Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

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The Goodreads Choice Awards —

The Goodreads Choice Awards are certainly the award that is most purely for popularity! Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I voted in many categories, but didn’t feel very strongly about most of them. Let me see, let me see … here’s a useful list of the winners via File 770:

Fiction: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Historical Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Nonfiction: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

Memoir & Autobiography: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

Mystery & Thriller: End of Watch by Stephen King

Horror: The Fireman by Joe Hill

Humor: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Science Fiction: Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Graphic Novels & Comics: Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

History & Biography: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner

Science & Technology: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

Food & Cookbooks: Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen

Romance: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Debut Goodreads Author: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Middle Grade & Children’s: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

Picture Books: The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems

Poetry: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

For me, author and subject were more important than the actual books because I had read so few of the nominees. I voted for Underground Railroad in Historical because I’ve always loved stories about that, as who hasn’t. Surely every grade school child loves Harriet Tubman from their first introduction to her.

I voted for the Frans de Waal one in Science and Technology because I have a lot of his books and love them. He hits exactly the kind of topic I’m most interested in, like discussing the evolution of empathy and things like that.

I’m pleased to see Rebel of the Sands because I have that on my TBR pile. And I’ve enjoyed other books by Ruta Sepetys.

Other than that, I don’t know enough about the winners to comment, probably. But click through and check out the winners if you’re so inclined.

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