It’s that time of year again. We’ve got the final rounds of the Goodreads Choice Awards going on now. I always like to look at the lists and see what books I’ve read or been eager to read. I saw Sam @ We Live and Breathe Books do just that, and I was inspired to write a post about it too!
I’ll start with the Paste list. This was curated by Eric Smith and the Paste Books staff. I ADORE Eric Smith. His Twitter feed is both hilarious and informative, and if you don’t follow him, you need to. Since he was involved in creating this list, I decided I needed to see it. Here’s their list (you can click the link above to see more details about the books and their decision process—they only chose one book per author).
Paste’s Best of the Decade
- Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (2019)
- Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2017)
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (2015) – READ
- Timekeeper by Tara Sim (2016) – READ
- The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (2018) – TBR
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (2016) – TBR/OWN
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (2015)
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (2016) – READ
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (2011) – TBR/OWN
- Legend by Marie Lu (2011) – TBR/OWN (Actually, I started reading this one a month or two ago but had too many review books I needed to catch up on and didn’t get that far before I gave in and read those instead.)
- Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (2018) – READ
- Want by Cindy Pon (2017) – TBR/OWN
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (2015) – TBR/OWN
- Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (2018) – READ
- This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (2016) – READ
- Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (2016) – TBR/OWN
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (2014) – READ
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (2015) – TBR
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (2015)
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (2015)
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (2015)
- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (2010) – READ
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (2015) – READ
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (2012)
- The Diviners by Libba Bray (2012)
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (2015) – READ
- Pointe by Brandy Colbert (2014)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) – READ
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (2010)
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2012) – OWN/TBR
As you can see, I’ve only read 11 of the 30 books on the list (and I totally agree with them on almost all of them), but I have another 9 on my TBR (all but 2 of which, I actually own). As for the 10 I didn’t specifically have on my TBR, most of them are books that I’ve seriously considered reading and very well still may at some point. There’s only one book that I actually haven’t heard of (Ship Breaker—has anyone read it? Should I have it on my radar?)
Now let’s move on to the Goodreads Choice final round books. These books are voted in by Goodreads users.
Goodreads Choice 2019 Final Round
I have read ZERO books from most of the lists (not surprisingly—I tend to stick to YA and MG). I’ve read ZERO books from all these categories: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Humor, Non-Fiction, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Science & Technology, Food & Cookbooks, Poetry or Young Adult Fiction!!!
What is surprising to me is how few of the books on this year’s lists are even on my radar. Usually there are more that I’ve heard a lot about and have at least considered reading. This year there are only a few:
- Fiction – At some point I’ll probably read Margaret Atwood’s The Testament. (Though I’m ashamed to admit I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale, so…)
- Fantasy – Actually, I guess most of the books on this list have piqued my interest, even if they haven’t actually made it to my TBR. I’m especially interested in Priory of the Orange Tree and Ninth House (someday I’m going to read Leigh Bardugo, I promise).
- Horror – I’ve heard great things about The Girl in Red, and I definitely want to read it!
- Poetry – I want to read Shout and The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One at some point.
- Young Adult Fiction – This is where I start to think my world has gone crazy. How have I read none of these?! (I’d read some of the ones that were initially nominated, but none that made it to the final round). BUT I own I Wish You All the Best (and am chastising myself for not having read it yet), and I definitely want to read Five Feet Apart, American Royals and On the Come Up. Every other book on the list is also one I’m at least interested in, but I don’t know that I’ll get to them soon.
CATEGORIES WITH BOOKS I HAVE READ
Okay, so I have managed to read a few books from this year’s lists.
- Romance – Red, White & Royal Blue. Got out of my YA/MG comfort zone for this one.
(I also really want to read The Bride Test because I loved The Kiss Quotient. And I’ll probably get to Verity at some point too.)
- Graphic Novels & Comics – Teen Titans: Raven.
(I definitely also want to read Pumpkinhead, and I’ve heard great things about Heartstopper and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me.)
- Debut Novel – Again, Red, White & Royal Blue. So it almost feels like cheating.
(And I already said I want to read Shout. And I’m in love with the cover of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, but I know nothing about it beyond that. Still, it makes me kind of want to read it—I’ve never denied the fact that I judge a book by its cover.)
- Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction – The Toll (I’m actually currently reading it, and it’s PHENOMENAL!). A Curse So Dark and Lonely (also fantastic!!). Finale (Still fabulous, but the other two win in my mind).
(I also own Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns will hopefully read them soon. Wayward Son is also high on my TBR.)
- Middle Grade & Children’s – Dragon Pearl.
(I own Aru Shah and the Song of Death—need to read it soon! I also really want to read Coyote Sunrise, Tunnel of Bones, New Kid and Guts.)
- Picture Books – Sulwe. (Love, love, love this picture book!!)
Overall, I’m really disappointed with how many of the YA and MG books I’ve managed to read. I’ve read over 160 books so far this year, yet I still feel behind the times!!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you like to look at these types of lists and compare your reading to them? I want to know!
This post has been linked up to the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.