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Semifinal Round Now Open—2nd Chance to Vote in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Jessica Donaghy on November 15, 2012
Semifinal Round Now Open for Voting! »

A round of applause for our semifinalists! Readers flocked to the polls to nominate the best books of the year in the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, casting 623,800 votes for more than 11,000 books. We have now added the top five write-ins in each category as official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominated books in each of 20 categories.

The Best Fiction category has gained some heavy hitters with the addition of J.K. Rowling and Michael Chabon. Best Science Fiction nominee Hugh Howey also racked up a second nomination in a different category, Best Horror. Ken Follett and Philippa Gregory join the highly competitive category of Best Historical Fiction. And, of course, the Goodreads Choice Awards aren't the only number-crunching event making headlines this fall, as shown by U.S. presidential forecaster Nate Silver scoring a nomination in Best Nonfiction. Neil Young and Stephen Colbert also add some star power to Best Memoir and Best Humor. View all the semifinalists »

You have two more chances to vote. Remember, the Semifinal Round closes November 17, and next week we will cut the field in half. Only 10 books in each category will make it into the Final Round, beginning November 19. Vote now to make sure your favorite books are safe from elimination!

Vote for the best books of 2012! »


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message 1: by Ugur (new)

Ugur It looks like there is still write in votes option is enabled. Does it seem to work like this?


message 2: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Sties I don't think the links for the simifinal round is working right, it keeps taking me to the opening round.


message 3: by Lorrie (last edited Nov 12, 2012 05:02AM) (new)

Lorrie They must be still working on the site--probably just opened it up this morning & they're not done with it.


message 4: by James (new)

James Having the same problem as Ugur and Stacy get taken to opening round.


message 5: by Jeanne (new)

Jeanne Kedzorski Calico Joe by John Grisham


message 6: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Donaghy Uğur, Stacy, and James - are you still having problems? You should see Semifinal Round polls that display 20 book covers each.

In the Semifinal Round you get to vote a second time (either for the same books or different books from the Opening Round).


message 7: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Sties Yes, and I am on a different machine now, still only going to opening round.


message 8: by Ugur (new)

Ugur Ok there is no problem now. No write-in option also. I've voted for one category. Is there any option to see my previous votes:)


message 9: by Lorrie (new)

Lorrie Although the write-in part has been removed, the page still says "Opening Round". It needs to be changed to "Semi-finals".....right?


message 10: by Ugur (new)

Ugur Lorrie I have just checked functionality part:) probably I will never check that label.


message 11: by ☯Emily (new)

☯Emily Please let us know when this is open. The semi-final voting does not show up, just the opening round.


message 12: by Stacy (new)

Stacy Sties Can you check on the romance section, some section seem to be up but others are not up yet. Thanks. Web updating is always a pain at times.


message 13: by Martini (new)

Martini The "Vote in next category" link in the popup that appears when having voted for a book does not work. As well as the "next" link that is located to the right of "Nominees for Best...".


message 14: by Nightfalltwen (new)

Nightfalltwen 50 shades of fail made it though? Judging all y'all. NGL.


message 15: by Helen (new)

Helen Ditto!


message 16: by Jason (new)

Jason So I guess Days of Blood and Starlight will just be a nothing in these awards.
At least there's Gone Girl to vote for, and my horse is obvious as that's the only really good book I've read in all the categories...


message 17: by Lorrie (new)

Lorrie Ugur - I wish I wasn't so anal about typos and incorrect labels. I guess I'm just upset because my favorite book didn't make it past the 1st cut. :(


message 18: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Donaghy Martini, the "Next" links have been fixed. Thanks for the heads up. For those who were unable to see the Semifinal Round this morning, the caching should now be resolved. If not, please send the details to support at goodreads dot com.


message 19: by Intararit (new)

Intararit How to buy books published do.


message 20: by Intararit (new)

Intararit How to buy. I translated my book. Available Published how to get published.


message 21: by ayanami (new)

ayanami Jason wrote: "So I guess Days of Blood and Starlight will just be a nothing in these awards.
At least there's Gone Girl to vote for, and my horse is obvious as that's the only really good book I've read in all t..."


I believe the awards only include books up to October, books published the last two months of the year should be included in next year's awards so you'll be able to vote for Days of Blood & Starlight next year.


message 22: by Gavin (new)

Gavin Bishop I'm disappointed that four of my favorite books weren't even nominated.

