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The Winners of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on January 06, 2011

We are proud to announce the winners of our second annual Goodreads Choice Awards. More than 157,000 votes were cast for 460 nominees and thousands of write-in candidates. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who voted!

View the full results!

Favorite Book of 2010: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
With a decisive 20% of the vote, the third installment of the popular Hunger Games series is our big winner this year (it also won Young Adult Fantasy, Favorite Hero, and Favorite Heroine). Mockingjay is the most-read book on Goodreads in 2010—earning more than 53,000 ratings in the four months since its publication. Thousands more have it on their to-read lists. Runners-up were The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson and Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead.

Fiction: Room by Emma Donoghue (Goodreads Author)
Donoghue may not have won the prestigious Man Booker Award (she was shortlisted), but her book about a mother and son in captivity is a reader favorite. Runners-up include Jodi Picoult's House Rules, Sarah Addison Allen's The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and W. Bruce Cameron's A Dog's Purpose. Critical darling Jonathan Franzen came in fifth with Freedom.

Mystery & Thriller: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
The Swedish thriller with a U.S. 2010 release garnered a whopping 37.8% of the vote, a huge lead over runners-up Still Missing by Chevy Stevens and Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich.

Fantasy: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads Author)
This category was decided by a whisper-thin margin of only 0.5% of the vote. Paul Hoffman's The Left Hand of God just missed the top spot, and China Mieville's Kraken came in third. Sanderson also provided his own competition: His other 2010 publication, The Way of Kings, came in fifth.

Paranormal Fantasy: Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Vampires and wily heroines abound in this category. Harris's latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series took the top honor, followed by Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs and Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.

Science Fiction: Feed by Mira Grant
Grant's near-future zombie thriller beat out Connie Willis's Blackout and Cherie Priest's Dreadnought.

Romance: Lover Mine by J.R. Ward
Reflecting their recent popularity, paranormal romances took both first and third place: Ward's latest Black Dagger Brotherhood book and Jeaniene Frost's First Drop of Crimson. Nicholas Sparks's contemporary romance, Safe Haven, placed second.

Historical Fiction: Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
Follet's World War I epic took first place, closely followed by Anne Fortier's Shakespeare-inspired Juliet. The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O. McNees took third.

Graphic Novels & Comics: Twilight: The Graphic Novel by Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
Although Meyer's adaptation came in first, the Cinderella story in this category is Felicia Day's The Guild. Her debut graphic novel came in seventh, the highest finish for any write-in candidate in the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Retreat placed second, and Maximum Ride: The Manga third.

Poetry: Come on All You Ghosts by Matthew Zapruder
American poet Zapruder takes the top honor, followed by If There Is Something to Desire (translated from the Russian) by Vera Pavlova and Newspaper Blackout by visual artist Austin Kleon.

Nonfiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Goodreads Author)
Skloot's book about the HeLa immortal cell line is one of the year's best-reviewed books on Goodreads with an average rating of 4.16. The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant came in second, and Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain came in third.

History & Biography: The Tudors by G.J. Meyer
Voters favored Meyer's in-depth look at the English monarchy over Bill Bryson's At Home and Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken.

Memoir & Autobiography: Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi
The television actress's candid account of her struggle with anorexia beat out memoirs from comedienne Carol Burnett and former First Lady Laura Bush.

Humor: Bite Me by Christopher Moore
Moore's zany story of evil vampire cats in San Francisco took first place, followed by Sh*t My Dad Says by Twitter comic Justin Halpern and Earth (the book) by Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

Young Adult Fiction: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads Author)
Only a few hundred votes separated Before I Fall from Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Young Adult Fantasy: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Collins's dystopian juggernaut was followed by Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice, the conclusion to her Vampire Academy series, and Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel, the beginning of her new Infernal Devices series.

Middle Grade & Children's: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
Kinney's popular middle-grade series won in a landslide, followed by Lord Sunday and The Viper's Nest.

Picture Books: It's a Book by Lane Smith
Smith's comedic picture book pits a book-loving monkey against his high-tech mouse and jackass friends. Mo Willem's Knuffle Bunny Free came in second, and Neil Gaiman's Instructions third.

Debut Author: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Nonfiction winner Skloot is followed by Humor runner-up Justin Halpern (Sh*t My Dad Says) and young adult fantasy writer Alexandra Bracken (Brightly Woven).

