Goodreads Choice Awards

Have rolled around and for me as a New Zealander they have become even more meaningless with write ins no longer allowed and Cookbooks no longer a category.

I’ll explain. Write ins meant that there was a miniscule hope that one day a book by a Kiwi author would be published in the States and (a big and) I would like the book enough to nominate it. No chance of that now.

Cookbooks- I just like the eye candy of outsize cookbooks.

While I’m on a roll I’ll mention that combining Picture Books with Middle School books seems very short sighted on Goodreads/Amazon’s part. These are the readers of the future after all.

So this year I didn’t vote at all. I am expecting at some point to get around to reading The Plot and The Wife Upstairs but I’m not in any rush. Many of my Goodreads friends felt a bit meh about all the fiction nominations.

Thoughts everyone?

Goodreads Choice Awards 2021- Even Less Choice Now!

I’m a Librarian on Goodreads & I did used to help with the Goodreads Choice Awards – in a very minor capacity. I did enjoy seeing the titles that members nominated – sometimes I even put them on my to-read lists.

But now that is all changed.

I don’t have to make some minor edits – because Goodreads no longer allows write ins.

Goodreads has also reduced the number of categories. Science & Technology has been combined with Nonfiction (no argument from me – the vote numbers were low) But – outrage! Food & Cookbooks have also been combined with Nonfiction. There aren’t many Cookbooks that I read from front cover to back cover. & apparently there wasn’t a single cookbook worthy of a nonfiction nomination this year.

Showing my bias I guess, as celebrity cookbooks are usually among the best selling non fiction in my country.

If I ruled the world & it was really necessary to compress categories I would have put biographies with autobiographies, put history & science with nonfiction. I would definitely left Cookbooks as a separate category as not many people read cookbooks the way they do other non fiction. & I think combining Picture Books with middle grade & children’s is very short sighted. These are the readers of the future.

I am glad they are starting a couple of weeks laterthough.

Disappointing, but no particular skin off my nose. Since books have to be published in the States to be eligible, I have rarely read any of the nominees & prefer to wait a couple of years for the hype to die down.

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