The Bookish Jazz Awards: nominate your favorite YA & Adult books of the year!

(Last Updated On: November 4, 2020)

Welcome to the second annual Bookish Jazz Awards! ๐ŸŽ‰ Established in 2019 as the Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards, the awards are designed to give readers their voice to determine the “best” reads of the year unlike the Goodreads awards. It’s our time as readers to celebrate all the amazing books published this year – both YA and Adult – across all genres!

Nominate your favorite 2020 books for the Bookish Jazz Awards
Jump straight to the voting form!

The 2020 Bookish Jazz Award Season is now open and accepting YOUR nominations for the best books of the year! Nominations across genres for both YA and adult books will be accepted until November 10, 2020…. so what are you waiting for?


History of the Bookish Jazz Awards

The Bookish Jazz Awards (formerly Bookish Reader’s Choice Awards) was established in 2019 in reaction to the Goodreads Choice Award nominees not being representative of the book community’s most talked about favorites.

โ“ Why the name change? The awards were rebranded to match the 1920s visual aesthetic of the awards in 2020! Have some Jazz music to set the mood.

While Reader Voracious doesn’t have the reach or cache of Goodreads, the Bookish Jazz Awards are where readers nominate and vote on their favorite reads across a number of categories. And every book that is nominated, makes it to semi-finals or the finals receive recognition.

2019 Inaugural Award Winners

This year moving forward, we will shout out semi-finalists, finalists, and winners on social media in addition to providing the award banners – so be sure to follow @ReaderAwards on Twitter! (Last year a total of 395 books were nominated, so boosting all of the nominees individually on Twitter isn’t feasible, but we will make a list with Goodreads links available!)


Award Categories (Adult & YA)

A few new award categories are making their debut this year thanks to some fantastic suggestions from readers like you!

Genre Categories:

โœจย Literary fiction
โœจ Nonfiction
โœจ True Crime
โœจ Historical Fiction
โœจ Contemporary (Realistic Fiction)
โœจ Mystery
โœจ Thriller
โœจ Fantasy
โœจ Romance
โœจ Science Fiction
โœจ Horror
โœจ Humor
โœจ Memoir & Autobiography
โœจ Science & Technology
โœจ Graphic Novels & Comics
โœจ Poetry
โœจ Picture Books
โœจ Middle Grade
โœจ Novella (new!)

Fun Categories:

โœจ Favorite Villain
โœจ Favorite Nonhuman Villain
โœจ Favorite OTP
โœจ Favorite Setting
โœจ Favorite Sequel
โœจ Cover Appreciation
โœจ Favorite Squad
โœจ Debut Novel
โœจ Book I Couldn’t Stop Screaming About
โœจ Favorite Book
โœจ Favorite Audiobook (new!)
โœจ Favorite Pet/Animal (new!)


Nomination Rules

  1. Any book published between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 are eligible for nomination.
  2. You are able to nominate up to two books for each subcategory.
  3. You do not need to nominate a book (or 2) for every category.
  4. Every award category has two subcategories: Adult and Young Adult.
  5. The nominations form closes at 23:59 on November 10, 2020.
  6. Only nominations submitted via the form will be counted. The form collects an email address to ensure people only vote once, but email addresses will be deleted after nominations have been tallied.
  7. General voting will begin on November 12, 2020.


Submit your nominations

Go forth and nominate, my dear friends! I can’t wait to see what books everyone loved this year, and give the authors a boost of recognition and appreciation in the process. If you do make a nominations post to explain your nominees and boost the awards, 1) I love you, and 2) please be sure to use #ReaderAwards2020 in the tags and on Twitter to make sure that I see it!

If you have any questions or issues, please let me know in the comments or reach out to me on Twitter @kalventure!


Other Book Awards

The Booksish Jazz Awards are not the only book award initiatives but are the first to cover both YA and adult across all publishing genres! Our goal with the awards is to be as inclusive as possible and give the readers their voice in every step if the process.


Stay Connected with the Bookish Jazz Awards!

We received feedback after the inaugural awards that many people missed out on voting rounds and want to be sure that doesn’t happen again. Join our community and celebrate your favorite books all year long!


Join the Jazzies Mailing List

You can join the Jazzies Mailing List to receive approximately five emails per year, ensuring you never miss out on the awards season ever again!


Join the Goodreads Group

The 2020 Reader Awards will be utilizing the Best of the Best Goodreads group to help streamline the voting process and make it easier for you to participate once the nominations round concludes! But don’t worry! We will still have the voting google forms available if you prefer but it is my hope Goodreads will make it easier for everyone.

Best of the Best Goodreads Group
Click the image above to visit the group.

Join the Best of the Best Goodreads Group here!

You can also participate in group discussions about your favorite books, receive reminders for deadlines, and get to know other readers. Plus, Sam @ Fictionally Sam and I have a lot of fun plans for the group in 2021, including readalongs next year for some of the 2020 Award winners as selected by the group members, so you don’t want to miss out!


Are you as excited as I am for the Jazzies season?! What are some of your favorite books of 2020?


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  2. Mary

    November 5, 2020 at 1:29 PM

    Thank you so much for putting this together, Kal! I’m so excited to see what the nominations are and can’t wait to vote!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:15 PM

      You’re welcome, I really love putting these together!

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  4. Jawahir the Bookworm

    November 10, 2020 at 3:46 AM

    This is an amazing idea, thank you for your time and effort to put this all together. I’ve subscribed on the get go!

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:28 PM

      Thanks so much, Jawahir!

  5. Christine Krautwurst

    November 11, 2020 at 5:48 PM

    I wanted to do this and totally forgot about it :'( I’m sorry – COVID stress brain. I know we all have it, i guess I’m just not functioning well LOL . Would love to try again next year Kal!
    – Christine – The Last Page Turned.

    1. Kal

      December 29, 2020 at 10:31 PM

      It’s totally okay, Christine! COVID stress brain is a THING and we are all doing our best. Heck, it took me an extra month to get the semi-finals up oops. Hope you’ll join in on the voting, Christine!

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