Hi guys, I hope you are all well. It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for my annual Bookish Academy Award post. This tag was originally created by bookadoodles and I’ve been doing it for the last couple of years to recap for year of reading.
Best Actor: (Best Male Protagonist)
Daniel from the Theonite series by M. L. Wang, Ranoth from the Coraidic Saga by Alicia Wanstall-Burke, Ein from Never Die by Rob J. Hayes and Keras from Six Sacred Swords by Andrew Rowe.
Best Actress: (Best Female Protagonist)
Mitsuda from The Sword of Kaigen and Joan from the Theonite series both by M. L Wang, Liadan from the Coraidic Saga by Alicia Wanstall-Burke and Sibeal from Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier.
Best Cinematography: (Best Plot Twist)
Nothing specific comes to mind, but I read a lot of books this year that kept me on my toes and kept me guessing while reading.
Best Costume Design: (Best Book Cover)
There are a lot of amazing book covers. Here are a few of my favourites:
Best Supporting Actress and Actor: (Best Male and Female Sidekick)
Ferius Parfax, from the Spellslinger series by Sebastien de Castell, remains a favourite of mine. Fiji from the Theonite series was a great addition to the cast in the second book. I am sure I am missing someone but as of writing this those two are the only ones I can think of.
Best Original Screenplay: (Most Unique Plot/World)
There are afew that come to mind. The world of Duna from the Theonite series by M. L. Wang and the floating islands called Arks from the Mirror Visitor series by Christelle Dabos.
Best Adapted Screenplay: (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)
Well it’s not a movie adaptation but the BBC/HBO TV adaptation of His Dark Materials is fantastic. There are a few little issues I had with it but overall I loved this adaptation and cannot wait for series 2. I definitely recommend checking it out.
Best Animated Feature: (A book that would work well in animated format)
I think the Spellslinger series would work really well in an animated format. It’s such an entertaining series to read and I would love to see Kellen and Reichis in animated form.
Best Director: (A writer you discovered for the first time)
This has to go to M. L Wang. She’s the author of my favourite book of the year, The Sword of Kaigen. I also read her two other books this year and loved them. I cannot wait to read more of her books. I highly recommend checking her out.
Best Visual Effects: (Best Action in a Book)
I always try to not repeat answers but this one has to go to The Sword of Kaigen by M. L Wang. The action in this book is amazing. Seriously, it is so good and is one of the reasons I loved this book so much.
Best Short Film: (Best Novella or Short Book)
I don’t have an answer for this one, so let’s move onto the next question.
Best Picture: (Best Stand-Alone)
I mean the first one that comes to mind is The Sword of Kaigen by M. L Wang. As if it’s not already clear that I love this book. Other fantastic standalones include Never Die by Rob J. Hayes, The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim and Waste Tide by Chen Qiufan. All of them are great and I highly recommend checking them out.
Best Documentary: (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction this year and I haven’t read any non fiction books. One historical fiction book I did read was White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht. It’s quite a hard book to read but well worth checking out. It focuses on the Korean women who were taken from their homes during the Japanese occupation.
That’s it for today. Although I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, I did still have a pretty good reading year. I love this tag as a way to round up all the books I’ve read. What are your favourite books from the past 12 months? Let’s chat in the comments. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.