2017 Book Awards

I’ve always wanted to do book awards since the first time I had this blog, but, see, I’m a creature of habit; I always go back to the same genre over and over again. And when you only read either, fictions, non-fictions, historical fictions, young adults, and contemporaries, let’s just say it’s not entirely easy to make your own book awards.

Well, that is until I realise, I can make my own categories and gave out my own awards to the books I’ve read however I like it. Here are the categories that I have come up with.

This is the category for books that are so horrible that I end up skimming through it, and I felt no remorse about it because it was just so horrible to me. And here are the nominees:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

And the book that I will be most saying bye to is..

Ugh, this book is just really not my cup of tea. I think I am most angry because I really believed I was going to like this book only to be completely annoyed by how predictable the whole thing was. I am so tired of the same old trope of a girl who somehow will be the catalyst of change to the whole events in the book, and (surprise, or not surprise, whatever) she doesn’t even know she is capable of doing so. Oh yeah, original! Bored! Snoozefest. And don’t get me started with the whole love triangle trope. Give it a rest already!

The next category is for books that are just a snoozefest for me. Not as bad as for the books in Bye category, this one is actually not for awful books but just maybe a tad bit boring. The nominees are..

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths edited by Kate Bernheimer

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Whore Stories by Taylor Stoddard Smith

And the book that is caused me to zzz is..

I genuinely feel bad about calling this book a bore, because there are some interesting short stories that I quite enjoy, but I have to be fair that one or two short stories that are definitely interesting cannot save this book from being boring.

This is the category for books that are so heartwarming, I almost feel like I’m a nice person with rainbows as personality as oppose to a grumbling old lady. The nominees are..

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

right, even though there are only two books running for this title, the one and only book that made me go aww! is..

Incredibly heartwarming and openly honest. All through the story and the characters, I almost felt like knowing them in real life as opposed to having read a fictional story. Definitely a feel good book whenever you’re feeling down.

The next category is specifically for books that are just meh. Like it’s not bad, but it’s also not good. Just your plain good meh feeling. The nominees are..

North Korea Undercover by John Sweeney

The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith

Right, let’s not get ourselves too worked up because there are only two books vying for this category. The book that is so meh, I couldn’t even come up with a better explanation is..

Okay, let’s get one thing straight, just because a book is classified meh (by me), that does not necessarily mean that it’s a boring book. It’s just as the category calls itself, meh.. Not good but not bad either. This book was that. First off, I was already not in favour for this book because of how the author obtains the materials for the book, and the rest was nothing new for me. It’s nothing I have never read before. Having said that, I know it’s not the book’s fault, because surely it might be a coincidence that I’ve read what was written in the book from other books, but since this is my own book award, so deal with it, okay?

This is the category for books that have surprised me (in a good way), like I didn’t expect it to be good or enjoyable, but it did anyway. The nominees are..

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani 

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The Vatican Princess by C. W. Gortner

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Wow! A lot of contender for this category and I genuinely don’t know who should win this category. Looking back, 2017 hasn’t been a great year for my reading activities but surprisingly I did end up with great books. So, which book that managed to wow me amongst the others who came close?

Look, if I could (and I actually could but then it wouldn’t be fair to the other categories), I would just let all the books in this category to win this category, but I can’t, okay? So I have to pick one, and honestly this book surprised me a lot. I really didn’t expect to like it, because I read this book with the feeling that this was going to be like your regular YA and whatnot (look at how disappointed I was by The Wrath and the Dawn), but it was completely different. The world building, the characters, and the storyline was just so promising, I really can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

This is the category for books that have successfully kept me on the edge of my seat. It is so thrilling that I didn’t hate it, even though as a general rule of thumb, I really don’t like being surprised. The nominees are..

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

Touch by Claire North

Fatherland by Robert Harris

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Like I’ve said, as a general rule of thumb I don’t like anything that scares me or that would kept me on the edge of my seat, but surprisingly this year I read quite a lot of books that did so to me, but which one that made me OMG the most?

Gosh dang it! I just can’t you know? This book! This book just wreck me. It freaking shred me to pieces, and yet I just couldn’t put this book down. It was so freaking good! I mean, I hate thrillers, but I march on for this book, you know? This book is just crazy good. OH. MY. GOSH!!!

MY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!!! The nominees are..

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Sudden Disappearance of Hope by Claire North

Touch by Claire North

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The Female of the Species by Mindi McGinnis

Great! Another one of those categories I’m going to have to sweat myself because I am just an indecisive wreck who decides to make my own book awards even though I know I can’t choose anything. Gosh!!!! Why do I do this to myself? Look, just for the record, I genuinely and honestly think that all books in this category was my best book of the year (and I know it made no sense to have more than one most, but whatever), and yet in the spirit of this book award, I will choose one..

I tried doing this book justice by writing a review of it, but I just can’t. This book was so captivating, and I was so drawn into its story that I can’t even be articulate for a moment to tell you how amazing this book was. This book really hit me hard when I read, and the best (and the only way I can do this book justice) I can do is to seriously recommend you to read this book.


 

 

 

There it is! My very own book awards. Gosh, turns out it is definitely hard! I’m not sure if I can do this again for next year. This was crazy hard, you know? Anyway, reviews from all the books can be accessed through the Interested in some of the books I’ve read? menu, and just go to the year 2017 to read more. Oh, and I know this seems weird, but not all of the books I’ve read were actually in the running for all categories, so I highly recommend you check all my reviews from 2017 if you want to know more.

Phew! Right. I guess this is where I said goodbye to 2017 and hope that 2018 will be better. Right? No? Great, I don’t even know how to end this post. I’m just so drained from having to choose.


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