Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

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Goodreads Choice Awards

File 770 very usefully encapsulates the four SFF genre categories included in the Goodreads Choice Awards, which are of course science fiction, fantasy, horror, and YA SFF.

I did vote in some of these categories, but it’s almost surprising how few of these books I’ve actually read. Or perhaps not, considering how busy I’ve been this year. Anyway, I’ve read exactly one of the SF novels (Bujold’s, of course) and have two as samples on my Kindle.

I’ve read two of the fantasy nominees (Patricia Briggs’ and Ilona Andrews’ entries), and have one on my wishlist.

I’ve read one of the horror — Dan Wells’ book — I really like this series and thought Over Your Dead Body was a good addition to it. I’m not sure I was thinking of it as horror, though.

And I’ve read just one of the YA nominees (The Raven King) and have one on my Kindle (Rebel of the Sands).

So if you’re a Goodreads member, you might like to click through and vote. And if you’re not, you might find it interesting to click through and see what’s on the award shortlist. To me it seems like a somewhat odd blend of super-popular authors and more literary types of stories. Of course the idea that some are more literary (Too Like the Lightning; All the Birds in the Sky) is based on what I’ve read about the titles, since I haven’t actually read the books (yet).

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3 Comments Goodreads Choice Awards

  1. Mary

    You can also write in a candidate. I voted for two nominees and five write-ins.

    Not that anything but the nominees is likely.

  2. Evelyn

    Only read 5 of the listed books, but have about four on my TBR list, not interested in at least 10 titles for various reasons. Need to check out a few of the others…maybe in Dec., when I finally have time.

    I think you would really like The Bird and the Sword, by Amy Harmon, it was really close to being a YA and reminded me a bit of Robin McKinley fantasy.

    Read Black Dog Short Stories 2. Excellent. Great expansion on characters, and looking forward to some of the new ideas introduced in the next book. I have enjoyed all of your work, but personally the Black Dog series is my favorite so far.

  3. Rachel

    Thanks, Evelyn! I love that series too, which is why it’s worth self-publishing.

    And I’ll have to check out The Bird and the Sword.

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