reading the goodreads choice awards

Every year now for the past three years I have made it a goal to read all of the Goodreads Choice Award winners (or close to). This means that I am reading books in 20 different categories as well as keeping up on books that are popular, which is important as a librarian.

Now I can’t always choose the winner as I may have already read it. I also made it a requirement that I can’t read a book that is already on my “to-read” list as I want to discover new books. Beyond that I make sure that I read one book from every category.

If you want to find out about all of my 2020 reading goals you can check them out here.

Here are the categories for the Goodreads Choice Award, the book and author I chose, as well as the rating that I gave the book out of five:

CategoryBookAuthorRating
FictionNormal PeopleSalley Rooney3/5
Mystery and ThrillerThe Lost ManJane Harper4/5
Historical FictionThe Giver of StarsJojo Moyes4/5
FantasyThe Ten Thousand Doors of JanuaryAlix E. Harrow2/5
RomanceThings You Save in a FireKatherine Center5/5
Science FictionRecursionBlake Crouch3/5
HorrorThe InstituteStephen King3/5
Humour William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean GirlsIan Doescher3/5
Non-FictionMaybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Lori Gottlieb4/5
Memoir & AutobiographyHome Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood YearsJulie Andrews4/5
History & BiographyBefore and After: The Incredible Real Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennesse Children’s Home SocietyJudy Christie4/5
Science & TechnologyInvisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for MenCaroline Criado-Perez4/5
Food and CookbooksAntoni in the KitchenAntoni Porowski3/5
Graphic NovelsThey Called Us EnemyGeorge Takei5/5
PoetryLord of the ButterfliesAndrea Gibson3/5
Debut NovelA Woman Is No ManEtaf Rum4/5
Young AdultFive Feet ApartRachael Lippincott4/5
Young Adult FantasySerpent & DoveShelby Mahurin4/5
Middle GradeThe Bridge HomePadma Venkatraman4/5
Picture BooksSulweLupita Nyong’o4/5

Now this was a great selection of books and while I did enjoy most of them there are a few that really stood out above the rest.

I really loved the Romance book I read, “Things You Save in a Fire” as it was fun, emotional, and full of great female strength as the main character was a fire fighter who moved to a location where female firefighters were not the norm. The romance was sweet and it was a book I really enjoyed.

The other five star read is very different, but a book that I think everyone should read which is “They Called Us Enemy” a graphic novel about Japanese Internment camps. This book is very sobering, but an important read.

Other books I really loved were:

A Woman Is No Man: Two generations of middle-eastern women navigate life in America dealing with family, dreams, and trying to find out who they are

The Giver of Stars: Packhorse librarians in the wilderness

The Lost Man: A mystery/thriller set in the Australian bush that really had me guessing

Now there are just a few months left until the voting for this years Goodread’s choice awards starts and I can’t wait to find out what books I am going to read next year.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. I didn’t know this was a thing, and I guess I’m headed to Goodreads to check out their Choice Awards books now. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I loved The Lost Man and The Giver of Stars! A Woman Is No Man was already on my TBR list, but I’ll have to add a few more of these too, especially Thing You Save in a Fire. So much to read, so little time!!

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