2 January 2016

Goodreads Award Challenge

Another slightly unique challenge that I feel plays to me is the Goodreads Award Challenge. Head over to sign up.

The basic principle of this challenge is that you choose a category or two from the Goodreads Choice Awards and try to read a number of last year's finalists. The reasoning behind this challenge is that when it comes to voting time so many of us have only read the odd book or two listed.

On the basis that the books nominated one year are very often in the same series as books nominated the next this should at least give us some kind of grounding to vote from in 2016. The Challenge allows that we may read first books in series in place of the book listed if we have not started the series.

I'm going to be aiming for tier 3 (6-8 books) in the Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Category and in the Best Fantasy Category. The books I'll have to choose from are listed below and I'll link up my reviews as I manage to read them.

Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction

The Heir - Keira Cass (book 4)
                The Selction
                The Elite
                The One
                The Crown

Six of Crows - Leigh Barry to (book 1) [read]
               Crooked Kingdom

Carry on - Rainbow Rowell (standalone)

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas (book 4)
               Throne of Glass
               Crown of Midnight
               Heir of Fire
               The Assassin's Blade

Fire fight - Brandon Sanderson (book 2)

An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir (book 1)
              A Torch against the Night

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Mass (book 1)
             A Court of Mist and Fury

Winter - Marissa Meyer (book 4)

Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard (book 1)
              Glass Sword

Uprooted - Naomi Novik (standalone)

Best Fantasy

The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher (book 1)
                The Olympian Affair

Magic Shifts - Ilona Andrews (book 8)
                Magic Bites
                Magic Burns
                Magic Strikes
                Magic Bleeds
                Magic Slays
                Magic Rises
                Magic Breaks
                Magic Binds

Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman (Standalone Short story collection)

Fool's Quest - Robin Hobbes (book 2)
                Fool's Assassin
                Assassin's Fate

Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop (book 3)
               Written in Red
               Murder of Crows
               Marked in Flesh

The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin (book 1)
               The Obelisk Gate

Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson (book 5)
               The Final Empire [read]
               The Well of Ascension [read]
               The Hero of Ages [read]
               The Alloy of Law
               The Bands of Mourning
               The Lost Metal

Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs (book 4)
                Cry Wolf
                Hunting Ground
                Fair Game

Burned - Karen Marie Moning (book 7)

A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab (book 1)
                 A Gathering of Shadows

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