The Goodreads Choice Awards. Every year the competition is fierce in all the categories. We took a look this year and these are our thoughts…
Tanya – We’re already in the final round, and gasp! I’ve actually read some of the books nominated.
In the Best Fiction Category I had a choice between Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty and The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney – but it was really no contest between the 2 – I voted for The Nest. The character portrayals in this book was so good that I still vividly remember them all months after reading!
For Best Mystery & Thriller – I hope End of Watch by Stephen King wins. It’s going to be tough though because it’s book 3 in the Bill Hodges Trilogy – and you really need to read the 1st 2 books to fully appreciate this awesome ending to the series.
The Horror category also features a battle with 2 of the books I read this year, The Fireman, Joe Hill and another series finale, The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3), Justin Cronin. Again – no contest in my mind though and I picked The City of Mirrors. I also plan on reading Fellside, M.R. Carey. Thee author write The Girl With All the Gifts which is sure to be one of my favorite reads of this year!
The final category in which I cast my vote was Best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy – for A Torch Against the Night, Sabaa Tahir (book 2 in An Ember in the Ashes series). This book is such an amazing continuation of the series – the first book was also brilliant!
Other nominated books I want to read come from the Science Fiction section – Dark Matter, Blake Crouch – I’ve heard so many good things – and Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters – mainly because I love that the cover (of a genre novel) features a person of color … unfortunately, you don’t see too many of those.
Kim –I read and really enjoyed all seven of the following nominated books:
- All The Missing Girls, Megan Miranda – Best Mystery & Thriller
- The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware – Best Mystery & Thriller
- A Gathering of Shadows, Victoria Schwab – Best Fantasy
- Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel – Best Science Fiction
- The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater – Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
My favorite off that list was, for sure, The Raven King. All the feels for that series. Even though I’d read All The Missing Girls and The Woman in Cabin 10, I didn’t vote for either of them. I voted for The Trespasser, Tana French even though I haven’t read it yet. Her books have all been five star books for me and the other two were just four star books.
2 Books I have decided to read after seeing them on the nominated list:
Ink and Bone, Lisa Unger
I vaguely remember seeing this book pop up on my radar but didn’t actually read the premise until I saw it on the GRCA list. (Why are there so many books named Ink and Bone?) I typically leave the horror to Tanya but I’ve gotten a lot more interested in it in the last year.
Twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery is rarely alone. Visited by people whom others can’t see and haunted by prophetic dreams, she has never been able to control or understand the things that happen to her.
The Last One, Alexandra Oliva
Of course I couldn’t resist adding a new-to-me science fiction book to my list either. Excited to read this one.
It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens.
What are some of your choices in the Goodreads Awards? Have you read any of the books we mentioned above?