Hugo Awards 2021 Finalists | What I Want to Read Before the Winners Are Announced

Recently the 2021 Hugo Awards finalists were announced. And I saw quite a few familiar names pass me by. Books I read, books I still want to read. I figured this was as a good a year as any to have a go at reading the most of these finalists. Having read more of the options will give a better idea of which of the books or stories I’d like to see win.

The pretty red banners are from DisCon III. They tweeted these during the announcements.

For the Lodestar Award I’ve read 3 of the 6 books already. A Deadly Education, Raybearer and Cemetery Boys. All three last year. I recently bought A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking as ebook and I should read Legendborn in April for the mythothon.

I hadn’t heard much about Elatsoe. I might or might not read this. I’m going to have to think on it a bit. But for now I am putting it on my list.

Here I have read two at the moment. Network Effect and The City We Became (technically still reading but shh). I’ve never read anything by Susanna Clarke before but I think I might read this one. And of course I want to read Black Sun. Harrow the Ninth and The Relentless Moon are sequels of which I haven’t read the first book so I am not sure if I’ll read those books anytime soon.

Once again I’ve read two here. Come Tumbling Down and Riot Baby. Ring Shout and The Empress of Salt and Fortune I want to read of course. I haven’t heard much about the other two. But I think I will give them a try for sure.

I’ve read none of these short stories but I think I want to read them all of I can find them. I did search them out as most of these are free online and have linked those below. I might just make a day for these during Wyrd and Wonder in May.

Little Free Library | Open House on Haunted Hill | A Guide for Working Breeds | Metal Like Blood in the Dark | Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse | The Mermaid Astronaut

I am once again not familiar with the stories here though I do recognize Aliette de Bodard of course. As I was looking though I saw there was a lot of controversy about Helicopter Story.

Two Truths and a Lie | The Inaccessibility of Heaven | Monster | Burn, or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super

Series is always hard but I still wanted to give it a look. I am up to date on The Murderbot Diaries. I am halfway through October Daye and I need to read the last book in the Poppy War trilogy. I want to start Lady Astronaut and have heard little of The Interdependency. As for the Daevabad trilogy, I’m unsure if I want to contine the series at this point.

14 thoughts on “Hugo Awards 2021 Finalists | What I Want to Read Before the Winners Are Announced

  1. I read 2 books (Legendborn, The Network Effect) and one series (Poppy War) on this shortlist and either one of them was a fantastic read!

    I want to read Cemetary Boys, The City We Became and Blacksun because I heard good things about them.

    (But no way I can do that before the award ceremony, haha!)

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  2. The short fiction that I have read for this year’s awards is all very strong! I hadn’t heard of the Helicopter Story, though, or the controversy behind it. Thanks for alerting me to all of that. I’m saddened that our initial reaction to controversial art does seem to be to take it down, but I can’t blame the author. (I also haven’t read that story, so I have no idea how I would have reacted to it.)

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    1. Yeah I hadn’t heard about it before either. But I googled it to see if I could find it and then came across it all. It wouldn’t have been my place to judge the story regardless. But that she felt forced to come out I find the worst thing. Nobody should ever be forced.


  3. Ooh, inderdaad, verschillende titels die een belletje doen rinkelen of op mijn TBR staan. Gelezen heb ik enkel Legendborn. Piranesi staat op mijn tbr voor de mythothon, vele andere voor ‘ooit’ eens. Ik verbaas me wel dat ik er zo veel herken!
    Jouw post maakt me ook nieuwgierig naar die ‘wyr en wonder’. Ik zal eens moeten bekijken wat daf is šŸ™‚

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      1. I read the second one hoping it would be less disconnected than the first, and it was, but only slightly… not enough to make me want to pick up the third. šŸ˜›


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