2019 Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards Nominees!

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards! ๐ŸŽ‰ Designed to actually give readers their voice to determine the “best” reads of the year, the goal of these awards is to recognize all of the amazing stories we got to read this year!

Related: Read more about why the awards were created!

I am so excited to reveal the nominations to you all! A total of 66 nomination forms were submitted, nominating 395 books! And now YOU get to vote for YOUR favorites – which ones will make it to the semi-final round? It is up to you!

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My Bookish Reader’s Choice Award Nominations!

Hi friends, long time no see! (Is a week a long time?) I’ve had a rough week or so and fell behind on my posting schedule, but I am here today to share the books I nominated for the 2019 Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards with you all!

Designed to actually give readers their voice to determine the “best” reads of the year, the goal of these awards is to recognize all of the amazing stories we got to read this year! You can learn more about the awards and rules for participation by visiting the announcement post here.

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Diverse YA Science Fiction Books to Read this Sci-fi Month

We’re almost halfway through Sci-Fi Month, how is everyone faring so far? I’m celebrating my favorite genre this month with book list recommendations in between my sci-fi reviews, and today I want to shout about diverse science fiction stories.

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One of the reasons that I love reading is that I can escape the real world and go on an adventure. Science fiction – especially space opera – enables me to live the astronaut life I dreamed of as a child before I realized math would keep me grounded. It’s a genre of innovation and problem solving; the sky is the limit in terms of technologies.

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Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards: Nominations round is now open!

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards! ๐ŸŽ‰ Designed to actually give readers their voice to determine the “best” reads of the year, the goal of these awards is to recognize all of the amazing stories we got to read this year!

Why create these awards when Goodreads already does them?

I have long since felt like the Goodreads Choice Awards has solely been a marketing tool for Amazon to drive sales on the most hyped titles and newest releases. (Amazon bought Goodreads in 2013.) This has never been so evident than with this year’s nominations round. But the disparity goes beyond just the biggest marketing budgets: it adversely affects authors of color and other marginalized groups. YA author Margaret Owen eloquently points this out on Twitter:

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