I’m posting on a unusual day, but please bear with me because I was sick yesterday and didn’t schedule this post ahead of time. 10 points from Ravenclaw for failing to plan ahead for sure! Today I’m bringing you a fun post that would have been lovely around the end of February, but I couldn’t get around to it until now. In all fairness though, Charvi from Not Just Fiction tagged me only in the middle of April, so I’m not fully to be blamed here. This was originally created by the Booktuber Bookadoodles and the way it works is that we take the awards for the popular Oscar categories but we get to pick books as winners! Sounds interesting? Then let’s just dive right in!
1. Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist)
I’m going to second Charvi on this one and go with Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series as well! He is one of my favourite fictional male heroes of all time and it’s been a while since I showed some PJO appreciation on here. He’s cute, funny, resourceful, great in a fight and can you already tell I envy Annabeth? I really need more books from Percy’s POV!
2. Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist)
I think I foreshadowed this one in my little intro, but if you’re still in the dark, it absolutely will always go to Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. This was the first time I felt represented in a book because I’ve always been such a bookish person and an overachiever. I really loved the way Rowling developed her character and how Hermione was always an integral character who saved the day so many times!
3. Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist)
I don’t think I agree that cinematography should translate to plot twist, but let’s just go with that for now. I still can’t get over the shock factor I experienced while reading the Illuminae series and that has never let up throughout the entire trilogy. I rarely not see plot twists coming, especially in books that aren’t mystery or thrillers, so this series entirely deserves this award!
4. Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover)
Honestly, this gives me more of a crisis than picking my favourite book because contrary to popular opinion, I do have an all-time favourite book. (Okay, I’ll admit it’s a series but that still counts!) I did a whole post on all the book covers I love in the spring/summer release line-up, so go check that out if you want to treat your eyes, but here’s my personal favourite:
5. Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Best Supporting Male and Female Sidekick)
I’ll try and choose some unique characters for this, but FYI, I 100% agree with Charvi on her selection. For best male sidekick I’m going with Loki from Norse myths. He’s not exactly a central character although in many retellings he is the prime focus (such as Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman), but I love his character so very much even though he treads the fine line between good and evil (Alright, he’s mostly evil but still).
For the female sidekick, I’d go with Thala from The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. Not only was she a great support for the main character, Amrita, on her journey, she was also dealing with her own issues as she was a former slave and had seen unspeakable cruelty. She’s also a gifted oracle and sarcastic at the best possible times, so I adored her character!
6. Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation)
You all probably knew it was coming, so let me just say it already – The Lord of the Rings series. It has three fantastic long films to go with the more-than-fantastic books. I love re-watching them every year because they are just magic on screen.
7. Best Animated Feature (A Book That Would Work Well in Animated Format)
For this I’d like to go with His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman. Since it’s middle grade, it would really appeal to younger audiences and it’s also a fantasy, so all of the cool world-building can be brought to life really well in animation, according to me.
8. Best Director (A Writer You Discovered for the First Time)
I don’t know if you’ve missed me shouting about American Panda by Gloria Chao, but if you have, then I’m here to tell you that it’s my favourite debut of 2018 so far. Gloria also was on my blog for a quick Q&A, so check that out here if you haven’t yet. She has written such a beautiful contemporary story that personally touched me on so many levels, so of course I had to hand it to her!
9. Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book)
For this one I would be remiss if I didn’t pick one of my recent favourites, A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. The finale especially is packed with so much action that I was constantly afraid for the characters and on the edge of the seat the whole time.
10. Best Short Film (Best Novella or Short Book)
I just finished it today evening, but Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag has become my absolute favourite short book in the span of the 2 hours I took to finish it. It’s so raw, unfiltered and powerful, while also talking about money, the balance of power and familial relationships.
11. Best Picture (Best Standalone)
I recently read To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, which is a fantasy standalone, to the best of my knowledge. It has murderous sirens, a pirate prince and so much tension that I couldn’t help but fall in love. I wish more people would pick it up!
12. Best Documentary (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction)
I consumed Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys via audiobook and it has impacted so much that I still think about it sometimes. It is definitely the best historical fiction I’ve read set in war-torn Germany during World War II and talks about the plight of refugees who boarded the ship Wilhelm Gustloff with the hopes that it would ferry them to safety. It tore my feelings to shreds but it was such an enlightening read!
That’s all for the tag! Now let’s get on with the other equally exciting part of this post, which are my nominees for the 2nd Annual Book Blogger Awards hosted by Joce from Write Through the Night. I feel really lucky that I have been nominated twice by Jenna from Falling Letters and Marta from Cursed Books under the category “Best Book Blogger from an Underrepresented/Minority Group”. I can’t believe I’ve been nominated at all but I’m so very thankful to these two! They have wonderful blogs as well, so do check them out and spread the love! I don’t have a nominee for each of the categories because I’ve been terrible at blog hopping these days. Anyway, without further ado, here are my nominations –
1. Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19): Charvi from Not Just Fiction
2. Best Adult Book Blogger (20+): Lia from Lost in a Story
3. Best Book Blogger from an Underrepresented/Minority Group: Etinosa from Uwadis
4. Best Young Adult Blogger: Ilsa from Whisper of Ink
5. Best Middle Grade or Younger Blogger: Jenna from Falling Letters
6. Best Romance Blogger: Sophie from Beware of the Reader
7. Best Science Fiction / Dystopian / Fantasy Blogger: Justine from I Should Read That
8. Best Book Reviews: Simant from Flipping Through the Pages
9. Best Discussion Posts: Briana and Krysta from Pages Unbound
10. Most Engaged in the Community: Avalinah from Avalinah’s Books
11. Blog Aesthetic: Marta from Cursed Books
12. Social Media Influencer: Cait from A Page With a View
13. Best personality / friendliest member of the community: Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch
14. Best New Book Blogger (created blog after July 2017): Aditi from Dreamy Reads
15. Best Overall Book Blogger: Cait from Paper Fury
That was quite a long post but I hope you were entertained. Do you follow the Oscars closely? Have you read any of these books and if so, what did you think of them? How did April treat you? Let me know in the comments section below.