Guess who has read approximately none of the books nominated this year??? Okay, that’s a lie. But it feels like I’ve read none! I would love to comment on multiple categories but today, I’m only going to be discussing the Fantasy category, the Young Adult Fiction category, and Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-Fi category.
the fantasy category!
Number I’ve Read: 1/20💀
Number on my TBR: 7/20
As you can see, I voted for The Atlas Six, although I hypothetically should not have. It’s definitely not the best fantasy book of the year, and I say that having not read any of the other nominees and have given it 5 stars. Parisa is holding this book back*-
*and nicolibby is saving it. they are yin and yang.
Anyways…Babel, Daughter of the Moon Goddess, Ordinary Monsters, Kaikeyi, Elektra, A River Enchanted, and Fairy Tale are on my TBR. Other books, such as The Golden Enclaves and The Lost Metal, are books that would be on my TBR except that I haven’t even begun the series yet. My Prediction For the Winner: House of Sky and Breath, with Fairy Tale in 2nd place and either Babel or Daughter of the Moon Goddess in 3rd. If Sarah J. Maas is on the ballot in a popularity contest, she’s pretty much a shoo-in, unfortunately. I think we need a new category for New Adult Fantasy!
the young adult fiction category!
Number of Nominees: 20
Number I’ve Read: 2/20
Number On My TBR: 1/20
ALL MY RAGE SHOULD WIN. It just won the National Book Award, and it truly is one of the best books I’ve ever read. If anyone ever asked me for a recommendation in the YA genre, I would point them to this book regardless of their preferences. Anyways, I clearly didn’t like Anatomy: A Love Story very much so I hope it does not win for selfish reasons.
Anyways, I’m disappointed in some of these nominees. Some are part of series, and some just feel meh. I’ve read a couple of excellent YA contemporary books this year, and I’m sad to see books like Long Story Short and When You Get The Chance aren’t nominated! The Weight of Blood is certainly on my TBR though, especially since I read Monday’s Not Coming this week and am excited to read more from Tiffany D. Jackson! Also, why does Karen McManus have two books nominated? My Prediction: either of Karen McManus’s books, or Family of Liars/The Final Gambit on TikTok name recognization alone.
the young adult fantasy category:
Number of Nominees: 20
Number I’ve Read: 6/20
Number on my TBR: 5
This was actually a very difficult category to vote for because while The Ballad of Never After is an easy pick out of what I’ve read this year, I can see Bloodmarked possibly overtaking it on my favorites list. But of course, I haven’t read Bloodmarked yet so I just ended up voting for Ballad. I do truly love Ballad though!
I’ve also read Violet Made of Thorns, Hotel Magnifique, These Twisted Bonds, and A Magic Steeped in Poison. They were all good enough, but not the best of the best. I’ve also read Belladonna but Goodreads doesn’t have it marked for some reason? Belladonna would have been my next pick!
Foul Lady Fortune, Bloodmarked, Only A Monster, The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea, Cursed, and If You Could See The Sun are all on my TBR! The others are either sequels or books I’m not really interested in right now. My Prediction For The Winner: This is hard but maybe Gallant? I’d guess Ballad or Kingdom of the Feared but they came out pretty late in the year.
Side Note: I also voted for I’m Glad My Mom Died in the Memoir category but there’s literally no reason to talk about that because it’s (a), going to win and (b), the only book in that category that I planned on reading.
So that’s it! Please share with me your thoughts, picks, and predictions for any category of the Goodreads Choice Awards!