Booktubesff Awards 2020 Shortlist

The Booktube science fiction and fantasy community of YouTube announced the shortlist for its BooktubeSFF Awards 2020 on February 17.  

The community nominated its favorite works. Following a period devoted to readalongs and chats about the books, the winners will be voted on by the community and the judges during the first week in June, with the results of each vote revealed in mid-June.


Best Fantasy

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Best Debut Novel

  • Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martin
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Best Science Fiction

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tasmyn Muir
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martin

Best YA

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black
  • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
  • Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Best Middle Grade Novel

  • Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
  • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Best Short Work

  • The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
  • To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone


The BooktubeSFF community will all be reading these together between March and April. And then come May, all will be voting on what they think is the absolute best of the year.

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