2019 Semi-Finalists for the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards!

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2020)

Welcome to the inaugural year of the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards! 🎉 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 190 semi-finalists to you all! And now YOU get to vote for YOUR favorites – which ones will make it to the final round? It is up to you!

The Semi-Finalists

A total of 173 voting ballots forms were submitted, bringing the field of 395 nominees down to 190 semi-finalists – isn’t that incredible?! Congratulations to all of these books & the authors! 🎉🎉🎉


Winners  |  Finalists  |  Semi-Finalists  |  Nominees

For the authors of these books, we have award buttons! The graphics are made by Loretta @ Laughing Listener and are free to display for the authors however they wish. I’ve linked the images above to their respective posts. Congratulations to all 395 books of 2019!

I created a spreadsheet with all of the nominations & semi-finalists (click the titles to be taken to the Goodreads page for the book) that you can see below.

I am sorry if your favorites are not included; I left nominations open for 3 weeks to allow as many people to find out about and participate in the awards but my circle of influence is limited. There are no doubt many amazing books that weren’t nominated and for that, I’m sorry!

Voting Rules

After much consideration and consulting with my patrons, I’ve decided that there will be a total of three voting rounds. This was the second of three voting rounds.

1) The top 8 books in each category have moved on to the semi-finals round. Some categories have more options due to ties. Categories with four or less books have advanced to the finals round.
2) You are able to vote up to two books for each subcategory. You can only vote for a book once per voting category.
3) You do not need to vote in every category.
4) Voting on books you have read is preferred.
5) Every award category has two subcategories: Adult and Young Adult.
6) The voting form closes at 23:59 on December 21, 2019.

Thank you

Thank you all so much for helping to make the first Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards such a success! Be sure to join the Goodreads Group and follow @ReaderAwards on Twitter so you don’t miss out on the 2020 award season!

Thank you so much to Loretta @ Laughing Listener for the award graphics & Lauren @ Northern Plunder for helping me tally up votes in the early phases.

spacer_wLet’s go on another adventure together!


  1. Haley

    December 16, 2019 at 2:54 AM

    I am always amazed by the work you do, that includes going through all those votes and giving us our semi-finalists, I’ve voted and now it’s time to boost the crap out of this.

    1. Kal

      December 22, 2019 at 11:52 AM

      Thank you so much for all of your support & casting your votes… and soon the finalists will be announced! WEEE!

  2. Pam Zaragoza

    December 17, 2019 at 12:27 AM

    I’m not sure if you hear this enough, Kal, but you are doing such an AMAZING JOB with every bookish thing that you do. <3

    1. Kal

      December 22, 2019 at 11:57 AM

      😭😭😭 OMG Pam, thank you so much for this comment & compliment! 💖💖💖

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