Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2019


Every year Goodreads gives readers around the world the chance to vote for books in various categories (fiction, horror, and cookbooks to name a few) to determine the best in each one. And every year I recap the results. Why? Because I love to see what other people enjoyed reading as well as finding more books to add to my TBR pile. If you are interested in learning more about any of the books here, simply click on the title of each one and it will take you to the Goodreads page for that book. Here are the results:

Best Fiction:

The Testaments


Winner: The Testament by Margaret Atwood

Picking up fifteen years after the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, this sequel received 98,291 votes.

Runner Up: Normal People by Sally Rooney – 40,081 votes

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Purchase Normal People on Amazon

Best Mystery & Thriller:

Winner: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A criminal psychotherapist must try to unravel a murder mystery featuring a famous painter who won’t say a word. This book received 68,821 votes.

Runner Up: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 52,097 votes

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Purchase My Sister, The Serial Killer on Amazon

Best Historical Fiction:

Winner: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A focus on the world of rock and roll in America during the 60s and 70s. This book received 82,483 votes.

Runner Up: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, 29,362 votes

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Purchase Nickel Boys on Amazon

Best Fantasy:

Ninth House


Winner: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

A university freshman must investigate the secret societies at Yale University. This book received 53,430 votes

Runner Up: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – 35,351 votes

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Purchase The Starless Sea on Amazon

Best Romance:

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The first son of the White House and a British Prince who don’t like each other… or do they? This book received 76,688 votes.

Runner Up: Verity by Colleen Hoover – 35,868 votes

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Purchase Verity on Amazon

Best Science Fiction:

Winner: Recursion by Blake Crouch

A neuroscientist who believes she can create memory saving technology and a cop investigating the strange phenomena of “False Memory Syndrome”, Crouch’s novel received 41,261 votes.

Runner Up: Dark Age by Pierce Brown

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Purchase Dark Age on Amazon

Best Horror:

The Institute


Winner: The Institute by Stephen King

The Insitute: “You check-in, but you don’t check out”. Six children with supernatural gifts are trapped inside with no way to escape. King’s novel received 75,717 votes.

Runner Up: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – 22,865 votes

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Purchase Imaginary Friend on Amazon

Best Humour:

Winner: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Life by Ali Wong

A series of letters Wong writes to her two daughters on all the things they’ll need to know to get through life.

Runner Up: Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler – 17,229 votes

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Purchase Life Will Be the Death of Me on Amazon

Best Nonfiction:

Winner: Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis’ latest book focuses on the different ways women can reach their full potential in life. Her book received 31,276 votes.

Runner Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – 29,382 votes

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Best Memoir & Autobiography:

Winner: Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Van Ness is well known for his work on Queer Eye, and his autobiography now gives fans an in-depth look at all he endured in his rise to fame. Over the Top received 28,977 votes.

Runner Up: Know My Name, Chanel Miller – 23,817 votes

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Best History & Biography:

Winner: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Woman Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

Rubenhold’s book tells a story that is well known all over the world, but tells the other side of the story. Rather than looking at Jack the Ripper, Rubenhold tells the story of his victims. This book received 31,783 votes.

Runner Up: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham – 19,711 votes.

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Purchase Midnight in Chernobyl on Amazon

Best Science & Technology:

Winner: Will My Cat Eay My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty

A book that answers all the death-related questions you’re afraid to ask. Doughty’s book received 29,594 votes

Runner Up: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez – 28,859 votes

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Best Food & Cookbooks:

Winner: Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox, and Ted Allen

Queer Eye’s, Antoni Porowski, created a cookbook full of healthy, simple meals. This cookbook received 23,387 votes.

Runner Up: The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime by Misha and Vicki Collins – 21,108 votes

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Purchase The Adventurous Eaters Club on Amazon

Best Graphic Novels & Comics:

Winner: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Two friends reunite every year for two months to work on a pumpkin patch – the best pumpkin patch in the whole world. But now this year is their last year as the two friends are seniors, how will they spend their last season together? This graphic novel received 29,624 votes.

Runner Up: Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman – 28,460 votes

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Purchase Heartstopper: Volume Two on Amazon

Best Poetry:

Winner: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

A poetry book and a powerful memoir, Anderson uses free verse to call for action for a necessary change in our society. This book received 18,911 votes.

Runner Up: the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace – 18,710 votes

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Purchase the mermaid’s voice returns in this one on Amazon

Best Debut Novel:

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

McQuiston received two Goodreaders Readers Choice awards this year: Best Romance and Best Debut Novel. In the category of Best Debut Novel, McQuiston received 60,565 votes.

