Welcome to day 9!! So today I wanted to go over the Goodread 2020 winners. So the list of winners was just released yesterday and I knew I wouldn’t have time to write this up and post it yesterday so I’m writing it a day last, hope you guys don’t mind. I’m going to list off the winners and talk about the books a little.
Winner of Fiction
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Well I mean who could not love the concept of this book?! It’s set in a magical library. This is a book I’m really looking forward to reading, I know it’ll be one I read early this year.
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
Winner of Thriller and Mystery
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I don’t really like mysteries very much so I don’t think this’ll be the book for me though I haven’t read many of them so maybe this’ll be the one that changes my mind? I do intend to read all the winning books so this’ll be one.
On a remote island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate the wedding of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Will is a rising television star, handsome and charming. Jules is a smart, ambitious magazine publisher. Though the sea is a little choppy and the cell service spotty, their wedding is everything you’d expect of a young power couple: designer dress, four-tiered cake, boutique whiskey, vintage champagne. Every detail has been curated to perfection. All that’s left to orchestrate is happiness. But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. It’s not long after the cake is cut and the champagne popped that resentments and petty jealousies come out.
Winner of Historical Fiction
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Historical fiction is another thing I’ve never been interested in but this one has caught my attention and I do think I might check it out.
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it’s not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it’s everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters’ storylines intersect?
Winner of Fantasy
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
This is another one I’m really interested in but it’s 800 pages long! That worried me a lot, it’s 100% a commitment but I’m sure from the synopsis I’m going to like it a lot. Maybe this is one for the middle of the year when I’m into a rhythm.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
Winner of Best Romance
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Romance is another genre I struggle with but I do like YA romance. But then on top of that as I said before I’m not a huge fan of historical novels so this really isn’t one for me but I’m willing to give any book a try once.
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Winner of Science Fiction
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
I really like the idea of this book, I love space so much and the idea of it being mixed in with horror is just… *chefs kiss*.
Kira Navárez dreamed of life in new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.
Winner of Best Horror
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I’m not at all surprised this won, it’s been hard to ignore it on Bookstagram, booktok and BookTube, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I love horror so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one a lot and I really don’t know much about Gothic Fantasy so I’m excited to learn.
A darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.
Winner of Best Comedy
Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle
Straight from the mind of New York Times bestselling author Nathan W. Pyle comes an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple. Based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name, Strange Planet covers a full life cycle of the planet’s inhabitants.
Winner of Nonfiction.
Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi
After the year we’ve had I think it’s really important that books like this exist and are winning awards. I can’t wait to read this, I know it’s a book I’ll like a lot.
Stamped traces the history of racism and the many political, literary, and philosophical narratives that have been used to justify slavery, oppression, and genocide. Framed through the ideologies and thoughts of segregationists, assimilationists, and anti racism throughout history, the book demonstrates that the “construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, whether financially or politically,” and that this power has been used to systemically and systematically oppress Black people in the United States for more than four hundred years.
Winner of Best Memoir & Autobiography
A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Are any of us really shocked about this? I haven’t read it yet but I knew it was going to turn out to be an amazing book, much like his wife’s.
A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy. In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.
Winner of Best History & Biography
“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlights cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance. The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.” In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
Winner of Best Science & Technology
A Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough, Jonnie Hughes
I love David Attenborough and I already know before I even start reading this book it will make me deeply ashamed as a person of what we’ve done to this planet while also inspiring me massively.
I am 93. I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world – but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day — the loss of our planet’s wild places, its biodiversity.I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake — and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so.
Winner of Best Food & Cookbooks
Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites–but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!
Winner of Best Graphic Novels & Comics
I have heard so many good things about this series and it’s 100% one I want to check out super soon.
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the third volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.
Winner of Best Poetry
Dearly: New Poems by Margaret Atwood
I’ve been trying to get into poetry lately and maybe this is the perfect place to start!
In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and – zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.
Winner of Best Debut Novel
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
This has been on my TBR for a little while so I’m really looking forward to reading it.
In the midst of a family crisis one late evening, white blogger Alix Chamberlain calls her African American babysitter, Emira, asking her to take toddler Briar to the local market for distraction. There, the security guard accuses Emira of kidnapping Briar, and Alix’s efforts to right the situation turn out to be good intentions selfishly mismanaged.
Winner of Best Young Adult Fiction
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
When I first read the synopsis for this book I wasn’t really interested in it but after reading it a couple more times I’ve just fallen in love with it! I know this is a book I have to read.
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people… In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
Winner of Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to. Jude learned that lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now, as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time, determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Winner of Best Middle Grade & Children’s
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan
Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic moral form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus?
Winner of Best Picture Books
Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky (Illustrations)
Picture books aren’t just for kids, especially books like this!
Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest readers and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for readers of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.
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