It's Time to Vote in the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Marie on October 29, 2018

The 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards are presented by Audible.


Last year, bookworms cast more than 3.8 million votes in the only major book awards decided by readers. Starting today, you can pick your favorite titles from 2018 in the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards!

Vote now in the Opening Round! »

How It Works:

  • Opening Round (October 30 to November 4): Go to the Goodreads Choice Awards page to start voting! Take note: Only books released in the U.S. between November 16, 2017, and November 15, 2018, can be considered.

  • Don't see your favorite book in a category? You can always write it in! But write-in votes will be considered only during the Opening Round!
  • Semifinal Round (November 6 to November 11): Here 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 13 to November 26): The finish line is in sight! Once the competition has been whittled down in the Semifinal Round, you'll vote for one of the 10 top nominees in each category.
  • The winners are announced on December 4.


Introducing the "Best of the Best" Category!

Throughout 2018, we've kept track of the books our readers have loved most. We used this data to compile the 15 top-rated nominees across 20 categories, including Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Nonfiction, and Debut.

To celebrate the Goodreads Choice Awards' tenth anniversary, we've added a special "Best of the Best" category. Here readers will pick the most beloved book among the 170 past winners from the last decade.

The Book Trends of 2018:

Every year, our reader-chosen nominees tell us what's currently trending in the book world. In 2018, we're seeing diverse and inclusive authors dominate across multiple categories, including Debut, Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade, Picture Books, and Graphic Novels.

Women and female-empowered stories continue to persist and pave the way throughout this year's categories in Memoir, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, and Mystery & Thriller.

Fairy tale and mythology-inspired retellings weave their spells in Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy. Finally, Instagram poets are rising up and making their mark in the Poetry category.

You can discover even more fun book trends on the Goodreads Choice Awards page! Don't forget to tell the world about your favorite nominees this year by using #GoodreadsChoice on social media.

The choice is yours, dear readers. Cast your vote!


Check out more recent blogs:
Our Readers' Favorite YA Books of the Last Decade
The Most Beloved Romance Books of the Last Decade
Listen to the Best Books of the Decade Bookshelves


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message 1: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I haven't read many of the books, but my to-read list is going to get longer...


message 2: by Susan (new)

Susan There are two more months left in 2018! We haven't even finished October yet!


message 3: by K8 (new)

K8 I genuinely do wish these were at the actual end of the year! Or early January! I'm always busy with NaNoWriMo stuff this time of year and don't have time to squeeze in front runners I'm interested in.


message 4: by Sweta (new)

Sweta Already voted! I found some new books to add to my never ending to-be-read list 😁 Everyday it's increasing in number..


message 5: by Nico (last edited Oct 30, 2018 12:44AM) (new)

Nico Again, this ridiculous end date November 15, 2018. Why make books able to vote on when they aren't even released until the final round starts?


message 6: by Sweetheart (new)

Sweetheart Seer This is the most wonderful time of year year! ^.^


message 7: by Miranda (new)

Miranda Soto⚡️ I haven’t read most of the 2018 books, but enjoyed scrolling down through all the books anyway!


message 8: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker I wish the Goodreads Choice Awards began on Dec. 10th and winners were announced on Dec. 31st. You don't need three rounds when two will do. It doesn't seem fair to vote on 10 months' worth of new releases. You listed Stephen King's Elevation, but it just released TODAY! How can you nominate a book that people haven't read?


message 9: by Christopher (last edited Oct 30, 2018 12:44PM) (new)

Christopher Wow. The nonfiction group is just.plain.awful. The rest I expect to fully disagree with but that one. Whoo boy. It's funny to see book awards that are as cheap as Grammys. Also, ditto to what folks are saying above about the process. Some of these entries, by not having been released yet, are clearly just advertisements and not a reflection of merit.


message 10: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict I'm more than happy to see the Catana Comics book here! I hope it goes well 💖


message 11: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate Susan wrote: "There are two more months left in 2018! We haven't even finished October yet!"

Just what I was thinking as well.


message 12: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Oda Renate wrote: "Susan wrote: "There are two more months left in 2018! We haven't even finished October yet!"

Just what I was thinking as well."


I agree.


message 13: by Sujata (new)

Sujata Massey Does anybody know if you have to be a goodreads member to vote? Someone I know voted and after she did a message popped up inviting her to join goodreads. She is wondering if her vote doesn't count, if she's not a goodreads member.
Thanks!


message 14: by Ben (new)

Ben Ostrowsky Wouldn't it be lovely if we could filter by whether or not the books were on our shelves? Best of the Best took quite a long time and, as it turns out, I have only read a few. I don't want to vote for something I haven't even read!


message 15: by Linda (new)

Linda Next year, could you separate middle grade books the way YA books are? realistic fiction and fantasy...


message 16: by Brandon (new)

Brandon Harbeke It seems a bit ludicrous to put picture books against adult fiction in the Best of the Best category. It may have made more sense to do that voting at a different time of year with each category getting a vote.


message 17: by Sanjeev (new)

Sanjeev Jasmine wrote: "I haven't read many of the books, but my to-read list is going to get longer..."

