The Winners of the Third Annual Bookish Oscars

The Winners of the Third Annual Bookish Oscars

For movie lovers, the Academy Awards are the biggest event of the year, with fashion, drama, snubs, surprises, and more. Personally, we’ve always felt there was one thing missing…. books! So we’re hosting our own Bookish awards where you, the reader, get to decide who wins. Cast your vote for the best books, characters, and cover designs of 2016 below. 

The polls have closed. Our readers have spoken and picked the best reads of the year. Check out the results below.

First Place: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Second Place: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Third Place: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney


First Place: Eddy Carmichael (Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins)
Second Place: Nina Zenik (Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo)
Third Place: Dr. Rose Franklin (Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel)


First Place: Will Trent (The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter)
Second Place: Count Alexander Rostov (A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles)
Third Place: Wylan Van Eck (Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo)


First Place: Elide Lochan (Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas)
Second Place: Helene Aquilla (A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir)
Third Place: Suzanne (The Girls by Emma Cline)


First Place: Cassian (A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas)
Second Place: Caesar (The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead)
Third Place: Marcus LaRue (The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich)


First Place: Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
Second Place: March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Third Place: Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda


First Place: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, design by Thomas Walker and Richard Deas; cover art by Thomas Walker and John Bartlett
Second Place: The Girls by Emma Cline, designed by Suzanne Dean and Neil Krug
Third Place: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston, designed by Kristin Logsdon


First Place: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Second Place: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
Third Place: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren


First Place: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Second Place: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Third Place: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes


First Place: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
Second Place: Monsters in Appalachia by Sheryl Monks
Third Place: Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins


  1. After looking them over carefully, I picked what I thought would be the most interesting, the most eye appealing, and the better choice to read. Have a wonderful day.

  2. I added ‘others’ for most categories as this was a strangely American heavy selection with almost no diversity. The one LGBTQ novel I spied again American was controversial because of its representation of slavery.

  3. Clearly, the most fun read for me was Sleeping Giants, not since Clancy, have I been so invested in turning pages. Could not put the book down. Thanks Sylvain Neuvel looking forward to the next one Waking Gods in the Themis Files series.

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