10 Years of Goodreads Choice Award All-Stars

Posted by Marie on October 29, 2018
For the past decade, the Goodreads Choice Awards have put the power in our readers' hands by letting them decide the best books of the year. In honor of this celebrated tradition, we decided to take a look at the authors who took home the gold again and again.

We call these multi-winners the "Goodreads Choice Award All-Stars"—champions whose books have won at least three or more times throughout the awards’ history. And while the categories have slightly changed over the years, our readers' love for these authors is enduring.

At the top of this list is Rick Riordan, whose middle-grade fantasy series about young demigods has set the record for seven consecutive wins in the Best Middle Grade category. He's followed by other fan favorites, including Stephen King (Best Horror), Veronica Roth (Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction), Colleen Hoover (Best Romance), Pierce Brown (Best Science Fiction), and many more.

How many of these Goodreads Choice Award All-Stars have you read? Don’t forget to add your favorites to your Want to Read Shelf!


Rick Riordan: Seven Wins

The mythological heroes of Riordan's bestselling fantasy series have dominated the Best Middle Grade category for the last seven years.

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Stephen King: Six Wins

King's acclaimed novels have won in Best Horror, Best Fantasy, Best Science Fiction, and Best Mystery & Thriller—the most categories for any All-Star so far.

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Veronica Roth: Five Wins

The Divergent trilogy defended its title in the Best YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category three years in a row, with Roth also winning Best Goodreads Author in 2012.

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Suzanne Collins: Four Wins

The odds were in Collins' favor as The Hunger Games trilogy rose up as one of the first Best Young Adult winners when the Goodreads Choice Awards launched in 2009.

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J.R. Ward: Three Wins

The sexy supernaturals of Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series have sunk their teeth into—and left their mark on—the Best Romance category.

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Pierce Brown: Three Wins

From 2014 to 2016, Brown's Red Rising saga has knocked it out of the park (and out of this world) in Best Debut and Best Science Fiction.

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Sarah J. Maas: Three Wins

Maas' Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series have taken the crown for the last three years in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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Colleen Hoover: Three Wins

Since 2015, Hoover has captured the hearts of romance readers everywhere with her contemporary stories about the highs and lows of true love.

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Ree Drummond: Three Wins

The taste of victory in the Best Food & Cookbooks category belongs to "Pioneer Woman" Drummond and her simple down-home recipes.

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Let us know in the comments how many Goodreads Choice Award All-Stars you've read!


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message 1: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Olasagaste 10


message 2: by Grüffeline (new)

Grüffeline I read 8 of these books. Liked 7 (of which 3 are among my favorite books ever).


message 3: by Travis (new)

Travis Read 15 of them with 3 still on my TBR


message 4: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez None. So all going on my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendations, Goodreads! Seen all the Divergent movies, though.


message 5: by Vikas (new)

Vikas read 14 of these so far


message 6: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker 18 and I'm currently reading one. Three others are on my TBR.


message 7: by Nadja (new)

Nadja One ...


message 8: by Tara (new)

Tara 12


message 9: by ✨Yasmin✨ (new)

✨Yasmin✨ 14...but mostly because of Rick Riordan, best man!


message 10: by Gegii (new)

Gegii Muhammed read one , two others are on my TBR.


message 11: by Penny (new)

Penny 7


message 12: by Kristina (new)

Kristina 2, both by King. When does this year's voting start?


message 13: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Seven half-bloods, seven wins!


message 14: by Leo (new)

Leo 11. o_0


message 15: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov Read all 7 by Rick, IMO his HoO novels are deserving champions, while Magnus and Apollo are not as good.
From King, I read Wind Trough the Keyhole, absolute winner.


message 16: by Char (new)

Char Mulligan-Micek I've read 11 of these books and have three on my to read list.


message 17: by Rossana (new)

Rossana Only 10 😖 But most of them are on my list... 💸


message 18: by ☆Joycedale☆ (new)

☆Joycedale☆ Read 13 and 5 are on my tbr


message 19: by Adam (new)

Adam Weiler I've read only 6 but added a few to my "To Read" list.


message 20: by Amber (new)

Amber I have read 11 of these, not a bad start


message 21: by Alexander (new)

Alexander Draganov and why is not Rowling listed, she has three wins as well, Fantastic Beasts, Cursed Child and Casual Vacancy.


message 22: by Bea Monique (new)

Bea Monique 15 books OMG


message 23: by Nullifidian (new)

Nullifidian Robert wrote: "None are books I would even read."

Agreed. I don't read books written for teenagers nor do I read romance novels. Stephen King was alright when I was 12, but I tried to reread a Stephen King book in my twenties and got about 40 pages into it before thinking "Why am I reading this garbage?" and never picked up another book by him again.

