Every year throws up a truly bizarre selection of books. I do like some, but so often they don’t even fit the category they’re nominated in (that’s what happens when you open up nominations to all and sundry!).
And as ever, Goodreads refuses to acknowledge romance, the most popular genre in publishing, and only gives it one award. Because erotic paranormal fiction is *totally* meant to be in the same category as Amish romance!
On the other hand, fantasy is always given half a gazillion award categories. It’s pure snobbery.
Additionally, the awards exclude books published in November and December. I have no idea why you’d have a “best of” before the year is done. That’s why Hollywood awards don’t happen until the following year.
Amongst this year’s “romance” finalists is the (widely-ridiculed) Fifty Shades of Grey rewrite. I saw the list and knew I couldn’t vote. The only book I might vote for, I haven’t read yet! Last year, Diana ‘I hate romance and don’t write that trash!’ Gabaldon won the romance category for her historical fiction.
If you want to vote, you can HERE (as long as you have a Goodreads account).
Me? I’m in the process of compiling my own “Best Of 2015” list instead.