Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Hayley on December 3, 2018

More than 5 million votes were cast and counted in the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year's best books decided by you, the readers!

Now comes our favorite part: It's time to reveal the incredible winners across 21 categories, including our special tenth anniversary Best of the Best category, and time for some talented authors to celebrate.

We asked the winners of the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards to share photos of themselves reacting to their victories. Stephen King celebrated his double win for Best Mystery & Thriller and for Best Horror with his trusty corgi Molly, a.k.a. "the Thing of Evil." Meanwhile, Best Middle Grade & Children's Book winner Rick Riordan—who's now tied with King for the most Goodreads Choice Awards of all time—offered a mischievous thanks to his fans. And just wait until you see Tomi Adeyemi's playful victory pose (a wombat suit is involved) for her Best Debut Author win.

Congratulations to all of the best books of the year in each of the 21 categories!



Best Fiction: Still Me by Jojo Moyes



Best Mystery & Thriller: The Outsider by Stephen King
Best Horror: Elevation by Stephen King



Best Historical Fiction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah



Best Romance: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang



Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas



Best Graphic Novels & Comics: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen



Best Humor: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish



Best Middle Grade & Children's: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan





Best History & Biography: The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King



Best Poetry: The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace



Best Debut Author: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi



Best Science & Technology: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte





Best Young Adult Fiction: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli






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message 1: by AttWaq (last edited Dec 18, 2018 08:18AM) (new)

AttWaq YESSS!!!
I WAS PRAYING FOR SARAJ J MAAS TO WIN!!!
xD

P.S. Rick Riordan is also the best!
:D


message 2: by Jaksen (new)

Jaksen Dinosaurs won? Yikes. I'm so happy! :D


message 3: by Stephanie (last edited Dec 04, 2018 04:53AM) (new)

Stephanie Anze Second year that I root for Fredrik Backman and he doesn't win. 'Us Against You' is the best book I have read this year and I would be lying if I said that I was not disapponited that it didn't win. You are the winner of my heart Backman.


Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms RICK RIORDAN IS AWESOME! THE BURNING MAZE WAS FANTASTIC!! THANK YOU!


message 5: by Janet (new)

Janet I continually wonder WHY WHY WHY are mysteries & thrillers lumped into the same category when they are widely disparate. No fair!


message 6: by Andi (new)

Andi Janet wrote: "I continually wonder WHY WHY WHY are mysteries & thrillers lumped into the same category when they are widely disparate. No fair!"

I agree. I have arranged my bookshelves by genre, and mysteries, and thrillers, are on separate shelves.


message 7: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Congratulations to all!


message 8: by Rafael (new)

Rafael I wonder how many of the people who voted for Elevation as Best HORROR actually read the book 😂


Alzcatraz Book Reviews Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!


message 10: by Patrick (last edited Dec 04, 2018 09:16AM) (new)

Patrick Mcnelis Janet wrote: "I continually wonder WHY WHY WHY are mysteries & thrillers lumped into the same category when they are widely disparate. No fair!"

I feel the same about superhero/superpower books being lumped in with science fiction (a superhero/superpower novel won for best sci-fi this year). I personally feel they are more fantasy than sci-fi. Should probably be their own genre.


message 11: by Cendaquenta (last edited Dec 04, 2018 08:54AM) (new)

Cendaquenta Aw, Steve Brusatte's face. 😁 I attended his talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, he's the loveliest guy! Big congrats to him!


message 12: by Tessa (last edited Dec 04, 2018 10:26AM) (new)

Tessa I'm actually pretty happy with the results this year! Circe was excellent, as was Educated.

My only dislike is with the 2 YA fantasy novels that won. I love Sarah J Maas but that was a very weak ending to an otherwise excellent series. Tomi Adeyemi wrote a pretty mediocre novel, it's only redeeming quality was the more diverse cast. I think since goodreads has a lot of YA readers I am not surprised that the Debut category was overtaken by a trendy YA book, even though it certainly wasn't the best debut of the selection.

Edit: Looking through past winners it appears that the debut category is often won by a YA title


message 13: by Kaitlynn (last edited Dec 04, 2018 12:24PM) (new)

Kaitlynn Skolnick OMG!!!! I am really excited! Four of my nominees won! And I didn't know Sarah J Maas was so pretty- Congratulations for your baby boy! Rick Riordan's comment was funny, though that's him, and he was right! The Burning Maze was a heart- breaker! First, he had to seperate Jiper, and then he had to kill Jason? I, mean, who does that kind of stuff?? (Though, a lot of authors to it, it's still not fair!) I really liked Romi's picture. Though, off the top of my head, I don't know what a Wombat is!
Either way- CONGRATULATIONS!! I was waiting for these result all year!!
Was looking back at all of the authors, and this name caught my eye- Lovelace. Does that mean she's related to Simon?? She could be, you know. All stories are true!😋


message 14: by Twinkles (new)

Twinkles Congratulations to all of the authors! Thank you for your talent and hard work! Excited to see the book about Mr. Rogers win!


message 15: by Katerina (new)

Katerina 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Congratulations to all the winners!


message 16: by Tania (last edited Dec 04, 2018 01:06PM) (new)

Tania Carlacci Congrats to all but it's the last year im participating to this !!! Because some books were so much better then the one's that won, in my opinion.


message 17: by Amber (new)

Amber Congrats. Loved that the Kiss Quotient and Stephen King won with the Mister Rogers book too.


message 18: by Alli (new)

Alli Foster I voted for Pierce Brown out of loyalty but if I'm honest Iron Gold wasn't as good as his other books, so not surprising it didn't win.
Intrigued by Vengeful, think I'll have to try this series.


message 19: by Nancyceekay (new)

Nancyceekay Kaitlynn wrote: "OMG!!!! I am really excited! Four of my nominees won! And I didn't know Sarah J Maas was so pretty- Congratulations for your baby boy! Rick Riordan's comment was funny, though that's him, and he wa..."

