Leng’s 2016 Book Awards

Alrighty, it’s that time of year again! It’s time to give Imaginary Awards to books I have read in the previous year, as my tradition. I’ve been doing this since 2011 over at my LiveJournal. But I shall continue on the tradition here.

Beware: this post has spoilers in it!

Now for this year’s candidates, here’s a neat image provided by Goodreads of all the books I’ve read this year. Since I only give out awards to fiction books, I’ve faded out the non-fiction ones.


Book List (in order of appearance in the images)

Some of these are rereads and some are DNF.

  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • A Pocketful of Murder by R.J. Anderson
  • Howls’ Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Thorn by Intisar Khanani
  • Mythspace by Paolo Chikiamco
  • A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
  • The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
  • The Lost Conspiracy (Gullstruck Island) by Frances Hardinge
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
  • Winter, Cress, Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 2, 3, 4) by Marissa Meyer
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Noragami vol. 11, 12, 13 by Adachitoka
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babit
  • One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

Spoiler Warning!! These awards contain lots and lots of spoilers. Be warned!!

Great, now here goes!

Character Awards

Best Male Protagonist

  1. Eugenides from The Thief — there’s hardly any competition
  2. Maia from The Goblin Emperor — he really was the sweetest cinammon roll
  3. Arin from The Winner’s Kiss — when he’s not moping, he’s awesome

Best Female Protagonist

  1. Hathin from The Lost Conspiracy — she’s officially my role model for protagonists
  2. Kestrel from The Winner’s Kiss — same as Arin
  3. Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle — it’s awesome how kind of oblivious she is at the same time she’s clever

Best Male Sidekick

This is a really difficult category because there’s a whole ton of great male secondary characters from TLC.

  1. Kai from The Lunar Chronicles — but alas, I have to settle for Kai
  2. Csevet Aisava from The Goblin Emperor — I still have a book crush on him
  3. Quiz from A Pocketful of Murder — he reminds me of someone…

Best Sobstory

  1. Hathin from The Lost Conspiracy — I think I just really feel a kinship with her
  2. Maia from The Goblin Emperor — abused and neglected for 18 years… that’s quite bad
  3. Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles — he prob had to endure the most out of everyone in the gang

Best Backstory

  1. Eugenides from The Thief
  2. Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle
  3. Zacharias from The Sorcerer to the Crown

No Super Power but Still Kicked Butt

  1. Hathin from The Lost Conspiracy — saved an entire race, and she’s only 12 to boot!
  2. Maia from The Goblin Emperor — when you have the entire court against you and you still win, you know you kick butt
  3. Cress from The Lunar Chronicles — she’s probably the most intelligent and resourceful character in TLC

Best Villain You Love to Hate

No comments on these. I just really hate these characters.

  1. Levana from The Lunar Chronicles
  2. Jimbolee from The Lost Conspiracy
  3. The Emperor from The Winner’s Kiss

Best Not-so-evil Villain

  1. The Woods from Uprooted
  2. The Malaccan Witch from Sorcerer to the Crown — forgot her name

Most Romantic Couple

  1. Arin and Kestrel from the Winner’s Kiss — they were swoon-worthy in this last book
  2. Julius and Marci from One Good Dragon — I love how their relationship developed from friendship
  3. Wolf and Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles — I think they were the sweetest and most well-suited out of all the other couples from TLC

Best Dynamic Duo

  1. Julius and Merci from One Good Dragon
  2. Isaveth and Quiz from A Pocketful of Murder
  3. Kestrel and Arin from The Winner’s Kiss

Best Superhero Team

  1. Cinder and co. from The Lunar Chronicles
  2. Hathin and co. from The Lost Conspiracy
  3. Maia and his staff from THe Goblin Emperor

Settings Awards

Best Real Place

  1. Wales from Howl’s Moving Castle — having an alternate world connected to your Welsh house is pretty awesome

Most Imaginative Fictional Place

  1. Ankh-Morpork from The Color of Magic
  2. Ingary from Howl’s Moving Castle
  3. Ethuveraz from The Goblin Emperor

Best Magic System

  1. The Lost from the Lost Conspiracy
  2. Baking magic from A Pocketful of Murder

Plot Awards

Best Premise

  1. (Howl’s Moving Castle) A girl gets turned into a 90-year-old woman and lives with a wizard who eats hearts
  2. (Ella Enchanted) A girl gets cursed to obey every command
  3. (The Goblin Emperor) An emperor and all his heirs die, and the next in line to the throne is his unwanted, neglected child raised in some far-off tower

Best Twist

  1. (The Thief) Gen being Eugenides, the Queen’s Thief all along
  2. (A Pocketful of Murder) Quiz being Esmond — though I guessed this one halfway through the book
  3. (The Lost Conspiracy) Arilou being a Lost all along, but ended up learning an entirely different language all her life

Best Plans

  1. (The Winner’s Kiss) Kestrel painting the Bite and Sting pieces with poison
  2. (The Lost Conspiracy) Hathin and the other rebels using Jimbolee’s rumour tricks against her

Worst Plans That Still Worked

  1. (The Thief) Eugenides pretending to be a lowly thief to steal Hamiathes’s Gift
  2. (Howl’s Moving Castle) Howl pretending he wasn’t doing anything to trick himself into doing something

Most Climatic Resolution

  1. (The Thief) Eugenides revealing he was The Queen’s Theif
  2. (Winter) Everyone’s fight against Levana, and everyone getting turned against each other, like Cress shooting off Thorne, and Thorne stabbing Cress, and… and… and everything that happened
  3. (The Lost Conspiracy) the explosion of the mountain and people looking for Hathin

Most Anti-climatic Resolution

  1. (Uprooted) Figuring out that the evil in the Wood is actually the spirit of some spurned woman. Really, I thought that the best twist that could possibly happen is the protagonist being corrupted by the wood and the entire book being a hallucination she projected on the reader. I was let down very very badly.
  2. (Ella Enchanted) Ella just repeatedly talking herself out of obeying the prince’s proposal

Best Comic Relief Scene

  1. (Howl’s Moving Castle) Howl finding Sophie in the Witch’s castle and remarking how typical it is for him to find her cleaning up
  2. (The Thief) Gen telling the Queen of Attolia that he has a sweetheart
  3. (The Goblin Emperor) Csethiro saying she would challenge Shevean to a duel

Best Emotional Scene

  1. (The Lost Conspiracy) Hathin seeing her village burn
  2. (Thorn) Thorn’s friend dying

Best Action Scene

  1. (Winter) The last battle against Levana
  2. (The Thief) Eugenides fighting against the Attolian soldiers
  3. (One Good Dragon) The final battle after Julius buys his fate

Writing Awards

Funniest Writing

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle
  2. The Thief

Most Magical Writing

  1. The Color of Magic
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle
  3. The Lost Conspiracy

Writing That Makes You Think

  1. The Lost Conspiracy — discussions about the effects of colonization
  2. The Goblin Emperor — discussion about power and kindness
  3. The Winner’s Kiss — again, like in the previous books, there are discussions about colonization, war, and equality


And that’s a wrap, everyone! I removed some awards from last year, because I don’t think I have answers for them this time around.


One thought on “Leng’s 2016 Book Awards

  1. […] Aaaand it’s that time of the year again! This is the point in the year where I look at the fiction I’ve read the previous year and give out some fake awards (according to my humble opinion of course). I’ve been doing this for several years in a row now. If you want to see previous years’ awards, I have a link here in my post last year. […]

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