Potato Awards 2014 + GIVEAWAY!

Potato Awards

Hear ye, hear ye! The Potato Awards of 2014 is now upon us! We started doing this last year and it was a major success, and we’ve decided to have another showdown of books this year again. I know it’s already almost a month past, but better late than never, right? And besides, there is a giveaway involved as well! Read on our entries and join the giveaway at the end to get a chance to win ONE of any books highlighted here!

Are you ready to explode your TBR?!
RISE THE CURTAINS TO GIVE WAY TO OUR FIRST CATEGORY!

(Warning: GRAPHICS HEAVY!)

Standout Cover

Our first category goes to the best cover of 2014 (or 2015?). There have been many books published this year but for us, there is always that ONE cover that stands out among the rest, and here are our picks.

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Kelly Pili Serena Zoe

Most Original Premise

This category is dedicated to the books that have dared to think outside the box. Tired of the same old clichés and tropes? Do you want to read something new? For us, these books gave the most refreshing reading experience.

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Dianne

Best Series Starter

God knows how many series we get in a year. There are duologies, trilogies, sagas, and many others that have been running for years! These books, however, were the most memorable, and we anticipate how far they will go.

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Mariesa Pili

Best Series Finale

Whoever is ready to say goodbye to their darling series? Not I, said the dog. Not I, said the cat. Not I, said the cow, and definitely not I, say I! Wait, what? In any case, we may have said goodbye to these series, but we said them with a smile, because boy! did they go out with a bang.

Aimee Rashika

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Kelly Valerie

Favorite Debut Author

There are our favorite authors, and there are our favorite debut authors. These were the ones who were given a chance to shine in 2014, and we are their minions forever and ever and ever.

Aimee Faye Rashika

sayKelly Larissa Pili

Ultimate ShipThese are the couples/relationships that made our hearts go a-flutter, that made our knees weak, that transformed our stone-cold heart into blasted fluffy clouds of love and swoon. Our ultimate ships, ladies and gents.

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Dianne Hannah

Book That Would Make an Amazing Superhero Movie

Last year, after watching Disney’s blockbuster Frozen on screen, we held a category for which book we would want Disney to make into a musical. This time, after the success of Big Hero 6, we decided to choose the books we read in 2014 that we want to see go pew pew in the big screen!

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Kelly

Love This Gal

 The young adult demographic is full of heroines. Some of them good, some of them bad, and some of them AWESOME. Here are our favorite heroines of 2014.

Aimee FayeRashikasayDianne Kelly

Go Crawl in a Hole, PleaseOne of Newton’s laws of motion states that for every action, there is a reaction. In a bookworm’s world, for every heroine you love, there is also a heroine you don’t love (for hate is such a strong word). These are the girls that made us want to bang our heads on a wall.

Aimee Faye Rashikasay

Serena

Swoons for my Sweet

 Did you know? Bookworms have book boyfriends. They can be one, or two, or three, but they are our boyfriends. Yeah, they are fictional, we know that (just don’t say it to our faces), but even then, we also have our favorite book boyfriends. Here are the ones who made us swoon the most!

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Serena Valerie

Get Away From Me!

 And just like the heroines we don’t like, we also have heroes or love interests who we don’t like (for hate is such a strong word). These are the boys who, if ever they were real, we prefer to stay the fuck away from us.

Aimee Faye Rashika

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Dre

Villain I Love to Hate

They may be villains and bad guys and boogeymans, but we love them just the same. We wouldn’t want the villain to be any other way!
AimeeFayeRashika

Are You Even a Villian

And of course, these are the villains who don’t even try to be good-evil. Does that make sense? There are complex villains, and there are the one-dimensional ones who make you wonder if they doused themselves with cheese. We don’t want any cheesy ones over here!
Aimee Faye Rashika

My Room Became an Ocean

These are the books that hurt us, punched us, gutted us, kicked us and poked us in the feels where it hurt the most. These are the books that moved us and emptied our tearducts.
Aimee Faye RashikasayJules Kelly Mariesa ZoeRollin' My Eyes

The worst thing that can happen to a bookworm is to yawn and roll her eyes while reading a book. There are so many books in the world, life is too short for the boring ones!
AimeeFayeRashikasayLarissa

Freaking Intense

Have you ever felt like you’re at the edge of the cliff and are about to fall? Have you ever felt like you’re on your toes? Have you ever felt your heart jumping, kicking, and squeezing – all at once? We have, and these books are the culprits.
Aimee Faye RashikasayLarissa

Rollin' My Eyes

The books that tickled our funny bone. They say laughter is the best medicine, and we say if you’re feeling down, these are the books to read!Aimee Faye Rashika

