Every year, Goodreads – thé social media platform for readers and booklovers – hosts the Choice Awards where Goodreads members can vote on the best book of the year. As they describe it themselves, it’s “the only major book award decided by readers.” Goodreads chooses the top 20 new released books in several categories and you can start voting as of November 2nd. In 2015, over 3 million people cast their vote, you can check out the winners here.
Below is a list of the 20 categories in which Goodreads has proposed 20 final nominees for the best books of the year 2016. I’ve also included the book that I voted for. Obviously I didn’t read all of these books, so sometimes I voted based on the cover or the author, don’t shoot me!
- Fiction (All the Ugly and Wonderful Things)
- Mystery & Thriller (End of Watch)
- Historical Fiction (Three Sisters, Three Queens)
- Fantasy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
- Romance (Because of Miss Bridgerton)
- Science Fiction (The Long Cosmos)
- Horror (Ink and Bone)
- Humour (Scrappy Little Nobody)
- Nonfiction (The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction)
- Memoir & Autobiography (The Only Pirate at the Party)
- History & Biography (Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars)
- Science & Technology (Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To)
- Food & Cookbooks (Layered: Baking, Building, and Styling Spectacular Cakes)
- Graphic Novels & Comics (Adulthood Is a Myth)
- Poetry (Beautiful and Damned)
- Debut Goodreads Author (The Star-Touched Queen)
- Young Adult Fiction (The Unexpected Everything)
- Young Adult Fantasy (Heartless)
- Middle Grade & Children’s (Pax)
- Picture Books (A Child of Books)
2016 is the eight time that the Goodreads Choice Awards are being held. Check out the previous winners here: 2009 (unknown amount of voters), 2010 (129,844 votes cast), 2011 (638,603 votes cast), 2012 (1,156,852 votes cast), 2013 (1,953,770 votes cast), 2014 (3,317,504 votes cast), 2015 (3,007,748 votes cast). So, what are you waiting for? Go vote for the 2016 edition right now! Are your favourites amongst the nominees? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading (and voting),