I definitely didn’t read enough YA *gasp* this year to vote well on the fantasy round, but hello contemporary. I’m sure glad I had you! Can we just talk about the amazing line up this year? I’m a little late to talk about all the choices we had (Nanowrimo is killing me) but the semi-final line is still very impressive.

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I mean there are so many good choices, how does one even begin. Well I begin with the ones I’ve already read *cough* will have read (I’ve started What If It’s Us and I’m fairly confident I will be inconsolable when it’s over. I adore Adam Silvera).

  • Emergency Contact
  • What if It’s Us
  • Let’s Talk About Love
  • Save the Date

Okay so the real question now that I’ve actually looked at ~all~ the books I’ve read this year in this category is what have I ACTUALLY been reading. Well friends, the real answer is “the back list”… kind of. The other answer is one you’ll have to get on my Nintendo Switch, in which you’ll find I’ve sunk at least 150 hours into watching/playing Breathe of the Wild. RIP my Goodreads goal, I’m fairly certain I won’t meet it.

Anyway, onto it, the list, I liked Emergency Contact because I think it was a solid NA (people keep saying NA is dead but they keep using the term NA, so who’s the real winner?), but after reading some criticisms the shine has fallen off it and I really don’t think I liked it as well. Not that it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t the BEST YA this year. If you read my review you know how I feel about Save the Date so I’m not even going to get into that one so that leaves the queer books. Huzzah!! I know you’re all going to think I’m jumping the gun, but my vote will probably be What If It’s Us, after I finished reading it. I really loved Let’s Talk About Love for what it is and was for me, but it didn’t give me as many feels? Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera just do that so well. You know?

Anyway I’d also like to talk about a couple books that came out this year but didn’t get nominations, namely Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram, My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, and Running with Lions by Julian Winters. I loved loved loved all three of these books and felt a lot stronger connections with the characters than the characters in the aforementioned three books.

Which books did you vote for in the semi-final round? Which books do you think should have made it but didn’t?