I never usually have an issue picking my favourite things from a list–admittedly because I’m indifferent to most things1–but the Goodreads Choice Awards are almost always a challenge. This year is no exception, they’ve even added a new category designed to torment me–‘Best of the Best’. I am not equipped to make decisions that broad!
Below, for your interest2 are my choices, and the runner-up books that I wish I could also vote for. We’ll start with Fantasy, because that had the most books I want to support and end with Debut Author, because I’d only read one book in that category (and reviewed it here, if you want to know what I thought) so voting in that category was very simple. I didn’t include the categories in which I hadn’t read any books, for obvious reasons. So below are the four categories relevant to me (and presumably you, if you like my blog).
Voted for: Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews (Amazing book, I actually did intend to review this on here, but I never got around to it, let me know if you’d be interested in reading a review)
Runners-up4: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs, The Poppy War by RF Kuang, Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire5, High Voltage by Karen Marie Moning
Best of the Best
Voted for: Feed by Mira Grant
Runners-up: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning, Cold Days by Jim Butcher (I loved this book! Nicodemus is one of my favourite characters from the Dresden Files universe, and I loved him getting more time on-page).
Voted for: Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee (Amazing author, fantastic series. Seriously, I hadn’t even finished reading Ninefox Gambit when I first started recommending Yoon Ha Lee’s novels to people, I actually stopped considering myself a fan of science fiction for years; the Machineries of Empire trilogy changed my mind. Do yourself a favour and read it).
Runner-up: Vengeful by VE Schwab (I know! I can’t believe I didn’t vote for this book either! But I haven’t finished Vengeful yet, so I couldn’t in good conscious vote for it when Revenant Gun was on the list).
Voted for: The Poppy War by RF Kuang (You know how I feel about this book by now. Go read it!).
This is only the opening round,so I’ll probably stick to my usual pattern of voting for my choices for as long as I can, or voting for a runner-up if my first choice is eliminated.
Did you vote this year? Do you use Goodreads? Do you think I’m a terrible person for ignoring some of the other fantastic books on the ballot? Let me know in the comments below.
1Books being the exception, hence this blog. I didn’t realise how specific my taste in books had become until I tried to visit my local library and realised I read everything I’d bother to seek out there ten years ago, and remembered why I stopped visiting
2I assume you are interested, because you clicked on this article
3I didn’t realise so many books I liked came out within the last year. Or I guess I didn’t realise how many books I read. I should really make more of an effort to review them here
4In no particular order, because I’m not doing that to myself
5I know I said this was in no particular order, but not choosing this book was ridiculously hard, Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant is an amazing writer and Beneath the Sugar Sky was fantastic, but Iron and Magic (and Hugh’s redemption arc) were just too compelling to not vote for