The Patricia Awards 2014: Books

Goodreads tells me I read 165 books this year.  I believe that qualifies me to give out the following awards.

Best book to combine Shakespeare, baseball and poetry:

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs
Ron Roertge

Best book I read and greatly enjoyed, only to find when I posted my review that I had already read it:

A History of Love
Nicole Krauss

Best book of suddenly orphaned girl:

The Beginning of After
Jennifer Castle

Prettiest book with also interesting plot:

Stephen Emond

Best book set firmly in the Midwest that also includes twins:

Curtis Sittenfeld

Best title that might repel people as much as draw them in (and they should be drawn in, itโ€™s a fabulous book):

Sex and Violence
Carre Mesrobian

Best book narrated by a chorus of gay men (trust me, it works):

Two Boys Kissing:
David Levithan

Best title, hands down:

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass
Meg Medina

Best book that covers, among other things, a Supreme Court Justice buying underwear:

My Beloved World
Sonia Sotomayer

Title I just liked to say:

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets
Evan Roskos

Book I mistakenly thought was set in Maine and thus was confused for most of the book:
Mock Printz winner I was incredibly unimpressed with, but which has stuck with me, so perhaps that was just sour grapes:

Midwinter Blood
Marcus Sewick

Best book to handily combine many plot points into one engrossing story:

The Living
Matt de la Pena

I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures, but this is one:

Veronica Roth

The sequel falls apart award:

Veronica Roth

Best book written by someone I talk to regularly:
Best book to have a harrowing opening scene:

Rules for Becoming a Legend
Timothy S. Lane

Book that made me laugh like a crazy person:

Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosh

Longest book I read this year (so says Goodreads):
Most fascinating book I read this year:

The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson

Best book with a princess who has to deal with all the really boring princess stuff:

Handbook for Dragonslayers
Merrie Haskell

Best nonfiction I read this year:
Best insight into transgender youth I’ve read:

Beyond Magenta
Susan Kuklin

Funniest YA that I got tired of halfway through (but am still recommending because of the great boy humor):

Grasshopper Jungle
Andrew Smith

Book of essays I enjoyed so much I bought it for my mother:

Lessons From the Borderland
Bette Lynch Hustead

Best book about book creation and artist process:

The Scraps Book
Lois Ehlert

Quiet, beautifully written (and short!)

The Story of a Marriage
Andrew Sean Greer

Best coming of age without “boyfriend” as the prize:

This Song Will Save Your Life
Leila Sales

Best middle reader with poetry that really tells a story:

The Crossover
Kwame Alexander

Best Veronica Mars novel:

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Best best friends growing apart:

Mostly Good Girls
Leila Sales

Best cover that beckons and holds a great middle reader:

The Nightingale’s Nest
Nikki Loftin

 Best book to not plan on doing anything after you finish:
Best book to not read about, just read:

We Were Liars
E. Lockheart

Best “Romeo & Juliet” with the Berlin Wall as the thing that keeps them apart:

Going Over
Beth Kephart

Best “bully” book, from the point of view of the bully:

Amanda Maciel

Best book about an elephant seal:

Elizabeth, Queen of the Sea

Best series to get me hooked (that is already finished, so I could just tear through them):

The Boyfriend List/The Boy Book/The Treasure Map of Boys/Real Life Boyfriends
E. Lockheart

Picture book that had me laughing the loudest:


Best title, pranks, and feminist book:

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau-Banks
E. Lockheart

Other best title
Bonus Cambridge, Mass. setting

Mister Posterior & the Genius Child
Emily Jenkins

Best author to get me to read nearly ALL her books in the span of two months:

E. Lockheart/Emily Jenkins

Picture book that made me laugh until I cried:

Here Comes the Easter Cat

Title I thought completely wasted on this middle reader (it’s much better for a YA book):

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
John Boyne

Middle reader I thought was the second in a series, but it turns out was just written that way:

The Great Greene Heist
Varian Johnson

Book that made this feminist spitting mad/dispirited:

The Bookseller of Kabul
Asne Seierstand

Best book about so much more than hiking:

Cheryl Strayed

YA title that sounded inappropriate, but was very vanilla:

Sloppy Firsts
Megan McCafferty

Rainbow Rowell book that was published this year that I loved (because RR is awesome):

