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Most of the SFF Awards 2015 to 2019 / What Did I Actually Read? / #scifimonth

It is November and we are heading onwards with the Goodreads Choice Award. It is always interesting to see what people will choose on there and how little I’ve actually read of it even though I do get through a decent amount of 2019 releases. But ANYWAY.

It has made me think about awards that are more geared towards the genres I like. And let B&N just have made a lovely list of award winners for 2019 for those…  It is interesting to see what I have actually read of these awards and what I would still like to read of the books I haven’t read. Because you know, I obviously needed more books on my tbr. I sometimes feel very far removed from these kind of awards and what gets nominated and all. I am also going to look back until 2015 when I started blogging because that interests me.

Tagging this for scifimonth as well because there are a bunch of sci-fi books in here too. And I might as well add more to your tbr.

World Fantasy Worlds

2019

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel Witchmark by C.L. Polk X
Best Novella The Priviledge of the Happy Ending by Kij Johnson X No
Best Short Fiction Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake by Mel Kassel X No
Like a River Loves the Sky by Emma Torzs X No
Best Anthology Worlds Seen in Passing. Edited by Irene Gallo X Yes
Best Collection The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell X Yes

As a whole from this years winners I’ve read only 1 out of the 6 I have listed. And out of the five I have listed I want to read two of the winners.

2018

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel Jade City by Fonda Lee  X
The Changeling by VictorE Lavelle X  No
Best Novella Passing Stange by Ellen Klages X
Best Short Fiction The Birding: A Fairytale by Natalia Theodoridou X No
Best Anthology The New Voices of Fantasy. Edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman X Maybe?
Best Collection The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen X Yes

This year I have read 2 out of 6. Go me. I am conflicted on wanting to read The New Voices of Fantasy because I’ve read an anthology edited by Peter S. Beagle before and I didn’t care for it. But there are some diverser authors in this one so maybe? I am sure on The Emerald Cirsus. I read a collection of Jane Yolen’s short stories before and while I didn’t love all the stories, there are so many good ideas in her work that I’d love to read more by her.

2017

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North X No
Best Long Fiction The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe by Kij Johnson X Yes
Best Short Fiction Das Steingeschopf by G.V. Anderson X
Best Anthology Dreaming in the Dark. Edited by Jack Dann X No
Best Collection A Natural History of Hell by Jeffrey Ford X Yes

One out of five again and only because I happened to stumble upon Das Steingeschopf at the start of November. I also found a long fiction and collection to read. Especially A Natural History of Hell sounds up my alley.

2016

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Chimes by Anna Smaill X No
Best Long Fiction The Unlicensed Magician by Kelly Barnhill X Yes
Best Short Fiction Hungry Daughters of Starving Morthers by Alyssa Wong X Yes
Best Anthology She Walks in Shadows. Edited by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stile X Yes
Best Collection Bone Swans by C.S.E. Cooney X No

Oops I read nothing here. BUT I can read the Short fiction online at some point as I might do and The Unlicensed Magician sounds really good.

2015

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Bone Clocks by Dave Mitchell X No
Best Novella We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory X Yes
Best Short Fiction Do You Like to Look At Monsters by Scott Nicolay X No
Best Anthology Monstrous Affections. Edited by Kelly Link and Kevin J. Grant X No
Best Collection Gifts for the Ones That Come After by Helen Marshall X No
The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings by Angela Slatter X No

This was clearly not a year I was interested in much. We Are All Completely Fine is the only one that sounds interesting to me.

The Hugo Awards

2019

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinnette Kowal X On
Best Novella Artificial Condition by Martha Wells X
Best Novellette If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho X
Best Short Story A Witches Guide to Escape by Alix E. X Maybe?

I have read 2 out of the 4  winners that won this year. Of course I would have read Zen Cho’s story because, hello, I want to read all her things. The Calculating Stars sounds really interesting and I already had it on my tbr before doing this topic. I can’t find much about A Witches Guide to Escape so I don’t know.

2018

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin  X
Best Novella All Systems Red by Martha Wells X
Best Novellette The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer X Yes
Best Short Story Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience by Rebecca Roanhorse X Yes

Interestingly I have read 2 out of 4 but know all the authors.

2017

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin  X
Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire X
Best Novellette The Tomato Thief by Ursula Vernon X No
Best Short Story Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal-El-Mohtar X Yes

Again I have read 2 books out of this list.  The Tomato Thief doesn’t sound remotely interesting but Seasons of Glass and Iron does.

2016

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin  X
Best Novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor X
Best Novellette Folding Beijing by Hao Jingfang X Yes
Best Short Story Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer X Yes

Again a 2 out of 4 hit. I am better with novels and novella’s than any of the others. Also these novella’s were pretty well known. Folding Beijing was translated to English by Ken Liu and I always aplaud more Asian novels getting mainstream international attention.

2015

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu  X
Best Novella No Award
Best Novellette The Day the World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt X
Best Short Story No Award

Apparently this year there were a few no awards given out so I ended up having read all the winners of 2015. The Three-Body Problem only recently and of course Thomas Olde Heuvelt is Dutch so I read his story as soon as I heard he’d won this.

James Tiptee Jr. Award

I read none of the James Tiptee Jr. Award books and that is a real shame because they pick works that best explore and expand gender roles.

Year Book Read Not Read TBR?
2018 The Will Dream in the Garden by Gabriela Damian Miravete X Maybe?
2017 Who Runs the World? By Virginia Bergin X No
2016 When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore X On
2015 The New Mother by Eugene Fisher X Yes
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz X Yes

I have When the Moon Was Ours on my tbr already. And while The Will Dream in the Garden sounds interesting title wise I can’t find much about it.

