The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards—Open for Voting!
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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!)
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