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Class of 2019: Bookish Superlatives

December 27, 2019
Thandi Jackson

Our books who were born this year have grown up so fast and have already done such amazing things. They’ve made us laugh, cry, question society, be our best selves, have hope for love, the list goes on. So as the year of 2019 is coming to an end (sigh) we shall announce our superlatives. So, without further ado…

Class of 2019: Bookish Superlatives

1. Most Likely to Succeed – SLAY by Brittney Morris

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY.

If that didn’t already prove our point, this book is loaded with energy that inspires everyone who reads it with the motive to keep going, especially for what you believe in and being unapologetic for who you are. This book will definitely continue to Slay for years to come!


2. Cutest Couple – There’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

Even the cover just gives everyone heart eyes. This book was precious. As the companion novel to When Dimple Met Rishi, Rishi’s younger brother, Ashish, doesn’t think love is all it’s cracked up to be after his girlfriend dumps him. His parents assure him they can find him someone better. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash actually lets them set him up. Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them.

We are just up in a flutter, congrats to the happy couple!!

3. Most Quiet-Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She’s not really one to care too much about what people think, she knows what she is and she knows why that’s so powerful. The dark dark wood Nora understands and to some degree it seems to understand her. Despite her quiet persona, Nora crosses paths with Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

You know what they say, it’s the quiet ones who hold the most cards.


4. Teacher’s Pet; Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Elizabeth has done her homework, I mean she was raised in a library, so, there’s no question she’s intelligent and confident and we all know those are some of the best qualities to have. Even teachers can’t deny, they say they don’t have favorites buuuuuut…


5. Most Adventurous – The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

With demons and demon worshipping cults, love with secrets and lets not forget racing all over Europe. This book is nothing BUT adventure. It may start in Paris but oh boy do Magnus and Alec get their travel fix in this companion series of The Moral Instruments.

6. The One That Will Always Challenge You – The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world of the Scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? Considering the whole series made us all sit back and seriously question basically everything we know, this book definitely makes you look at the whole picture and challenges your thought.


7. Most Mysterious – Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks, and vampires. There, the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. With dark dealings and forbidden things in circulation, this market is more mysterious the the average corner store, not to mention the past is a mysterious place for Brother Zachariah (better known as Jem Carstairs) and following him will maybe help even solve some of those mysteries.


8. The Bravest – Slayer by Kiersten White

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period. I mean if you’re fighting vampires and totally rocking it, that pretty much puts you in the running for bravest. It’s not like slaying these things is easy, especially as Nina is the last Chosen One of her time to do so! No pressure.


9. Most Likely to be Famous – Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi

Considering the character, Leanna, is already famous in this book, I guess we cheated a little with this superlative! Though, this cover, the love connections, and wit throughout the pages; we knew this book would be one people wouldn’t be able to stop talking about.


10. Most Likely To Save the World – Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller

Nimue is definitely determined to save her people in this clever reimagining of the King Arthur legend. But with her fierce determination we think she could save the whole world, too if she put her mind to it.

Looking for more? Check out all the amazing books that have been featured on “Best Of” lists in 2019!

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