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~ Goodreads Award Nominations – Did My Voted Novels Win? ~


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.]


Best Fiction

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.

My Prediction

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.

My Prediction

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 Prediction

Best Fantasy

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 Prediction

Best Romance

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 Prediction

Best Humor

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.

My Prediction

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.

My Prediction

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!

My Prediction

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.

My Prediction

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.

My Prediction

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!

My Prediction

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!

My Prediction

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.

My Prediction

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 Prediction

Best Horror

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 Prediction

Best Nonfiction

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.

My Prediction

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?

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