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The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards—Open for Voting!

Posted by Jessica on November 05, 2012 603238

Vote Now in the Opening Round! »

Feeling choosy? What's the best book you read this year? Pick your favorites in 20 categories by voting in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers—that's you! Junot Díaz is duking it out with Barbara Kingsolver in Best Fiction. Arab Spring activist Wael Ghonim is up against best-seller Cheryl Strayed in Best Memoir. Will Tudor expert Hilary Mantel slay international man of mystery Carlos Ruiz Zafón in Best Historical Fiction? It will be a fight to the finish until the polls close November 27!

To begin the Opening Round, we've nominated 15 books in each category. Instead of consulting publishing experts or a judging panel, we look to readers to find the best books of the year. We analyzed statistics from the 170 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2012 and nominated books based on the number of ratings and average rating. A nomination is truly an honor because it comes straight from the readers! And to make sure every reader has the "choice" he or she wants, the Opening Round also accepts write-in votes.

Who will be the major break-out nominee of 2012? Last year's juggernaut Fifty Shades of Grey picked up speed when it reached the 2011 finals for Best Romance before becoming a viral hit. And our new crop of nominees boasts a larger percentage of indie authors than ever before. Some household names did not even make the cut. J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and Zadie Smith's novel NW both were just shy of the 3.50 average rating required for an Opening Round nomination (but if you loved those books, don't worry. You can still place a write-in vote!)

You have three chances to vote. The Opening Round lasts until November 10. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals.

Don't wait! Vote for the best books of 2012! »


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message 2: by M (new)

M We should have this EVERY DAY/MONTH! I LOVE IT! Thanks so much <3


message 3: by Pam (new)

Pam Skipper I never heard about that book. Over all best book i have read was the Bible , other was it would be bill o reillys book on killing lincon: the assisination. Because i love history.


message 5: by LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog (last edited Oct 30, 2012 10:57AM) (new)

LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131 These awards are really missing a GLBT category. There are a great deal of exceptional books by these authors.


message 6: by Amit (new)

Amit Shetty There should have been a vote for best cover art as in 2010. I mean , why would you pick a book up if the cover just had a the title and the author in bold.


LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131 Amit wrote: "There should have been a vote for best cover art as in 2010. I mean , why would you pick a book up if the cover just had a the title and the author in bold."

I agree Amit.


message 8: by Amit (new)

Amit Shetty 丹娜 wrote: "We should have this EVERY DAY/MONTH! I LOVE IT! Thanks so much <3"

Nice thought, but that would take all the fun and excitement out of it.


message 9: by Sonatajessica (new)

Sonatajessica No short story/ anthology category? I love short stories, this category is clearly missing in these awards. That aside, voting is always fun!


message 10: by Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) (last edited Oct 30, 2012 12:00PM) (new)

Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) Oh, great. Let's see what other awful Twilight fan fiction we can "launch" upon unsuspecting society.

ETA: Oop, except there actually is another Twific in the voting. *slow clap* SMDH.


message 11: by Kenya (new)

Kenya Wright Alicia wrote: "Oh, great. Let's see what other awful Twilight fan fiction we can "launch" upon unsuspecting society.

ETA: Oop, except there actually is another Twific in the voting. *slow clap* SMDH."


lol. Stop that! :-)


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) Kenya wrote: "lol. Stop that! :-) "

I will never let go of the fact Goodreads was instrumental in launching that God-awful Twific. There should be utter shame for it and yet they wear it like a badge of pride.


Oh, and actually having gone through the vote, there's definitely two Twilight fan fictions in the voting. So...awesome.


message 13: by Dee (new)

Dee there are 3 in the romance section

50 shades freed
gabriel's rapture
seducation & snacks


message 14: by Kenya (new)

Kenya Wright lol! As long as you're not bitter about it.
:-)


message 15: by Marianna (new)

Marianna Dee wrote: "there are 3 in the romance section

50 shades freed

What about all the spin off books, like the irreverent

Mobius by Ann Abrams. Mobius



message 16: by Dee (new)

Dee it wouldn't surprise me if there were more - I just know of those 3 - there is a website that keeps track of P2P fanfiction - specifically twilight ones


message 17: by Marie (new)

Marie How much do you want to bet that Fifty Shades will win it all? Preemptively shaking my head right now




message 18: by Minas (new)

Minas The Gazebo: A Novel - Emily Grayson


message 19: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) Oh, my God, there are three! I only saw Gabriel's Rapture and Seduction and Snacks. I adblocked all Fifty Shades covers on GR in an effort to save my blood pressure so there was just a blank space where that fic was, so I never saw it. Hahahahaha.

Yes, so there are three. And I'm going to go off into a corner and weep at how pathetic and useless this award is.


message 21: by Dee (new)

Dee and Sylvia Day's Bared to You is there - while it isn't twilight fanfic - it is reminiscent enough of 50 shades - although she is a bigger name author


message 22: by Pulkit (new)

Pulkit The Casual vacancy - J.K Rowling


message 23: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Henderson ALWAYS THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS <3 JACE <3


message 24: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Donaghy Remember that it is possible to write in a vote for any book published this year. So there are lots and lots of romance books that are fair game!


