Read my semifinals post here.
I love the Goodreads Choice Awards. I find a lot of the literary awards distancing, somewhat pretentious in the conversations that surround them. But GCA? It’s the “give the people what they want” awards. It’s the populist vote, and I appreciate that. It says as much about the losers as it does the winners, and it offers plenty of TBR picks.
The opening round starts today and runs until the 8th, with semifinals and finals running the 10th – 15th and the 17th – 23rd respectively. Each week, I’ll post an overview of the competition.
Like last year, I’ll be leaving out several categories (like Romance, Middle Grade, Picture Books) as my interest is limited (or nonexistent this year).
Embarrassingly, I have read none of these (though several sit in various states of neglect around the house). However, Fates and Furies has gotten a ton of phenomenal press, and Kitchens of the Great Midwest is that book that keeps popping up in blog posts and social media. From a sheer popularity standpoint, I imagine The Royal We has a fighting chance.
Mystery & Thriller
This is The Girl on the Train‘s to lose, in my opinion. It’s been one of the most talked about books throughout the year, holding steady.
I loved, loved, loved Marriage of Opposites, my favorite Hoffman book by far, so it has my vote. Fans of Kate Atkinson may swing votes for A God in Ruins, and the final book in the Ibis Trilogy, Flood of Fire, is also nominated.
But really, can we talk about The Architect’s Apprentice? I’m getting shades of The Night Circus from the cover and description, so I think I need to buy this now and read it ASAP.
There are so many authors that could throw down in this category – Butcher, Sanderson, Gaiman – but I’m pulling for The Fifth Season, which I’ve dipped my toe into and love.
Full disclosure: I started both Seveneves and The Fold (audiobooks) and I really like them. The Fold is brilliant: immediately engaging, well-written, clever, and real. I think Seveneves could put up a fight, though.
Like I could vote for anything other than the latest penned by Jennifer McMahon? The Night Sister FTW!
Graphic Novels & Comics
Sensory overload. There’s Saga, Lumberjanes, Nimona, Sex Criminals, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel…seriously, this is anyone’s game, but I’m opting for the plucky Nimona!
YA Fantasy & Science Fiction
How are you voting? Drop a note in the comments!