Top of the Stacks — End of Year Awards (Adult Books)

Posted December 27, 2019 by stuckint in Top of the Stacks / 2 Comments

Well hello everyone! With Christmas behind us and only a few days until New Years we have decided to start a tradition of award giving here on Stack in the Stacks that we are calling: Top of the Stacks- essentially the books that were our favorites in any given genre. We have also sought to be inclusive in both our selections and categories. We are not limiting our list to 2019 releases either. If we read it this year, it is in the running for a Top of the Stacks Award.

So, without further ado, on with the show!

Favorite Contemporary

Haley’s Pick- A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Emily’s Pick: This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Honorable Mention: How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Favorite Debut

Haley’s Pick: Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

Emily’s Pick: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Honorable Mentions: Well Met by Jen DeLuca; Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Favorite Dystopian

Haley’s Pick: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Emily’s Pick: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Honorable Mentions: The Line Between by Tosca Lee

Favorite Fantasy

Haley’s Pick: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Emily’s Pick: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Honorable Mentions: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik; Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey; The Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

Favorite Historical Fiction

Haley’s Pick: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Emily’s Pick: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Honorable Mentions: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Favorite Horror

Big Press: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Small/Indie Press: A Place for Sinners by Aaron Dries

Honorable Mentions: Ration by Cody T. Luff; Inspection by Josh Malerman; The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

Favorite LGBTQIA+ Read

Haley’s Pick: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Emily’s Pick: The Binding by Bridget Collins

Favorite Literary Fiction

Haley’s Pick: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Emily’s Pick: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Favorite Mystery

Haley’s Pick: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Emily’s Pick: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Honorable Mentions: The Last by Hannah Jameson

Favorite Nonfiction

Haley’s Pick: Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

Emily’s Pick: The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

Honorable Mentions: Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life by Amber Scorah; Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Favorite OwnVoices Novel

Haley’s Pick: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Emily’s Pick: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Honorable Mentions: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia; Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse; Severance by Ling Ma

Favorite Romance

Haley’s Pick: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Emily’s Pick: Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Honorable Mentions: Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center; One Day in December by Josie Silver; Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Favorite Science Fiction

Haley’s Pick: Recursion by Blake Crouch

Emily’s Pick: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Honorable Mentions: The Need by Helen Phillips

Favorite Thriller

Psychological Thriller

Haley’s Pick: The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

Emily’s Pick: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Honorable Mention: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; The Chain by Adrian McKinty; Escape Room by Megan Goldin; The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond; The Wives by Tarryn Fisher; The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Survival Thriller

Haley’s Pick - Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

Haley’s Honorable Mention: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencick; The River at Night by Erica Ferencick; The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Best Audiobook

Haley’s Pick: Passengers by John Marss

Emily’s Pick: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What About You?

Do you have any favorites that we missed? Have you read hany of our favorites? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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