In this post, I decided to put together my votes in the final category for the seventeen options. For each of the categories I cast a vote in, I posted both my choice and my predicted winner. For my predictions, I went mostly with novels that either I saw more people post/talk about or if they generally had better feedback on different platforms.
From the ten finalists in this category, I have read two of the final ten.
The two novels that I read are The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand and The Winners by Fredrik Backman. While I loved both novels, I think another one may win this round.
My Vote: The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand
My Predicted Winner: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
While all three authors are very popular, I think Celeste’s novel will receive more votes.
Best Mystery & Thriller
I have read Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney, which I liked as Feeney has an interesting mystery style. I have been meaning to read a lot more in this category, but I guess that is a goal for 2023.
My Vote: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney
My Predicted Winner: The Maid by Nita Prose
The Maid was one of the novels that I saw everywhere online. While Feeney’s novel was good, I think The Maid will win.
Best Historical Fiction
Similar to the last category, I only read a few of these novels, I believe three, but this one stood out to me.
My Vote: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My Predicted Winner: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
While there are a lot of great novels in this category, I think Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel will win.
While I have read over a hundred fantasy novels this year (most of them published in 2022), I actually only read a few of the final ten.
My Vote: Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
My Predicted Winner: House of Sky and Breath (A Crescent City novel) by Sarah J. Maas
A lot of authors that I enjoy are on this final list, but I think Sarah Maas will gather enough votes to win. This series is on my list and I hope it lives up to the other series that she has written.
From the ten finalists in this category, I have read only two of them and definitely have the rest on my TBR.
My Vote: Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters #2) by Tessa Bailey
My Predicted Winner: Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Interestingly enough, Tessa Bailey was my choice last year and Emily Henry was my predicted winner. Both authors are ones that I greatly enjoy, but there is something about this novel by Bailey that I love.
I am actually surprised that I have a lot more on this list than I thought, so it was difficult to select a winner.
My Vote: The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World by Matt Kracht
My Predicted Winner: All About Me by Mel Brooks
I went with Mel Brooks just because I saw it online more, although I think a lot of these novels have almost equal possibility.
Best Graphic Novels & Comics
There are a lot of novels that are great on this list, so it was a difficult choice.
My Vote: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
My Predicted Winner: Lore Olympus: Volume 2 by Rachel Smythe
While I love Heartstopper, there is something about Lore Olympus where I thought it would win this category.
Best Memoir & Autobiography
I am surprised in this category that I have read a lot more in this category than I thought.
My Vote: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
My Predicted Winner: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
McCurdy’s novel was the one in this category that I saw around everywhere, so I thought it was a “semi-safe” bet to select it as the predicted winner.
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction
I’ve loved a lot of the novels by almost all the authors on this list. Unfortunately, I have not read some of their newer releases and still have them on my TBR.
My Vote: The Ballad of Never After (OUABH #2) by Stephanie Garber
My Predicted Winner: Foul Lady Fortune (Foul Lady Fortune #1) by Chloe Gong
I actually had the same two authors last year where I voted for Garber and had Gong as the predicted winner. I hope that Garber wins, though, as I was highly impressed with this second novel in the trilogy as second novels typically suffer.
Best Young Adult Fiction
While I have read multiple adult fiction new releases, I only completed two of the ten finalists.
My Vote: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
My Predicted Winner: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
All My Rage happened to be the novel I saw on social media the most, although I think that there are lots of great choices in this category.
Best Debut Novel
I’ve only read two in this category, so it was a semi-easy vote for my choice.
My Vote: Daughter of the Moon Goddess (Celestial Kingdom #1) by Sue Lynn Tan
My Predicted Winner: The Maid by Nita Prose
I think if The Maid does not win in the other category, that it will win in this one.
Best Middle Grade & Children’s
Middle Grade/Children’s are not one of my go-to genres so I do not read them often; however, I still read a few per year as they are fun easy novels when I am in the mood or want to read along with my nieces and nephews.
My Vote: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
My Predicted Winner: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
This one I actually let my nieces and nephews choose and the general consensus was Witchlings even though a lot of these were amazing.
Categories that I didn’t vote in are:
- Best History & Biography – Predicted winner: The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak [Vote for your fav here]
- Best Science Fiction – Predicted winner: Nona the Ninth by Namsyn Muir [Vote for your fav here]
- Best Poetry – Predicted winner: Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman [Vote for your fav here]
- Best Horror – Predicted winner: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher [Vote for your fav here]
- Best Nonfiction – Predicted winner: An Immense World by Ed Yong [Vote for your fav here]
My final votes went to the novels that I not only enjoyed the most but were also well-written and captivating. Since the Goodreads award winners tend to skew towards popularity instead of by substance, my predicted winners were all ones that I saw more readers read whether they spoke about it in person, on social media, on blogs, etc. Each year, though, has been different where what I thought was the most popular did not win, so we will see what happens this year. While I do not believe my top novels will win their respective categories, I still greatly enjoyed them. I also have many novels from the final lists on my TBR and I cannot wait to hopefully get around to them in 2023.
Which novel(s) did you vote for (if you did) or did you enjoy the most?
4 thoughts on “~ 2022 Goodreads Choice Award Nominations – My Final Round Votes ~”
I love Hook, Line and Sinker! I voted for that one too.