The Semifinals Have Begun! Vote in Round Two of the Goodreads Choice Awards

Posted by Cybil on November 7, 2017


Vote now in the Semifinal Round! »

It's time for round two!

We've tallied more than 1.2 million of your votes from the Opening Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards and sifted through more than 19,000 write-in nominations. Now, your top five write-in candidates in each of the 20 award categories are represented in this Semifinal Round.

Who garnered enough write-in votes to make it into the competition? In the Horror category, it's a King family affair as Joe Hill's Strange Weather joins his father and brother's co-written book Sleeping Beauties. Meanwhile, in Romance, author Penny Reid has two different series now represented in the category.

This is no small matter! Your write-ins represent some serious competition. For example, 2015's Fiction winner, Go Set a Watchman, was a write-in nominee. And last year, actress Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody placed second in the Humor category.

This Semifinal Round lasts until Sunday, November 12; your votes now determine the finalists. Share your picks on social media with the hashtag #GoodreadsChoice to help your books break through to the next round!


Semifinal Round (November 7 until November 12)
In this round, choose a book from 20 nominees in each category. These books are 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, to recap, get to voting!



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message 1: by Tal (new)

Tal M. Klein Just wanted to drop a line here to thank all the Goodreads readers who wrote-in nominations for The Punch Escrow! Just making it to the semifinals among such incredible books is a huge thrill and tremendous honor.


message 2: by Tamsen (new)

Tamsen Still no "Short Stories" category... which if you ask me is a crime.


message 3: by seak (new)

seak Still no 1/6th of the year, which is the bigger crime...


message 4: by Katy (new)

Katy Hey Goodreads, can you make it so when you mouse-over the covers on the ballot we can click "Want to Read"? Please? I usually add everything that is nominated, but this year I have to click through to another window to do it.

Thanks!


message 5: by Buriedbybooks (new)

Buriedbybooks I don't understand how there are books that haven't even been RELEASED yet that are up for the awards. Not many readers have access to advance copies....


message 6: by Pragya (new)

Pragya Katy wrote: "Hey Goodreads, can you make it so when you mouse-over the covers on the ballot we can click "Want to Read"? Please? I usually add everything that is nominated, but this year I have to click through..."

It's still there. I am able to add it by hovering over.


message 7: by Emily (new)

Emily Katy wrote: "Hey Goodreads, can you make it so when you mouse-over the covers on the ballot we can click "Want to Read"? Please? I usually add everything that is nominated, but this year I have to click through..."

The Want to Read button should show on the ballot page. Which browser are you using? You are also welcome to email us at support (at) goodreads (dot) com to troubleshoot. We want to make sure you can add these to your WTR shelf!


message 8: by Emily (new)

Emily Buriedbybooks wrote: "I don't understand how there are books that haven't even been RELEASED yet that are up for the awards. Not many readers have access to advance copies...."

We know that not all readers receive advance copies, but after all we do have to set the cutoff date for each year's awards somewhere. Any date that is chosen will likely not be ideal for some books. We welcome your feedback on how to better handle this!


message 9: by Megan (new)

Megan It would be nice to limit the number of sequels (and later books in series) in future years, or to find some way to separate out stand-alones or first books. Some categories are dominated by the sequels.

Fantasy - 13 books are listed as sequels or later books in a series. 1 is pulled from a prior book series (Fantastic Beasts). 1 is the first book in a new spin-off series (Witchwood Crown).


message 10: by Tom (new)

Tom McLean @Emily, Buriedbybooks brings up a salient point. If you allow people to vote on books that haven't been released, you're enabling people to vote purely on whether they like the cover or the author. Even with ARCs, the sheer quantity of votes, for, say Artemis, in Sci-Fi will undoubtedly be greater than the amount of people who will have read the book. You'll get people who merely liked The Martian. It's really not fair to allow unpublished books into the contest. If you want to account for all books published in 2017, then run the awards voting in January of 2018.


message 11: by Woody (last edited Nov 08, 2017 11:50AM) (new)

Woody Been trying for an hour to vote, no idea how to do it,? Where is the Lesfic section. how do I choose a book except the dozen on display?


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Woody wrote: "Been trying for an hour to vote, no idea how to do it,? Where is the Lesfic section. how do I choose a book except the dozen on display?"

Write-ins are only available in the Opening Round, which ended on November 5. In the Semifinals, you can only vote for one of the nominations in each section here.

The categories are created by our Editorial team, but we are always open to hearing which categories you'd like to see in future awards.


Heather Codename: ♕Duchess♕ Buriedbybooks wrote: "I don't understand how there are books that haven't even been RELEASED yet that are up for the awards. Not many readers have access to advance copies...."

What books haven't been released yet? I've seen a lot of these already on the shelves at my library and have read/listened to some myself between Overdrive and Audible.


message 14: by Hutch (new)

Hutch Do people actually read all of the books in a given category and then vote on their fave or do people simply vote based on one they've read? The dates seem so short between rounds to me...am I missing something?


message 15: by Alex (new)

Alex Davidson yeah people vote on ones already read this year, well thats what I
do'


message 16: by Tom (new)

Tom McLean Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕ wrote:"What books haven't been released yet? I've seen a lot of these already on the shelves at my library and have read/listened to some myself between Overdrive and Audible. "

I don't know about other categories, but in the sci-fi category Artemis is one example of a book that hasn't been published yet.


Heather Codename: ♕Duchess♕ Hutch wrote: "Do people actually read all of the books in a given category and then vote on their fave or do people simply vote based on one they've read? The dates seem so short between rounds to me...am I miss..."

I vote for the ones I've read.


message 18: by Katsuro (last edited Nov 12, 2017 07:48AM) (new)

Katsuro Wilde wrote: "Me either. Just shows this is nothing more than a popularity contest. "

Of course it's a popularity contest; that's the entire point of letting people vote for the "reader's choice" awards. Ideally, the awards go to whichever book's the most popular.

I get your point, it's just a bit silly to complain that the popularity contest is actually just a popularity contest.


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