Last year, I wrote a short post reflecting on why, if the Goodreads Choice Awards are the most reader-influenced book awards there are, I hadn’t read any of the books. I thought it was interesting to compare my reading against this, particularly as a new book blogger. The majority of the books that win GCAs are chosen for their popularity and reach, i.e. you would choose a book to win if you had read it, right? And you would have read it if you had been recommended it, etc.
That’s not to say they aren’t good – I doubt any book can win if it isn’t good! – but rather that it makes a difference when literally any book can win. This is, however, overwhelmingly a positive, in my opinion. It’s also a big difference when the reader can vote on what wins (not that I ever remember to!). AND it provides me with a good barometer of how I’m keeping up in the blogging world!
Considering last year I read zero of the winners, this year I’m already beating my target 😂
Anyway, here are this year’s winners that I actually read.
Winner for Best Fiction: Beautiful World, Where Are You
I’m going to post a review on this book soon but, I’m not surprised it won, considering how enjoyable people find Sally Rooney’s writing.
Winner for Graphic Novel & Comic: Lore Olympus – Rachel Smythe
I keep counting this as a book I’ve read when I’ve never actually picked up the book. Nvm. I am surprised it beat out other books on the list such as V. E. Schwab’s graphic-novel exclusive addition to the Villains verse or another Avatar volume!
Winner for History & Biography: Empire of Pain – Patrick Radden Keefe
I’m guessing this is quite a US-centric voting demographic; however, I do think this book is very universally important to read. I mean, I’m only halfway through atm, but it’s both eye-opening and horrific. Again, unsurprised it won.
A grand total of 3/16…
I read a lot more books this year that were actually published this year, rather than eternally playing catch-up with my reading list, and I did enjoy it. Maybe next year I’ll actually vote in these things.
Did you read many books from this year’s winner’s list? Which ones?