Goodreads Choice Awards 2014: The Semifinals

Missed my opening round recap? Check it out here!

The opening round votes have been tallied and the semifinal round is live through the 17th!

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Fiction

Immediate reaction: Was The Enchanted in there last time? I forgot I read it!

Voting for: Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

Mystery & Thriller

Immediate reaction: All of the ones I should have read are still there! That would be Natchez Burning by Greg IlesThe Secret Place by Tana French, and Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, for those keeping track.

Voting for: None of these. Maybe while I’m traveling, I’ll knock out the Tana French book and it will make it to the final round.

Historical Fiction

Immediate reaction: I should have read more of these. And by “more” I mean “some.”

Voting for: None, and I don’t plan on shooting for a quick read. This category will officially drop for the finals round.

Fantasy

Immediate reaction: When I say “I don’t read a lot of fantasy,” I am lying. I read (or plan to read) a lot of fantasy. It calls to me.

Voting for: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. I expect to see this one fighting tooth and nail in the final round.

Science Fiction

Immediate reaction: Oh, snap. The first category where I noticed (I think?) a write-in addition – California by Edan Lepucki. Was that in there last week? I honestly don’t remember it.

Voting for: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. One of the most creative, tense books I’ve read in years. It better make it to the finals!

Horror

Immediate reaction: The Three was nominated! Way to go!

Voting for: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Still. It’s a great year for horror, but I still think about this book.

History & Biography

Immediate reaction: Did this entire ballot change? I don’t remember half of these.

Voting for: Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman. The cultural and colonialism themes are done well.

Business Books

Immediate reaction: I should have read more of these. And by “more” I mean “some.”

Voting for: None, and I don’t plan on shooting for a quick read. This category will officially drop for the finals round.

Graphic Novels & Comics

Immediate reaction: Having started reading more of the Panels posts…I recognize more titles!

Voting for: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist). Considering a power-read the first three volumes in almost as many days, you could say I’m a fan.

Reminder: The following categories were not included as my interest is limited (or nonexistent this year): Romance, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, Food & Cookbooks, Poetry, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children’s, Picture Books.

How are you voting? Drop a note in the comments!

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