Goodreads Author: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead (Goodreads Author)
This special category honors Goodreads Authors, published authors who have joined the site to connect with their fans. Runners-up were Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel) and Emma Donoghue (Room).

Favorite Heroine: Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay
Gutsy teen gladiator Katniss earned 26.8% of the vote, more than vampire guardian Rose Hathaway (Spirit Bound and Last Sacrifice) and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest).

Favorite Hero: Peeta Mellark in Mockingjay
Katniss, Peeta, and Gale Hawthorne form the love triangle at the heart of The Hunger Games series. However, Peeta dominated this category, beating third-place finisher Gale by 18.2%. Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse's vampire paramour in Dead in the Family, took second.

Cover Art: Torment by Lauren Kate (Goodreads Author)
Three young-adult titles won the top spots in this category: Kate's angel fantasy, followed by Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement and Jackson Pearce's Sisters Red.

View the full results! Thanks again to everyone who voted this year!

Goodreads Choice Voting Ends Tonight!
Posted by Patrick Brown on December 30, 2010

With over 150,000 votes cast, the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards has been insanely popular. It's shown, once again, that you, the reader, want to have your voice heard. We've been proud to offer you the chance to tell us your favorite books of the year.

If you haven't yet voted, or if you haven't voted in every category, now is the time. Voting will close for all categories tonight at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. So don't delay, vote now!

To vote in the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards, click here.
Add a Quiz to Your Website or Blog
Posted by Patrick Brown on December 21, 2010

We've known for a long time that quizzes are a popular part of Goodreads. About a thousand people take a quiz on Goodreads each day. With that in mind, we are excited to announce the quiz widget. Now you can easily post a quiz on your website or blog.

To add the quiz widget to your site or blog, click on the quiz you want to add, then click "embed/widget" in the right-hand column of the quiz results page.

This will bring up a page of html code. Copy the code and paste it into your website or blog, and you're all set!

Adding a quiz to a blog post about a book is a great way to test your readers' knowledge of the book. It's also a great way to get them to stick around your site a bit longer. Teachers can use the quiz widget to make their reading tests more fun (Not that I'm saying your average English quiz isn't a blast! I'm sure it is). How will you use the quiz widget?

Goodreads Quiz

The Dracula Quiz

350 times

11 questions

Write-in Candidates Added as 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on December 21, 2010

We have added the top five write-in candidates in 23 categories as Official Nominees for the 2010 Goodreads Choice Awards! These awards are all about what readers want, so we believe the write-in option is an essential component of the voting process. These new nominees now appear on the polls for the final ten days of voting.

More than 125,000 votes have been cast so far. Did your favorite book become a nominee? See the full list of nominees here!

Readers have shown overwhelming support for their favorite books and authors, writing in votes for both bestsellers and small press releases. Additions to the Favorite Book of 2010 category include Emma Donaghue's Room and David Mitchells's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Stephen King picked up a Mystery & Thriller nomination for Full Dark, No Stars, and David Sedaris's Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk was added to the Humor category. These big name authors are joined by first-time authors such as Jennifer DeLucy, nominated in Paranormal Fantasy for Seers of Light, and Felicia Day, nominated in Graphic Novels & Comics for The Guild. President Barack Obama even earned a nomination in Picture Books for Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters.

Goodreads launched the second annual Goodreads Choice Awards on December 1, 2010. Polls close on December 31, 2010, so don't wait. Vote now, and spread the word to your friends. Don't let your favorite book come in second!

Winners will be announced in the January Goodreads newsletter.


Cool google tool shows word usage in books over time
Posted by Michael Economy on December 17, 2010

Google has a cool tool that lets to see how common certain words are in books over time.

Check it out here:

usage of the word 'michael' over time
usage of the word 'otis' over time
usage of the word 'huge' over time

What cool trends can you guys find? Reply in the comments below.

Write-In Candidates will become Official Goodreads Choice Nominees!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on December 14, 2010

More than 100,000 votes have been cast! Have you voted yet?

Goodreads is excited to announce that on Monday, December 20, the top five write-in candidates in 23 Goodreads Choice Awards categories will become Official Nominees for 2010!

We believe the write-in vote option is an essential part of these awards. Goodreads members have diverse tastes, and we want to honor that! We knew that 15 nominees per category was a good start, but it could never cover all the amazing books published this year. Adding the top five write-in candidates in each category as Official Nominees will deepen the pool of talent represented by the Goodreads Choice Awards and further represent the unique “reader’s choice” spirit behind this celebration of books. The new nominees will be added to the polls for the final ten days of voting.

