Top of the Stacks — End of Year Awards (YA & MG Books)

Posted January 10, 2022 by stuckint in Top of the Stacks / 0 Comments

Two years ago, Emily and I started the tradition of award giving here on Stuck in the Stacks that we affectionately called Top of the Stacks! While a lot of things have changed in the last two years, we are excited to continue the tradition of award giving here on Stuck in the Stacks.

Emily read a lot of middle grade and almost no YA and Haley did the opposite, reading predominantly YA and virtually no Middle Grade.

As a reminder, these awards go to the books that were our favorites in any given genre. We are also not limiting my list to 2021 releases either. If I read it this year, it is in the running for a Top of the Stacks Award.

So, without further ado, on with the show!

Favorite Audiobook

Haley’s YA Pick: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price

Haley’s MG Pick: Alone by Megan E. Freeman

Emily’s MG Pick: Tuesdays At the Castle by Jessica Day George

Honorable Mentions:

Favorite Contemporary

Haley’s YA Pick: Roxy by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Emily’s MG Pick: Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Honorable Mentions: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson

Favorite Debut

Haley’s YA Pick: What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo

Emily’s YA Pick: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Honorable Mentions: Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowwrs

Favorite Fantasy

Haley’s YA Pick: Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria

Emily’s YA Pick: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Honorable Mentions: It Ends With Fire by Andrew Shvarts

Favorite Horror

Haley’s YA Pick: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldovsky

Emily’s MG Pick: The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Honorable Mentions: The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino

Favorite LGBTAIA+

Haley’s YA Pick: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Emily’s MG Pick: The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill

Honorable Mentions: The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Favorite OwnVoices Novel

Haley’s YA Pick: White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Emily’s MG Pick: Inside Out And Back Again by Thannha Lai

Honorable Mentions: Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos

Favorite Retelling

Haley’s YA Pick: Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl

Emily’s MG Pick: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Christ Colfer

Honorable Mentions: Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin; Small Favors by Erin A. Craig

Favorite Romance

Haley’s YA Pick: You Have A Match by Emma Lord

Honorable Mentions: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Favorite Science Fiction

Haley’s MG Pick: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Honorable Mentions: Hatch by Kenneth Oppel

Favorite Series

Haley’s YA Pick: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Emily’s MG Pick: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes

Honorable Mentions: Dark Waters by Katherine Arden

Favorite Thriller

Haley’s YA Pick: Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Meyers Sain

Emily’s MG Pick: The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn

Honorable Mentions: The Ivies by Alexa Donne; The Project by Courtney Summers

What About You?

Do you have any favorites that we missed? Have you read any of our favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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