2021 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees

It’s that time of year again! The voting round of the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards has begun. This annual event, in its 12th year, is the only major book awards chosen by readers.

This year marks a couple of changes for the annual award. This year there is no write-in option (which I am sad about since I really liked that option). There is now only two rounds of voting instead of three. The opening round ends this evening, November 28 and the final round runs from November 30- December 5. The winners are announced on December 9.

I won’t be listing all the nominees but here are some categories that may be of high interest to some readers. I’ll also mark the ones that will definitely get my vote!

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2021 Highland Book Prize Longlist

The Highland Book Prize announced the 12 titles that have been selected for the 2021 longlist. Established in 2017, this literary prize celebrates the finest published work that recognizes the rich talent, landscape and cultural diversity of the Highlands.

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CILIP Carnegie Medal 2022 Nominations

The nominations for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals for writing and illustration have been released. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that “creates an outstanding reading experience through writing”. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal honors “a book that creates an outstanding reading experience through illustration”.

This year, 148 books were nominated, 76 books for the Carneige Medal and 72 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. The longlist will be announced on February 16, 2022, the shortlist on March 16, 2022 and the winners on June 16, 2022.

This list is represents the quintessential saying, “so many books, so little time.” All of these books look so good and thankfully, most of them are already on my TBR shelf, so I am on the right track! Here are some of the titles that have the high honor of getting to the nomination stage:

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2021 Shortlist for Waterstones Book of the Year

Waterstones, the UK Bookseller, released their yearly shortlist of this year’s best books of the year. The shortlist and award is selected by booksellers.

If you are not looking to add more books to add to your TBR shelf, then reading this shortlist is highly unadvisable, you ‘ll have a hard time tearing your eyes away from these interesting blurbs:

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2021 Booker Prize Shortlist Announced as Ishiguro is Out

The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The list was chosen of 158 titles published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

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Winner of the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction

The winner of the 2021 Women’s Fiction Prize was announced this evening in the UK. The recipient of the award receives a “Bessie”, limited bronze figurine, and a £30,000 cash prize.

And the winner is…

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2021 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The list was chosen of 158 titles published in the UK and Ireland between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

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Winners of the 2021 Waterstone Children’s Book Prize

The UK bookseller, Waterstones, has just announced the 2021 winners of their Children’s Book Prize. This award, which is chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers, honors emerging writers of exceptional talent and are blooming in the children’s writing industry.

Here are the winners:

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Lambda Literary Awards 2021: Children and YA Winners

My friend and fellow librarian extraordinaire, Whitney Davidson-Rhodes had the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the 2021 Lambda Literary Award season. Lambda Literary Award gives recognition and promotion to LGBTQ books and authors and every year they award the best of the best. To see the full list of the 2021 winners, check them out here.

But for this post I asked Whitney, out of all the books she read, to list her favorite ones. And no surprise, these are also my personal favorites. So let’s get the book recommendations going:

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Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2021

Here is the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlist for 2021. This annual prize’s shortlist is always chosen by Waterstones’ booksellers and strives to commit to championing the best and newest talent in children’s writing and illustration today. Make sure to check back to see the winner of this prize!

Now here are the nominees:

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