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2022 Goodreads Choice Award Nominations – Did My Predictions Win? ~


Before voting concluded on December 4th, 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 Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

My Predicted Winner: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

Winner: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin.

None of the three novels match, but I heard the winning novel is amazing, so I will have to read it soon.

My Prediction

Best Mystery & Thriller

My Vote: Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

My Predicted Winner: The Maid by Nita Prose

Winner: The Maid by Nita Prose

As I have read a ton of praise for the winning novel, it is one that I really should read soon.

My Prediction

Best Historical Fiction

My Vote: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My Predicted Winner: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Winner: Carrie Soto is Back 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: 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

Winner: House of Sky and Breath (A Crescent City novel) 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: Hook, Line, and Sinker (Bellinger Sisters #2) by Tessa Bailey

My Predicted Winner: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Winner: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

I have yet to read this novel, but I still have it on my TBR. I’m disappointed that my vote did not win, but I know Emily Henry writes great novels.

My Prediction

Best Humor

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

Winner: The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey

All of the nominated novels seem interesting, so it was a guess about which would win.

My Prediction

Best Graphic Novels & Comics

My Vote: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman  

My Predicted Winner: Lore Olympus: Volume 2 by Rachel Smythe

Winner: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman

As Lore Olmpus won last year over Heartstopper, I thought it would be the same this year. I am thrilled though that my voted novel won, though.

My Prediction

Best Memoir & Autobiography

My Vote: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

My Predicted Winner: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

Winner: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

I’m glad that my voted novel won this category.

My Prediction

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

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

Winner: Gallant by V.E. Schwab

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: I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston  

My Predicted Winner: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Winner: The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Lots of these novels are on my TBR and I still need to try to read them soon.

My Prediction

Best Debut Novel

My Vote: Daughter of the Moon Goddess (Celestial Kingdom #1) by Sue Lynn Tan

My Predicted Winner: The Maid by Nita Prose

Winner: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

The winning novel seems to be well-loved so I cannot wait to read it! While my voted novel did not win, I am glad that it came in second.

My Prediction

Best Middle Grade & Children’s

My Vote: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

My Predicted Winner: Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

Winner: I Am Quiet: A Story for the Introvert in All of Us by Andie Powers

This is not my usual category, so all of these sound interesting and had a nice chance of winning.

My Prediction

Best History & Biography

My Vote: N/A

My Predicted Winner: The Dark Queens by Shelley Puhak

Winner: Bad Gays: A Homosexual History by Huw Lemmey

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: Nona the Ninth by Namsyn Muir

Winner: Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

I do not typically read a lot of science fiction as the main genre (usually it is mixed with some fantasy), so I haven’t read any on this list, but I am willing to try them in the future.

My Prediction

Best Horror

My Vote: N/A

My Predicted Winner: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Winner: Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

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: An Immense World by Ed Yong

Winner: Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience by Brene Brown

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, and I am happy that novels that I loved were also enjoyed by others. It is amazing to me that last year I had the same numbers where three voted novels and five predicted novels matched the winners. 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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