Time to Vote in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Cybil on October 30, 2017


Vote now in the Opening Round! »

Calling all book worms: It's time to pick the best books of 2017 in the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards. It's the only major book awards decided by you, the readers!

All year long, we've been tracking what new books readers are loving. We use this data to compile the lucky 15 top-rated books across 20 categories.

Starting today, we want you to pick your favorite book in each of the categories including Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Nonfiction, and Debut Goodreads Author. If you don't see your favorite book in a category, we also accept write-in votes…but only during the Opening Round!

There are three rounds of voting. The Opening Round lasts until November 5; your votes now determine the Semifinal contenders. Be sure to tell your friends and followers how you voted (and see if they agree with your choices) by sharing your picks on social media with the hashtag #GoodreadsChoice.

Opening Round (October 31 until November 5)
Click on the Goodreads Choice Awards page and start voting! You can vote for one of the 15 nominees in each category or write-in a book of your choice. A heads up: Only books released between November 16, 2016 and November 15, 2017 can be considered.

Semifinal Round (November 7 until November 12)
In this round, you'll choose a book from 20 nominees in each category. These books will be the 15 nominees from the Opening Round plus the top five write-ins.

Final Round (November 14 until November 27)
It's the final countdown! After the Semifinal Round has whittled down the competition, you'll vote for one of the 10 top nominees in each category.

The winners are announced on December 5

So, what are you waiting for? Get to voting!



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message 1: by David (new)

David William Elswick I was hoping to see Wendy Pearlman's We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria as one of the nominees.


message 2: by idiffer (new)

idiffer This is my first time voting. Surprised that 90% of books in YA and YA fantasy and scifi are on my "not interested " shelf, although I didn't particularly search out 2017 books to read. Strange.
Also, why does YA fantasy and scifi get its own category, but YA romance is lumped in with simply YA?


message 3: by Dee (new)

Dee David wrote: "I was hoping to see Wendy Pearlman's We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria as one of the nominees."

you can nominate it as a write in


message 4: by Sophie (new)

Sophie I wish there was a category for short story collection!


message 5: by Okoye (new)

Okoye Chikeluba I've always believed that readers should be the ones to vote for book awards and it's nice to be able to vote for my favorite books and authors
Christopher PaoliniBrisingr J. K. Rowling, The Sorcer's StoneThe High King's TombGreen Rider
Blackveil


message 6: by Sammm (new)

Sammm At this point it's probably too late, but I thought The Bone Season series, is NOT a YA series. The previous two books weren't in that category, so why was The Song Rising placed there this time?

P.S.: Also created this Listopia list for opening round inspiration:
www.goodreads.com/list/show/115610 (title: Books I Wish to Have Made It as Nominees for 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards)


message 7: by Hazel Beverley (new)

Hazel Beverley Sophie wrote: "I wish there was a category for short story collection!"

Good idea


message 8: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Shenofsky I'd like to nominate in the Young Adult Fiction category Just A Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi for a Goodreads Choice Award for 2017.


message 9: by Emily, Community Manager (new)

Emily Sammm wrote: "At this point it's probably too late, but I thought The Bone Season series, is NOT a YA series. The previous two books weren't in that category, so why was The Song Rising placed there this time?"

Thanks for that feedback, Sammm! You definitely raise a good point, but unfortunately it is too late to make any changes. The categories are generally determined by users' shelvings, although our Editorial team does have to make judgment calls every year on the best fit category for each book when it has been highly shelved in one more than one.


message 10: by Darrel (last edited Oct 31, 2017 11:57AM) (new)

Darrel Hazel Beverley wrote: "Sophie wrote: "I wish there was a category for short story collection!"

Good idea"


Indeed.


message 11: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse The categories are generally determined by users' shelvings...."

Then I'm surprised it's as accurate as it is given how much much fiction I see shelved as non-fiction and vice-versa.

I'm happy to see non-fiction hasn't all relegated to one category overrun by celebrity memoirs. This is good.


message 12: by Jason (new)

Jason YA very uninspiring this year. Read 13 of 15, read a previous book in the Lara Jean series, and the last book Goodbye Days doesn't seem that interesting or that big. Didn't like any of the ones I read.


message 13: by Vicki (last edited Oct 31, 2017 01:30PM) (new)

Vicki Mayhew Sea Shoes Sea Shoes ISBN 978-1-63135-014-6 won the Nation Federation of Press Women's (NFPW) Communication Contest in 20017 for children's books - fiction


message 14: by Sammm (new)

Sammm
Emily wrote: "The categories are generally determined by users' shelvings, although our Editorial team does have to make judgment calls every year on the best fit category for each book when it has been highly shelved in one more than one. "

Thanks for getting back to this! Hopefully if the next book in that series got selected again, it'd be more accurate next time =P

Unrelated question and probably sounds really silly, what would the best category for What We See in the Stars An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid & Women In Sports 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky be? My first impression was nonfiction, so I picked one out of the two to vote as write-in, but they do both contain A LOT OF illustrations, thus I was briefly confused if that made them counted as picture books, but decided against the idea. What We See in the Stars An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky by Kelsey Oseid's copyright page listed the subjects being "Astronomy" & "Solar system"... Should I vote it for "Science & Technology" instead of "Nonfiction"? I didn't consider it because I didn't feel the technology part, and now I'm just not sure.