I feel like we adults who read books written for our own age group are a dwindling minority and it really worries me that endless cookie-cutter, depoliticized dystopias with interchangeable teenage protagonists might be the future of novels.


message 24: by Scott (new)

Scott I have read the Neil Gaiman books, and the Kate Atkinson (not shown here.)


message 25: by Adger (new)

Adger Williams I'm fascinated that the multiple winners here are clustered in just a few genres: fantasy/sf/horror/romance (note that it's romance with fantasy overtones). I wonder if this tells us about publishing habits (long story arcs go into multiple books in these genres) or reading habits (people keep reading the same stuff by authors who are willing to give it to them).

There's no historical fiction. There are no mysteries. There are no westerns, so it's not just genre-fiction that matters; it's this (these) genres.


message 26: by Judy (new)

Judy I'm always glad when people are excited about reading, but I got to say this is a disappointing list for me. I highly doubt many of these will stand the test of time.


message 27: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Nolan Have only read two of the books on this list.


message 28: by Joseph (new)

Joseph Nullifidian wrote: "Robert wrote: "None are books I would even read."

Agreed. I don't read books written for teenagers nor do I read romance novels. Stephen King was alright when I was 12, but I tried to reread a Ste..."



Give Stephen King's The Mercedes Killer series a try It's more thriller than horror. I enjoyed all three books in the series (and like you I wasn't impressed with his earlier books.


message 29: by Kathie (new)

Kathie Wilson Nothing here inspired me, other than King, who is already on my list.


message 30: by Dominic (new)

Dominic Alexander wrote: "Read all 7 by Rick, IMO his HoO novels are deserving champions, while Magnus and Apollo are not as good.
From King, I read Wind Trough the Keyhole, absolute winner."


What do you mean all of ricks books are good


message 31: by Dave (new)

Dave Cullen Thanks for a great event. Great meeting you, Marie.


message 32: by Elyse (new)

Elyse 9


message 33: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Porta I saw the movies! LOL! That doesn’t really count, does it? I’m kidding. Almost all on my TBR. I’m ashamed.


message 34: by Tiffiny (new)

Tiffiny Hansen 16 😊 with more on my to read list!


message 35: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Nullifidian wrote: "Robert wrote: "None are books I would even read."

Agreed. I don't read books written for teenagers nor do I read romance novels. Stephen King was alright when I was 12, but I tried to reread a Ste..."

I also agree. There are very few books on this list that might begin to interest me. Something that might qualify as real literature or historical fiction would be worth a vote


message 36: by Steve (new)

Steve Creswell So what happened to the best thrillers list? I would prefer that it be separated from mysteries but I will take what I can get.


message 37: by Dave (new)

Dave Cullen Right. The problem with this list of of authors winning year after year, is that by definition, they're mostly cranking out a book a year or more--which almost always means genre, or YA/middle. That's great if those are your favorites, but it limits this list to a very narrow stretch.

(I won the nonfiction category just once, because I only produced one book in that time. Granted, I'm slow, but most serious nonfiction books take several years, and so does most great fiction.)

There are great writers on the full list, but they mostly wrote a book or two in that time, not three to seven.

Nullifidian wrote: "Robert wrote: "None are books I would even read."

Agreed. I don't read books written for teenagers nor do I read romance novels. Stephen King was alright when I was 12, but I tried to reread a Ste..."



message 38: by Janet (new)

Janet Keto Other than reading a few Stephen King books years ago and Hunger Games, I don’t read these genres because none appeal to me. Thought I could find a new author or book selection on this list to pique my interest, but I was wrong. Very disappointing to find no literary, contemporary, thriller, adventure or non fiction listed.


message 39: by Nicolaas (new)

Nicolaas Bergman None of those books i even thought about to read. But if you enjoy then i say good on you.


message 40: by Dave (new)

Dave Cullen Janet wrote: "Other than reading a few Stephen King books years ago and Hunger Games, I don’t read these genres because none appeal to me. Thought I could find a new author or book selection on this list to piqu..."

These are the genre books. Try Goodreads' "Best of the Best" nominees here. (And you can vote for my book, Columbine, if you like--or just find lots of great choices.)

https://www.goodreads.com/choiceaward...


message 41: by Chele (new)

Chele Loyd 9 with 5 more tagged to read.


message 42: by Shawnna (new)

Shawnna 7


message 43: by Shawnna (new)

Shawnna Adger wrote: "I'm fascinated that the multiple winners here are clustered in just a few genres: fantasy/sf/horror/romance (note that it's romance with fantasy overtones). I wonder if this tells us about publishi..."

I wondered the same thing. My favorites are historical fiction.


message 44: by Linda (new)

Linda Miller I haven't read any of these books.


message 45: by Natty❤Malec (new)

Natty❤Malec Ahhhh two of my all-time favourite authors are here and two more that I really like!! I've read 15, the others are on my TBR


message 46: by Praveen (new)

Praveen Alluri 20


message 47: by alex.the.bookish (new)

alex.the.bookish 15, loved all of them!


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