to give it a full five stars.
(PG14 for mature subject content and sexual content)

The Heartbreaker Award Goes To: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I finished this book a few weeks ago and was so touched by it. I shed a good deal of tears over this one. The characters in this book are some of the most intriguing I have ever meet. Seriously. In fact, they are too good to be without a long review, so more on them later! Anyway, this story literally broke my heart with everything that transpired in its pages.
(PG14 for mature subject content)

The Disappointing End to a Series Goes To: Reached by Ally Condie
Matched was amazing. Crossed was ok; at the very least tolerable. I was barely even into the first few chapters when I couldn't take it any more. I tried and tried to keep reading, but I found myself reading and re-reading each word. Each page I read felt like two. I was very disappointed, to say the least.
(Rating is NA because I didn't finish it)

The Highest Expectations 2012 Award Goes To: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
After Delirium ended in such a cliff hanger fashion, I was DYING to read Pandemonium!! Though I wasn't as impressed with Pandemonium, (it kind of dragged in some parts) it was such a exciting read. Ugh, and the ending was WAY more of a cliff hanger that Delirium. ALEX!!!!!!!
(PG14 for mature subject content and brief sexual content)

The I Loathe Award for Worst Book I've Read Goes To: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Part of the reason why I disliked this book/series was probably because my expectations were so high. I thought that though the plot was good, but the characters and their actions didn't seem very realistic and I didn't care about them very much. There also didn't seem to be a whole lot of character development.
(PG13 for the first book, PG14 for books 2 and 3)

The I Like Award for Most Ok Book I've Read Goes To: Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck
The Tiger Saga was the first YA series I read, recommended to me by Jen Wagner, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Since then, I've read better written books, but these are still a fun read. That being said, this book lacked a certain pizazz. In my opinion, the characters didn't react the way real people would have when facing certain situations. Another reason why I wasn't very impressed could also be because my expectations were so high following the previous books in the series.
(PG12-- As a side note, the series is great for older preteens to younger teens, but also a great adult read.)

The I Love Award for Best Book I've Read Goes To:
*drum roll please*
Divergent by Veronica Roth!
Since I have already written a review of this novel, there is little left to say. But this was seriously one of the best books I've ever read. There are so many lessons to be drawn from this story. The characters were so real and and relatable. The plot was amazing and there were so many surprises within Divergent's pages! Almost needless to say, I can't wait for the last book in the series to come out in Fall 2013!!
(PG13 for a mild romance, mature subject content, and brief language)

Happy New Year, everyone!! I would love to hear your favorite book/books of this past year!!

(Pictures from Google images)


  1. Thanks for the recommendations, Annie! You mentioned a few of my favorites, but also lots I've never read!
    Let's see... I read To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time in 2012, and that definitely gets the best book read this year award. There were a lot of close calls in the "like" category: Code Name Verity, The Wicked and the Just, Keeper of the Lost Cities, The Great Unexpected, The False Prince, Splendors and Glooms, May B....um, and a lot more. I could really get long-winded here. :)
    To be honest, I can't remember too many in the "loathed" department (though there were several, I suppose), because I tend not to finish them!

    1. My brothers and I read To Kill A Mocking Bird a year or two ago and LOVED it!! I was delightfully surprised by how good it was! I began Code Name Verity this summer over our Schlueter family vacation, but got too caught up in the vacation excitement to finish it. I'll have to look into it again soon! Thank you for your recommendations!

  2. I think the Hunger Games may have disappointed you because Suzanne Collins' previous books were Middle Grade, not Young Adult. I found little fault there, but then again I read them faster than I do most books.

  3. Hmmm, well, I actually didn't know that she was a middle grade writer-- The Hunger Games were the only books of hers that I have read.

  4. I couldn't get through the Matched series... not even the first one really. I think my expectations were too high on that too.

    I have Divergent sitting there on my shelf and I haven't read it yet! I know, I must get on that :)

    1. Matched seems to be a pretty popular series, so I was expecting big things too. Read Divergent!! Another thing that was awesome about that series is Insurgent (book 2) is also pretty good!

  5. I just started Reached. I have a student who loved the ending - I have a feeling I'm also going to be disappointed. Happy New Year!