But some people read all the books like me (I didn’t not read all the books but I read some of them).


message 18: by Jason (new)

Jason Brandon wrote: "It seems a bit ludicrous to put picture books against adult fiction in the Best of the Best category. It may have made more sense to do that voting at a different time of year with each category ge..."
Yes. And with each category having its own showdown i.e. Best Mystery/Thriller of the last 10 years, Best Fantasy of the last 10 years, etc.


message 19: by Kris (new)

Kris I agree with the criticisms of the timing, there are two more months to this year. I have two pre-orders on order that won't be eligible.

Also, why is the romance section totally composed of heterosexual books? There were some damn good LGBTQ romances that came out this year.


message 20: by K8 (new)

K8 Kris wrote: "I agree with the criticisms of the timing, there are two more months to this year. I have two pre-orders on order that won't be eligible.

Also, why is the romance section totally composed of hete..."


I've voiced multiple times in the past that I wish they'd be sorted into their own section. Even if we do get one in romance, there's next to no chance it'll win. It's rather unfair.


message 21: by David (new)

David Tilson Susan wrote: "There are two more months left in 2018! We haven't even finished October yet!"

That's why they accept books "released in the U.S. between November 16, 2017, and November 15, 2018." Any books released later this calendar year will be considered in next year's choice awards.


message 22: by Jeni (new)

Jeni Friedland The voting should start later, or the cut-off publishing date should be earlier - the first round of voting ends before some of the books are released - I can't vote for a book I haven't read


message 23: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Nico wrote: "Again, this ridiculous end date November 15, 2018. Why make books able to vote on when they aren't even released until the final round starts?"

Agreed! It makes no sense.


message 24: by Ben (new)

Ben Ostrowsky Kris wrote: "Also, why is the romance section totally composed of heterosexual books? There were some damn good LGBTQ romances that came out this year."

Yes! I was happy to see that Bingo Love was represented in Best Graphic Novels & Comics, but it could easily have been in Romance as well.


message 25: by Heather (new)

Heather Jenny wrote: "I wish the Goodreads Choice Awards began on Dec. 10th and winners were announced on Dec. 31st. You don't need three rounds when two will do. It doesn't seem fair to vote on 10 months' worth of new ..."Or hold it in January! I've never understood why they do it so early! Liane Moriarty's book isn't even released until sometime in November.


message 26: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca I didn't see the point of "Best of Best." It was just impossible for me to pick something. Also... it'd be nice if paranormal/urban fantasy was not lumped together with regular fantasy. In 2013, paranormal fantasy received 108k votes to science-fiction's 75k. Bring the category back!


message 27: by Ben (new)

Ben Ostrowsky It just occurred to me that Becoming hasn't even been published yet. Doesn't it seem weird, maybe unethical, to include a book that hasn't even been published yet? Surely the voters couldn't have all had the opportunity to read it.


message 28: by kytten (new)

kytten "young adult fantasy" is just giving me the black background with no books in sight - were none released this year? xD


message 29: by Kris (new)

Kris Having just finished "The Omega Objection" by the FABULOUS GL Carriger, I'm even more pissed at so called Best of not including November releases and having no LBGTQIA category.

Boo Goodreads


message 30: by Topher (new)

Topher Colin i'd appreciate this more if there was a 'good god, none of these!' or write-in options (in all rounds, not just opening round). some serious stinkers among the candidates. out of all the choices in all the categories (in all the gin joints, in all the world), i added maybe half a dozen to my 'i guess i could try to read if it's cheap or free or smacks me on the head at the library' list. who's reading all the other smegma-laced ick-lit vomitus being featured?


message 31: by Janis Kay (new)

Janis Kay Part of my new year's resolution will be to continue reading more books in the YA and Graphic categories. The "Best of the Best" was strange with the mash-up of genres. Wish there was a separate category for kids graphic and one more YA. You have "Sci-Fi and Fantasy", but the rest are all clustered together under the general YA umbrella and that feels wrong...maybe add YA Mystery/Thriller, YA Realistic, separate Debut YA author (particularly that), or something that's been a trend and needs a separate category for the sake of other titles not being lost (like LGBT+).

Super glad this has been expanded over the years, but still needs some tweaking. (This is unsolicited advice coming from a public librarian^_^)


message 32: by Paige (new)

Paige Howard So many good books that I haven’t read yet, and my to-read list is getting longer and longer, I really hope that soon I will read most of them.


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