The title says it all; these are my personal choices for the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards. You can vote until November 27th! So, make sure your voice gets heard, even if your voice is different than mine. And the winners will be announced on December 5th! I’m only going to be talking about the five categories that I feel strongly and passionately about. And let’s be real *looks the Romance category* some of the categories are just plain bad and not worth my time or words. Okay, onto the books and my choices:
➽ BEST FANTASY:
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin is so important to me, and is probably the best book I’ve read in the entirety of 2017. This category means the most to me, personally, because I read mostly adult fantasy, and there is nothing that will probably ever beat The Broken Earth trilogy. It’s perfect, it’s moving, and it’s so damn powerful. This fantasy trilogy has the power to change the world, and I hope it wins and more people pick it up. But let’s be real, a freakin’ screen play that isn’t nearly as good is going to beat this and break my heart in the process.
➽ BEST YOUNG ADULT FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION:
My vote is for Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! This book is still haunting me to this day. I read this immediately after release, and it is easily one of the best thing I’ve read all year. The prose, the characters, the messages, this book has everything. I love this book with my entire soul, and even though it has some super stiff competition, I hope it wins. This book is nothing short of magic.
➽ BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a modern-day masterpiece and we are so blessed to have this work of art available in bookstores. And the queen, Angie Thomas, deserves every single award this book has netted, and she deserves this one as well.
➽ BEST DEBUT GOODREADS AUTHOR:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas deserves this award, too. This book is powerful, emotional, and life changing. This book is going to make people uncomfortable, but they need that uncomfortability, and they need to open their eyes and change. This book is everything, and I not only expect it to sweep both of these categories, I expect it on almost everyone’s best of 2017 lists.
➽ BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS:
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda is my favorite graphic novel series of all time. This story is brilliant and impactful and features such a strong female main character, who also showcases some great physical disability representation. The art is beyond words magnificent. The story is something I will never forget. I love this with my whole heart, and I hope this nomination at least makes more people pick this series up.
Okay! That’s everything that I feel passionate about! I hope you guys liked this, and are enjoying the short list! And this isn’t me telling you what to vote for. Whatever you vote for is completely valid! I’m just personally letting you guys know my picks. I also feel like 2018 will have a much more inclusionary list, but I do think 2017 is a step in the right direction. Happy voting and happy reading, lovelies!