Goodreads is probably the website I use most, and every year I love taking part in the Goodreads Choice Awards because I love having opinions about things.
But I can’t deny that every year I’m disappointed by the opening round of nominations, because there are often books I love that aren’t there. This year quite a few books I enjoyed, or books that are on my TBR, made the opening round of nominations which has been a pleasant surprise – particularly seeing Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow in the Fantasy category, which definitely has my vote this year! – but there are others books that aren’t there that I felt should be.
And that’s when I remembered… I can still nominate them! Somehow every year I end up forgetting that it’s possible to do write-in nominations in the opening round. I’ve ended up doing just that for a few of the categories this year, so I thought I’d share them with you!
Best Mystery & Thriller
After the Eclipse by Fran Dorricott
I really enjoyed this debut novel, and it was so refreshing to read a thriller with an openly queer woman at its centre and a second chance f/f romance that you can really root for.
Best Historical Fiction
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
I haven’t actually read this one yet, but after seeing Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies discussing the uncanny similarity between this novel and Jojo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars, which has made the opening round, I figured it was only fair to nominate this one, too. Check out Lisa’s review!
The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
I haven’t actually finished this one yet – I ended up putting it down because I wasn’t quite in the mood for it – but I did like what I read, and I wanted to see some f/f romance on the list.
Best Graphic Novels & Comics
Sleepless, Vol.2 by Sarah Vaughn and Leila del Duca
I haven’t read many graphic novels this year at all, but I enjoyed this duology and I think it’s a shame I haven’t seen more people talking about it. The art’s gorgeous!
Best Middle Grade & Children’s
Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch
I loooved this novel so very much and I desperately want to see more people reading and raving about this book. It’s such a fun MG novel, so well written and so genuinely funny!