The Results Are In: GoodReads Announces Choice Awards Winners

GoodReads Choice Awards Winners

Touted as "the only major book awards decided by readers," GoodReads have announced the winners of their third annual Choice Awards. J.K. Rowling claimed the Best Fiction prize for her grown-up book The Casual Vacancy, proving once again that lukewarm critical receptions don't necessarily dictate the opinions of audiences. With 11,525 votes, Rowling's novel handily beat out Junot Díaz's This Is How You Lose Her and Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue.

Less surprisingly, Gillian Flynn topped the Mystery and Thriller category for her immensely popular third novel Gone Girl; Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's The Long Earth lead in Science Fiction; and Fifty Shades Freed, the final installment of E.L. James Grey trilogy, mopped up the competition in Romance, receiving over 22,000 votes.

GalleyCat has a nice list of all the top winners, with links to samples of their books. Here's a less schmancy rundown of the front runners:

  • Best Fiction: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • Best Mystery & Thriller: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Best Historical Fiction: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Best Fantasy: The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King, Jae Lee illustrator
  • Best Paranormal Fantasy: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Best Science Fiction: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Best Romance: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
  • Best Horror: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Best Memoir & Autobiography: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
  • Best History & Biography: Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith
  • Best Nonfiction: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Best Food & Cookbooks: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond
  • Best Humor: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
  • Best Graphic Novel & Comics: The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, illustrator
  • Best Poetry: A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Who voted in the GoodReads Choice Awards? Was your voice heard? Were there any authors overlooked? What was your favorite book of the year?

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