Unveiling the Literature Winners | HBB Reviews Awards 2019

Boasting an impressive catalog, this year’s literature releases are nothing short of remarkable with many leaving a profound impression on the HBB Reviews Staff, meaning that conjuring a list of some of the best books from the entire year, let alone the very best book, was taxing to say the least. However, the nominees for the only category for HBB Reviews Awards 2019 in the medium have finally been decided by a committee of our book reviewers. Please take a look at this year’s nominees for Best Book at the HBB Reviews Awards 2019.


In order to be considered for the HBB Reviews Awards 2019, releases must have been either reviewed or released in 2019.



Best Book (5 Nominations):

Cicada (Shaun Tan, Arthur A. Levine Books)

The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm (Christopher Paolini, Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Imaginary Friend (Stephen Chbosky, Grand Central Publishing)

I'm Not Dying with You Tonight (Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, Sourcebooks Fire)

We Survivors: A Story from After the End (L.J. Thomas, LJ Thomas Books)


Without further ado, we are pleased to unveil that the winner and the honorable mention (runner-up pick) for Best Book this year is:



Best Book (WINNER):

Cicada (Shaun Tan, Arthur A. Levine Books)

Image Courtesy of Arthur A. Levine Books (Still from CICADA)

Best Book (Honorable Mention):

We Survivors: A Story from After the End (L.J. Thomas, LJ Thomas Books)


Sincere congratulations to Cicada and We Survivors: A Story from After the End for their recognition in this category! Both titles were reviewed earlier this year, each earning positive reception from the respective reviewers.

For We Survivors, a ferocious novel penned by L.J. Thomas, reviewer and associate editor Alyssa Jang called the book "a fabulous novel that melds the common aspects of dystopian novels with the mental health issues of a dark adult thriller," saying it is "perfect" for fans of Suzanne Collins' similarly dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games.

As for Cicada, I fortunate enough to review this one myself back at the beginning of the year, courtesy of a review copy provided by Scholastic Trade Publishing before its American hardcover release. The review calls the book "a genre-defining tour de force of Tan’s ingenious and bold tactics for children’s literature," saying "it pushes the boundaries in almost every way, using metaphorical symbolism and a gray, dark palette as its primary features."

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