The Best Book Forward Book Awards: Celebrating Reader Favourites

Have you ever felt disappointed to see your favourite books and authors miss out on the big book awards? I know I have which is why in 2021 I launched the Best Book Forward Book Awards – an Instagram-based celebration where you, the bookworms, decide the winners.

Every year, readers eagerly nominate their favourite reads across genres with new categories having being added every year.  The excitement is contagious and every year has left me with a towering TBR as I have had to read all the shortlisted books (which I see as a huge bonus)!

The Best Book Forward Book Awards aren’t about industry accolades or prestige – they’re about the books that truly resonate with real readers and as I have read all the winning titles I can confirm that they are all fantastic reads.

Below you’ll find our past winners, the books that have stolen the hearts of fellow readers and if you haven’t read any of them I can guarantee you’re in for a real treat. 

Nominations for the 2024 awards will open in January 2025 with winners announced early February.  Every one is welcome to nominated vote so watch this space for more news.

2021 Winners:

Best Fiction: Still Life by Sarah Winman

Best Romance: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

Best Thriller: The Prank by LV Matthews

Best Debut: The One Hundred Years of Lenni & Margot by Marianne Cronin

Best Cover: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

2022 Winners:

Best Fiction: Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Best Historical Fiction: The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

Best Romance: A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting by Sophie Irwin

Best Thriller: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllistair

Best Debut: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Best Cover: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

2023 Winners:

Best Fiction: In Memoriam by Alice Winn

Best Historical Fiction: In Memoriam by Alice Winn

Best Romance: Love Me Do by Lindsey Kelk

Best Thriller: Strange Sally Diamond by Sally Nugget

Best Debut: Go As A River by Shelley Read

Best Cover: Shark Heart by Emily Habeck

Best Paperback: The Weather Woman by Sally Gardener 

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