The semifinals votes have been tallied and the final round is live through the 24th!
Voting for: Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
Should win: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Popular appeal and well-written, with plenty of press earlier in the year to garner attention voting.
Mystery & Thriller
Voting for: None of these.
Will win: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith or Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. Both authors pull big numbers, and Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) has pulled an upset before. The Casual Vacancy didn’t have a high enough rating to garner an opening round nomination, but ended up winning the 2012 Best Fiction Award.
Voting for: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman.
Will win: The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman. Again, popular appeal and great publicity earlier in the year make this one an obvious pick in my mind…
Voting for: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.
Will win: California by Edan Lepucki. See: her personality, and also Colbert.
Voting for: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon.
Will win: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. It’s been on a lot of reading rec lists on multiple websites/blogs I follow, many of which have little in common except, it turns out, this book.
History & Biography
Voting for: Nada, since Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman is out of the running. Lots of biographies left. Guess it’s a biography year…
Will win: …but I’m going with In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Journey of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides for the win on this one. Purely a numbers game – I actually checked out how many people rated each of the finalists and the average scores for this category, because I just don’t know, guys.
Graphic Novels & Comics
Will win: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist). It is the graphic novel right now, so anything else would be a massive upset.
Reminder: The following categories were not included as my interest is limited (or nonexistent this year): Historical Fiction, Romance, Humor, Nonfiction, Memoir & Autobiography, Business Books, 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!