Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Danny on December 9, 2019

More than 4.6 million votes were cast and counted in the 11th 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 20 categories, and time for some talented authors to celebrate.

We asked the winners of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards to share photos of themselves reacting to their victories. Casey McQuiston celebrated her double win for Best Romance and for Best Debut Novel with an adorable photo amidst a wintery backdrop. Queer Eye guy Antoni Porowski shared his enthusiasm for his Best Food & Cookbooks win, while literary superstars Margaret Atwood and Stephen King got in on the action too.

Congratulations to all of the best books of the year in each of the 20 categories!



Best Fiction: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood





Best Historical Fiction: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid



Best Fantasy: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo



Best Romance and Debut: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Read our interview with McQuiston here.



Best Science Fiction: Recursion by Blake Crouch



Best Horror: The Institute by Stephen King



Best History & Biography: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold



Best Science & Tech: Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty



Best Food & Cookbooks: Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski



Best Memoir & Autobiography: Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness



Best Graphic Novel: Pumpkinheads Rainbow Rowell/Faith Erin Hicks



Best Poetry: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson



Best Young Adult Fiction: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott


Best Young Adult Fantasy & Sci-Fi: The Wicked King by Holly Black



Best Picture Books: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Fred Rogers/Luke Flowers



Best Humor: Dear Girls by Ali Wong






Thank you to all of the readers who make the Goodreads Choice Awards such a success every year! Happy reading!

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message 1: by Piupa (new)

Piupa The Chestnut Man should have won in the mystery & thriller category. Disappointed !


Cardan Greenbriar WICKED KING! WICKED KING! WICKED KING!


message 3: by Animée (new)

Animée RWRB!

The B stands for BEST ^_^


message 4: by TMR (new)

TMR Yess go the silent patient, daisy jones, the wicked king, the institute, a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, five feet apart, pumpkin heads, the testaments and many more! Congrats! Awesome winners!


message 5: by Louise (new)

Louise The link for best graphic novel links back to the 2018 winner


message 6: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Louise wrote: "The link for best graphic novel links back to the 2018 winner"

Thank you! That's been corrected.


message 7: by Sneha (new)

Sneha Jaiswal Damn, I have not read any. Buying PumpkinHeads, the graphic novel right after I finish typing this comment!


message 8: by Inken (new)

Inken Frankly disappointed with this year's results. I know it's been said before but there were a LOT of books I'd never heard of before the lists posted and some had only published that same week. It's getting more and more difficult each year to vote in the categories. But oh well. I don't think The Silent Patient deserved to win, but I"m very happy that The Five made it through! So I guess it all balances out.


message 9: by Aliya (new)

Aliya Jennavere Yess!! Way to go ninth house!


message 10: by Christoph (new)

Christoph Weber Inken wrote: "Frankly disappointed with this year's results. I know it's been said before but there were a LOT of books I'd never heard of before the lists posted and some had only published that same week. It's..."

Well, there's been a certain bias in the selections shown, the write-ins had a definite disadvantage from the get-go. Every biased preselection will lower the quality of the selection as a whole.


message 11: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Gah! Only one category has a book I voted for. I guess my tastes are not as pedestrian as most people's.


Jessica ☢ Spartan Ranger I couldn't really choose between The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper and Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster and now they are on 1st and 2nd place in the category Best History & Biography!

I was really happy to see the result :)


message 13: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Thompson So extremely happy for Leigh Bardugo!!!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I wish goodreads would either release the nominated books earlier or have the voting later, so that I'd have more time to read them. Also, it's always interesting to note the number of ratings against the number of votes the book has. I always seem to find some great reads by picking books that didn't win, but have a way higher votes to ratings ratio. A perfect example is My Sister, the Serial Killer. Anyways, congratulations to all the winners! Only one of my votes won, but I still enjoyed quite a few that did win.


message 15: by Fred (new)

Fred Am I the only one who didn't care for and finish The Testament? Maybe I need to read the first book, The Handmaids Tale, first?


message 16: by Ketutar (new)

Ketutar Jensen Congratulations for all the winners!
I'm sure all the books in the running were good books deserving to win.