Runner Up: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 44,936 votes

Best Young Adult Fiction:



Winner: Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

Two teens fall in love, but can never be within five feet of each other. Can they make their love work? This novel received 36,232 votes.

Runner Up: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – 34,932 votes

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Purchase On the Come Up on Amazon

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

Winner: The Wicked King by Holly Black and Kathleen Jennings

The second book in The Folk of the Air saga follows Jude as he continues on his journey in the High Court of Faerie. This YA novel received 48,181 votes.

Runner Up: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – 39,909 votes

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Purchase Wayward Son on Amazon

Best Middle Grade & Children’s:

Winner: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

The fourth book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Tyrant’s Tomb, Apollo must learn how to become a true hero or forfeit his life. This book received 33,333 votes

Runner Up: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab – 30,557 votes

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Purchase Tunnel of Bones on Amazon

Best Picture Books:



Winner: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers, and Josie Carey

Do you remember all those songs you used to love to hear on Mister Roger’s TV show? Well, now you can read them over and over again as they have been reimagined in poetry and put together in this beautiful children’s book. A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood received 29,860 votes.

Runner Up: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o – 26,891 votes

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Purchase Sulwe on Amazon

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any on your TBR list? I know there are a whole bunch I can’t wait to check out!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s 2015!

2015This is my last post for 2014! I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for five months already, it feels like so much shorter, I can’t believe how fast the time has gone!

This post is going to be a little different than previous ones and relies partially on feedback from you! There’s going to be some changes coming in the New Year and I want to hear from all of you what you think of them!

1) Sunday posts will remain the same. Just like always, I will be talking about writing, giving tips, and talking about my experience as a writer.

2) Also remaining the same are Monday (Quote of the Week), Tuesday (Prompt of the Week), and Thursday (Poem of the Week) posts. These are things I enjoy doing and you seem to like them as well so I’m going to be keeping those.

3) Wednesday Book Reviews is where things start to change. I will still be reviewing books. I am a writing/book blog and that focus is not going to change. However, I will be adding film reviews on Wednesdays. Book reviews will come every other Wednesday (probably the first and third week of the month) while film reviews come on the second and fourth of the month.

I am doing this for two reasons. First, producing four-five well written and honest book reviews is something I’ve found I’m struggling with a bit. I don’t feel like I really have time to always get out what I want to and produce the material I would like. So I feel that cutting back a bit on the book reviews would take a bit of pressure off me and also help me to write better reviews. The second reason I am doing this is because writing film reviews is something I have wanted to try for a while now. It’s not something I ever really had a lot of practice with. I wrote one in ninth grade on a film I did not enjoy so you can probably imagine how that turned out. I think doing so now would be an interesting experience for me and it’s something I’m looking forward to trying.

4) There are two things I was thinking of adding to this blog. I had both ideas back in July when I first started here and I talked to a couple people and they said both ideas sounded interesting. But at the time I felt I already had a lot of content on my blog and didn’t want it to be overwhelming for myself or for readers right off the bat. But as we approach the New Year it’s something I’m considering more and more.

First thing would be a word, its definition and pronunciation.

Second is a name, its meaning, origin, and pronunciation.

These would either be weekly posts on their own, individual days.


Weekly posts on the end of Sunday post (Word) and Wednesday review (Name).


It could be a monthly thing. Ten words posted on the first Monday of the month (or something along those lines) and the same for ten names.

Or if none of you like this idea then I may keep it off this blog all together and post it on my Twitter, Facebook, and/or Tumblr.

5) This next thing will strictly be a Facebook/Twitter thing as it is a 365 day author challenge I am going to try and do. It’s not so much a challenge challenge as it is a challenge to myself to see if I can do it for 365 days. So if you’re interested in that go check out my Twitter and Facebook to keep updated on those things.

6) Finally! This is a really tentative thing and I haven’t 100% decided on whether or not I’m going to do this. I may be starting a second blog. There are things I would like to talk about that aren’t related to writing or reading. Rather, they’re things I’m really passionate about and would like to talk about them somewhere. Again, this is an iffy thing, but if I decide to do it I will definitely let you know!

I apologize for this post be so long (especially #4) and I highly appreciate any feedback any of you may have for me! Thank you so much to everyone who has followed or liked or commented or read on anything on this blog! It’s so amazing to me that people actually want to read what I post on here so thank you so much!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season and I will see you in the New Year!

Are there any things you would like to see on this blog? Any topic you want more info on? A book I should read and review? Let me know and I will definitely check it out!

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