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) People keep saying that, but unlike EL James who needed a lot of, let's say...help with her story, I think Day just happened to have a similar story in the works already. I think I read she had been writing it before that fic got popular (there was only four months between the start of the 2011 GRCA and her publishing Bared to You). And, unlike ELJ, she's an actual author who has been writing real books for years so I doubt she needs to preemptively steal from a heinously written Twific.


message 26: by Nightfalltwen (new)

Nightfalltwen Anything related to 50 shades of crap made the cut? Gross. Guess that means this isn't "best of" but actually "utter fails in intelligence of 2012"


message 27: by Marie (new)

Marie This was always going to be a popularity contest, so sit back, relax and await the predictability


message 28: by allycatblue (new)

allycatblue *percy jackson is my husband last prince of atlantis


message 29: by Dee (new)

Dee Alicia wrote: "People keep saying that, but unlike EL James who needed a lot of, let's say...help with her story, I think Day just happened to have a similar story in the works already. I think I read she had bee..."

true and I try to point ppl in her direction after they read 50 shades, but at the same time, the similarities between the 2 could be argued - especially since 50 shades was available free online for ages (under anohter name)


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) Dee wrote: "Alicia wrote: "People keep saying that, but unlike EL James who needed a lot of, let's say...help with her story, I think Day just happened to have a similar story in the works already. I think I r..."

They could, definitely (and it's been argued to death in the comments of my FSoG review), but I just can't imagine her trolling Twific for ideas, you know?


message 31: by Lily (new)

Lily I wish GoodReads had a category just for indie books, Like "Best Indie Book of Year or something like that. I hope no one finds my idea offensive because that was not what I meant it to be. I just feel like great indie books don't get the publicity they deserve!


message 32: by Dee (new)

Dee Alicia wrote: "Dee wrote: "Alicia wrote: "People keep saying that, but unlike EL James who needed a lot of, let's say...help with her story, I think Day just happened to have a similar story in the works already...."

I don't think so, but i'm not that familiar with her work - isn't she primiarily known as being a historical author, not a contemporary one - and if she, why the change


message 33: by Dee (new)

Dee Lily wrote: "I wish GoodReads had a category just for indie books, Like "Best Indie Book of Year or something like that. I hope no one finds my idea offensive because that was not what I meant it to be. I just..."

I think that would be a good idea; I also think that short stories/anthologies should be a category and inspirational fiction


Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish) Dee wrote: "I don't think so, but i'm not that familiar with her work - isn't she primiarily known as being a historical author, not a contemporary one - and if she, why the change"

To be honest, I don't know. I hadn't heard of her until people started bringing up that book in my review, and Dear Author did a review.


message 35: by Lily (last edited Oct 30, 2012 03:59PM) (new)

Lily Dee wrote: "Lily wrote: "I wish GoodReads had a category just for indie books, Like "Best Indie Book of Year or something like that. I hope no one finds my idea offensive because that was not what I meant it ..."

yes I agree and I think Fifty Shades of Grey should under a new category called "BestWorst Book of the Year"


message 36: by Tawn (new)

Tawn Marie wrote: "How much do you want to bet that Fifty Shades will win it all? Preemptively shaking my head right now

"

that was awesome!


message 37: by Trever (new)

Trever I wish they had broken up categories for non-fiction.


message 38: by Joan (new)

Joan The best book I've read this year is The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.


message 39: by TJ (new)

TJ LisaT - We Are Qhuay! wrote: "These awards are really missing a GLBT category. There are a great deal of exceptional books by these authors."

Agreed completely. Why is there no GLBTQ category, Goodreads?


message 40: by Dee (new)

Dee apparently adding categories would make for too many books was essentially the answer I got from Jessica when I asked - because I asked about short stories/anthologies; inspirational fiction and indie authors


message 41: by Bookpanda (new)

Bookpanda (Miguel Cruz) Needs more categories.


message 42: by Heidi (new)

Heidi I wanted to vote for Barbara Kingsolver's new book because I love her but it hasn't even been released yet, how can we vote for books we haven't read, doesn't seem right.


LisaT - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog LisaT131 TJ wrote: "LisaT - We Are Qhuay! wrote: "These awards are really missing a GLBT category. There are a great deal of exceptional books by these authors."

Agreed completely. Why is there no GLBTQ category, Go..."



If I shop in a bookstore the GLBT books would be categorized in the erotica section. GR should at least have a category for erotica. Listen, I don't like that authors writing in that genre be separated but it's reality and to give it a fair shake I think this is a valid request. Erotica is a small, specific area but should be recognized. IMO.


message 44: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Amit wrote: "There should have been a vote for best cover art as in 2010. I mean , why would you pick a book up if the cover just had a the title and the author in bold."

Hear hear!


message 45: by Giulia (new)

Giulia I'm so excited! This is the first time I've ever voted for these awards!


message 46: by Dee (new)

Dee LisaT - We Are Qhuay! wrote: "TJ wrote: "LisaT - We Are Qhuay! wrote: "These awards are really missing a GLBT category. There are a great deal of exceptional books by these authors."

Agreed completely. Why is there no GLBTQ c..."


but there are a lot of GLBTQ books that are not erotica, just because individuals within are gay does not make it erotica - for example, I just read

The You Know Who Girls: Freshman Year - its a coming of age f/f book - by the logic above it should be in erotica...ummm no

I believe that *most* and I say that generally GLBT writers, would prefer to be included in whatever genre they identify with - romance, mystery, suspense...the presence of GLBT characters does not in and of itself make a book GLBT


message 47: by Anushri (new)

Anushri Jain This is just so fab! I got to know so many books that I can choose from!


figuranta m/m lover It's hard 2 say that cuz i love fifty shades but since than i read better books so i will def not going 2 choose that


message 49: by Soul (new)

Soul :D Glad it's back!


message 50: by Soul (new)

Soul Hope to see some Great titles :)

Happy voting!!!


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