Every year Goodreads members cast their vote for the best books in 20 categories. This year as I was voting I realized how many of the books listed I didn't read. It was an overwhelming amount really. So I want to take the time next year to read more books written in 2014. Here are some winners in categories I want to delve more into next year:
Memoir & Autobiography
I Am Malala tells the inspiring story of a schoolgirl who was determined not to be intimidated by extremists, and faced the Taliban with immense courage. Malala speaks of her continuing campaign for every girl's right to an education, shining a light into the lives of those children who cannot attend school. This is just the beginning...
The Choice: I'm not all that surprised that I Am Malala won. When I watched a news story on what happened to her and her fight to make girls education available everywhere I started rooting for her. I would actually be interested in reading her story.
The Future: I've only read a few memoirs but I've loved them. I really want to read more humorous ones or just more in general next year. I've got two planned already - How to be a Woman and Let's Pretend This Never Happened. I hope more insightful or fun memoirs come out next year as well.
Food & Cookbooks
A clever tribute to literature, Tequila Mockingbird is the cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Combining beloved classic novels with witty humor and delicious drink recipes, some of the charming recipes include Vermouth the Bell Tolls, Gin Eyre, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita, Bridget Jones’s Daiquiri, and more. Accompanying the 65 cocktail recipes are a list of tools and techniques, a spirits glossary, and a handful of drinking games and bar bites, making this cocktail book both fun and functional.
The Choice: I am not a cocktail type of person so Tequila Mockingbird isn't for me but the way the recipes are entwined with novels and humor I can understand why it was chosen.
The Future: I only knew of Relish and I didn't even read it so that's pretty bad. I have a ton of food related books I want to read next year and I plan to scout some good cookbooks as well.
Graphic Novels & Comics
In crisp black and white manga pictures, Ethan Wate narrates his dreams, haunted an unreachable raven-haired beauty. When she moves into the small Southern town Blackwood mansion of her protective Uncle Macon, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her. As her 16th birthday nears, Lena must choose - or will the family curse choose for her?
The Choice: Feels kind of biased but I have looked at a couple of pages inside so I might be wrong.
The Future: I don't know what's wrong with me! I love graphic novels and comics. My brother has a whole library of comics I haven't read and I used to read a lot of manga. I really want to read all of Fables next year. I want to also try my best to find some new graphic novels at my library if they ever get any.
Young Adult Fiction
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.
The Choice: It was either this or Fangirl. I'm more partial to Faingirl's synopsis but I'm not surprised again by Eleanor & Park's win. Does anyone else find it funny that the two top books in this category was written by the same person? Now that's a statement.
The Future: But you always read YA books - what gives? Umm... I kind of read none off this list and I am very ashamed of myself. I want to read a bunch of them but I just didn't this year. *face palm* I'll have to make an effort to read YA books that come out in 2014.
Middle Grade & Children
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
(Didn't want to spoil anything for me and you so I got a smaller synopsis.)
The Choice: All that Rick Riordan makes is gold so I'm sure The House of Hades is awesome.
The Future: I am so behind on this series it's driving me nuts! This was actually my best category because I read two in the total nomination list. *pats on back* I do read a lot of books in this category but I want to read more. They are just so good to sideline in my reading life.
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!
The Choice: I would have thought Chu's Day would have won because Adam Rex illustrated it but The Day the Crayons Quit was illustrated by Oliver Jeffers so it's a bit of a toss up. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild would have been great as well.
The Future: Saying that I have read none of these titles. I have seen book trailers, reviews, and images on the web so even if I sound like I know what I'm talking about I don't really because I haven't read any of them... and I want that to change! I love picture books and I am so going to read more of them.
P.S. Why wasn't Carnivores on this list???
So what do you think about The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards?
Are you baffled by the winners or nodding your head along with the choices?