The final round is open today until the 23rd. Make sure you vote to have your voice heard! The competition remains pretty stiff in several categories.
Also, I know it’s not a countdown per se, but I have Europe’s The Final Countdown stuck in my head. Which means you probably have it stuck in your head, too. Here, have a montage for your troubles:
Reminder: I’ll be leaving out several categories (like Romance, Middle Grade, Picture Books) as my interest is limited (or nonexistent this year).
Should Win: Fates and Furies
I honestly can’t tell with this one. I’ve been pulling for Fates and Furies since the opening round, but that doesn’t mean much. The books featured include major winner potential, so I could see this one going to a more popular book that’s been out a while. I’m not sure if Go Set a Watchman will get the nostalgia vote, despite most of the book community’s critical reviews of, well, the entire lead-up to the book hitting shelves.
Mystery & Thriller
Should Win: The Girl on the Train
Will Win: The Girl on the Train
It will be a huge upset if this doesn’t win. Everyone loves this book. It came out months ago and continues to do well.
Related posts: Read Goodreads’ own blog post about the “runaway success” of the book here
Should Win: Marriage of Opposites
Will Win: A God in Ruins
I’m pulling for Marriage of Opposites to surprise, but I feel like Atkinson has this one over Hoffman. I haven’t read her books, but they delight readers and tend to do very well numbers-wise.
Related posts: Read my Marriage of Opposites review here
Should Win: The Fifth Season
There’s always one category where I want to throw my hands in the air because I have no idea where voters’ sentiments lie. I’m not sure if The Fifth Season has enough backing to win. Typically bigger names (like Gaiman) are more likely to get publicized and read by a wider variety of people. I’ve seen a lot of good press for A Darker Shade of Magic – I didn’t love it, but plenty of others did, so perhaps it’ll pull out a win.
Related posts: Read about why I chose to bring The Fifth Season with me on an impromptu trip here
Should Win: Aftermath
Will Win: Seveneves
…oh, and there’s also a category where there are honestly so many good nominees I can’t figure out which book gets my final vote! I’ve been pulling for The Fold, but I also really enjoyed Armada, to the point where I’m thinking that even though I read it months ago, I have fonder memories of it than my more recent listen.
There’s a lot of great nominees, but I think Seveneves may have the numbers here. Just a guess based on the Goodreads ratings, which I only look at when I’m really stumped. Well done, Sci Fi. And even though I’m voting for Armada, I’m rooting for Wendig, because he’s just a phenomenal person and writer and I wish only good things for someone who has personally inspired.
Should Win: The Night Sister
Will Win: The Night Sister
Only because I recognize none of the other finalists (authors yes, those particular releases, no), and I’m a huge McMahon fan.
Should Win: Between the World and Me
Will Win: Between the World and Me
So many people have read this book and appreciated how it tackled heavy themes and difficult experiences (“loved” seems an odd choice for the subject matter). Coates earned this victory with a haunting look at racial politics and social values.
Related posts: Read my take on the value of discomfort in reading here
Graphic Novels & Comics
Should Win: Nimona
Will Win: Ms. Marvel
I could be completely wrong here. I read Nimona as a web comic and it stays with you in a way only great characters can. Everyone in the series is solid, fleshed out, and necessary. And the deconstruction of tropes, especially what it means to be a hero or a villain, is absolutely brilliant. As much as I (and others) love Ms. Marvel, I’m not sure it’s quite there. Hilarious, brilliant, and Kamala Khan is hands down one of Marvel’s best characters, but it doesn’t hit Nimona levels quite yet. Unpopular opinion time, I know.
Related posts: Read my original post about Nimona here
YA Fantasy & Science Fiction
Should Win: Uprooted
Will Win: Carry On
Rainbow Rowell knows her stuff, and she’s a wonderful author who spans YA and adult genres well. I think she’s got this in the bag, but maybe I’m out of touch with the kids these days.
Related posts: Read my Women in Fiction series post about the Uprooted protagonist here
How are you voting? Drop a note in the comments!