What I am not sure about is the sense of this.
I believe more the individual ratings of each book than results of a voting that is tilted to benefit books with a lot of buzz, ARC readers and people who care about voting. This is kind of elitist, and frankly, I feel a bit sorry for the winning authors, because this isn't really real and true... Of course, they won and will always have the bragging right, but...

This year the best fantasy book without a doubt is The Winter of the Witch. it has 4,52 rating, and less than 1% negative reviews!

Starless Sea, that was voted #2, was published about a month ago, and I can't imagine all the 35.000 who voted for it has even read it. It has only 10.000 ratings and 2% of them are negative!

Ninth House got 53,000 votes but it has only 20,000 ratings and 1% negative reviews.

In 2016 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won.
With more than 3 times as many votes as the #2. It has almost 600,000 ratings, average rating 3,66, 28% 5 star reviews, 5% 1 star reviews!!! only 84% gave it more than 2 stars! It is obviously NOT the best fantasy book of 2016, or ever. It might even be the worst fantasy book of 2010s.
A Gathering of Shadows was #2 - with 85,000 ratings, average rating 4,29, 47% 5 star reviews and 0% 1 star
The Obelisk Gate with 63,000 ratings, average rating 4,32, 47% 5 star reviews, 0% 1 star. It was #11 in Choice Awards.

The Crooked Kingdom wasn't even nominated.
139,500 ratings, average rating 4,61, 68% 5 star reviews, 0% 1 star.


message 17: by Kiarna (new)

Kiarna The Wicked King! Rightful Winner!


message 18: by C I N D L E (new)

C I N D L E What a laughable list of winners!

THIS was the "best" fiction that the collective readership of Goodreads came up with? Everyday Goodreads, you fall down the credibility scale.

Suggestion: rename the site to JuvenileReads.


message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson Aaaaaaand like last year, none of my chosen books had won any category 😂 😜


message 20: by Kay (last edited Dec 10, 2019 03:30PM) (new)

Kay It's very interesting some of these winners have more votes than total ratings on its page.. one book has over 20k more. That many people read without giving a star? or people just vote without reading?
Wish I can like some of these posts! 🙂


message 21: by Aleeban (new)

Aleeban Tuts How did Verity not win the Best Romance??!!!


message 22: by KingdomReader (new)

KingdomReader Cardan Greenbriar wrote: "WICKED KING! WICKED KING! WICKED KING!"

WHOOOOOP WHOOP!!!!!
GO MISS BLACK!!!!!


message 23: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen No way Daisy Jones was a better book than The Summer Country or any other nominees in historical fiction.


message 24: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lovelace As usual, not a single book I read this year was eligible, let alone nominated. I think can count the number of years I read one book in the same year it was released on the fingers of one hand (and that's counting when my dad got advance review copies of The Sharing Knife: Horizon and The Sharing Knife: Passage; Bujold dominates that short list); any "reader's choice" I would ever nominate for an award (or vote for from knowledge rather than hype) is therefore almost always going to be at least several years, if not decades or centuries, old. Not that I'm interested in what the best book of a year is anyway; I'm interested in what books are actually good, period.


message 25: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Jessica wrote: "Aaaaaaand like last year, none of my chosen books had won any category 😂 😜"

same here...oh well


message 26: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I wanted Once Upon A River to win.


message 27: by Alealemai (new)

Alealemai The Silent Patient, my absolute favorite!


message 28: by Rayna (new)

Rayna Goodreads Choice Awards is an author popularity contest rather than a book popularity contest. As others have noticed, the disparity between the number of votes versus the number of ratings makes it obvious people are voting for books they haven't read (presumably because they had high hopes due to the marketing or because they liked the author's previous work); there is no way there are that many people who loved the winning books but didn't rate them.

This contest would be so much better if

1) the voting opened in one of the early months of the following year (e.g. if we were voting for the best books of 2019 at the end of January 2020 instead) so people would have more time to read the year's releases. This would make a lot more sense because the books that are released at the end of the year have a clear disadvantage. (I don't know why the eligibility period randomly begins in November and ends in November of the next year; it could just span from January 1st to December 31st, but whatever.)

2) the opening round were entirely write-in votes. This way people would have to put more thought into what books to vote for rather than just seeing a list of pre-selected choices that have been on the hype train of the year.

