It's Time to Choose the Best Books of 2020!

Posted by Danny on October 26, 2020
 
Let your voice be heard! We need your help selecting the best books of the year during the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards, our 12th annual event where readers select the best-of-the-best books across 20 categories.

As you've rated your favorite books of 2020, we've been paying attention. We've analyzed the data from the hundreds of millions of books rated, reviewed, and added to Want to Read shelves this year to determine which books made the cut in our Opening Round

These 300 initial nominees have a combined average rating of 4.15 stars and have been added on Goodreads more than 13.5 million times.

Last year, bookworms cast more than 4.6 million votes in the only major book awards decided by readers. Starting today, you can pick your favorite titles from 2020!
 
Select Your Favorites in the Opening Round! »
 
How It Works:
 
  • Opening Round (October 27 to November 8): Go to the Goodreads Choice Awards page to start voting! Take note: Only books published in the U.S. between November 16, 2019, and November 17, 2020, are eligible.
 
  • Don't see your favorite book in a category? Make sure you write it in during the Opening Round! This is your only chance to add your favorites to the top 15 picks per category.
 
  • Semifinal Round (November 10 to November 15): 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 17 to November 30): The finish line is in sight! Once the competition has been whittled down in the Semifinal Round, you'll choose one of the 10 top nominees in each category.
 
  • The winners are announced on December 8.
Don't forget to tell the world about your favorite nominees this year by using #GoodreadsChoice on social media.

Choose your favorites now!

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Comments Showing 1-50 of 58 (58 new)


message 1: by Jason (last edited Oct 26, 2020 09:26PM) (new)

Jason I certainly hope Rhythm of War is my favorite fantasy, but...it's released after the opening round, even after the semifinal round. So that's silly.
ETA: Burning God too apparently.


message 2: by Atif (new)

Atif Quadri The only poll I consider worth voting.


message 3: by Diptanjan (new)

Diptanjan Sarma Purkayastha Voted for 'Troubled Blood' in the 'Mystery and Thriller' genre


message 4: by Elina (new)

Elina Jason wrote: "I certainly hope Rhythm of War is my favorite fantasy, but...it's released after the opening round, even after the semifinal round. So that's silly.
ETA: Burning God too apparently."


B.Obama's memoir also. But nobody takes this poll seriously anyway.


message 5: by Jade Melody (last edited Oct 27, 2020 11:50AM) (new)

Jade Melody is anyone else having trouble accessing the 2020 Choice Awards? It keeps sending me to 2019
:(


message 6: by Grace (new)

Grace Me too Jade.


AnayatheUnicorn They haven't updated it for 2020 for some reason


message 8: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Hey guys, anybody know why I can't access the 2020 page?


message 9: by Frank (new)

Frank WTH Goodreads?!


message 10: by Nikitha (new)

Nikitha It was showing 2020 now when i accessed it again it is showing 2019😔


message 11: by Lisa | (new)

Lisa |  Read Between the Spines How is The Death of Vivek Oji not included on the fiction list but Dear Edward is?


message 12: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I wish voting wouldn't open until after all of the nominees had been released. Not all of us live in countries where galleys are available and we shouldn't have to. There is nothing gained by starting voting this early and it really delegitimizes the whole process and results, IMO.

Rhythm of War is one of my most anticipated books of the year, but I'm guessing people are not going to vote for a book they haven't read yet. The system is poorly designed and really hurts books released in November.


message 13: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Robinson Damn... It's that time of year already?!?!


message 14: by Angelica (new)

Angelica Graham 2020 nominee list is now updated! Yay!!
Remember to add your book if you don’t see it in the list during Opening Round (October 27 to November 8th)


message 15: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Tender is the Flesh for Best Horror for sure.
But knowing how GR hype works, it'll either go to SK or Mexican Gothic.

Everything else I've read that's in the running wasn't so good that I'd give them my vote as best book in any given category. It's a shame, I think this is the year in which I've read the most new releases.


message 16: by Angie-Leonie (new)

Angie-Leonie I had to add some other books, not all the offers were really...actually its 2020, if anyone got reading this year well done.


message 17: by Ana (new)

Ana King God, this year feels like it's lasted both an entire century and one second.


message 18: by Kay (new)

Kay J Ana wrote: "God, this year feels like it's lasted both an entire century and one second."

So True.


message 19: by Sophie (new)

Sophie So many great books published in 2020 that are not on your list (who actually creates this list?)...
Louise Penny's "All The Devils Are Here", brilliant book
Jess Kidd's "Thing In Jars" for historical fiction...
Louisa Luna'a "The Janes" also a great read.


message 20: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Diptanjan wrote: "Voted for 'Troubled Blood' in the 'Mystery and Thriller' genre"

Same here, can't believe it wasn't on there to start with.


message 21: by Garima (new)

Garima Atif wrote: "The only poll I consider worth voting."
Trueeee


message 22: by samreen bibi (new)

samreen bibi good


message 23: by Avery (new)

Avery Follett Jason wrote: "I certainly hope Rhythm of War is my favorite fantasy, but...it's released after the opening round, even after the semifinal round. So that's silly.
ETA: Burning God too apparently."


