I always loosely follow the BooktubeSFF Awards and I always try to read along with the works that interest me. I for sure slacked with a Best Novel and Best Middle Grade this year, but I still wanted to tell you guys my picks before the live show! Voting is open now, so if you’d like to cast your votes before it ends, you can do so HERE!
The hosts of the BooktubeSFF Awards are Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O’Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180! They are all simply amazing, and truly gems in this community, and I hope you all check them out!
Okay, so the BooktubeSFF Awards has five categories, and in each of these five categories they have three nominees.
➼MyPick: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I feel terrible over this category, because I’ve wanted to read Jemisin’s work for a while now. Knowing what I do about her series, she probably deserves it, but because I haven’t read I obviously can not pick her or her book. I also did not read Ninefox Gambit, but many of my friends very much disliked it, so it made me very hesitant to pick it up. I only read A Gathering of Shadows in this category, so I begrudgingly selected that as the winner. It wasn’t a bad read by any means, it just wasn’t a favorite of mine either.
➼MyPick: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Like, let’s be real here; Leigh Bardugo has mastered the craft of writing, but few books in 2016 brought me the amount of joy that ACOMAF did. And, like, Rhys. Honestly, I love both of these books and it was extremely hard for me to pick. I am most looking forward to the live show just to see what everyone says about this book and the sex scenes honestly. I’m sure it took quite a few of them out of their comfort zones, and I am so very curious about what they are going to say.
➽ Best Middle Grade:
• Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan – N/A
• The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – N/A
• Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – ★★★
➼MyPick: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
This is my other terrible category, because I’m a terrible person that has never read Percy Jackson, therefore, I didn’t read either book of the two separate spin-offs that Rick Riordan has going on. Hopefully I get to them eventually, but 2017 wasn’t the year for me to be caught up. Furthermore was okay for me. I enjoyed it more than I didn’t, but it just left a lot to be desired. Yet, lucky for it, and unluckily for Mr. Riordan, it wins regardless.
➽ Best Graphic Work:
• Saga Volume 6 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples – ★★★★★
• Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – ★★★★★
• Descender Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire and Justin Nguyen – N/A
➼MyPick: Monstress Volume 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
You guys know how much I love Saga, but nothing can compare to the masterpiece that is Monstress, Volume 1. I’m so happy I partook in this readathon just for the fact that it introduced me to this work of art. It is honestly perfection in my eyes, and I cannot wait for Volume 2 to be released this year.
➼MyPick: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
I think Brandon Sanderson is the King of Fantasy, which few can compete with. Yet, as much as I loved both of his short stories, Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway was everything I’ve ever wanted in a book. It’s diverse, with great representation, and so very important. I wish I could place a copy of this book in everyone’s hands. Seriously, I loved it, and its sequel, Down Among the Sticks and Bones is one of my favorite reads of 2017, too.
I know that my picks aren’t perfect, especially since I didn’t read everything on the short list, but I love this readalong and I love participating in it. Did you guys partake in the BooktubeSFF Awards? If so, what were your picks? I can’t wait to watch the live show and see everyone else’s picks! I’m very excited to see the winners and to just spread the joy of reading in the SFF community!