Best Horror

Aimee Faye RashikasayValerie

Best ContemporaryAimee Faye RashikasayDiannePiliRachelBest MysteryAimeeFayeRashikasayZoe

Best HistoricalAimee RashikasayKelly LarissaBest FantasyAimee Faye RashikasayRachelBest ParanormalAimeeFayeRashika

Best Science FictionAimee Faye RashikasayAmir DreThe Golden Potato

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2014

AimeeFayeRashikasayKellyMariesa


GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Time for the awesome giveaway to commence. You see those fantastic titles above? You get a chance to win ONE book from that pile of epicness. It can be anything as long as the book was mentioned in this “ceremony”. Are you excited? You should be! At least you have an assurance that what you’re gonna read will be full of magnificence /wink wink

RULES:

  • You must be 13 years old or above to join.
  • The Social Potato will not be responsible for any losses or damaged goods.
  • An e-mail will be sent within the first 24 hours after the winner has been announced
  • NO CHEATING!

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We would like to thank the following for their contributions:

  1. Kelly @ Diva Booknerd
  2. Pili @ In Love with Handmade
  3. Serena @ Reading over Sleeping
  4. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
  5. Dianne @ Oops I Read a Book Again
  6. Larissa @ YA Midnight Reads
  7. Amir @ Not-So-Literary Heiresses
  8. Mariesa @ 2AM
  9. Valerie @ Innocent Smiley
  10. Jules @ Jules Bookshelf
  11. Hannah @ Fully Booked Reviews
  12. Rachel @ Perfection Called Books
  13. Fari @ My Little Corner for Books
  14. Dre @ Sporadic Reads

We would also like to credit the following for their amazing background patterns!

  1. Celestial Star
  2. Hybrid Genesis
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Faye

Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    I love LOVE this! You rock girls!

    Okay so many of these I agree with and so many of these I need to freaking read still! I so want Fantasy to win though because 2014 was made of fantasy win and this coming from the girl that said she didn’t like the genre.
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  2. says

    Awesome post..and so many books and series I love. I just picked up Clean Sweep last night with a coupon on audio and cannot wait. Rites of Passage rocked as did Stone Like Ash, Bronze Gods, the Lunar trilogies and Darkest Mind. Yes..to Kate Daniels and sorry folks I loved Outlander.
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  3. says

    I would really like to own The Winner’s Curse. The book has a beautiful cover and I would like to read it. Thank you for the giveaway and of course the awards.

  4. _Sandra_ says

    Sooo many amazing books to choose from.. I would most likely pick This Shattered World, absolutely loved These Broken Stars.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  5. says

    I would have said Gates of Thread and Stone for my Golden Potato! My Rolling My Eyes winner (loser?) would have been Talon. I have not read any of these books, but I have Jackaby, The Darkest Minds, Salt and Storm, A Thousand Pieces of You, and We Are Called to Rise waiting to be read. The book that I want beyond all others? The Girl With All the Gifts! I loved the Potato Awards graphics and the creative category titles. Thanks for including a fab giveaway. :)
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  6. says

    Fabulous pics, ladies! I was just at the library trying to decide on a few of the books you mentioned… one of them being The Winner’s Curse (snagged!), and The Jewel (hesitant). There’s a lot that I do hope to snag at the library should they ever appear, but they haven’t made an appearance… yet.

    Or they’re at another branch. -_-
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  7. says

    Wow ladies this is one heck of an awesome post! I honestly don’t even know where to begin? I’m just thrilled to see so many books that you’ve listed as loving that I still need to read yet, such as Rites of Passage, Dangerous Girls and the Girl with all the Gifts! I have had all three of them for the longest time! Also Peter Kavinsky!! Honestly I need more of this guy like now! Also how cool was it that you got so many bloggers involved in this post too, it’s always cool to get an opinion from so many different readers :)
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  8. says

    I used to do something similar called The Book Awards way back in 2013 but for some reason they never caught on…Oh. I don’t know. Maybe because I completely forgot about it and had no followers to vote at the time. Odd really. In fact I think that’s how most of the things I did back in 2013 ended up like – forgotten :P

    I do love this idea though. I have to say, I probably agree with maybe Aimee the most. If I won, I’d love a copy of either To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or A Mad Wicked Folly please :)
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  9. says

    This is such a awesome post <33 Loved seeing my own recommendations among others, including you three.