The write-in vote option has been getting lots of love! To give you an idea, as of December 13, readers have placed write-in votes for more than 700 books in the Favorite Book of 2010 category, 300 books in the Fiction category, 200 books in the Nonfiction category, and hundreds more in the other categories.

We expect many races will come down to the wire when the polls close on December 31, so don't wait to support your favorite books and authors! To help spread the word, you can add this handy widget to your blog or website. You can also click "link to this poll on your website" at the bottom of any award category to access a category-specific widget. Don't let your favorite book come in second!

Winners will be announced in the January Goodreads newsletter.

Live Video Chat with Rachel Shukert - 11 am Pacific
Posted by Patrick Brown on December 14, 2010

We are chatting with Rachel Shukert, author of Everything is Going to be Great, today at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern. It promises to be a very funny discussion of her book, her travels in Europe, memoir writing, and much more.

Click here to join the chat!
Belated Congrats to NaNoWriMo Peeps!
Posted by Ken-ichi on December 13, 2010

You know about NaNoWriMo, right? Every November troops of brave people commit to finally writing that novel they've had on the back burner, and many of them actually succeed. Some even get published: behold, a giant list of books that began in NaNoWriMo, many of them written by Goodreads Authors! So if you know someone who just completed NaNoWriMo, stand in awe before them, and if you don't, why not check out one of those books?
Add Your Goodreads Group Profile to a Facebook Fan Page
Posted by M a y a on December 10, 2010

Attention Moderators of Goodreads Groups!

Now you can display your Goodreads Group activity—including bookshelves, discussions, polls and more—on a Facebook Fan Page wall tab.

1. First, create a Facebook Fan Page for your group, if you don't already have one.
2. Next, connect to Goodreads using Facebook connect or add the Goodreads Facebook App
3. Navigate to the Goodreads App Page
4. Click "Add to my Page" below the Goodreads photo on the left and confirm.
5. Navigate back to your Facebook Page and select the Goodreads Tab.
6. Click "Setup your Goodreads tab."
7. Select type Group Page and choose your group. You may only select a group you are a moderator of. Save and you're done!

Note: if you've already added a Goodreads Tab, you can simply click "Edit your Goodreads Tab settings" on the bottom to change it to show your Group activity.

For example, check out the Facebook Page for Goodreads Group Books on the Nightstand:

Almost 2011?! We're Still Working on 2009
Posted by Patrick Brown on December 08, 2010

The end of the year is nearly upon us. Here in the US, the weather is getting cooler (yes, even in California), the days are getting shorter, and the holiday season is underway. One sign the season has begun is the deluge of year-end, best-of lists. The New York Times has released its 10 Best Books of 2010, and the Goodreads Choice Awards are up and running, already having received over 64,000 votes.

One of my favorite end of the year series is The Millions Year in Reading. I like it because it focuses on the best books people read in 2010, regardless of when they were published. After all, not everyone reads only the latest, newest books. Many of us are still working our way through the hot books of 2000, let alone the bestsellers from 2010. In fact, books are unique, in that a reader in 2010 might finish Eat Pray Love, a bestseller from 2006, one day and begin Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, the next.

With that in mind, we thought it might be fun to look at when the books people enjoyed in 2010 were published. This is a graph that shows the number of reviews posted on Goodreads in 2010 sorted by the publication date of the book being reviewed:

As you can see, Goodreads users read more books from 2009 than from 2010, with books from the past decade being quite a bit more popular than books from the decades preceding it. A few interesting notes:

  • More people read a book from 2003 this year than a book from 2004. I believe this is because The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 and continues to be one of the more popular books on the site.
  • Books from 1985 were more widely read in 2010 than any other year in the 80s.
  • There's a sizeable falloff in readership from 2005 to the previous years. I suspect that's because Twilight was published in 2005 and continues to be very popular.

And just for kicks, take a look at the long tail of books read in 2010:

You can see that it generally follows the same pattern as the more recent years, with books from the 1960s and 1970s being more popular than books from earlier in the century, and so on, but the data is much noisier.

How do your reading habits stack up against the rest of the site? Do you tend to read newer books or do you stick to the classics?