I love watching and reading people’s lists for this tag every year, so this year I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do the tag myself! It’s basically a list of all the awards at the Academy Awards, but for the books I read in 2018. I’ll be picking my winners from all the books I read in 2018, not just the ones that were published in 2018. So I have a total of 120 books to pick from and you can see my full list here if you’re interested. I’ve done my best to avoid selecting the same book for multiple categories, but in some cases I felt the same book really was the best pick for both awards. Here we go:
Best Male Protagonist (Best Actor)
Winner: Bitty from Check Please!: #Hockey
Reason: He’s a gay hockey player who loves to bake and make people feel good! What’s not to love?!
Runner ups: Prince Cas from Ruined, Radu from Bright We Burn, Cormoran Strike from Lethal White
Best Female Protagonist (Best Actress):
Winner: Morrigan Crow from Wundersmith
Reason: She is brave and perseveres though she is alienated at her school. She just wants to be accepted and be a good friend.
Runner ups: Kimberly from Girl in Translation, Felicity from The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Maddy from Code Name Verity
Best Male Sidekick (Best Supporting Actor):
Winner: Axel from The Astonishing Color of After
Reason: He is so sweet and such a good friend! He is always there for Leigh and understands when she needs some personal time.
Runner ups: Mitch from Vicious/Vengeful, all the boys in Fence, Benji from Us Against You
Best Female Sidekick (Best Supporting Actress):
Winner: Kitty from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Reason: She has such a great personality and she loves her sisters. She made me laugh so much and I loved her energy!
Runner ups: Amari from Children of Blood and Bone, Sheilagh Fielding from The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Rosa from Rose Under Fire
Best Writer you discovered for the first time (Best Director):
Winner: K.A. Tucker
Reason: I read her newest book, The Simple Wild and fell in love with her writing, characters, and setting!
Runner ups: Alice Oseman (Radio Silence), Emma Hooper (Our Homesick Songs), Courtney Summers (Sadie)
Best Plot Twist (Best Cinematography):
Winner: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
Reason: There are a ton of crazy plot twists and I didn’t see any of them coming! Blew my book club’s mind!
Runner ups: The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager, The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Best Action in a Book (Best Visual Effects):
Winner: Ruined by Amy Tintera
Reason: It is so fast-paced, it just throws you into the action right away and it never stops!
Runner ups: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Best Book Cover (Best Costume Design):
Winner: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Reason: LOOK AT IT! This is my first repeat, but I am just so in love with how beautiful this is and all the colours – I had to pick it!
Runner ups: Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper, The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Best Audiobook (Best Musical Score):
Winner: Joanne Froggatt in Wuthering Heights
Reason: Froggatt is an accomplished actress and she did a wonderful job with all the accents and drawing me into the story!
Runner ups: Kyla Garcia in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Phoebe Robinson in Everything’s Trash, but it’s Okay, Rebekkah Ross in The Nowhere Girls
Most Unique Plot/World (Best Original Screenplay):
Winner: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
Reason: I am obsessed with everything about this series. I love the world-building, the plot, and all the characters.
Runner ups: Women Talking by Miriam Toews, The Poppy War by R.F. Huang, Sadie by Courtney Summers
Best Book to Movie Adaptation (Best Adapted Screenplay):
Winner: Love Simon
Reason: I actually liked this more than the book. The acting, storyline, and soundtrack were all amazing! Technically I didn’t read the book, Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, this year, but I did see the movie!
Runner ups: To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han on Netflix
Best Graphic Novel (Best Animated Feature):
Winner: Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad
Reason: So much wonderful character development in this series! Somehow these authors succeeded in making fencing super interesting!
Runner ups: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan, Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
Best Novella or Short Book (Best Short Film):
Winner: Women Talking by Miriam Toews
Reason: Unique storytelling that demonstrates women’s ability to find solace, humour, and healing in one another.
Runner ups: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline, Songs of a Sourdough by Robert W. Service
Best Historical Fiction (Best Documentary):
Winner: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Reason: The writing, the setting, the characters, and the story are all so captivating and richly developed.
Runner ups: Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Best Standalone (Best Picture):
Winner: Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper
Reason: The writing is magical and transporting. I loved this mix of historical fiction and magical realism.
Runner ups: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker, Women Talking by Miriam Toews