As you all know, we launched a month-long voting process to determine the best books of 2019. With categories ranging from best cover and best character to best author and best book, there were a total of 68 books vying for 13 awards. Leading the way were Gilly Macmillan‘s The Nanny and Ann Patchett‘s The Dutch House, with 5 nominations each. Without further ado, here are the winners!
Best Author – Kate Quinn, The Huntress
From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.
Best Female Character – Nina Markova, The Huntress
Wow! Two straight wins for Kate Quinn. With 4 total nominations, The Huntress is off to a very fast start.
Best Male Character – Danny, The Dutch House
Ann Patchett is on the board with her first win, and I’m thinking it won’t be her last… The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.
Best Kids Book – The Good Egg, John Jory, Pete Oswald
The world’s cutest egg is on the board, claiming best kids book of 2019! Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten).
Best YA Book – On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Hate U Give takes home the first of her four nominations for On the Come Up. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Best Cover – The Dutch House
With her second win, Ann Patchett is now tied with Kate Quinn for most awards!
Best Thriller – The Wives, Tarryn Fisher
In a shocking turn of events, Tarryn Fisher‘s The Wives claims the best thriller award, despite coming out in late December! The Wives is a pulse-pounding, fast-paced suspense novel that will leave you breathless.
Best Memoir – Finding Chika, Mitch Albom
Beloved author Mitch Albom returned in late 2019 with possibly his most heartfelt and moving book to date, and it takes home the Best Memoir award. Finding Chika is an intimate and heartwarming memoir about what it means to be a family and the young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.
Best Historical Fiction – The Huntress, Kate Quinn
A third win for Kate Quinn! So far, she’s swept every category she’s been nominated for. Can she make it 4/4?
Best Non-Fiction – Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig
Timely and relevant, Notes on a Nervous Planet takes home the award for general non-fiction! When Matt Haig became ill with panic disorder, anxiety and depression, it took him a long time to work out the ways the external world could impact his mental health in positive and negative ways. Notes on a Nervous Planet shares his journey back to happiness and all of the lessons that Matt learned along the way.
Best Literary Fiction – The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
A third win for Ann Patchett in four nominations! She has one more nomination – can she go 4/5?
Best Rom-Com – Don’t You Forget About Me, Mhairi McFarlane
Perhaps the most fun read of 2019, Mhairi McFarlane is on the board with her first win for Best Rom-Com! It began with four words. ‘I love your laugh. x’ But that was twelve years ago. It really began the day Georgina was fired from The Worst Restaurant in Sheffield (© Tripadvisor) and found The Worst Boyfriend in the World (© Georgina’s best friends) in bed with someone else. So when her new boss, Lucas McCarthy, turns out to be the boy who wrote those words to her all that time ago, it feels like the start of something. The only problem? He doesn’t seem to remember Georgina – at all…
And now, drum roll please… it’s time for the ultimate award of the night!
Best Book – The Huntress, Kate Quinn
By god, she’s done it! Kate Quinn has pulled off a clean sweep of the Book Oscars, going a perfect 4 for 4. Unprecedented!
Congratulations to all of the winners. Here is a quick recap of the total awards:
- The Huntress, Kate Quinn – 4 wins (4 nominations)
- The Dutch House, Ann Patchett – 3 wins (5 nominations)
- The Good Egg, John Jory, Pete Oswald – 1 win (1 nominations)
- On the Come Up, Angie Thomas – 1 win (4 nominations)
- The Wives, Tarryn Fisher – 1 win (1 nominations)
- Finding Chika, Mitch Albom – 1 win (1 nomination)
- Notes on a Nervous Planet, Matt Haig – 1 win (1 nomination)
- Don’t You Forget About Me, Mhairi McFarlane – 1 win (4 nominations)
There you have it, folks – the 2019 (unofficial) Book Oscars are in the books! No pun intended. Do you agree with the results? What were your favourite books? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
Until next year,
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