Hi friends! I know that this post is super late* but I realized I never discussed the Goodreads Choice Awards this year? So I figured I’d remedy that today!
*i have concluded that it is physically impossible for me to get anything done on time
I literally have nothing to say on this. I could wax and wane about how pretty the covers look but that is the extent of my knowledge.
This is on my list for a lot of reasons: (1) what the heck is a psychotherapist it sounds interesting I wanna be one and (2) I heard that this was incredibly unique and dark. I wasn’t surprised by this one winning, but the runner-up shocked me. It’s a book I’ve never heard of before called My Sister, The Serial Killer and it’s by a black author. I’m surprised I haven’t heard much buzz around that one?
Best Historical Fiction:
I swear I never stop hearing about Taylor Jenkins Reid. Last year it was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and now it’s Daisy Jones and The Six. Despite all the hype, I’ve never been very interested in reading her books. Also, I struggle with historical fiction so this category is just sort of “WHAT” to me*.
*i’m not sure if i’m making sense because even i am officially confusing myself. “what” is apparently very descriptive.
The results for this category is kind of shocking to me. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for Ninth House, so that was a bit of a surprise. Even more shocking? The Starless Sea is the runner-up. I’m currently reading it and it’s absolutely magical in every way, but it was just released in November. The Red Scrollls of Magic didn’t place as well as I was expecting, considering it’s, ya know, one of the white queens of YA Cassie Clare? This was quite the category in 2019.
I have zero things to say about this. Absolutely zero. Maybe I should try my hand at romance this year lol.
Best Science Fiction:
I, again, as an uncultured piece of trash*, have read zilch from this category. I am surprised that Blake Crouch outvoted Pierce Brown though???? Dark Age was so big when it came out, I was totally expecting the number one to go to it.
*albeit very nice trash. channeling forky vibes here.
“This King fellow shows a lot of promise. He should have a bright future.” Shoutout to whoever edited this, because I’m laughing so hard right now. Stephen King won a horror award. That’s probably the most obvious thing I’ll ever say.
(we’re just going to slide right past the next six categories because heaven knows I haven’t read a cookbook or a memoir.)
Best Graphic Novels/Comics:
to be clear, i wrote in The Tea Dragon Festival which didn’t win. I don’t have much to say considering I haven’t read this but I’m very sad TDF didn’t even get nominated, because it is truly a tour de force of graphic novels.
I know that this deals with sexual abuse and assault, and I honestly need to read it. Poetry can be so powerful in itself, but especially when it deals with serious topics.
Best Debut Novel:
I am, again, unfit to comment on this category.
Best Young Adult Fiction:
I personally voted for With The Fire On High, but Five Feet Apart has been a huge hit this year what with the movie and everything. I never hauled it but I do own it, and I’m excited to check it out!
Best Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy:
The only one I voted for that actually won!!! I absolutely adored The Wicked King with my whole heart, and I’m so happy that it won. Wayward Son is the runner-up, surprisingly beating out Queen of Air and Darkness.
Is anyone else not in the least shocked that Rick Riordan swept the middle-grade category? Cuz I’m sure not. I need to catch up on all of his books tbh!
And that’s it! Clearly, I’m a total failure this year as far as Goodreads is concerned. And I’m perfectly okay with that. Tell me: did you vote? Did your picks win?