10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards

Have you voted???

There are several important votes to be made of late (in the US anyway) and the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is currently taking votes in lots of genre categories.

I always love to browse Goodreads for book recommendations and I think the Choice Awards is a good way to acknowledge those wonderful authors who write the books we love, as well as get ideas for the next fantastic read.

Voting is now in the semi – final round so it’s getting close. Please check out the link below to browse the categories and cast your vote!

Voting Schedule 

Opening Round Oct. 30 –
Nov. 4
Semifinal Round Nov. 6 – 11
Final Round Nov. 13 – 26
Winners Announced Dec. 4

Best Mystery & Thriller

Of particular interest to me was the Best Mystery & Thriller category, where I have read the the most books in any category. I am most excited about the book I voted for, The Wife Between Us – by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, being in the semi final round of voting. I also enjoyed The Woman in the Window – A.J Flinn & Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeny and I’m so glad they made it to the semi final round. I’m very exited to read Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman  as I have heard great things about this book. Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone also looks incredibly interesting to me from reading the synopsis.

Best Horror

I also had a browse of the Horror category, where I voted for Zoje Stage’s Baby Teeth, loved it and recently reviewed and am happy to see this book is also in the semi final round of voting. In this category, I am most excited to read Ian Reid’s Foe (again, heard great things, also in relation to his other novel, I’m thinking of Ending Things).

Best of the Best 

There is a new category, Best of the Best, with some amazing reads. I had read quite a few of these and I found it very difficult to choice one to vote for. I voted for Room by Emma Donoghue, but unfortunately it did not made the semi final round. There are so many great books in this category though, its going to be a tough one!

Best Memoir/Autobiography

Of course I browsed all the categories. I can’t always be thrilled or terrified. Sometimes I like to be inspired or motivated.  Another favourite category of mine was the non fiction and biographies and memoirs categories. Again, including a lot of books I hadn’t yet read, but am very well aware of and very much want to read – I see you Educated by Tara Westover.

I encourage all and any readers to take a look. Browsing Goodreads at any time is a great way to find awesome books and the reading community is lovely.


The Art of Reading

There are many choices to make when reading. First our choices are about the book, topic, genre or author. These decisions are arguably the most important. I will blog about this in the future.

A good read is also about the setting. Is it possible to be fully immersed in a book if you are uncomfortable, there is too much background noise or the temperature isn’t right? Those who know me well know that I don’t like too much noise when I’m trying to concentrate, whether I’m reading or otherwise. Other really enjoy having music playing or background noise whilst concentrating. The environment is a key factor when it comes to reading.

My favourite places to read currently include the train (on my way to work) and the bathtub. I love to relax in the bath with candles burning and soapy suds. Its is heaven. Even if it is difficult to get out of the tub when the story gets exciting.

Lots of people like to read in bed and do I too, although I tend to relax a little too much and fall asleep much sooner than I would have liked. I love reading on the beach, with the sea air and sand all around me. Sand is probably a nightmare combination with a Kindle, but I just love laying on my back or tummy on a towel, with my feet burrowing into the sand. There is something sensory about the experience that adds to the reading.

Where do you like to read?

These days I read books on my kindle. I know some people will never enjoy reading books on a Kindle and more power to them for not conforming to technology. I have to say though, I really love my kindle. I love that it is easy to hold, convenient for travelling and if I’m bored with a book, there are many others in my library to choose from. People use different devices from Kobos to other readers. The one thing I miss about paperbacks is not seeing the blurb and the cover (in colour anyway). I used to spend hours in bookshops when I was younger just reading blurbs of books with interesting covers. I still do this, but now I spend more time online browsing the NY Times Best Seller List and  Goodreads for suggestions. It’s great, but it’s not quite the same.

How do you like to read?

There is also another part of reading which I enjoy immensely. I love to find out what great books my friends or family are reading. I like to discuss storylines, the author’s writing style and what I have or haven’t enjoyed about a particular book. For me, it’s not enough just to read a great book. I feel a strong urge to share it with others and discuss it.  I liken it to watching a great movie. I’ve never really been one to just passively watch a movie. I want to learn more about it. I find out who the director or writer is. I watch interviews with the cast members. I discuss the plot with others. There is something in the sharing of a great story that connects us with other people. I love that stories can connect us together that way.

Do you share your books with others? How?

I’d love to hear from you about how you read, where you like to read and how you share your reading with others. I always get great ideas from other people about books to read and how to read. I recently discovered digital libraries and I’m enjoying  a new way of borrowing books (another future post!) so all recommendations are fantastic.