I realize y’all have been waiting all year for this pageantry of books that follows Miss USA. I did better this year, woke up from my celebratory Mother’s Day nap just in time to watch Miss District of Columbia straighten her wobbly tiara.
The books eligible for this prestigious award (yes, it’s fine, go ahead and snort at that) are the twenty-two books I reviewed last year on Goodreads. You can find the complete list here.
After much deliberation and only three hardbacks falling off my bookshelf onto me (they were immediately disqualified for unruly behavior), here are my Top Ten Delegates in no particular order:
Ronald Smith’s HOODOO
Karen Russell’s SWAMPLANDIA!
Marissa Meyer’s CRESS
Kristen Lippert-Martin’s TABULA RASA
Angela Quarles’ MUST LOVE CHAINMAIL
David Mitchell’s THE BONE CLOCKS
Melanie Benjamin’s THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE
Sarah Glenn Marsh’s FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP
Shannon Hale’s THE GOOSE GIRL
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett’s GOOD OMENS
Once again, a nice, eclectic mix. Be sure to check out my Goodreads reviews to see why they made it on such an awesome list.
Without further ado… Miss Amity goes to GOOSE GIRL
Isi is such an amazing and brave character for believing in herself and her aunt’s stories when others refused to.
Mr Photogenic goes to MUST LOVE CHAINMAIL
There’s no mipples that Ms. Quarles is fond of, but the cover is electric all the same, and in my head, Robert is indeed photogenic *swoon*
And Miss Style was a no brainer one–this book positively oozed with style… THE SWANS OF FIFTH AVENUE!
I must say, we were quite stylish too at the 50’s Cocktail Party.
Second Runner-Up is THE BONE CLOCKS!
and it didn’t hurt its chances one bit when David Mitchell actually responded to me on twitter. Total fan-girl moment!
First Runner-Up goes to GOOD OMENS
(which I cannot wait ’til it hits the screens. Loving what I’ve seen so far of American Gods)
And now… the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
Miss Bookshelf USA is FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP!
The Isle of Man and it’s folkloric inhabitants have always been fascinating to me.
So what do y’all think? I’d love to know who you would have crowned from your list of read books. And if you’d like to see which books made it into last year’s pageant, check out that blog post here.