Goodreads 2021 choice awards
Hello friends! It’s that time of year again – The GoodReads Choice Awards are upon us. The opening round runs from November 16 – November 28, 2021 – so there is still time to vote before the next round starts if you haven’t already. Today I thought I would share my first-round picks. There are loads of categories I haven’t read books in this year; I’m only voting in two.
Best History & Biography Category
Honestly, this is the first time I remember being able to vote in this category! I’m going to forget the fact that I haven’t actually finished the book yet.
Code Breaker 2021 Goodreads Nominee Walter Isaacson
The Code Breaker Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race
by Walter Isaacson
When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.
Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.
The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code.
Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm…Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?
After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020.
Walter Isaacson Choice Awards Nominee
I am roughly halfway through Code Breaker – it’s a fairly heavy read, yanno, science & shit, but I’ve been following the development of CRISPER for well, almost twenty years now. I’m committed to finishing it. If you have zero interest in the topic of our DNA/RNA, then this book probably won’t be for you. However, if you are interested in CRISPER technology, I suggest you check it out.
Namesake Goodreads 2021 Awards nominee
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Category
This is the most exciting of the categories I have to vote in. I read two! – Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin & Namesake by Adrienne Young. I didn’t have to think twice about which I was going to vote for – Namesake all the way, baby.
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and the rest of the crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when Fable becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination, she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.
As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception, she learns that the secrets her mother took to her grave are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them, then she must risk everything—including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found.
Fable Namesake Adrienne Young Review 2021 Goodreads Nominee
I finished Gods & Monsters last night; that review will be up in a couple of days. In my opinion, though, Namesake is the better book & honestly, although they are two completely different types of stories – Fable is the better series. I said it. You can see my review for Fable & Namesake here.
Best Debut Novel
I won’t be voting in this category, although I read a bit of one of the nominees. Sarah Penner’s The Lost Apothecary is up for nomination, but I DNF’d it this year and can’t see myself going back to pick up. There are other nominees on my TBR shelf, though – The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna & The Push by Ashley Audrain.
That’s it for today friends. I’ll be working on my Gods & Monsters review & reading Survive the Night by Riley Sager over the next couple of days. Until next time bookworms ! Happy Reading !
Goodreads 2021 Choice Awards