2020 Bookish Academy Awards

Happy New Year, blogger friends. I know this year has been challenging, heart-breaking, and completely anxiety-inducing for all of us. I wish you all good health and many more blessings in 2021.

If there was anything I could depend on in 2020, it was a good book (more specifically, as many good books as I could possibly get my hands on). I surpassed my reading goal of 100 books by completing 102 for the year. You can view my 2020 Reads here (though I definitely seemed to have misshelved 2 of them…and I can’t figure out which ones they are!).

I haven’t been blogging as much as I hoped I would, but reflecting on what I have read in 2020 and selecting my choices for the “Bookish Academy Awards” excited me!

This tag was originally created by BOOKadoodles, but I did edit some of their original categories and added a few of my own (*marked with an asterisk).


Best Actor:
“Best Male Protagonist”

Braden Mack from Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Best Actress:
“Best Female Protagonist”

Liya Thakkar from The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel

Best Cinematography:
“Best Plot Twist”

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Best Costume Design:
“Best Book Cover”

All This Time by Mikki Daughtry and Rachael Lippincott

Best Supporting Actress and Actor:
“Best Male and Female Sidekicks/Supporting characters”

Jamal & Milo from Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
Lydia from Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

*Best On-Screen Kiss:
“Best Couple/Romance”

Literally the hardest category of all! I read so many romance novels, so I tried to narrow it down to just 3!

Beach Read by Emily Henry
Truth or Beard by Penny Read
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Best Original Screenplay:
“Most Unique Plot/World”

Green Valley, Tenessee in The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid

*Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Best Book-to-Movie/TV Show Adaptation” OR “A book that should be adapted into a film/TV show”

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I honestly didn’t watch this show…but the book was very good!

*Best Animated Feature:
“A book that would work well in an animated format” OR “Best Graphic Novel” OR “Best Children’s Book”

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Best Director:
“A writer you discovered for the first time”

Katherine Center

Best Short Film:
“Best Novella” or “Short Book”

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Best Picture:
“Best Stand-Alone”

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

*Best Documentary:
“Best Historical Fiction” OR “Best Non-Fiction”

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

*Best Original Soundtrack:
“Best Audio book” or “Best Book in Verse”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, narrated by Jason Reynolds

*Best Foreign Film:
“Best diverse author” OR “Best book with Diverse Representation”

Note: I created this category with the intention of specifically highlighting authors, stories, and characters that fall under any of these categories: non-white/multiracial, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, persons with mental illness, etc. Not all diverse peoples are necessarily “foreign.”

Girl Gone Viral (The Right Swipe #2) by Alisha Rai
Interracial romance (half-white/half-Thai American female protagonist, Punjabi-American male protagonist) and South Asian American author.


I invite all of you to share your 2020 Bookish Academy Awards! If you do, please tag me so I can see all of your nominations.

I hope everyone is staying safe and wearing their masks!

xo jasmine

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