Before voting concluded on December 5th, I posted both the novels that I would vote for in each category along with my predicted winner. Most of the time, my predicted winner was different than my voted novel as I either did not read the predicted novel or I just thought that my voted novel would not be popular enough to win. [You can visit my Final Votes post to see a more detailed layout of my two choices for each category.]
My Vote: The Wish by Nicholas Sparks
My Predicted Winner: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Winner: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney is extremely popular and writes interesting novels, so it was no surprise when this novel won.
Best Mystery & Thriller
My Vote: The Push by Ashley Audrain
My Predicted Winner: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Winner: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
I saw both novels around equally, but Laura’s novel seemed a little more popular and is one still on my TBR.
Best Historical Fiction
My Vote: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
My Predicted Winner: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Winner: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The winner of this category is definitely not a surprise as it not only was extremely popular, but it was also well liked.
My Vote: Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
My Predicted Winner: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Winner: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas
I have heard amazing reviews of this series, so I may have voted for it as all the elements that I love in a story are there, but as it was on my TBR, I voted for my favorite novel that I did read.
My Vote: It Happened One Summer (Bellinger Sisters #1) by Tessa Bailey
My Predicted Winner: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Winner: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
While this novel and I may not have clicked, I can clearly see why many people love it and would vote for it to win.
My Vote: How Y’all Doing? Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived by Leslie Jordan
My Predicted Winner: A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020 by Davis Sedaris
Winner: Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
While I wished that my voted novel would have won, I am glad that it was second.
Best Graphic Novels & Comics
My Vote: Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy by Faith Erin Hicks & Illustrated by Peter Wartman & Adele Matera
My Predicted Winner: Dune: the Graphic Novel, Book 1 by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, & Bill Sienkiewicz & Illustrated by Raul Allen, Frank Herbert, & Patricia Martín
Winner: Lore Olympus: Volume One by Rachel Smythe
I was close as Dune placed 2nd. The winning novel, though, looks intriguing and I have since added it to my TBR.
Best Memoir & Autobiography
My Vote: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zavner
My Predicted Winner: Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Winner: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zavner
While my predicted novel did not win, I am thrilled that my voted one did!
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
My Vote: Once Upon a Broken Heart (OUABH #1) by Stephanie Garber
My Predicted Winner: Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights #2) by Chloe Gong
Winner: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) by Leigh Bardugo
All of the nominated novels were both popular and well-received, so it was difficult to predict which would win.
Best Young Adult Fiction
My Vote: Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
My Predicted Winner: Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Winner: Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Fire Keeper was definitely a well written novel and worth winning, so it was nice to see that my voted novel won.
Best Debut Novel
My Vote: She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1) by Shelley Parker-Chan
My Predicted Winner: Fire Keeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulleye
Winner: The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
The winning novel seems to be well-loved so I cannot wait to read it!
Best Middle Grade & Children’s
My Vote: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
My Predicted Winner: Beasts and Beauty by Soman Chainany
Winner: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
It was nice to see that my voted novel won its category!
Best History & Biography
My Vote: N/A
My Predicted Winner: Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper & Katherine Howe
Winner: Empire of Pain: The Secret of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
This was a random guessing game as I am not familiar with many of the nominated novels.
Best Science Fiction
My Vote: N/A
My Predicted Winner: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishigo
Winner: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Both novels seemed to be fairly popular, so it was a shot in the dark about which one to predict to win. Both novels are on my 2022 TBR and I hope to read them soon.
My Vote: N/A
My Predicted Winner: All’s Well by Mona Awad
Winner: The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
This category was a complete guessing game about which novel would win, so given the amount of great novels to choose from, I was not surprised that my prediction was wrong.
My Vote: N/A
My Predicted Winner: The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall & Douglas Carlton Abram
Winner: The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
This category was a random guess for a predicted winner as I have heard of most of the nominees equally.
Only five of my predicted novels ended up winning, which is not bad considering I randomly guessed in some categories. For my actual voted choices, three of them ended up winning, which I am happy that novels that I loved were also enjoyed by others. I cannot wait to see what next year’s awards hold and how many of my voted novels or predicted winners will get an award in the end.
Which novel(s) did you vote for (if you did) or did you enjoy the most?