"Sutton" a fictionalized account of the life of American bank robber Willie Sutton by J.R. Moehringer wasn't nominated. It's an epic chronicle based on the life of one of the less celebrated old school American gangsters. Sutton was nicknamed the Gentleman Bank Robber because he never used a gun or did a person any physical harm but he managed to rob more banks than John Dillinger, The Barrow Gang, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd combined. Sutton the last survivor of the legendary Depression-era bank robbers and he died in 1980 at the ripe old age of 79.

Louise Endrich's "Round House" is a riveting coming of age novel about the mystery surrounding the rape of a woman on a Native American reservation. "Round House" won the National Book Award but missed the nomination cut on Goodreads.

"The Last Policeman" is a clever sci-fi murder mystery about a dedicated cop closing out a murder case as an asteroid hurtles to destroy the earth in a matter of days. The "Last Policeman" could have been nominated in either the sci-fi or mystery genre.

Blake Crouch's techno-thriller "Pines", like "The Last Policeman" was a genre splitting mystery which deserved a nomination in either the sci-fi or mystery category. The novel begins when a waylaid Secret Service agent wakes up to find himself in a remote Idaho town called Whispering Pines without any memory of how he got there. What follows is a story that reads like a classic tale from the Twilight Zone.

Now that I've had an opportunity to be indignant I want to think those folks who nominated Hugh Howey's awesome sci-fi epic "Wool" in two different categories. "Wool" opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities in the sci-fi genre and rekindled my once passionate devotion to sci-fi literature.


message 23: by Donna (new)

Donna I didn't see "Lisa Wiedmeier's Cheyenne or Promises" on here anywhere. This "Timeless Series" is outstanding and deserves to be recognized by young adult to those of us who are not as young adults (LOL). Nonetheless, she is a fantastic writer and her books give us enjoyable storyline, romance, excitement, etc. Please, consider her and the books and if this is appropriate that is where my votes go.


message 24: by Neet (new)

Neet You can't have a LGBT category but you can have a Paranormal Fiction...


message 25: by Alessandra (new)

Alessandra QUIET by Susan Cain - an absolutely beautiful book!


message 26: by Andrea (new)

Andrea girl a wrote: "I believe the awards only include books up to October, books published the last two months of the year should be included in next year's awards so you'll be able to vote for Days of Blood & Starlight next year. "

No, Days of Blood & Starlight was only eligible this year. The cutoff date is November 25th... It definitely should've been before the Opening Round opened! I don't know why it would be so late, not all books published in November have tons of ARCs (what happened with DoB&S), it puts them at a tremendous disadvantage...


message 27: by Donna (new)

Donna Neet wrote: "You can't have a LGBT category but you can have a Paranormal Fiction..."

but "Promises, A Timeless Series" by Lisa Wiedmeier is also in the Paranormal category. So it should be considered.


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Jessica wrote: "Martini, the "Next" links have been fixed. Thanks for the heads up. For those who were unable to see the Semifinal Round this morning, the caching should now be resolved. If not, please send the de..."

I'm still only seeing the original voting options from the first round and the next link is still not working.


message 29: by Hugh (new)

Hugh Howey Gavin wrote: "Now that I've had an opportunity to be indignant I want to think those folks who nominated Hugh Howey's awesome sci-fi epic "Wool" in two different categories. "Wool" opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities in the sci-fi genre and rekindled my once passionate devotion to sci-fi literature."

Wow. That's some crazy praise! *blushing*


message 30: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Gavin wrote: "I'm disappointed that four of my favorite books weren't even nominated..."

I'm grateful to all the commenters on this thread who mentioned other books they thought should have made the cut. I've found some great stories for myself and also some ideas for Xmas from your picks!:)


message 31: by Mary (new)

Mary Nightfalltwen wrote: "50 shades of fail made it though? Judging all y'all. NGL."

how the heck did THAT make it? sick twisted people *shakes head*


message 32: by Ckdesigner.net (new)

Ckdesigner.net I don't think the links for the simifinal round is working right, it keeps taking me to the opening round.


message 33: by Lisa (last edited Dec 23, 2012 07:24AM) (new)

Lisa Vegan Ckdesigner.net wrote: "I don't think the links for the simifinal round is working right, it keeps taking me to the opening round."

That's because it's over. The finals happened and the winners have been announced:

Hmm...I'm looking for a link to the winners...it was around; it is somewhere. Every book that won, it's on its page; I know that.


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