Goodreads Choice Award 2020 Categories: Best Fantasy

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

I want to start another week by talking about the Goodreads Choice Award. I hope that you all read last week’s post on the books in Best Romance. I really enjoyed writing that post, even though it seemed to take forever. Yesterday the semi-finals finished and tomorrow the final round open and we have two weeks of voting in that final round. I hope that you planning to vote for you favourite authors and favourite books.

This week’s category I am concentrating on is Best Fantasy. I haven’t read a huge amount of fantasy this year, however, in my heart I love fantasy. I grew up reading fantasy books, starting with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and many others. I seem to have not read any books on this list but many of them are high priorities on my TBR and potential Christmas presents (are you reading this mother?) Like last week I will go through each book, my opinion on the blurb and if they will be making an addition to my TBR.

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Not Read

I wish the blurb was longer and it gave me more to on for the book. It sounds interesting but I may have to lay my hands on a copy and read the first few pages before I decide whether I truly want to read it. Can someone tell me when the bookshops will be opening up again?

New TBR addition? Maybe

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Not Read

However I do own this book. I bought, or rather ordered it, it months and months ago when I saw it on Illumicrate as a debut author box. I snapped it up! And it is currently sat on my TBR shelf waiting to be read along with many other books. I hope to get to it soon.

New TBR addition? It’s already there.

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Not Read

Brandon Sanderson is a pretty big name when it comes to fantasy, but I have never read any of his books. None of his subject matter has ever appealed to me. This is book four in the series, meaning that I would have a lot of reading to do first.

New TBR addition? Not sure

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Not Read

This book looks brilliant and I love the cover. Isn’t it beautiful? This books sounds just like the right sort of bonkers that it would make me laugh out loud. I’m sue there would be a few tears in there as well but I pretty sure this book is for me.

New TBR addition? Yes

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Not Read

And I haven’t read any of the Poppy War series. I’ve heard so many people rave about it that I know at some point in the future that I will be getting my hand on this book. I also almost bought all three books from illumicrate a months or so back but I didn’t quite have the money. I fell now like I will have missed my chance.

New TBR addition? Almost definitely

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Not Read

I hadn’t heard of this book before I saw it on the list, but it sure is on my radar now. The blurb reminds me of a point somewhere between Kelley Armstrong and Deborah Harkness. To sum up, right up my street.

New TBR addition? Yes!

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Not Read

This seems really interesting and I love the idea that cities have souls. In fact, I reasonably certain that when you are in tune with the city that you’re in you can feel them. This idea makes me so excited for this book and I’ll be adding it to my christmas list.

New TBR addition? Absolutely!

Peace Talks by Jim Butcher

Not Read

This book is No 16 in the Dresden Files. I’m going to say now that if I ever decide to read this series (and the series does sound very interesting) that it will be a while, probably many years at the rate I read, before I get to this book.

New TBR addition? Maybe … evetually

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakroborty

Not Read

This is another series that I’ve not read that I want to get into. This book is the third, and final, book in the Daevabad trilogy. Again I will have a lot of reading before I get here but I heard a lot of wonderful things from fellow bloggers and booktubers about this series and most definitely want to read it in the near future.

New TBR addition? YES!

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence

Not read

This books has a little bit of mystery to it and I find that intriguing. I might pick this up just to satisfy my curiosity. I’ve read the blurb through a few times in attempts to get some clarity on the book but I find nothing, though I think this book may hold life lessons on strength and being ‘differnt’.

New TBR addition? I think so…

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Not Read

As intriguing as this books sounds I’m not convinced it is my sort of book. This may be a book I have to read few pages of to really get a feel for if it is for me or not. Have any of you read it? If you have, please let me know what you think.

New TBR addition? Potentially not

Piranesi by Susanna Clark

Not Read

This book sounds as interesting and as confusing as the labyrinth the book is set around. Is it for me? I’m not sure. If it was pure mythology, maybe, but I tthink that it is more than that and that more makes me doubt that it is for me.

New TBR addition? Maybe

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Not Read

I do however own this book and I am very excited to read it. It arrived in October’s illumicrate box and I am hoping to read this soon. The cover of the illumicrate edition is gorgeous and I will, hopefully, put a photo on my instagram soon.

New TBR addition? On there, but not new

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Not read

I pre-ordered this months before it’s release because I adore Sarah J. Maas’ writing. I was so excited to read it but I found I didn’t have the time when it finally arrived. I really want to finish it, and soon. What I did read was amazing and I think this may be her best work yet.

New TBR addition? A very old TBR friend who deserves a lot more love.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Not Read.

This is yet another book that received in an illumicrate box. It looks really interesting and it was probably one that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself but I will be reading it as soon as I can make time for it.

New TBR addition? Again, on there, but not new.

Another week over, and another long list. Which of these would you vote for? Which of these would you recommend I read first?

Until next time …


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