The Goodreads Choice Awards are something I look forward to every single year.
This year is the 11th annual Goodreads Choice Awards.
The winners are decided by voting open to all members of Goodreads. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards chosen by readers. The voting happens in 20 different categories in November and the winners are announced in December.
Goodreads analyzes statistics from the hundreds of millions of books added, rated, and reviewed on the site to select 15 worthy nominees in their 20 categories. Write-in votes are also accepted during the Opening Round so readers can vote for exactly the book they want. In this way, receiving a Goodreads Choice nomination is truly an honor that comes straight from the readers. Many times, I wind up choosing the winners, but a lot of times I wind up learning about new-to-me books I hadn’t heard of. I try to read ones that sound interesting to me and vote in each category…but I am only sharing the choices I made in categories where I *actually* read a book or more. The others were based purely on their descriptions and if I thought I would probably like them. It is how I vote each year. Everyone has their own way of making their selections and there is no right or wrong.
If you want to see all of the choices for the categories, and vote(!), I suggest checking out the choices for yourself here.
Opening Round: Nov. 5 – 10
Semifinal Round: Nov. 12 – 17
Final Round: Nov. 19 -Dec. 2
Winners Announced: Dec. 10
The following are the opening round choice picks I chose to vote for.
I realized I haven’t really read many new releases this year; but the ones I have read tended to be up against each other in the same categories. I definitely have a (genre) type. 😉
You do NOT have to have read all of the choices if you don’t want to! You can vote for the one you think sounds the most interesting or whatever you would like to vote for. Sometimes the choices are very tough in that there are multiple 4 or 5 star choices I have read in a single category and so I go with the one that I feel most deserves my vote…but it is all up to YOU the reader to choose what book/author YOU want to win.
Let’s see how many of my choices make it through and see if any of my picks wind up the winners for this year.
Mystery & Thriller:
Easy pick for me as this was a 5 star read for me and I *highly* recommend the audiobook:
This one was another easy choice and one of my first reads of the year. I have also heard that the audiobook for this one is also excellent even though I only have read the print copy:
Graphic Novels & Comics:
Gah! This one was a very tough choice for me because I also adored “Book Love” by Debbie Tung. Going by star ratings did not help because I rated both of my two top picks at 5 stars. Ultimately though, I had to go with my gut and chose:
“The Mermaids Voice Returns In This One” by Amanda Lovelace was so close here at a 4 star rating. Especially a difficult choice because her next work ” “Break Your Glass Slippers” due out next year is one of my most anticipated reads for 2020…but I had to go with my five star rating instead because I enjoyed it more and felt it most deserved my vote:
What can I say? This book was so good, I *had* to vote for it again when I saw it was nominated for this category!
Young Adult Fiction:
This was THE TOUGHEST choice for me out of them all because the “Truly Devious” series by Maureen Johnson is one of my favorites I have ever read. Yet again too, the next book due out in 2020, “The Hand On The Wall” is one of my most anticipated books of next year. Both my top two were tied again at 5 stars each, but I just couldn’t not vote for:
Young Adult Fantasy:
Although I tried to get into “Finale” by Stephanie Garber a few times and still plan on reading it, this one was the easiest choice for me of them all. Hands down, no contest to me even though this title in the series specifically was the weakest one at a 2 star rating, I can’t not vote for any book in the “Shatter Me” series and so: