Books Are My Bag Readers AwardShortlist

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The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards are one of a kind. They're the only book awards curated by bookshops and chosen by readers, like you!

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards include six shortlists show more which are chosen by booksellers across the UK and Ireland, while the Readers' Choice Award – nominated and chosen entirely by readers – completes the set.

The Books Are My Bag Readers Awards launched in 2016, in partnership with and sponsored by National Book Tokens.
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All, Winner (49), Shortlist (213)
All, 2023 (18), 2022 (20), 2021 (20), 2020 (20), 2019 (36), 2018 (35), 2017 (36), 2016 (28)

Shortlist 213

Impossible Creatures by Katherine RundellChildren's Ficton2023
Jamie by DChildren's Ficton2023
The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale by Jon KlassenChildren's Ficton2023
Greenwild: The World Behind the Door by Pari ThomsonChildren's Ficton2023
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinFiction2023
Demon Copperhead by Barbara KingsolverFiction2023
Yellowface by R. F. KuangFiction2023
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John MandelFiction2023
Strong Female Character by Fern BradyNon-Fiction2023
Pageboy: A Memoir by Elliot PageNon-Fiction2023
Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn't Food by Chris van TullekenNon-Fiction2023
Why Women Grow by Alice VincentNon-Fiction2023
Bad Diaspora Poems by Momtaza MehriPoetry2023
Divisible by Itself and One: Sampler by Kae TempestPoetry2023
Gwen & Art Are Not in Love by Lex CroucherYoung Adult Ficton2023
Promise Boys by Nick BrooksYoung Adult Ficton2023
Girl, Goddess, Queen by Bea FitzgeraldYoung Adult Ficton2023
The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora ReyesYoung Adult Ficton2023
Loki: A Bad God's Guide to Being Good by Louie StowellChildren's Ficton2022
Like A Charm by Elle McNicollChildren's Ficton2022
Grimwood: Five Freakishly Funny Fables: World Book Day 2022 by Nadia ShireenChildren's Ficton2022
Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. SteadmanChildren's Ficton2022
Her Majesty's Royal Coven by Juno DawsonFiction2022
Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia ArmfieldFiction2022
Heaven by Mieko KawakamiFiction2022
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinFiction2022
The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice by Shon FayeNon-Fiction2022
Otherlands: A World in the Making by Thomas HallidayNon-Fiction2022
Ghost Signs by Stu HenniganNon-Fiction2022
Without Warning & Only Sometimes: Scenes from an Unpredictable Childhood by Kit de WaalNon-Fiction2022
The Fire People: A Collection of Contemporary Black British Poets by Lemn SissayPoetry2022
100 Queer Poems by Mary Jean ChanPoetry2022
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems by Warsan ShirePoetry2022
All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. BrownYoung Adult Ficton2022
The King is Dead by Benjamin DeanYoung Adult Ficton2022
When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle JawandoYoung Adult Ficton2022
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuistonYoung Adult Ficton2022
When the Sky Falls by Phil EarleChildren's Ficton2021
Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. AlstonChildren's Ficton2021
By Ash, Oak and Thorn by Melissa HarrisonChildren's Ficton2021
Show Us Who You Are by Elle McNicollChildren's Ficton2021
Still Life by Sarah WinmanFiction2021
Assembly by Natasha BrownFiction2021
The Appeal by Janice HallettFiction2021
Panenka by Ronan HessionFiction2021
I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain by Anita SethiNon-Fiction2021
The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us by Nick HayesNon-Fiction2021
The Power of Geography: Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World by Tim MarshallNon-Fiction2021
Ancestors: A prehistory of Britain in seven burials by Alice RobertsNon-Fiction2021
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda GormanPoetry2021
The Heeding by Rob CowenPoetry2021
Empty Nest: Poems for Families by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry2021
Slug by Hollie McNishPoetry2021
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-ÍyímídéYoung Adult Ficton2021
All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'DonoghueYoung Adult Ficton2021
The Great Godden by Meg RosoffYoung Adult Ficton2021
The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan StroudYoung Adult Ficton2021
The Highland Falcon Thief by M. G. LeonardChildren's Ficton2020
Blended by Sharon M. DraperChildren's Ficton2020
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicollChildren's Ficton2020
Gargantis by Thomas TaylorChildren's Ficton2020
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart TurtonFiction2020
The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettFiction2020
Boy Parts by Eliza ClarkFiction2020
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-JooFiction2020
Weather by Jenny OffillFiction2020
Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnultyNon-Fiction2020
Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger BregmanNon-Fiction2020
The Dance Cure: The surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier by Dr Peter LovattNon-Fiction2020
Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent by Priyamvada GopalNon-Fiction2020
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright!: An Animal Poem for Each Day of the Year by Fiona WatersPoetry2020
Seagull Seagull by James K. BaxterPoetry2020
Homie: Poems by Danez SmithPoetry2020
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn BayronYoung Adult Ficton2020
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi AdeyemiYoung Adult Ficton2020
The Crossover by Kwame AlexanderYoung Adult Ficton2020
Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice OsemanYoung Adult Ficton2020
The Binding by Bridget CollinsBeautiful Book2019
All the Ways to be Smart by Davina BellBeautiful Book2019
How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places by Diana HenryBeautiful Book2019
Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders by International Centre for the Picture Book in SocietyBeautiful Book2019
The Lost Words: Spell Songs by Robert MacfarlaneBeautiful Book2019
Circe by Madeline MillerBeautiful Book2019
No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine BrutonChildren's Ficton2019
Rumblestar by Abi ElphinstoneChildren's Ficton2019
The Bookwanderers by Anna JamesChildren's Ficton2019
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica LoveChildren's Ficton2019
The Good Thieves by Katherine RundellChildren's Ficton2019
Malamander by Thomas TaylorChildren's Ficton2019
Circe by Madeline MillerFiction2019
The Binding by Bridget CollinsFiction2019
Washington Black by Esi EdugyanFiction2019
Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan HessionFiction2019
An American Marriage by Tayari JonesFiction2019
Lanny by Max PorterFiction2019
Becoming by Michelle ObamaNon-Fiction2019
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees by Helen JukesNon-Fiction2019
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado PerezNon-Fiction2019
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta ThunbergNon-Fiction2019
Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm by Isabella TreeNon-Fiction2019
The Salt Path by Raynor WinnNon-Fiction2019
The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard CohenPoetry2019
The Black Flamingo by Dean AttaPoetry2019
The Girl Aquarium by Jen CampbellPoetry2019
A Year of Nature Poems by Joseph CoelhoPoetry2019
Poems to Fall in Love With by Chris RiddellPoetry2019
The Poetry Pharmacy Returns: More Prescriptions for Courage, Healing, and Hope by William SieghartPoetry2019
Toffee by Sarah CrossanYoung Adult Ficton2019
Proud by Juno DawsonYoung Adult Ficton2019
Becoming Dinah by Kit de WaalYoung Adult Ficton2019
"I Will Not Be Erased": Our stories about growing up as people of colour by gal-demYoung Adult Ficton2019
Heartstopper: Volume 1 by Alice OsemanYoung Adult Ficton2019
On the Come Up by Angie ThomasYoung Adult Ficton2019
The Wood: The Life & Times of Cockshutt Wood by John Lewis-StempelBeautiful Book2018
Life in the Garden by Penelope LivelyBeautiful Book2018
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy ManganBeautiful Book2018
The Librarian by Salley VickersBeautiful Book2018
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura WoodBeautiful Book2018
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonFiction2018
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes GowarFiction2018
The Music Shop by Rachel JoyceFiction2018
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLavertyFiction2018
Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieFiction2018
Tin Man by Sarah WinmanFiction2018
The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine DoyleMiddle-Grade2018
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons by Ben BrooksMiddle-Grade2018
Brightstorm by Vashti HardyMiddle-Grade2018
A Spoonful of Murder by Robin StevensMiddle-Grade2018
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica TownsendMiddle-Grade2018
The 1,000-year-old Boy by Ross WelfordMiddle-Grade2018
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret BarristerNon-Fiction2018
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun BythellNon-Fiction2018
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt HaigNon-Fiction2018
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'FarrellNon-Fiction2018
How Not to Be a Boy by Robert WebbNon-Fiction2018
Educated: A Memoir by Tara WestoverNon-Fiction2018
The Last Hedgehog by Pam AyresPoetry2018
England: Poems from a School by Kate ClanchyPoetry2018
She Must Be Mad by Charly CoxPoetry2018
Off The Shelf: A Celebration of Bookshops in Verse by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry2018
100 Poems by Seamus HeaneyPoetry2018
The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul by William SieghartPoetry2018
La Belle Sauvage by Philip PullmanYoung Adult Ficton2018
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiYoung Adult Ficton2018
Bookshop Girl by Chloe ColesYoung Adult Ficton2018
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances HardingeYoung Adult Ficton2018
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughreanYoung Adult Ficton2018
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura WoodYoung Adult Ficton2018
The Lost Words by Robert MacfarlaneBeautiful Book2017
Ravilious & Co.: The Pattern of Friendship by Andy FriendBeautiful Book2017
Homegoing by Yaa GyasiBeautiful Book2017
As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Birds & Books by Alex PrestonBeautiful Book2017
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha PulleyBeautiful Book2017
Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre SullivanBeautiful Book2017
Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma CarrollMiddle-Grade2017
Moonlocket by Peter BunzlMiddle-Grade2017
Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz EvansMiddle-Grade2017
Radio Boy (Radio Boy, Book 1) by Christian O'ConnellMiddle-Grade2017
The Explorer by Katherine RundellMiddle-Grade2017
The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin StevensMiddle-Grade2017
This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam KayNon-Fiction2017
The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception by Emmanuel CarrèreNon-Fiction2017
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-LodgeNon-Fiction2017
Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books by Daniel GrayNon-Fiction2017
Travels with my Sketchbook by Chris RiddellNon-Fiction2017
East West Street by Philippe SandsNon-Fiction2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadNovel2017
Birdcage Walk by Helen DunmoreNovel2017
The End We Start From by Megan HunterNovel2017
Hot Milk by Deborah LevyNovel2017
Conversations with Friends by Sally RooneyNovel2017
Swing Time by Zadie SmithNovel2017
How to Stop Time by Matt HaigPopular Ficton2017
The Power by Naomi AldermanPopular Ficton2017
The Dry by Jane HarperPopular Ficton2017
Munich by Robert HarrisPopular Ficton2017
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth HoganPopular Ficton2017
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanPopular Ficton2017
The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasYoung Adult Ficton2017
Piglettes by Clementine BeauvaisYoung Adult Ficton2017
Ink by Alice BroadwayYoung Adult Ficton2017
Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth LairdYoung Adult Ficton2017
Release by Patrick NessYoung Adult Ficton2017
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally NichollsYoung Adult Ficton2017
The Essex Serpent by Sarah PerryBeautiful Book2016
Hag-Seed by Margaret AtwoodBeautiful Book2016
Herbarium by Caz HildebrandBeautiful Book2016
Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria HislopBeautiful Book2016
Golden Hill by Francis SpuffordBeautiful Book2016
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill BrysonBiography and Autobiography2016
Alive, Alive Oh!: And Other Things That Matter by Diana AthillBiography and Autobiography2016
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others by Sarah BakewellBiography and Autobiography2016
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris PackhamBiography and Autobiography2016
The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister by Cathy RentzenbrinkBiography and Autobiography2016
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea WulfBiography and Autobiography2016
The Detective Dog by Julia DonaldsonChildren's Ficton2016
One by Sarah CrossanChildren's Ficton2016
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew DaywaltChildren's Ficton2016
Beetle Boy by M. G. LeonardChildren's Ficton2016
The Bear and the Piano by David LitchfieldChildren's Ficton2016
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessChildren's Ficton2016
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max PorterFiction2016
The Muse by Jessie BurtonFiction2016
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna CannonFiction2016
The Green Road by Anne EnrightFiction2016
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'FarrellFiction2016
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt HaigNon-Fiction2016
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary BeardNon-Fiction2016
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter FrankopanNon-Fiction2016
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiNon-Fiction2016
Landmarks by Robert MacfarlaneNon-Fiction2016
It's All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness by Suzanne O'SullivanNon-Fiction2016


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