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  • Writer's pictureDouglas James Troxell

2021 Troxellian Literary Awards: The Nominees

It's time once again for a completely unnecessary end-of-year book award blog post!!!

I read some excellent books this year. Unfortunately, I've forgotten half of them in the fog of the pandemic. I honestly can't remember most of what happened or what I did the first half of the year. We were still heavy into the pandemic, most people weren't vaccinated yet, and I was slogging through working from home with the rest of the country. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the year 2020 even happened at all!

Anyways, this is the ninth annual awards for the (drum roll ... ) TROXELLIAN LITERATURE AWARDS! I rate all the books I've read over the past year and give them fake awards that make sense to me and no one else. That includes adult fiction, YA, graphic novels, and non-fiction. Some are new, some are old, some are bestsellers, and some are definitely not. It doesn't matter. They all get dumped into the same cage to duke it out for literary supremacy.

Here are the nominees in the order that I read them. I’ll post the winners sometime before the end of the year:

1. Ready Player 2 by Ernest Cline (F)

2. Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling (F)

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson (NF)

4. Alone at the End of the World by M.P McDonald (F)

5. Dr. Sleep by Stephen King (F)

6. Legend by Marie Lu (F)

7. Locke and Key Vol I: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill (comic)

8. Locke and Key Vol II: Head Games by Joe Hill (comic)

9. Locke and Key Vol III: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill (comic)

10. Locke and Key Vol IV: Keys to the Kingdom by Joe Hill (comic)

11. Locke and Key Vol V: Clockworks by Joe Hill (comic)

12. Locke and Key Vol VI: Alpha and Omega by Joe Hill (comic)

13. Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander (NF)

14. Devolution by Max Brooks (F)

15. The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (F)

16. The Witcher: Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (F)

17. Balancing on Blue by Keith Foskett (NF)

18. The Witcher: Blood of the Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (F)

19. The Last Englishman by Keith Foskett (NF)

20. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (F)

21. Lord of the Flies by William Golding (F)

22. Gone by Michael Grant (F)

23. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx (NF)

24. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner (F)

25. Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson (F)

26. Moby Dick by Herman Melville (F)

27. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (F)

28. My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn (F)

29. The Story of B by Daniel Quinn (F)

30. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (F)

31. The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison (F)

32. The Enemy by Charles Higson (F)

Make sure my dark comedy, Cheshire Moon, is on your reading list for 2022. You can check it out here.


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