    There's so many great (and some not so great) books out there to read and so little time. My TBR is a mountain as it is, but from this post I've added even more to it. In particular: Clean Sweep (I love Urban Fantasy but sadly don't read too much of it, think this is an amazing one to get me reading more of that fun genre), (Don't you) forget about me (I've never read a novel by Kate, however have only heard great things), Thorns of Sea and Sky (this one seems really well done, and the main character definitely appeals to me), Things We Know by Heart (I loved Golden by Kirby and I can't wait to be enveloped by her writing again), Touching the Sky (unique premise and emotionally poignant? Sign me up), Rose Under Fire (it's no secret I love my well done historical fiction), Lies We Tell Ourselves (I don't know why I haven't read this yet, IT'S CALLING MY NAME) and The Martian (so interested by this one) are now all officially on my watch list.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for updating my TBR to now the height of Mount Everest.
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  10. Emma A says

    I would love to win Stolen Songbird, it has come up so many times from people who read Fantasy, which is one of my favorite genres, as one of THE Fantasy books to read this year! Thank you for the opportunity to win :)

  11. Laila BC says

    I would like to win a copy for my collection Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor…coz seriously that book is one of my most fave read in 2014. It was a great ending to the series. I have only read my ebook copy.

    And i also want Dangerous Girls and Boys to win in the Freaking Intense category. I discovered this series thru you guys and it was a total mind [email protected]!!! again some of the best book i’ve read last year. Also want to mention that i also want Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop to win in the Paranormal catergory…that series rock! Thank you so much Faye for introducing this series here. I end up loving the characters and everything in it. gaaaah!

  12. Amber Terry says

    I would probably go with The Martian or The School of Good and Evil…although there are SO MANY awesome choices! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  13. Suz Reads says

    So many great books on your list make it hard to choose just 1! I would say Fearless, Winner’s Curse or All Our Yesterdays are at the top! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  14. says

    Would definitely like to win Things We Know By Heart! I read an eARC of it last year, and ERMAHGERD IT’S SO FANTASTIC.
    Faye I definitely agree with you on The Golden Potato! Words of Radiance is such a masterpiece! I just love the way Sanderson’s mind works: all of his books are just fantastically written. The world building gets me every time :’)
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  15. Michelle Lee says

    I would love to win Amour Amour by KB Ritchie! Thank you for this amazing chance! I love all the list of the books you have above! :)

  16. says

    Hi!! I am Lyka. :) Let me tell you about myself. I am a chemical engineering student and I am really fond of reading books and collecting of course. Even if I’m riding the lrt, fx or whatever I find ways just to have time for my readings to be able to catch up and have time for my studies. Honestly, mostly of the books that I have are fiction and classics. To be honest, I want to explore other genres if you would give me a chance. I would really like to have the book, “Thousand Pieces of You”. I was attracted by its cover and its title. I bet its a love story. I really wanna be into the young adult genre. If ever you’ll give me the chance, oh my god haha God bless you!! xx One thing you’ll surely not regret haha xx

  17. Jacklin Updegraft says

    I love these catagories! I would pick Red Queen or A Thousand Pieces of You! They both have amazing covers and they both sound amazing!

  18. says

    Ahhh there are so many great titles on here you girls! The ones I haven’t read on this list I’ve had on my TBR list forever. I love how some of the lesser known titles of 2014, like Stolen Songbird, on this list because fantastic books need to be shared!
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  19. says

    YAYAYAYAYAYAY POTATO AWARDS! I’m really impressed on how long you spent on all these BEAUTIFUL GRAPHICS FAYE! AWESOME JOB :D

    Also, I like how our horror category is just The Girl with All the Gifts and The Girl From the Well hahah.
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  20. says

    Loved this awards post! There are so many great books I haven’t really heard about that I am really interested in now! I really have my eye on All the Beautiful Places and would love to win that one! I have to say I am so glad that Sam McKenna from Rites of Passage is a pick for the female heroines because I love her and that book!
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  21. says

    @Faye Mary was a HORRIBLE villain. Horrible. No character or personality at all. HATED HER.

    @Rashika I loved Rites of Passage too! Under A Painted Sky has such a pretty cover :)

    @Aimee I’m glad you liked Stolen Songbird! I’ve been wanting to read that for the longest time.

    Awesome picks!!

  22. says

    LOVE this! But hate it at the same time because my TBR D: It can’t handle this! Gorgeous post though! I’m really excited because I have a copy of None of the Above :D Can’t wait to read it. Love the Grave Mercy series, and now I totally want to check out The Shining! It would be my first King book too!
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  23. says

    Wow Faye, these turned out incredibly! Awesome work. All of the chosen books are all winners really, if they move you, make you feel then they really do demand to be read. Considering we’ve all go different tastes in YA, I think all of these are traditionally published books (I think) and most being pretty popular and well loved. A few I haven’t heard of before, so naturally I need to check them out. Nice work ladies and thanks for sharing <3
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  24. says

    I would like to win To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before I haven’t read it yet, sadly. I’ve only heard great things about it and wait nothing more then to read it. I do think Zodiac by Romina Russell should be somewhere up there but there are so, so many amazing books already there!
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  25. says

    WOW there is so much awesome here I just don’t know where to begin. I really enjoyed the Potato Awards and will be walking away with so many new recommendations to read! I just love all the love for my favourite books, including Dangerous Girls, Written in Red, These Broken Stars/This Shattered World and The Winner’s Curse. I totally agree with Aimee (I think we have the same trigger points when it comes to books) when it comes to the girl in How to Love being totally annoying! Just couldn’t stand her.

