2020 Bookish Academy Awards

Annnnd this post is late again. :/ I’m doing the best I can. XD

Hey guys! It’s time for the 2020 Bookish Academy Awards tag to award all the books I’ve read in 2020! This tag was created by Bookadoodles and it’s inspired by the Oscars! You can see my 2017 and 2018 editions on my old blog and my 2019 edition here. 🙂 I can’t believe this is my 4th year doing this. XD

Best female sidekick:

Sophia! She was just such an intriguing character to read.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Piper from Stranded by Dani Pettrey
  • Dumpling from The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Rosie from See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Aisling from The Siren by Kiera Cass (I’m not sure that’s her name or how to spell it. I listened to the audiobook and looked it up and can’t find it written down anywhere, but her story was so interesting!)
  • Maude Ivory from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Ansel from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Yrene from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Emma from Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • Ella from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Olivia from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • Nonna from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • Margot from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Best male sidekick:

Sejanus! Poor, pure Sejanus. D,:

Honorable Mentions:

  • Wallace from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Arcus from Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • Jamie from Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Mahdi from Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Nico from The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
  • Ahren, Kile, Henri and Eikko from The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • Rowan and Ian from Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • Sam from The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Alexei and Jamie from See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Akinli from The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • John and Rob from Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
  • Lincoln from Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Sam from The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Paul and Theo from Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • Guy Fawkes from Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • Linus and Frank from Finding Audrey by Sophie Audrey
  • Jackson from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Wes and Charlie from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Best female protagonist:

Celaena! I just really enjoyed this look into her whole backstory before the events of Throne of Glass. I feel like I got so much more insight into the series (at least of what I’ve read so far, which is just this and TOG) and it was so much fun to read!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Scout/Jean Louise from Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
  • Eliza from Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Ruby from Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • Etta from Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Amy from The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
  • Mare and Cameron from King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • Darcy from Stranded by Dani Pettrey
  • Kiko from Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Seraphina and Astrid from Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Melody from Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • Ali from The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
  • Eadlyn from The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • Alyce from The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Grace from See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • Kahlen from The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • Stevie from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • Hanna from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Sophie from 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Best male protagonist:

Nicholas! 😀

Honorable Mentions:

  • Benjamin from The Apprentices by Maile Meloy
  • Hank from The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Coriolanus from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Thomas from Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • Nik from Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Best plot twist:

I did not see the plot twist for this one coming at all. It was so sad! :/

Honorable Mentions:

  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • Gemina by Amie Kristoff and Jay Kristoff
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzane Collins
  • Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
  • See How They Run by Ally Carter
  • The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake

Best non-fiction:

This was just hilarious and so fun to read. ❤

Honorable Mentions:

  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Spark by Allison Beery
  • Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Prettiest cover:

Sadly I DNF’s this, but I can’t deny that the cover is so gorgeous! IRL it’s all gold and silver shiny foil, and all the details are soooo pretty!

Honorable Mentions:

Favorite adaptation you’ve seen this year:

This was such a hard question to go with because I think there were only three adaptations that I watched this year, and two of them I DNF’d the book but loved the adaptations. I almost only went with All Together Now because it was the only one where I actually finished the book version, but I decided to just judge the adaptations themselves, and I decided to go with the Netflix series of Dash and Lily because it was so cute and fun and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it since I couldn’t get 2 chapters into the book.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (Musical)
  • Sorta Like A Rockstar by Matthew Quick (All Together Now)

Best author:

Jessica Brody! I was really impressed with how she weaved in the flashbacks of Ali’s past and how they only gave you bits and pieces on how they’ve affected Ali and the plot in the present. It was so intriguing and fun to read ended up setting up a huge emotional punch for me at the end and I loved every minute of it!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • A.C. Gaughen
  • Kiera Cass
  • Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Jennifer Donnelly
  • Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Alexandra Bracken

The original category is a book you would like to see as an animated movie or tv show, but I’m changing it to a book you really want any movie/tv adaptation of:

This was another hard one to pick, but I went with this one because I could see it as a fun Christmas series on Netflix kind of like Dash and Lily.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga) by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
  • The Crown (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
  • King’s Cage (Red Queen) by Victoria Aveyard
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Love and Luck (Love and Gelato series) by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Lady Thief (Scarlet) by A.C. Gaughen
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You (A Thousand Pieces of You) by Claudia Gray
  • Gemina (Illuminae Files) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A book set in a country other than your own, or an edition from another country:

Honorable Mentions:

  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Best action:

This was a pretty easy decision. I literally had to find time to read it other than before bed like I usually do because it gave me such an adrenaline rush I couldn’t sleep and couldn’t stop reading! XD

Honorable Mentions:

  • Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • End of Oz by Danielle Paige
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Frostblood Elly Blake

Best short book/story or anthology:

This one! I was so impressed with the writing and all of the short stories could be read alone, but still connected to each other and to the much bigger story of how Celaena ended up in Endovier before the first book, and probably to the rest of the series.

Book with the most unique world or setting:

Also this one! I had such a fun time learning more about this world and how it affected the plot.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

And my favorite book of 2020 goes to…

Geography of Lost Things! 😀 I can’t deny that this is the book I connected the closest with, and it made me laugh, it made me cry, it was heart-wrenching and relatable and also just fun to read; I loved the writing and was so invested in Ali’s journey and ahhh it was just so good! ❤

Bonus Awards:

Here are some bonus categories not part of the tag that I use in my bujo to award my books that I didn’t know where else to include. I think I took some from the Epic Reads Book Shimmy categories a few years ago, but I’m not sure. Most of them are just best of genre.

2020 release you were most looking forward to:

Obviously this one. I waited more than a year to actually read it. XD

Book you thought about for the longest after you finished it:

It’s got to be this one. It was just so…dark. XD

Favorite series/most looking forward to next book:

I’ve already said I’m really excited to read Wayfarer. I just need to get it at the library. Sometime. This year, definitely. XD

Honorable Mentions:

  • Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • Assassin’s Blade by Sarah. J. Maas
  • 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
  • See How They Run by Ally Carter

Duh. XD The audiobooks for this series are just…so, so good!

I think this one. 😉

Honorable Mentions:

  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  • Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • 10 blind Dates by Ashley Elston

This shouldn’t be surprising. XD It was just so good! I loved it even more than Throne of Glass.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  • The Siren by Kiera Cass
  • Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Power Play by Ridley Pearson
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige
  • Frostblood by Elly Blake

I think other than rereading this series the only other dystopian I read was The Crown and King’s Cage? And you could argue they’re both more of another genre than dystopian, and then there’s The Unwanteds, which I DNF’d, so yeah. This one. 😛

Definitely this one, hands down!

Honorable Mentions:

  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

I wanted to count Passenger as more sci-fi because it’s time travel, so this one! I enjoyed it a lot more than I was hoping to. 🙂

Definitely this one! ❤

I feel like I haven’t read many retellings in 2020, which makes me sad, but this one was really good! It’s the sequel to Scarlet, a Robin Hood retelling. 🙂

We have finally made it to the end of this big long post! Thank you for reading this award ceremony of all the books I read last year! ❤ Now that I think most of my longer posts are out of the way hopefully I will actually be posting on time more often. XD

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