By Grant Jacobs 10/11/2017 1


The GoodReads Choice Awards is the only major book award decided by readers – you! Even if you’re not sure about voting, the mid rounds of competitions offer great reading lists to explore. Get to it!

Don’t take too long – the semi-final round ends in three days. (There is a final round from November 14th until November 27th.) As I write nearly two million votes have been cast.

There are lots of categories, but I’m guessing my readers will favour Science and Technology, along with perhaps Non-Fiction, History and Biography, and Science Fiction. (I suspect far too many of us are science fiction fans!)

Several of the books in the Science and Technology semi-final round are already on my to-read list – A Crack in Creation, Pandora’s Lab, and Inferior. I’ll be needing to check out the others. Keeping to science-related books, History and Biography has Radium Girls. My budget is holding me back from buying these just yet,* but that’s just as well as I have Cat Zero to dig my claws into.**

Good to see a debut writer prize, too.

Readers are welcome to offer their to-read lists, or titles of books they’ve recently read that they thought a cut above  the rest. After all, Christmas isn’t that far away and other readers will want ideas!

Other articles on Code for life

Anniversary day for Code for life (links to lots of my earlier writing on this blog)

Making the most of lousy book reviews on Amazon

Book sales, frumpy readers, and mental rotation of book titles

Tsundoku

Book review: Victorian Popularizers of Science

Footnotes

* How many others find it annoying that eBook prices are held high, even months after a book is released. A Crack in Creation, for example, is still $NZ35. There used to be this hope that eBooks were going to bring cheaper prices…

** I’ve got a review copy of Cat Zero, and hope to write a review for Sciblogs (and post a shorter version of my take on the book elsewhere).

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The first few Science and Technology books in the semi-final round of this year’s competition.


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