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Goodreads Choice Award Books I’ve Actually Read (Spoiler: not many)

Helloo, happy Monday (or not, I completely understand if you’re miserable on Mondays, the only reason I’m not overly miserable on Monday’s is because I’m only at uni for an hour and that’s not until 2 o’clock).

I was meant to be at work tonight but they sent out an email saying they’d over-staffed and if anyone wanted to drop a shift then don’t be scared to do so. I worked last night and had a sore throat so bad my manager gave me a free slush. I was super tired tonight and just couldn’t be arsed leaving the house, into the cold, when I was so cosy and having fun with my housemates.

Since I had an unexpected night off I figured I’d talk about the Goodreads Choice Awards. UGH! The Goodreads Choice Awards!! Every year I think I’m doing well with new releases and then this comes around and proves me wrong.

To be honest I’ve not done too bad this year, but still, considering how many categories and books there is, I’ve not done great either. To make myself feel better, I thought we’d go over the nominee’s I’ve actually read!!



Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell – This is the most recent book on this list that I completed and I genuinely loved it. With my whole heart I just had so much fun with this one. I wanted to read it non-stop but also didn’t want it to end. My new mission is to get my friend to read this series. I sent him a few bits of dialogue which he found funny so I’m hopefully he won’t take much convincing.

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong – And here we have the second most recent read. This was the perfect end to this stunning duology. I read the first book during an unexpectedly busy week, and I read this the week assignments were due. Being busy while reading a great book is so annoying!!

Cheer Up: Love and Pom Poms by Crystal Fraiser & Val Wise – I didn’t know what to expect when I was accepted for an ARC of this. I requested it because I liked the cover art, but oh my word was this cute!



Lore by Alexandra Bracken – Despite this coming out in January, I didn’t get to it til September and I actually forgot it was a 2021 release. I’d heard mixed things but ended up really enjoying it. I thought it was a great mix of classic mythology with modern day.

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – Jennifer Lynn Barnes has been a favourite of mine for years now so it was no surprise to me that I loved this sequel. This series is keeping me entertained and also keeping me on my toes. I don’t know what to expect next and I love that.



The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood – My current read as I’m writing this post but I’m flying through it so I’ll have finished it by the time this post goes live. I’m really enjoying this book so far. I’m loving the dynamic between the two characters and Olive reminds me so much of myself … besides the fact that she’s a smart scientist whereas I barely made it through high school chemistry and graduated with a failing grade in maths.

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams – An impulse buy that paid off! This book was floating around online and checked it out. I had a lot of fun with this book and really loved the romance. Remembering details of romances is hard because somewhere along the lines, they blend together in my brain, but I do remember this was a fun one.

You Have a Match by Emma Lord – I feel like this is probably my least favourite book on this list. I don’t really have overmuch to say. This was pretty middle of the road: I liked the setting of the summer camp but that was about it. I was hoping for more after loving her debut so much.



Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare – Feels like I read this so long ago! I simultaneously enjoyed this while also feeling disappointed. I didn’t know it was possible for a bracelet to make me so frustrated and don’t get me started on that ending!!

The One’s We’re Meant to Find by Joan Le – Still not sure how I feel about this one. It was really cool and made me think and feel things, but I think I’m just to stupid for science fiction. This was a great read though, especially with all the twists and turns!

So 10 books isn’t so bad, but it’s also not so great when compared to how many categories there are and how many books are in those categories.

I’d love to know your thoughts on feelings on these books and Goodreads Choice Awards in general! Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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