I haven't read The Burning Maze, but sounds like you gave away an important and emotional plot twist. If so, that is very disappointing.


message 20: by Crystal Dawn (new)

Crystal Dawn I couldn’t agree more 😂, how many of you who voted for King’s ‘Elevation’ actually read it? That is not a horror novel.


message 21: by Lil (new)

Lil Sharma If Rick Riordan can win, anyone can.


message 22: by Susan (new)

Susan Janet wrote: "I continually wonder WHY WHY WHY are mysteries & thrillers lumped into the same category when they are widely disparate. No fair!"

I agree, if fantasy and scifi are separate, mystery and thriller should be too!


message 23: by Lil (new)

Lil Sharma The book thief is really good.


message 24: by David (new)

David Broughall I've always confined my votes to books I've actually read, so consequently, I sometimes don't vote at all. I get a strong sense that many voters cast their ballots for books they haven't actually read. Votes can often be cast for authors with a strong reputation, like Stephen King or, in the case of biographies and memoirs for favorite subjects, like Fred Rogers, or Michelle Obama. Worst of all is voting for a title for a politically correct reason.


message 25: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I vote every year, and enjoy seeing who wins. This year, just like last, I'm slightly pissed off about who won what in certain categories. Elevation, by Steve King in horror? Nope. No way, Jose! Sai King cannot be classified as horror anymore. His books are various and wonderful, but it's been years since I've classed anything from King as horror. Sleeping Beauties was excellent, but it was a fantasy/thriller. Mystery, thriller, fantasy, and yes, sigh....literary. Ugh. John Connolly and his Charlie Parker series should always win. John is one of 3 authors who I buy books from at full price. Mark Lawrence missed out this year in Fantasy. What a freaking loss. I urge everyone to read this trilogy. 3rd book out in early spring! Wahoo!! I guess what I'm saying is Goodreads needs to figure their shit out. I'm completely irked at the fact that they and Amazon are so entrenched. Truthfully, if another book review site came along that I trust as much as G.R., I'd give them a fair shake. I'm lucky enough, that with a very few exceptions, I trust my G. R. friend review's. So, I guess that what I'm saying is that perhaps it's time for Goodreads to step up their classification system.


message 26: by Megan (new)

Megan McMahon Thriller, Horror, and Mystery are all different genres. No disrespect but its frustrating when lists are combined.


message 27: by Nanette (new)

Nanette Westerman Janet wrote: "I continually wonder WHY WHY WHY are mysteries & thrillers lumped into the same category when they are widely disparate. No fair!"

I agree. Mystery, thriller, and horror are very different genres.


message 28: by Elle (new)

Elle Cruel prince should have won noooo


message 29: by Thomas (last edited Dec 06, 2018 07:37AM) (new)

Thomas F. Lisa wrote: "I vote every year, and enjoy seeing who wins. This year, just like last, I'm slightly pissed off about who won what in certain categories. Elevation, by Steve King in horror? Nope. No way, Jose! Sa..."

Lisa, I didn't read Elevation (I did not vote for anything I did not read), but I did read The Outsider and voted for it. That said, I agree about John Connolly - an excellent writer (interesting that Connolly spent time in Maine, King's home state).

As for the boundaries of categories, I recall in King's Dance Macabre he wrote of Sleeping Beauty (the late 1950s movie, not Sleeping Beauties, which I did not read) being one of the scariest movies he'd seen as a child/youth, which I had to stop and consider. And he was right, even though most of us didn't, and still don't, think of it that way - Sleeping Beauty is generally regarded as a fairy tale or children's story. My point is, where do these boundaries get drawn? There is a line between fantasy/horror/science fiction, but there is at the same time a lot of overlap in those three categories.

My larger point is a question. Why does something like this piss you off, slightly, totally, or at all?


message 30: by Lisa (new)

Lisa The real winners should be the books where the total number of votes they receive comes closest to the total number of ratings they have. Otherwise, the winner is just the most read book. The Great Alone is a perfect example of this. Less than half of the people who read it voted for it, whereas, in The Tattooist of Auschwitz, 91% of the people who read it voted for it.


message 31: by Hannah (new)

Hannah I haven't totally forgiven you, Uncle Rick, but congrats on the win. You are an excellent writer.


message 32: by Linda (new)

Linda Hannah wrote: "I haven't totally forgiven you, Uncle Rick, but congrats on the win. You are an excellent writer."

Stephanie wrote: "Second year that I root for Fredrik Backman and he doesn't win. 'Us Against You' is the best book I have read this year and I would be lying if I said that I was not disapponited that it didn't win..."

I agree with Stephanie. Us Against you was the best read of 218
Stephanie wrote: "Second year that I root for Fredrik Backman and he doesn't win. 'Us Against You' is the best book I have read this year and I would be lying if I said that I was not disapponited that it didn't win..."


message 33: by Ian (new)

Ian Rafael wrote: "I wonder how many of the people who voted for Elevation as Best HORROR actually read the book 😂"

I think it’s safe to assume that many users voted for books they haven’t read.


message 34: by Afronobs (new)

Afronobs Nice one, Congratulations to the winners Download


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message 36: by Sara (new)

Sara Cantarini Rick Riordan is the best!!
Please come back to Italy.


message 37: by Heather (new)

Heather Stephen King doesn't just write horror but I think maybe only the "constant readers" realize that. I am still surprised at the number of people who love the movie the Green Mile and when I say he wrote it they are shocked.


message 38: by Rain (new)

Rain YASSS KINGDOM OF ASH. SOOOOO HAPPY😁


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