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Goodreads 2015 Choice Awards

Book awards of any kind frustrate me. My choices differ with the nominees and/or winners more often than not. Why is that? Is my taste so terrible? I find that I often disagree with the popular opinion on a lot of different subjects. I guess my inner rebellious teenager will never be put to rest. I’d like to discuss some of the winners.

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  • Fiction:  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. My opinion:  What a predictable pick. I judge this pick. Can’t people be a little more creative with their choices?? I haven’t read this book so I have no actual opinion of the book, but I still say it was predictable. BEYOND predictable. This book won and it didn’t even have to get out of bed to do so.
  • Mystery Thriller:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. My opinion:  I couldn’t stand this book. It was about pathetic women. Awful. The plot twists weren’t creative or original. Ugh. It won by a landslide too. How? This was such a bad book.
  • Fantasy:  Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. My opinion:  Okay. So this is another predictable pick. HOWEVER, I love Gaiman and he is a phenomenal writer. I have this book and while I haven’t read all of the stories in it, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.
  • Horror:  Saint Odd by Dean Koontz. My opinion:  I’m a huge fan of the Odd Thomas series. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’m happy to see that it won for this category. Way to go Odd!!
  • History and Biography:  Dead Wake by Erik Larson. My opinion:  Larson is another fantastic writer. I have absolutely loved all of his books that I’ve read. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m not surprised it won in this category.
  • Graphic Novels & Comics:  Saga, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. My opinion:  Of the nominees, I thought this was a clear winner. Again, I haven’t read this yet, but I have read volumes one and two. Saga is worthy of the win.
  • Best Debut Goodreads Author:  The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. My opinion:  This book was good. However, my opinion is that its win equals winning a popularity contest versus winning on merit. Looking at the other nominees, did The Red Queen deserve the win based on the story and the writing? I don’t think so. All the popular kids read and liked it…
  • Young Adult Fantasy:  Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. My opinion:  Are you freaking kidding me? I haven’t read this because I can’t stand Maas’ writing. Maybe she’s improved since Throne of Glass but holy wow! That was such an awful book I can’t stand the thought of torturing myself with more of her writing. Here, I have a very unpopular opinion but I stand by it. Makes me wonder at other people’s taste. 😉 I think Illuminae should have won here.

So, there you go. My opinion of other people’s opinions. When I disagreed, I strongly disagreed. What am I missing? I’m confounded.

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10 thoughts on “Goodreads 2015 Choice Awards

  1. I’m right there with you, when I saw Go Set A Watchman, all I could think of was how many people had GRIPED about this book. I’d not heard a single person say anything good about it! But……it somehow won best fiction? WTF?!

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  2. I’m possibly going to get flamed for saying this, but I never thought To Kill a Mockingbird was amazing (I fully admit I don’t love modern lit, though). I won’t be reading GSAW, I’m not interested, and I have heard one positive review out of 30+. I have a feeling that Goodreads awards are often voted on by people who haven’t read all of what they vote on.

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    1. I can’t say that I didn’t like TKAM. I read it in high school, willingly, and I have positive feelings about it. However, that was like 20+ years ago and my opinion back then is untrustworthy, lol. I should reread it. As for GSAW, I have no plans on reading it. Not interested.

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  3. I’m guessing that with this contest anyway, the results show the books that people read the most. So maybe they’re not really the best ones – just the most often read. Sometimes I’m tempted to vote when a book that I’ve read is nominated, but then I think that’s not really fair because I haven’t usually read the other nominees. I’ll have to read them all at some point though!

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    1. I hear what you’re saying and you make a valid point. It really *isn’t* fair to vote unless you’ve read all the contenders. I admit, I voted for the books that I read and liked and I certainly haven’t read every book in any of the categories. It’s the equivalent of the People’s Choice Awards for TV and movies though. People vote on what they’ve watched and liked and more than likely haven’t watched every show or movie in every category. I think that’s one of the privileges we get as “normal” people versus critics. 😉

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