*me doing my best Effie Trinket voice* Welcome, book nerds, the time has come.
You voted in crazy amounts (seriously, your enthusiasm and love for these books continues to astound and inspire us) and we now have the top four books in each category, bringing us one step closer to crowning the best YA of the year!! Before we get to the reveal, we want to give a shout out to all the books who didn’t make it far. Every single category was so close—you all deserve a round of applause. Seriously, give it up for these epic authors, people!
And now… presenting the top four finalists in each *Book Shimmy* Awards category! Only one book can win in each, so the stakes are higher than ever. Are you ready? Let’s get voting!
Voting will be open until December 30th, so make sure you make your voice heard this year.
What are the *Book Shimmy* Awards?
The *Book Shimmy* Awards are an annual Epic Reads-run ceremony dedicated to honoring young adult titles. The awards are completely nominated by the community, voted on by the community, and guaranteed to be awesome, thanks to the community. They started way back in 2013! You can check out last year’s winners right here.
There’s also a bonus award this year, brought to you by Barnes & Noble—the Group Chat Award! Featuring books nominated by our Insiders, it’s for that book that really had you talking. Find out how to vote by going to your local Barnes & Noble (send us a pic & we’ll try to feature you!), or head directly to it here!
What were the rules for nominations?
- The book must be a young adult novel—sorry middle grade and adult fans!
- The book must have been published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019 in the United States!
- When nominating books, please be particular about your favorites! Each book could only move on to the semifinals for a maximum of two categories! We wanted each vote to count, and every book deserves a chance.
Let the voting begin!
Click here to start voting for your favorite books! As we said above, this round ends on December 30th, so be sure to get your votes in by then.
All of your votes will be tallied and the winning book in each category will be crowned the winner in an epic celebration across our social channels on Monday, January 6th! What a way to kick off the new decade, right? And seriously, from us to all of you, thank you so much for making this such another epic year in the YA community, and thank you for spotlighting all your faves for everything we know they deserve.
Stay tuned to see which titles make it to the next round, and don’t forget to tell the world that you nominated a book with #BookShimmyAwards! Let’s get those voices heard!