Compton Crook Award

Year Book Read Not Read TBR?
2019 The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang  X
2018 The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden X Yes
2017 Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer X Maybe
2016 Updraft by Fran Wilde X Yes
2015 Salvage by Alexandra Duncan X No

Interestingly I only read The Poppy War here.  I am a bit on the fence on Too Like the Lightning. It sounds like a very intricate world but I’m not sure if this utopia style is for me.

Nebula Awards

Announced in 2019

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinnette Kowal X On
Best Novella The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard X Yes
Best Novellette The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander X No
Best Short Story The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington  by P. Djèlí Clark X No

Zero. Though I am very interested in The Calculating Stars.

Announced in 2018

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin  X
Best Novella All Systems Red by Martha Wells X
Best Novellette A Human Stain by Kelly Robson X Yes
Best Short Story Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience by Rebecca Roanhorse X Yes

Here I read two, two very popular ones.

Announced in 2017

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders X Yes
Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire X
Best Novellette The Long Fall Up by William Ledbetter X No
Best Short Story Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar X Yes

Just the one. I really hadn’t heard of All the Birds in the Sky before but it sounds really good.

Announced in 2016

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel Uprooted by Naomi Novik  X
Best Novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor X
Best Novellette Our Lady of the Open Road by Sarah Pinsker X No
Best Short Story Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong X Yes

Two again here.

Announced in 2015

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Novel Annihilation by Jeff van der Meer X No
Best Novella Yesterday’s Kin by Kresley Cess X Yes
Best Novellette A Guide to the Fruits of Hawaii by Alaya Dawn Johnson X No
Best Short Story Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon X No

None here. I have to say that I have heard a lot about Annihilation but never did it appeal to me. Alien invasion stories do appeal to me however.

Locus Awards

2019

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Fantasy Novel Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik  X
Best Science Fiction Novel The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinnette Kowal X On
Best First Novel Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse X
Best Novella Artificial Condition by Martha Wells X
Best Novelette The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander X No
Best Short Story The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington  by P. Djèlí Clark X No

Ha I actually read 3 out of 6, go me. Again, they are the more known stories of course.

2018

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Fantasy Novel The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin  X
Best Science Fiction Novel The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi X Yes
Best First Novel The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss X No
Best Novella All Systems Red by Martha Wells X
Best Novelette The Hermit of Houston by Samual R. Delaney X No
Best Short Story The Martian Obelisk by Linda Nagata X Yes

Two this time. I am actually quite interested in The Martian Obelisk. Just that title grabs me. And I had no idea that The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter was a retelling of dr Jekyll and dr Hyde AND Sherlock Holmes. It sounds like a bit too much for me.

2017

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Fantasy Novel All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders X Yes
Best Science Fiction Novel Death’s End by Cixin Liu X On
Best First Novel Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee X On
Best Novella Every Heart a Doorway X
Best Novelette You’ll Surely Drown Here if you Stay by Alyssa Wong X Maybe?
Best Short Story Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar X Yes

Just the one but Death’s End and Ninefox Gambit have been on my TBR for a while. I’m not sure about the novelette just because I can’t actually find that much about it. Or anything on goodreads.

2016

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Fantasy Novel Uprooted by Naomi Novik  X
Best Science Fiction Novel Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie X On
Best First Novel The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu X Maybe?
Best Novella Slow Bullets by Alastair Reynolds X Yes
Best Novelette Black Dog by Neil Gaiman X On
Best Short Story Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer X Yes

I just read Uprooted from here but know a bunch of these authors for a change. I still haven’t started this series by Ann Leckie but I will! I have heard of The Grace of Kings of course but I an in no way sure if that is for me. Also who in hells name, names a short story SFF titled Cat Pictures Please and can we please get more titles like this in the future?

2015

Category Book Read Not Read TBR?
Best Fantasy Novel The Goblin Emperor by Kate Addison X On
Best Science Fiction Novel Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie X On
Best First Novel The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert X No
Best Novella Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress X Yes
Best Novelette Tough Times All Over by Joe Abercrombie X No
Best Short Story The Truth About Owls by Amal El-Mohtar X Yes

Nothing oh my gosh. Clearly the more back I go the less I’ll have read. The Goblin Emperor is one of those that everyone recs to me though.

Do you read books that have won awards or does that not appeal to you at all? Have you read any of these books (and yes I know there are a lot)?

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9 thoughts on “Most of the SFF Awards 2015 to 2019 / What Did I Actually Read? / #scifimonth

  1. The only ones I’ve read are the Wells books, Scalzi’s and Annihilation. Yikes! Awards though don’t really impact me, I guess, as far as deciding what to read, although it doesn’t hurt certainly. If anything I seem to not be reading most of the recent award winners, for whatever reason. Although my SF reading has been down anyway. 🙂

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  2. I love the idea of doing this! I participate in a Science Fiction Fantasy book club and I always struggle to come up with recommendations. This would be a great way to hone in on some winners! And speaking of– I won’t read winners I’m not interested in unless a book club picks them. I will admit, I wasn’t interested in Ancillary Justice/Sword/Mercy, but I’m so glad my book club selected them!

    You’ve read waaaay more of these than I have. I barely read short stories, let alone novelettes or anthologies. Novellas? Sometimes… mostly due to the fact that my local library features them a lot.

    My favorite book on here you haven’t read yet is The Goblin Emperor. It’s a character-driven court intrigue. I loved it. But then again, there are few books I’ve read you haven’t. XD

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    1. Oh yes the awards are great guidelines to figuring out what to read for a book club.
      I have really found novella’s this year and have been searching out the free ones online every now and then but have also been buying a few. If you want to give a novella a try again, I really rec Silver in the Woods by Emily Tresh. I really enjoyed that one ❤

      I need The Goblin Emperor! I've only heard great things about it and it sounds right up my alley.

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