Gather ye readers, because it’s that time of year again! The *Book Shimmy* Awards are back and better than ever and we’re so excited to be celebrating the year’s best YA books with all of you!! Seriously, if we could give each and every one a medal, we would. We’ve cried, we’ve laughed, and we’ve cheered as patriarchies were shattered. Cheers to another year of phenomenal reads!
If you don’t know, the *Book Shimmy* Awards are all about the best and most feels-inducing YA books the year has brought us. There are almost 20 categories for which the community (that’s you!!) nominates and votes, and then we all celebrate the winners together as our TBRs grow ever-higher. You can check out last year’s winners right here. Ready to get started?
Good, because we have a lot to celebrate. Click below (or right here!) to start nominating!
What are the *Book Shimmy* Awards?
If you couldn’t quite piece it together from above, 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 head right here to our fancy *Book Shimmy* homepage, where you can nominate, search for books, and lose yourself in the aesthetic. We’ll be having fun over on Instagram, Twitter, in our Facebook Group, and… everywhere else… so be sure to join in. 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 are the rules for nominations?
The rules are simple!
- 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 will only move on to the semifinals for a maximum of two categories, so don’t go voting for your favorite in every one! We want each vote to count, and every book deserves a chance.
When will the next rounds be announced?
Nominations are open for a little over one week, ending on November 25th. Then, the semi-finals will be announced the following Monday, on December 2nd!
If you want to mark your calendars early, the final round will begin on December 16th, and all of our *Book Shimmy* Awards winners will be announced in a grand ceremony (and here on the website) on January 6th. It’s going to be a fun and totally epic couple of months!
Let the nominations begin!
Click here to start nominating your favorite books! As we said above, this round ends on November 25th, so be sure to get your nominations in by then. 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 in advance for nominating 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!