Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 | What books will I add to my TBR?

How many Goodreads Choice Award nominees have you read?

This year I read only a couple of books from some of the categories, and decided not to vote (except on «The Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys). The winners were somewhat predictable, as everyone knows Goodreads Award is more of a popularity contest than anything else.

Now that the winners have finally been announced, I thought I’d share with you the books I read and the books I want to read from some of the categories.

Fiction is one of the genres I try to read the most from, except Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I was very surprised to see that I only read 1 out of 20 nominees, and that was «Normal People» by Sally Rooney. Also, I was surprised to not see a debut novel I read this year – «Three Ways to Disappear» by Katy Yocom! It was an incredible book and definitely deserved to be in the top 20.

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Normal People by Sally Rooney 1. Testaments by Margaret Atwood
2. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
3. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
4. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

In the past couple of year, I’ve disconnected myself from the Mystery & Thriller genre, only coming back to it this year. I read some that weren’t so great – «Miracle Creek» by Angie Kim I didn’t even give any rating to because I disliked it so much, and «Lock Every Door» by Riley Sager was just okay, the beginning was definitely much stronger than the ending, in my opinion.

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
2 . Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
1. Whisper by Alex North
2. Run Away by Harlen Coben
3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
4. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaiter

Another genre that I love but for some reason don’t read enough from. Taylor Jenkins Reid books have been on everyone’s radar since summer 2018 and I still haven’t read any of them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’m also very curious about «City of Girls» by Elizabeth Gilbert, I spotted the white cover of this book in the local bookstore a couple of days ago, hopefully it will be one of my Christmas presentes this year. 🙂

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Daisy Jones & The Sex by Taylor Jenkins Reid
2. Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
3. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

And again.. only 1 out of 20 nominees! I definitely could have read more books, as I own most of the ones I want to read. Oh well… There is always next year, right?

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow 1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
2. The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
3. Middle Game by Seanan McGuire
4. The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty
5. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
6. A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
7. Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

This year I finally picked up Mark Lawrence’s books – his new Sci-Fi trilogy with the first book being «One Word Kill». The third and final book came out in November and I desperately need to get my hands on it to find out how it all ends!

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence 1. Recursion by Blake Crouch
2. Dark Age by Pierce Brown
3. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
4. The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
5. Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I can’t say that I’m a big fan of Horror, but Stephen King’s and Stephen Chbosky new books are very intriguing. Besides, «Imaginary Friend» also has a white cover, and you know that I can’t walk past white book covers. 😀

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Institute by Stephen King
2. Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

«The Fountains of Silence» by Ruta Sepetys was my favorite book of this year (and also the only one I voted for on Goodreads Choice Awards)! I’m so sad that it didn’t win. It deserved so much more attention, hopefully more and more people will pick it up with time.

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
2. American Royals by Katharine McGee
1. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

BOOKS I READ: BOOKS I WANT TO READ:
1. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
2. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
1. The Toll by Neal Shusterman
2. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
3. Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
4. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s Goodreads Award! How many books have you read from the nominees list? Do you plan to read any of them in 2020? Were you disappointed by some of the winners / choices?
Let me know in the comments below!

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11 thoughts on “Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 | What books will I add to my TBR?

  1. I love this post idea! I’m a little disappointed that The Wicked King won, because I didn’t really like it that much and felt like so many other books in the YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi category would have been a better choice. I have quite a few books in all of these categories on my TBR that I still need to read.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I haven’t read The Wicked King, but I have no desire whatsoever to read that series. I feel like it might be too similar to all other YA books I read before (like SJM and Cassandra Clare) so I’m not really interested in it. I hope you get to read these books soon. 🙂

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  2. I love this post! I had an idea to read the top 5 books in a few categories next year, but I’m so disappointed Ninth House won. It was expected, but I don’t think it was better than some of the other books nominated.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I saw that you did your own GR challenge for the 2018 nominees as well, I love your post and I hope you’ll do it next year as well. I loved Lala’s video too where she read all 10 Thriller & Mystery nominees. I’d love to do something like that (maybe next year?)

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  3. This is the coolest post ever! I love your breakdown and the way you listed what you read/want to read. I actually read very few from the nominees list. The bulk of my reading came from backlist books so I’ll probably try to get through some of these next year.

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 I haven’t read that many nominees this year either, which is sad but also a little bit surprising as I read SO many ARCs of the books releases this year, but I guess they were the “wrong” ARCs. Lol

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  4. This is a really awesome post!
    I think the Goodreads Choice Awards are great in theory, but I’m usually disappointed by the winners. And, I don’t like that books can be nominated/chosen before they’ve even been published. I’d much rather see the awards held in like March for the previous year to give more people time to read the new releases.

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  5. If you have never read a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, I definitely suggest The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. While I’ve seen a lot of people loving Daisy Jones and the six, I didn’t really connect with the characters or care about them or the plot. TSHOEH is amazing, though ❤
    I'm not really invested in this year's awards and I don't think I'll add anything to my TBR (from what's not already there, anyway) :/ I wanna read The Testaments but because I loved The Handmaid's Tale ^^

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    1. Yeah, thank you! I think I’ll follow your advice and read the Seven Husbands first, as Daisy Jones has had some very positive reviews, but I also saw a fait chunck of negative ones. I also recently saw a new book by TJR (can’t remember what it was called…lol) on Sofi’s blog and the blurb sounded very interesting.

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