Thoughts on the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards winners have been announced and I’m so excited! I don’t really have all that much to say, but I still wanted to give my two cents. I’m only going to be talking about the ones I have opinions on, so sorry if I skip some!


First

Best fiction: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Thoughts: YAY I haven’t read this yet, but I’m hoping to get it for Christmas and it’s one of my most anticipate ones!

Mystery and thriller: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Thoughts: despite it not being labelled as such, this book IS on my TBR, so I’m glad to see it won. I’ve heard mixed things, but I think overall people tend to enjoy it enough.

Fantasy: Fantastics Beasts and Where to Find Them: the Original Screenplay by JK Rowling
Thoughts: this won by a landslide (92,611 votes vs. 54,591 votes) and I’m honestly not surprised, though I do think Gaiman or Schwab were *slightly* more deserving. Their books are more traditionally fantasy, whereas Fantastics Beasts is more magical realism? Maybe? IDK I haven’t read it or seen the movie, but that’s my take. Although I guess magical realism counts as fantasy? idk (my rant about JK Rowling will be for another time)


second

Science fiction: Artemis by Andy Weir
Thoughts: YAY I also haven’t read this one yet, but I got it for my brother for Christmas and am excited to also read it. I know some people were let down (mainly because they didn’t like Jazz because of internalized mysogyny) so it’s good to see it still succeed!


third

Nonfiction: How to be a Bawse by Lilly Singh
Thoughts: I LOVE LILLY so I’m so happy she won!!!! I have yet to read this, but it’s high on my list because she’s great!!

Memoir and autobiography: What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Thoughts: omg I am SO HAPPY this won. There was so much negative press around it, so I’m so happy to see that people appreciated and acknowledged it.

History and biography: the Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
Thoughts: I am LIVING for all this girl power here. This is about the women who worked in radium-dial factories during the first world war, and it sounds super interesting.


fourth

Graphic novels and comics: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (Sarah Scribbles)
Thoughts: I love Sarah and her comics are a little too relatable, so again I’m so happy to see her succeed.

Poetry: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
Thoughts: YES I am so happy about this. With all the negativity surrounding Rupi Kaur’s poetry, I’m so happy she won this (although I will say that there were some other amazing poets who were nominated).

Debut Goodreads author: the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Thoughts: YES a thousand times yes I am SO HAPPY this book is still killing it. My love for this book is no secret, so I’m so so so so so happy it won (by almost 35,000 votes!!!).


last

Young adult fiction: the Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Thoughts: NOT ONE, BUT TWO AWARDS. #blackgirlmagic Angie Thomas is killing it over here. I am so so so happy to see this incredibly important book rocking the literary world.


I’m so happy with the amount of girl power here. 14/19 authors were women!!!!!!! 74%!!!!!!!! Amazing!!!!! Also several women of colour (Kaur, Singh, Thomas, Ng)!!!

As you can tell, I’m happy about these results, even if there were a couple of disappointments (well, only really one I guess).

What were your thoughts? Any disappointments?

Thanks for reading! xx

12 thoughts on “Thoughts on the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners

  1. When the voting started, I was like, “Wow. Apparently, I haven’t read anything published this year.” Lol. Which I guess is true. (I came out of a major reading slump in May, so I had a lot of catching up to do.)

    The only books on the list I had read was Artemis (which I loved and voted for) and deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics book, which was really interesting even though a lot of it was over my head.

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  2. My problem with Fantastic Beasts winning (which was obviously inevitable from the minute it was nominated) is that it’s a movie script, and I don’t feel like a book-centered website is the right place to honor it. I loved the film (Johnny Depp aside, ugh) but including it in that category just felt like an insult to all the fantasy authors who got snubbed. But anyway, I hope you enjoy Little Fires Everywhere and Into the Water, I really enjoyed them both and I’m very happy they won. Honestly, the GR choice awards annoy me more often than not since they’re such a popularity contest, but that is a GREAT point about the girl power! That makes me very happy.

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    1. Same! I knew it was inevitable, but it’s annoying because it’s not an actual novel. I feel like the other fantasy authors were just kind of left out.
      I’m super excited to read Little Fires Everywhere and Into the Water! Hopefully I enjoy them haha

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  3. I completely agree with the prior comment that Fantastic Beasts doesn’t really belong on this list because it is a screenplay. (That said, I don’t really think Gaiman’s book belonged in Fantasy either, since it was mythology and therefore I felt it fit better in non-fiction.)

    I did read “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”, and I felt that it deserved its award. It was well written, and did a great job of getting the topic to be approachable to a non-scientist.

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  4. I’ve read The Hate U Give and it definitely deserves the two awards. At the moment, I’m reading Into the Water and it’s so-so to me. I’ve placed Little Fires Everywhere on hold with my library. So, I cannot wait to read that one.

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