Rainbow Rowell

Book that is incredibly awesome for 66% of its pages and then sucks it up for the last 33:

Say What You Will
Cammie McGovern

Best book about the Russian Revolution:
Best reminder that it’s never a good idea to have a disinterested Czar/King:

The Family Romanov
Candice Fleming

Craziest Premise:

John Corey Whaley

Second best series to get me hooked:

Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts/Second Helpings/Charmed Thirds/Fourth Comings/Perfect Fifths
Megan McCafferty

Best Memoir:

Chronology of Water
Lidia Yuknavitch

Best re-read before a movie:

If I Stay
Gayle Forman

Best historical fiction mixed with Norwegian Folk Tales:

West of the Moon
Margi Preus

Best book I couldn’t put down:

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn

Best Graphic Novel set in Canada:

This One Summer

Best essays by a woman who Tweets more than anyone I follow and has a Channing Tatum fixation similar to mine:

Bad Feminist
Roxane Gay

Forgettable title hiding a fabulous Hurricane Katrina story:

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Julie T. Lamana

Best graphic novel with a deaf main character:

El Deafo
Cece Bell

One of the few poetry-telling-story books that actually worked (and I read a lot of them):

Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson

Best book I love, that most people in the Kenton Library Book Group did not like:

American Wife
Curtis Sittenfeld

Best book about a Montana mining town:

Work Song
Ivan Doing

Best book with dragons set in Canada:
Best purposely misleading title:

The Story of Owen
E. K. Johnston

Best book of photos from the 1970s:

In the American West
Richard Avedon

Best stuck-with-a-sibling book:

Raina Talgemeier

Book that needs an editor STAT:

Egg & Spoon
Gregory Maguire

Picture book I loved, even though it got a song from Oklahoma! stuck in my head:

The Farmer and the Clown
Marla Frazee

Solid ending to the trilogy:

Isla & the Happily Ever After
Stephanie Perkins

Best book with supernatural stuff set in Maine:
Third book this year to get me to read EVERYTHING the author has written:

List McBride

Best feminist graduating from high school:
Best title:
(If I’ve already given that award, it’s best title with an apostrophe)

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
A.S. King

Book I didn’t want to read, but loved:

Girls Like Us
Gail Giles

Best first half of a book:
(I assume the rest of the story is contained in its sequel?)

William Alexander

Best 30s-style adventure story set in multiple countries:

Timothee de Fombelle

Best convenience store conversation:

100 Sideways Miles
Andrew Smith

Best book with a necromancer:

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Lish McBride

Best book set in my neck of the woods:

Lean on Pete
Willy Vlautin

Best discussable book:

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
Maya Van Wagenen

Best pizza delivery girl:

Please Ignore Viera Dietz
A.S. King

Best fictional trans character:

Gracefully Grayson
Ami Polonsky

Best book with a foster mother in it:

Kinda Like Brothers
Coe Booth

Feel free to leave your own awards in comments.

4 thoughts on “The Patricia Awards 2014: Books”

  1. There were so many that I was "Yes, Yes, Yes!" about and were going to comment on you nailing the awards, but the list got too long, both rounds. Just now that I will pull this out whenever the ennui hits, and life needs some spark!

  2. I always love the awards you give out, so enchantingly specific.

    Well, as we’ve firmly established in the past, you and I have tragically different tastes in books (and movies) and rarely agree, so you probably won’t be surprised to learn that I didn’t like Gone Girl. In fact, I disliked it so much that it made me angry. I wish I’d loved it as much as everyone else seems to. ๐Ÿ™

    The only other book on your list that I’ve read is Bookseller, but I’ve added some to my reading list. Maybe I’ll get to them in a few years, haha.

  3. Sara Here: My favorite time on the blog! I love seeing a few books that we have both read. Great and amusing to see what they won in your awards contest. We are Liars Award is perfect. It could also say Best Book in Need of a Reading Sherpa when you finish!!

  4. Yay, I love the Patricia Awards! After reading them I always plan to write the Deborah Awards but never get around to it, and this year (so far) has been no different.

    Every year there seem to be several books deserving of a Most Forgettable Title Award. I’d say candidates in 2014 include The Here And Now by Brashares and The Last Forever by Caletti.

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