As some of you may know, tomorrow, 3rd December, marks the announcement of the winners for the Goodreads Choice Awards. This is a set of annual book awards which us, Goodreads users/the common people, can decide which book should be reigning champion for the next year. There’s categories for all the main genres: fantasy, thriller, crime, young adult, romance, young adult fantasy and the like. There is also an additional category which they have, named Best of the Best, where they take popular books that year which were previous winners of their own categories and bundle them all together.
Now that I’ve introduced the Choice awards, let me tell you which books I’ve voted for.
Best of the Best: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
ACOMAF continues the adventures of Feyre, Tamlin, Rhys and co and is the second book in the series. The other books in this category which I’ve read before were Catching Fire and A Court Of Thorns And Roses, with other notable mentions being The Hate You Give, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane and The Help.
I chose ACOMAF over ACOTAR due to what I think was a better plot and over Catching Fire again because I think it’s better written, but the fact that I read Maas’s novel more recently may be a contributing factor.
Whilst I voted for ACOMAF, I don’t think that it is likely to be the best out of the available choices, in terms of plot or style, due to THUG and Neil Gaiman’s work also included. However, I do think it has a good chance of winning, purely because it is a very popular YA fantasy series.
Young Adult Fiction: Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
What struck me when looking at the options for this category was how they were all so romance focused. I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised, as YA fantasy is a whole separate category, most likely to account for this, but it was still unexpected.
I read Leah On The Offbeat quite around a month ago and it was actually the only book listed that I had read. Other ones I recognised were I Was Born For This, The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats And Piracy and What If It’s Us. I was pleasantly surprised to see Becky’s name twice, which I do think is well deserved, and I think she has a good chance of getting her name on the winner’s spot.
Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
I was super excited to see Thunderhead on the list because it’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read on it (so much so that I wrote a blog post on one of its major themes). The only other book listed that I’ve read is A Court Of Frost And Starlight, however there are many novels competing for a title that many of them deserve, such as: Reaper At The Gates, Children Of Blood And Bone, The Cruel Prince, Legendary and Skyward, which is a recent novel of Brandon Sanderson aimed at a YA audience.
I think for YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi Children Of Blood and Bone has a really good shot of taking the crown, as I’m more than aware of how much love people have for it based on reviews and many people blogging and talking about it in real life, but I am rooting for Thunderhead nonetheless.
So, those are the three categories I was able to vote in this year, as they were the only ones I’d read in the available options. And tell me who you’ve voted for in the comments below, and if you didn’t manage to or forgot, who are you hoping for.