Also, I'm assuming not-cookbook, but nonfiction-and-food-related, should go to "Food & Cookbooks" instead of "Nonfiction"? Again sorry for sounding daft, it's just that when it comes to nonfiction I kind of always just stopped there, but thinking about it more, Rosé All Day The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine by Katherine Cole would suit "Food & Cookbooks" better than the general nonfiction? Just double checking.


message 15: by kvon (new)

kvon Isn't there something wrong, when one of the books (Artemis in sf) isn't even released until after the first round is over? It's publication date is listed as 11/14/2017. (To be sure, it has >1K reviews already anyways.)


message 16: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Anderson David wrote: "I was hoping to see Wendy Pearlman's We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria as one of the nominees."

You can nominate books in this round.


message 17: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Anderson If a book is published this year but too late to be nominated, can it go into next years list?


message 18: by Toddf2p (new)

Toddf2p Why does the voting start with over 15% of the year still left?


message 19: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Tracey wrote: "David wrote: "I was hoping to see Wendy Pearlman's We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria as one of the nominees."

You can nominate books in this round."


I love that they added that; Goodreads has come a long way.


message 20: by rivka, librarian moderator (new)

rivka Tracey wrote: "If a book is published this year but too late to be nominated, can it go into next years list?"

Yes!


message 21: by Benjamin (last edited Oct 31, 2017 07:43PM) (new)

Benjamin Baxter Quick Question: How can a book that won't come out until after the November 5th round be forced to run in this years competition?

That is 10 full days before the cutoff for the release dates. Basically anyone releasing between the 5th and the 15th is completely messed over by the rules above. :(

Is there a way you could do this more like the Academy awards and wait until after the year is over to vote, or at least make the cutoff date start after the release date by a month or so?

Giving a book negative 10 days to collect a fan base is a little silly.

Thanks for reading :)


message 22: by Nico (last edited Nov 01, 2017 01:46AM) (new)

Nico kvon wrote: "Isn't there something wrong, when one of the books (Artemis in sf) isn't even released until after the first round is over? It's publication date is listed as 11/14/2017. (To be sur..."

This! Seems like publishers buy this first round nominations to boost their sales. Seems like TOR didn't pay enough to get Brandon Sandersons new book Oathbringer on the list. Same release date btw. and definetly has the potential to win the Fantasy award.
Ridiculous!


message 23: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Anderson rivka wrote: "Tracey wrote: "If a book is published this year but too late to be nominated, can it go into next years list?"

Yes!"


Thanks


message 24: by Denis (new)

Denis Forkin An Artifact of Interest


message 25: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Toddf2p wrote: "Why does the voting start with over 15% of the year still left?"

The voting year doesn't run from the start of the calendar year (i.e. January 1st), but instead runs from November 16, 2016 to November 15, 2017. It's still a year, but shifted slightly.


message 26: by Brianna (new)

Brianna I feel like Renegades by Marissa Meyer will be a big hit in YA Sci-FI/Fantasy, but it comes out 11/11/17, but we are voting so early!


message 27: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun kvon wrote: "Isn't there something wrong, when one of the books (Artemis in sf) isn't even released until after the first round is over? It's publication date is listed as 11/14/2017. (To be sur..."

We accept nominations for books published past the start of Goodreads Choice Awards because readers copies are often distributed, giving readers the opportunity to read and shelve books before the official publication date.

It’s also worth mentioning that we have to set the awards cutoff date for each year somewhere. We realize that whatever date is chosen may not be ideal for some books. We’d love to hear your thoughts around where that cutoff date should be and will consider it for future awards.


message 28: by Bruno (new)

Bruno Ferreira Best books of the year????!!!!! I dont see Brandon Sanderson's masterpiece "OATHBRINGER - BOOK 3 OF THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE" release date november 14.
I have know ideia why this book isnt there, maybe this is like the Oscars now, every shit is nomineted exept the one's that deserve it!!! ITS JUST SAD.....
AND MAKE THIS COMPETITION IN 2017, FOR THE 2017 BOOKS ITS JUST STUPID, THIS SHOULD HAPPEN ONLY IN 2018!


message 29: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Bruno wrote: "Best books of the year????!!!!! I dont see Brandon Sanderson's masterpiece "OATHBRINGER - BOOK 3 OF THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE" release date november 14.
I have know ideia why this book isnt there, may..."


agreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


message 30: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Baxter Shaun wrote: "kvon wrote: "Isn't there something wrong, when one of the books (Artemis in sf) isn't even released until after the first round is over? It's publication date is listed as 11/14/201..."