    A great installment guys and I look forward to picking up some of your recommendations! Especially Brandon Sanderson :D and Ilona Andrews (I can’t believe I haven’t read her books yet)
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  26. says

    What a fun idea! I do sometimes a top ten in a certain category at the end of the year, this year I did debut authors and best books I read. I realy like how you came up with these original categories.

    Choosing one book from this list is hard, but if I won I think I would choose Murder of Crows. I own the first book in that series and I keep hearing good things about it, so I would love to have the second book as well as I hope I am goign to enjoy this series. Or the Immortal Crown, also here I own the first book in the series and even though I really want to read it, I can’t seem to get around to reading it.
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  27. Daria says

    I will go with Since You`ve Been Gone or Heir of Fire. I am hoping that Brandon Sanderson`s books will be soon translated in my country. I loved reading these post! :)

  28. Shamara says

    There are so many wonderful and gorgeous books in this post. My TBR has just increased by a lot since there were many which I hadn’t heard of before. My pick would be Snow Like Ashes

  29. Susan T. says

    I am Dying for Red Queen! I just finished Dangerous Girls and it was pretty awesome. I’ve started All the Bright Places and I have my tissues handy!

  30. sarah k says

    I would maybe choose either The Forever Song, Snow Like Ashes or These Broken Stars….There are so many books listed that I would love to read:)

  31. Zaira F says

    I love posts like this! So many good books and a few that I haven’t even heard of before! Also loved seeing all those beautiful covers <3 and Coballoway!!!!!!!! YES x100000. They're also my ultimate ship; the otp of all otps. Haha!

    I really want to read Faking Normal and Searching for Sky!

  32. Roxana Z. says

    This awards post is amazing, full of great books!
    I would choose Ignite Me, This Shattered World or Plus One. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  33. Carol says

    Great post! I’m happy to see that we share the same opinions! ;) I’d choose Plus One, since it’s one of the few books mentioned that I haven’t read! Thank you for the giveaway ;)

  34. Pankhuri says

    *drools* *carefully stops to avoid damaging books*

    I mean…I…so many beautiful books *gazes longingly at the books*

  35. Femke V says

    I am so excited for The girl with all the gifts. Everyone really liked it and I am not sure how the story goes, but I hope that it is as good as my favourite trilogy Chaos Walking!

  36. says

    I’ve been dying to read Snow Like Ashes and Ugly Love! Hopefully I’ll win so I can mark one of these off my tbr list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  37. says

    Having read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, I have to say I have a thing for teenage assassins. That’s why I want to read Grave Mercy so much. The synopsis sounds so good, and almost all of the Goodreads reviews say it’s incredible, so, yeah. And I’m also glad they put Heir of Fire in it. It’s definitely a book worth reading.

  38. Leah says

    i’m always up for horror/ creepy stories, so i’d be psyched to win ‘the girl with all the gifts’! i’ve also read a lot of good reviews about it, so what’s not to look forward to, right?
    oh and thanks for the giveaway! there’s so many to choose from that i had a hard time picking! you stay awesome.

  39. Lotus says

    I absolutely love the Seanan McGuire series represented by Winter Long here! The best series I started in 2014 was Refuge/Relentless by Karen Lynch, which probably technically started the year before, but it’s when you read it, right?!

  40. Lu San Segundo says

    Hi! Well, I fisrst want to say thank you, because I really enjoyed this post. I’m not really sure which of the awesome books featured I would like to win, because most of them look great and reading your opinions makes them seem even better. I think I’d go for “Cinder” which I’ve been waiting to read for a long time already. Or maybe, “A little something different” which seems to be a really enjoyable read. Again, thanks for sharing your opinion and thank you for the giveaway :)

  41. says

    Jenny Han’s ‘To All The Boys That I’ve Loved’ should definitely be on the list! A very nice kind of romance that leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Thank you for this giveaway! :)

  42. Yun-a says

    There are so many great books on this list! Who is the author Rashika mentions for Favorite Debut Author? All the books look too good, I can’t decide.

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