#BooktubeSFF Awards 2020 | My nominations

Every year I love to follow along with the Booktube SFF Awards and read as much of the shortlist as I can. Last year I shared my nominations with you, so this year I thought I’d do the same again!

There’s just one problem: I read a lot last year – the most I’ve ever read in one year – and yet when I was looking through my books, I realised how few 2019 releases I actually read…

So quite a few of my nominations are books I’m including on this list because they’re high up on my TBR and, if they happen to make the shortlist, I’ll have another incentive to pick them up! If you’d like to find out more about the Booktube SFF Awards and nominate 2019 releases for the awards, check out their Twitter here.



Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty

Whenever she’s been eligible, I’ve always nominated Silvia Moreno-Garcia for the Booktube SFF Awards. This year, though, it’s felt like more and more people have been reading her work, which is really exciting, so I’m hopeful Gods of Jade and Shadow might make itself onto the shortlist. I read The Kingdom of Copper earlier this month and loved it, so couldn’t resist nominating it! The City of Brass was shortlisted in the Debut category when it was released, so hopefully this sequel will receive plenty of nominations, too.

Science Fiction


Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky | A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

I took part in Sci Fi Month last November and it ended up being a really strong sci-fi month for me, but I think I only read one book that was released in 2019 and haven’t read either of these nominations. I did read and enjoy Children of Time, though, so I’d like an excuse to read the sequel, and A Memory Called Empire is a novel I’ve heard so many good things about. I know imyril and Acqua both enjoyed it and their reviews have made me want to give it a try, too!



The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow | David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January, which I finished earlier this month, and I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t make the shortlist considering I’ve seen it everywhere. Harrow writes beautifully, so she definitely deserves to be there! David Mogo, Godhunter is a debut I received via NetGalley and still need to read, so I’ve nominated it to give myself that extra push to cross it off my TBR – it sounds right up my street.



The Wicked King by Holly Black | We Set the Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

YA is the category I’ve struggled with the most this time around! I felt like I read a lot of YA in 2019 but, again, a lot of it wasn’t released in 2019. I did read all three books in The Folk of the Air trilogy last year and The Wicked King was definitely my favourite. Holly Black is a very well-loved YA author, so I’ll be surprised if one of her books doesn’t make the shortlist. We Set the Dark On Fire is one I still need to cross off my TBR, so I’ve nominated it in the hope that it’ll make the shortlist and I’ll have an extra incentive to read it! Give me all the f/f SFF.

Middle Grade


Darkwood by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch | A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harrison

I adored Darkwood and I’m going to take it as a personal affront if it doesn’t make the shortlist. I feel like not enough people have heard of it, though, which is such a shame because it’s so good and so genuinely funny. I need to keep yelling about it! I have a copy of A Pinch of Magic, which has a gorgeous cover, but haven’t read it yet so, again, I’ve nominated in the hope that I’ll have another excuse to pick it up.

Short Work


To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers | Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett

I loved both of these novellas, and I’m fairly confident that To Be Taught, If Fortunate will make the shortlist considering how widely loved Chambers is. I would really like to see Miranda in Milan on the shortlist as well, though; I adored this novella, and I feel like not enough people are yelling about it.

Do you follow the Booktube SFF Awards? Which books are you nominating?

8 thoughts on “#BooktubeSFF Awards 2020 | My nominations

  1. acquadimore says:

    Gods of Jade and Shadow and (of course) A Memory Called Empire were in my nominations too. I struggled with the YA category as well – I don’t know if this was a bad year for YA SFF, if I was reading the wrong ones, or if it’s just a consequence of my fantasy slump (would still love if We Set the Dark on Fire made it to the shortlist, I really want to read it). At least there were a lot of good books in the adult category.
    And thank you for linking my review!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Hooray! I hope they both make it to the shortlist – I recently caved and treated myself to the kindle edition of A Memory Called Empire, because clearly I need to read it soon whether it’s shortlisted for the awards or not. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggled with YA! I feel like I read quite a lot of YA last year, but I guess I just wasn’t reading many 2019 releases. No problem – I’m always happy to share the blogging love! 😉

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  2. Cheryl Malandrinos says:

    I don’t follow this. Didn’t even know it existed, so thanks for sharing that. So many beautiful book covers on your list. I’ve met Holly Black at a writers conference, but don’t think I’ve read anything by her yet. Those middle grade novels sound great.

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