Saturday 2 January 2016

Academy Award Book Tag

I have a Top Ten Books of 2015 list here and Ann has a Top 5 list here but we thought it would be fun to do this tag as it also includes categories where a book may deserve a mention but didn't make it on to our top lists. We've tried to avoid choosing the same book more than once each.

Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)

Girl OnlineThe Heartless CitySix of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)
Ann: Noah from Girl Online. I like Noah but there was a moment in Girl Online On Tour where I thought that he was being such a terrible person. However I changed my mind about him by the end of the book.
Clare: Elliot from The Heartless City/Kaz from Six of Crows. I had to cheat and choose two for this one because they are just such very different characters. I mentioned in my review of The Heartless City how much I loved Elliot - he is a sweet, wonderful character and I just wish I could be friends with him in real life. On the other hand Kaz was so complex and interesting (and he kind of reminded me of my brother) so I had to include them both!

Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Crimson Bound
Ann: Celaena from Throne of Glass. I love Celaena so much she is so amazing,I also feel like I can relate to her a bit.
Clare: Rachelle from Crimson Bound. This was a hard category because there are so, so many amazing female protagonists (and I could easily have gone back to Six of Crows) but I really loved Rachelle's strength and vulnerability and her ability to make hard decisions. She wasn't perfect and I appreciated that.

Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)The Uninvited
Ann: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This has to be one of the best books I read this year I loved it so so much.
Clare: The Uninvited by Cat Winters. I never saw this plot twist coming. I loved this book as a whole and all her other books as well.

Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Illustrated version  (Harry Potter, #1)Username: Evie
Ann: Username Evie by Joe Sugg. I really like the cover of Username: Evie it is so well designed and detailed. Overall it is a really nice and I love it.
Clare: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling. There were a lot of beautiful covers this year but I am in love with my illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the cover just makes me so happy.

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)

Girl OnlineCity of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
The Rest of Us Just Live HereTruly, Madly, Famously
Ann: Elliot from Girl Online/Isabelle from CoHF. I love both of these characters for different reasons so couldn't really decide which one to go for, so I went for them both.
Clare: Jared from The Rest of Us Just Live Here/Alexis from Truly, Madly Famously. Jared was such a huge part of why I loved The Rest of Us Just Live Here and as for Alexis - I desperately want her to have her own spin off series!

Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)

The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co., #3)I Am Her Revenge
Ann: Hollow Boy by Jonathon Stroud. I feel like the plot of The Hollow Boy is unique and also I really like the whole series and all the characters who are so different.
Clare: I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore. This was such an interesting and compelling read. I wasn't sure about it at first but by the end I was gripped. It also has potentially the best (or worst) villain of my reading year.

Best Adapted Screenplay:(Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)

Paper TownsMockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Paper Towns. Me and Clare got to watch Paper Towns 2 weeks early cause I have the best sister. I really enjoyed the film but Clare's pick is also a good one.
Clare: Mockingjay Part 2. This was just a great ending to the series. Although I am now incredibly sad that we have no more films to look forward to!

Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)

The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co., #3)Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves
Ann: The Hollow Boy by Jonathon Stroud. I feel like this book would make a very good animation. I don't know why I just feel it would be a good animation.
Clare: Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves by Jesse Baruffi. I struggled with this category at first but then I remembered this brilliantly weird book. It would make a perfect animation!

Best Director:(A writer you discovered for the first time)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)More Than This
Ann: Sarah J. Maas. One of my friends at school and Clare both really liked the Throne of Glass series so I thought I would read them and I really enjoyed the first book.
Clare: Patrick Ness. I've held off on reading Patrick Ness for a long, long time and I can't for the life of me remember why. I loved all of his books that I read in 2015 and I am definitely planning on reading more!

Best Visual Effects:(Best Action in a Book)

Timebound (The Chronos Files, #1)Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Ann: Timebound by Rysa Walker. Although I didn't really enjoy this book. I really liked the action in it and it was done well.
Clare: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I wasn't sure how exciting a book told in document form would be but I needn't have worried. There was never a dull moment in this and I loved the format.

Best Musical Score: (Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation)

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Paper Towns
Ann: Mockingjay. Like Clare said these two films are the only Book- to -move- adaptations that we have seen so, they are the only ones that we could pick.
Clare: Paper Towns. Pretty sure these are the only two book-to-movie adaptations we've seen this year. 

Best Short Film:(Best Novella or Short Book)

The Bane ChroniclesSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Ann: The Bane Chronicles. I loved The Bane Chronicles so much, all the stories in it were so well thought out.
Clare: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Outside of The Bane Chronicles I can't really remember any novellas I read this year so instead I have gone for the somewhat short Simon. I loved this book. It was so cute and left me feeling so happy.

Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)

The Catastrophic History of You and MeCarry On
Ann: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenburg. I read this at the beginning of the year and I really enjoyed it.
Clare: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This book. I just love this book. I could honestly re-read it multiple times and never get bored. 

Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction - we did both!)

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)Selp-Helf
The Haunting of Maddy ClareHow to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack
Ann: Anne of Green Gables and Selp Helf. Both of theses I loved so much, especially Anne of Green Gables which was so well written and done amazingly.
Clare: Historical: The Haunting of Maddy Clare. I have loved all her books this year and I can't wait for more in 2016. This is such a great, atmospheric read!
Fact: How to Survive a Sharknado. Shh, it totally is fact. Or at least written as fact. And I adore this book. I got it for Christmas and I have been slowly working my way through and loving every second.


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