Welcome to day 9 of Blogmas!!
The Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 results came in and I wanted to talk about the results, who I voted for and what I think of the winners in the following categories: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Fiction, Debut Novel and Young Adult Fantasy.
I’m really happy about the number of diverse reads that were nominated and won this year; I think 2020 was really a turning point (at least I hope so) for the publishing industry and I hope this trend will continue in 2021 and in the following years.
I voted for:
I’m am absolutely thrilled that this book won. I don’t read a lot of Historical Fiction but this just blew me away. This book is incredibly well-written with a unique plot and it deserves all the praise it gets. You can see my review for the book here.
I voted for
This is kind of funny because I did not read this book, yet I still voted for this because I knew that it wouldn’t disappoint and I’m conforted in my opinion by the fact that it won. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue (see my review here!) was an amazing book too so I’m glad that it was also nominated in this category.
I voted for
I was torn between so many books in this category – from Beach Read (which came in second place with 60k votes against 70k votes) as well as Take A Hint, Dani Brown and Party of Two! Several other books that are nominated are also high on my TBR which is the case for From Blood and Ash which I haven’t shut up about in my later posts. I still would have liked Beach Read to win because to me it was so much more than a romance. The story dealt with so many other topics than just a typical love story and it’s now one of my favourite books ever. However, that does not mean that From Blood and Ash is underserving and since it won, I’m really excited to read this! (see my review for Beach Read here).
I voted For
Once again, I haven’t read either of these books so I really can’t say which one I like better but I was so happy that such a diverse, inclusive book as Cemetery Boys was nominated that I voted for this one.
Young Adult Fiction
I voted for
This was one of my favourite reads of 2020 and I couldn’t be happier that this book won!! It was such a beautiful tale about grief, sisterhood and love and I couldn’t recommend it enough! You can find my review for this wonderful book here. I also love the fact that so many of the nominees featured BIPOC characters as well as LGBTQ+ characters! This warms my poor little heart. I honestly think all of the nominees equally deserved to win.
Young Adult Fantasy and Science-Fiction
I voted for
Okay hear me out: The Folk of the Air trilogy is one of my favourite series ever. I even broke my book buying ban for the new Cardan novella. But I think it’s a little unfair that this book won because it was published in 2019. And there are so many and I mean so many amazing books that were published this year that are predicted 5 stars reads for me (hello Legendborn, Cemetery Boys, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, and These Violent Delights) and i wanted one of them to win. I’m really excited to read these books this month or in 2021. However, I’m still very happy that Holly Black won this because The Queen of Nothing is an amazing book and it was such a beautiful ending to the series and I miss the characters so so much. (see my review here).
What did you think about the winners? Are you satisfied or disappointed by the results?