3) the GR blog didn't just promote the same types of books and authors every year. They could make an effort to promote underrated books and authors, giving them a better chance for recognition.

4) if the contest were more international, like if there were categories for books published in other languages and countries. I know books translated into English are eligible, but sometimes it takes years before a book gets translated, and sometimes translations are a poor reflection of the original work.


message 29: by Anna (last edited Dec 10, 2019 11:07PM) (new)

Anna Eyy, "Will my cat eat my eyeballs" won! Now I finally have the "won an award in 2019" prompt in the 2020 popsugar challenge filled! :)


message 30: by Pongsak (new)

Pongsak Sarapukdee Congratulations to all the writers.


message 31: by Autumn (new)

Autumn Although I expected it, I'm disappointed that Fire & Blood didn't win. I feel like a lot of people wouldn't give it a chance due to a) it's unconventional format and b) anger over the decade-long wait for The Winds of Winter.

I guess all I can say now is, for fans of both fantasy and historical fiction, I implore you to take a look at Fire & Blood. It's engaging, complex, and creative, and I'm genuinely stoked for the next installment.


message 32: by Dyanna (new)

Dyanna Yay the The Wicked King won! I am so happy, it deserved and finally no Maas's books winning this year :)


message 33: by Nati (new)

Nati Mishali Happy for Blake Crouch!


message 34: by Muz (new)

Muz Murray Regarding some of the comments here, one wonders if some people are not gaming the system with thousands of votes for a book only published 4 weeks before?

My book, "You Are Light" has over 50 five-star reviews on my website, but doesn't get a look-in on the Awards programme, so I'm wondering how books get noticed by the readers here?


CJ - It's only a Paper Moon Next year can historical romance have its own category?

Also, congrats winners!


message 36: by gerry langan. (new)

gerry langan. I am overjoyed to see Margaret Atwood win best fiction category...she is my most favourite lady author and I have read everything she has written... pure genius and well done !


message 37: by Laura (new)

Laura How does GR pick the pre-selections? The highest number read or want to read? There are so many celebrity ones.


message 38: by Anna (new)

Anna Jamieson So happy about Five Feet Apart winning Young Adult fiction of 2019! It deserved it so much. :))))


message 39: by Manish (new)

Manish  Narayan I'm thankful to every reader whose contribution made it a great success. At some point disappointed that my best books could not make it to the end. Yet i'm happy for every readers and authors here.
Thank you


message 40: by Amira (new)

Amira Ketutar wrote: "Congratulations for all the winners!
I'm sure all the books in the running were good books deserving to win.

What I am not sure about is the sense of this.
I believe more the individual ratings..."


True.


message 41: by Tim (new)

Tim "STEPHEN F'KING USA" - is this a subliminal message, steve?


message 42: by Joelle (new)

Joelle Rayna wrote: "Goodreads Choice Awards is an author popularity contest rather than a book popularity contest. As others have noticed, the disparity between the number of votes versus the number of ratings makes i..."

Excellent points!


message 43: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Stephen King? Really?


message 44: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Hayes Fred wrote: "Am I the only one who didn't care for and finish The Testament? Maybe I need to read the first book, The Handmaids Tale, first?"

You can try. I had a hard time wading through A Handmaid's Tale. It wasn't bad, but honestly, if I had read the book before watching the show, I might not have tuned in!


message 45: by Amber (new)

Amber Snow I love Jonathan from Queer Eye as much as the next but come on, Chanel Miller's memoir??? It is so important.


message 46: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Congrats to the winners. Havent read any of them and feel disapplinted that books i wanted to win didnt...


message 47: by Aurora (new)

Aurora Can goodreads do a separate choice awards for small/indie publishers? Where books dont come from big 5 but come from small publishers? Its a shame that a lot of wonderful books from small/indie publishers dont ever win on here :(


message 48: by Maria (new)

Maria Congrats to all of these amazing authors. I love our Goodreads community!!!


message 49: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Cheyne Kathleen wrote: "No way Daisy Jones was a better book than The Summer Country or any other nominees in historical fiction."
Have you read it?! It's movie-adaptation worthy. Hands down the best of all 54 books I've read this year to date. Just one woman's opinion, though, and I haven't read The Summer Country for comparison either.


message 50: by Liliana (new)

Liliana Calvo My King always


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