“And the Nominees Are…”

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As the year winds down, I begin to think back over the books I’ve read during the year and which were the “best.” So, I’ve come up with six categories and five nominees in each for my “Bookademy Awards.” I’ll list them below and then post my winners on New Year’s Eve. (Yes, I do already have winners in mind, but would welcome commentary on the nominees and admit I could be swayed, so feel free to put a good word in if any of your favorites are listed…) Oh, and I used the word, “best,” in my category names because it sounds more like the Oscars that way, but a more appropriate word in this case is “favorite.”

Without further ado, here they are:

Best Book (Fiction)
1. After Rain – William Trevor
2. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
3. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami
4. A Prayer For Owen Meany – John Irving
5. The Tattooed Girl – Joyce Carol Oates

Best Book (Non-Fiction)
1. I, Asimov – Isaac Asimov
2. Jack’s Book – Barry Gifford & Lawrence Lee
3. Endgame – Frank Brady
4. Hiking The Continental Divide Trail – Jennifer Hanson
5. We Make a Life by What We Give – Richard Gunderman

Best (or Most Memorable) Character:
1. Owen Meany (A Prayer for Owen Meany)
2. Wolf Larsen (The Sea Wolf)
3. Twins Marion & Shiva Stone (Cutting for Stone)
4. Aomame (1Q84)
5. Nastasia Filipovna (The Idiot)

Best Writing
1. Haruki Murakami
2. Joyce Carol Oates
3. William Trevor
4. Ernest Hemingway
5. Anthony Trollope

Best Short Story
1. The Brushwood Boy – Rudyard Kipling
2. A Clean, Well Lighted Place – Ernest Hemingway
3. The Black Monk – Anton Chekhov
4. The Conjurer’s Notebook – Alice Hoffman
5. The Slype House – A.C. Benson

Best New (to me) Author
1. Anthony Trollope
2. Alice Hoffman
3. Haruki Murakami
4. John Irving
5. Paulo Coehlo