Award Winning Books – Top 5 Saturday

There are a multitude of book awards out there, and for this weeks prompt I’ve decided to choose five books off my TBR that have won ‘Hugo Awards.’ These are all books that I am highly anticipating reading and have read some amazing reviews for. Have you read any of these? Or are they on your TBR’s? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks to Mandy over at Devouring books  for creating these amazing prompts! You should definitely go check her blog out because she posts some great content.


Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.

The Fifth Season

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The Calculating Stars

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

This is How You Loose The Time War

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war.

A Memory Called Empire

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

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  1. Welp, all of these books are on my TBR, and now I don’t feel nearly as bad for not having actually gotten to any of them yet. xD Glad I’m not alone. I really want to read This is How You Lose The Time War soon, though, since I’ve heard it’s really good!

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  2. The Hugo Awards are one of the awards that I really want to read like, all the books that win. You should also check out the World Fantasy Awards! I want to read A Memory Called Empire, This Is How You Lose the Time War and The Fifth Season!

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      • So like a few years ago I noticed that on every books goodreads page they list the awards the book won and each award has a list. So I went through like all the awards lists and put every book that was on my “to read” onto a shelf for “award winning or nominees” so I already had a goodreads shelf of like 300 books to choose from so it made this week kinda easy for me but at the same time it was really hard for me to narrow it down to just 5 books

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      • Mine are kinda messy lol. I have a review copy shelf, a netgalley shelf, an edelweiss shelf, a physical ARC shelf, an owned shelf… so many more. And then each week when I pick the 5 books for Saturday I make a shelf for the topic and sometimes I include other books on the topic that didnt make the top 5 but I still want to read them. I also have a want to buy shelf. It’s kinda a mess of a bunch of shelves lol

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      • Lol well this past week I’ve been doing ALL the things. I reorganized my closet and ran a whole bunch of important errands. So hopefully I can keep the motivation going, but I’m kinda having a pit of trouble with the fact that suddenly I have no free time. I did just start a book that is really entertaining though, so I figure if I play it on audio while I work on the things I need to do, maybe I’ll still feel like I had free time even when I’m getting shit done. Lol

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