Goodreads Choice Award Predictions 2019

11/13/2019

It's that time of year where we go to vote for books on the Goodreads Choice Awards only to get a harsh reality when we realise that we really haven't read any new releases. Yay! I have more of an opinion this year solely thanks to my local library which has a great personal selection of new releases. I managed to get Daisy Jones &The Six the day it got released, I mean, pure magic! As with every year though I like to take my guesses as to who will win. I figured it'd be fun to go through my predictions in post form, let's go.. 

FICTION

Prediction: There are so many great nominees this year. I personally would love for Normal People by Sally Rooney to win as that is a book that wedged itself into my mind for weeks after I finished it. The characters were so imperfectly perfect and it made for such an organic read. However, I think The Testaments by Margaret Atwood has a high chance of winning, as people who may of read The Handmaid's Tale will vote for it, even not having read the second instalment.

FANTASY

Prediction: Having not read any of these, I'm going to go with the book I've seen the most hype for. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Though every review I see for Bardugo's first Adult novel is different--it seems as though people either love it or hate it--I think the authors name mixed with the popularity of the book will give it an edge in beating out the competition. It's big contender, in my opinion, is The Priority Of The Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

HISTORICAL FICTION

Prediction: Ph-lease. We all know that Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid is going to wipe the floor in this category. Not only is it universally loved but literally everyone and their mothers have read it. It was one of my favourite reads of the year and will forever stand tall in all it's perfection glory. But, I'm not bias. The only other book I could foresee winning from this list would be Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris but I really don't think it received enough hype when it got released to be a true contender.

MYSTERY & THRILLER

Prediction: Over the past few years this genre of books has exploded thanks to the likes of Gone Girl and The Woman On The Train, so this category is one of the hardest to predict. Usually I could instantly say Ruth Ware's The Turn Of The Key as she's such a popular author of stereotypical loved thrillers. However, thanks to it's many, many, many 5 star ratings I'm guessing The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

ROMANCE

Prediction: This is the first category I'm entirely torn on. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren are calling to me. Both took the book world by storm and I truly haven't seen a negative thing said about either. Christina Lauren may have the edge as she already has an established fandom. Gah! Tough choice. Who knows, maybe Colleen Hoover will come out of nowhere and win again. Side-note: I've never read a Colleen Hoover book. Am I missing out? Let me know!

Young Adult Fiction

PREDICTION: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas is going to win, I don't have a doubt about it. Not only is the author already well loved due to her debut novel The Hate U Give, but this secondary novel by her has also had such great feedback from the book community. It ticks all the boxes to win this category.

YA FANTASY

Prediction: This a touch one as so many of the books in this category have an equal amount of love from readers. Cassandra Clare has such a huge dedicated fanbase, but the same could be said about Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo and Jay Kristoff. Rainbow Rowell is a marmite writer for people, but her most popular book was undoubtedly Carry On. So it's sequel could easily sway a lot of people to pick up another book by her. My prediction is.. King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Mainly due to the mass amount of people I've seen reading it online. 

HORROR

Prediction: Though there's already people complaining about Stephan King's The Institute being in this category as it isn't a horror novel, it will undoubtedly win this. People love Stephan King and not many of the books in this are popular, so naturally the people who haven't read any but want to vote anyway will go with the author they're familiar with. King wins every year and this won't be any different. 

SCIENCE FICTION

Prediction: This is a genre that I rarely pick up due to it's lack of popularised books. Besides Becky Chambers I really haven't seen a lot of love for other sci-fi books in recent years, however, it seems as though everyone is reading Recursion by Blake Crouch. So, that's my pick. His previous book Black Matter received a lot of praise and it seems his newest story is just as enjoyable. Good for him.

HUMOUR

Humour: I foresee the recently released book Dear Girls by Ali Wong taking a huge rise in popularity next year. We really haven't had a more humorous look on 'girl talk' in the past few years, despite the well-loved How To Be A Woman and Not That Kind Of Girl. I personally loved the Netflix original movie Always Be My Maybe so I'm hoping to pick up her debut book soon.

DEBUT

Predictions: And finally we have the most difficult to predict.. the debut. All these books had a huge surge of popularity in 2019. But I think the standout novel will be, again, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. The book is everywhere and appeals to people who like a variety of genres. There, that's my predicitons.

What book are you backing this year in the awards? Be sure to let me know!



Side-note: As you may of noticed, I didn't predict all the categories. That is simply because I either hadn't heard of any of the books, or I just don't feel right having a say as my knowledge of it's designated genre is sparse. Hope you understand. 

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