Shaun wrote: "kvon wrote: "Isn't there something wrong, when one of the books (Artemis in sf) isn't even released until after the first round is over? It's publication date is listed as 11/14/201..."

Hi :)

I mentioned it earlier, but I think the best solution is to set the dates a month apart. so in this example, set the cutoff date for October 15th and vote in November. That will give every nominee at least one month to be out before the nomination period.

This is something you can even do for next year to help those that are getting the short end of the stick this year. I.e. set the dates for eligibility to October 15th 2017 to October 15th 2018.

The only caveat you would need to implement this is that no book that won the 2017 award could win again in 2018.

From there on out everything would be good to go and everyone will have at leas one month of actual time on the shelves to earn a fanbase.

I understand that there isn't anything you can do for the 2017 awards, but I feel like this would fix the 2018 awards, and then would make everything a little more balance for all future years.

Thanks for reading :)


message 31: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Benjamin wrote: "Hi :)

I mentioned it earlier, but I think the best solution is to set the dates a month apart. so in this example, set the cutoff date for October 15th and vote in November. That will give every nominee at least one month to be out before the nomination period...."


Thanks for your message, Benjamin. I see you given this a lot of thought! I've passed your comments here on to our leadership team for consideration.


message 32: by JenLynette (new)

JenLynette I want to vote for The Good Widow Can we do an add in!


message 33: by Andrea (new)

Andrea The issue with the cutoff date being after the opening round ends has been brought up every year for the past few years and so far nothing has changed...


message 34: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun JenLynette wrote: "I want to vote for The Good Widow Can we do an add in!"

Hi there, you should be able to vote for "The Good Widow" by Liz Fenton as a write-in in the Mystery & Thriller category. Have fun!


message 35: by JenLynette (new)

JenLynette Thank u! I voted!!! It’s a great book u guys!! Let’s get it on there!!


message 36: by Tonie (new)

Tonie Green You guys should have a link to print this list.


message 37: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Tonie wrote: "You guys should have a link to print this list."

Good idea, I'll let our developers know you want this! Thanks for letting us know.


message 38: by Manos (new)

Manos Benjamin wrote:... "I mentioned it earlier, but I think the best solution is to set the dates a month apart"....
I couldn't agree more. The current eligibility period system is totally dysfunctional. I voted for Sanderson's Oathbringer based on the released chapters of Part I on Tor.com site and admittedly also on the experience of the previous two books of this series. Because the release day is November 14.... 2 days after (!) the semifinal period closes. Okay, beta/arc readers may have read the book but the mass audience has not, and you either vote based on your belief that the author will deliver what he promised in the early released chapters (or in cases where no preview is available you just arbitrary assume and project your expectations) or be totally fair and square and condemn the book (which is not available next year). This should not be the case. Benjamin's proposal is valid and amends the current situation.


message 39: by Benjamin (new)

Benjamin Baxter Manos wrote: "Benjamin wrote:... "I mentioned it earlier, but I think the best solution is to set the dates a month apart"....
I couldn't agree more. The current eligibility period system is totally dysfunctiona..."


Not to mention this favors existing writers over new ones even more so than most of these types of popularity contests. All the marginalized voices get muzzled while Sanderson and Weir can coast by on their reputations which were built before the larger reading world even started caring about amplifying marginalized voices.


message 40: by Jeroen (last edited Nov 14, 2017 12:58AM) (new)

Jeroen Seynaeve Can someone explain why a book that has been published today (Oathbringer-Sanderson -14th Nov) is even allowed to be in the list? Surely only very select people have read that book and when it was included, it was not released for sale


message 41: by Shaun, Community Expert (new)

Shaun Jeroen wrote: "Can someone explain why a book that has been published today (Oathbringer-Sanderson -14th Nov) is even allowed to be in the list? Surely only very select people have read that book and when it was ..."

Hi Jeroen, thanks for taking the time to comment here! To address your query, I'd like to redirect you to my previous message 28.

We’d love to hear your thoughts around where that cutoff date should be and will consider it for future awards.


message 42: by Jeroen (last edited Nov 14, 2017 06:40AM) (new)

Jeroen Seynaeve Hi Shaun, thanks and apologies for not reading the whole thread before.

I fully agree with Benjamin.

If Oathbringer would win, it would do so on votes from (mostly) people that have not read the book. Goes against the whole idea.


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