Have I read the Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy shortlist?

Many of us have many different feelings about the Goodreads Choice Awards. I think it’s interesting that they’re called the Goodreads Choice Awards at all when readers can’t actually choose which books get longlisted, and this year they’ve removed the write-in round, too. I can understand this decision, though, as the write-ins never earned enough votes to then make it into the shortlist.

I enjoy the Awards; I’m always interested in which books will be nominated and I like being able to have my say and vote for my favourite, but I do find it annoying that we’re allowed to vote for books that we haven’t actually read as it does tend to lead to well-known authors winning various categories because people who haven’t read from that category think, ‘Well I’ve heard of Stephen King, so he must be good’. I was pleasantly surprised by the Fantasy longlist this year, though; by how many authors of colour were nominated, and also by the fact that Empire of the Vampire didn’t make the list because the more I learn about Jay Kristoff, the more I dislike him. Not to mention he had a very unprofessional snit on Instagram about his book not making the longlist.

It was then very sad to come to the shortlist only to find that so many of the authors of colour hadn’t received enough votes, despite the fact that I’ve seen so much praise for The Jasmine Throne and The Unbroken this year.

Before the winners are announced, I thought I’d take a look at the Fantasy shortlist to see how many I’ve read and, of the ones I haven’t read, how many I want to read.

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer E. Armentrout | The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova | The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec | The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne | The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman | Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune | A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas | The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik | She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan | Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

So I’ve read a grand total of one book on this year’s shortlist! But it’s one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and quite possibly the best historical fantasy novel I’ve ever read, so it gets my vote because I love it and not simply by default.

Out of the others, I own Under the Whispering Door, The Last Graduate and The Witch’s Heart, so am planning to read all of them; I’m surprised to see The Last Graduate on this list at all, though, as I thought this was supposed to be Novik’s first YA series. I’d also like to read Ariadne and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. Sadly I haven’t really seen any publicity for The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina in the UK at all, which is a shame when I tend to love stories about families, and the kindle edition is still £9.99. I may see if my library can get it.

I still haven’t read Practical Magic, so I have no idea if The Book of Magic is one I might be interested in trying in future as of yet, but I do know that A Court of Silver Flames, The Crown of Gilded Bones and The Shadow of the Gods are not on my TBR at all. I’ve tried Maas’s work multiple times and have never been able to get past the first chapter, her writing style just doesn’t work for me, and this series from Armentrout doesn’t interest me. I’ve heard really good things about Gwynne’s work, but the blurb and cover of this novel don’t draw me in.

Have you read any of this year’s shortlist?

2 thoughts on “Have I read the Goodreads Choice Awards Fantasy shortlist?

  1. dinipandareads says:

    I’ve surprisingly read two books on the list this year: The Crown of Gilded Bones and Under the Whispering Door. I’m ngl, as much as I enjoyed the third book in the JLA series, I also don’t think it’s necessarily awards material 🙈 so I was surprised it made the list, though I probs shouldn’t be (pls don’t come for me people)! 😂 I did love UTWD though and I hope you do too!


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