I was going to suggest this too!! So excited to read it


message 24: by Aisha Rowe (new)

Aisha Rowe This is a awesome app


message 25: by Andrea (last edited Oct 28, 2020 09:32AM) (new)

Andrea Caitlin wrote: "I wish voting wouldn't open until after all of the nominees had been released. Not all of us live in countries where galleys are available and we shouldn't have to. There is nothing gained by start..."

This has been going on for years and Goodreads has decided to ignore this problem. I think that it's not fair for instance to have a book like Barack Obama's A Promised Land nominated when almost no one will have a chance to read it as it releases on November 17th! Cut-off date should be before voting begins...


message 26: by Leslie (new)

Leslie I agree about Barack Obama's book- it's not available to the general public. Goodreads should have a cutoff of the publication dates for nominees.


message 27: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Hayward Pérez I voted for some of my favourites and added some in. Glad to find some of the best books I have had ARCs for this year!


message 28: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I have several of these books on my TBR list, but I don't want to vote for a book I have not read. I have read two or three books on these lists, and didn't care for them, so don't want to vote for them.


message 29: by karen crouchman (new)

karen crouchman You are amazing


message 30: by Leann (new)

Leann So, what if a book published between your required dates is still deemed "not eligible" What would be the issue?


message 31: by Leann (new)

Leann It was also published in the US.


message 32: by Bella Brickey (new)

Bella Brickey Can someone help me I'm new 😕


message 33: by Nick (last edited Oct 28, 2020 11:48AM) (new)

Nick I love the ridiculousness of this. There's still two months left of the year and quite a few books left to release, but let's choose the best books of the year now instead of waiting to start this in January 2021. Oh, and let's also include books (Rhythm of War for instance) that don't release for almost a full month – after the first round of voting has already finished.


message 34: by Nick (new)

Nick Caitlin wrote: "I wish voting wouldn't open until after all of the nominees had been released. Not all of us live in countries where galleys are available and we shouldn't have to. There is nothing gained by start..."

Voting could easily wait until after the new year, but this is the ridiculous way Goodreads runs this thing. Never mind that a book few people have actually read (because it doesn't release until after the first round has ended) could end up winning.


message 35: by Patricia (new)

Patricia How are these nominees selected exactly??? Please disclose the process and how you determine the genre a book is categorized as.


message 36: by Patricia (last edited Oct 28, 2020 02:33PM) (new)

Patricia Whomever you assigned to select the nominees in the Romance category needs to be replaced because they do not understand the genre.


message 37: by Kay (new)

Kay J Andrea wrote: "Caitlin wrote: "I wish voting wouldn't open until after all of the nominees had been released. Not all of us live in countries where galleys are available and we shouldn't have to. There is nothing..."
Or let you choose more than just one on the list. Just my opinion


message 38: by Michael (new)

Michael I am sure that my books are not even going to be listed. It seems like these contests are more like a popualiry contest.


message 39: by Precise (new)

Precise If only people would get excited about voting for book of the year instead of president, I mean the president is important but they don’t even make the laws sooooo....why waste time on figureheads when you can nerd out about books?


message 40: by Precise (new)

Precise Also why can’t we vote for any book? Books written 200 years ago will never be book of the year😫 the great Gatsby and pride and prejudice will never have their moment!!


message 41: by Jenna (new)

Jenna holy canoli...i read ALOT. yeah, quite a bit.
and yet whenever GR's best of the year's list comes out, i'm always amazed. I've only read about 15% of the books listed. some of them i do know thru seeing others posts, library shelves, reviews, etc.
but goodness...it makes me wonder, just what DO i read during the year? (hee hee...romance category definitely.. 😄


message 42: by KingdomReader (new)

KingdomReader GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS!!!!!
ITS VOTING TIME!
YAYAYAYAYEAH


message 43: by Bob (new)

Bob 10:59 by N R Baker should absolutely be on this list as essential reading.


Alwaysthequietones Bob wrote: "10:59 by N R Baker should absolutely be on this list as essential reading."

A few people have recommended 10:59 to me recently! Just ordered my copy and can't wait to read it...


message 45: by Jess (new)

Jess I've only read 2 of the books (:


message 46: by Kay (new)

Kay J Michael wrote: "I am sure that my books are not even going to be listed. It seems like these contests are more like a popualiry contest."
Exactly I feel the same


message 47: by Paula (new)

Paula Angelica wrote: "2020 nominee list is now updated! Yay!!
Remember to add your book if you don’t see it in the list during Opening Round (October 27 to November 8th)"

How?

Jessica/Carissa wrote: "Damn... It's that time of year already?!?!"

Jessica/Carissa wrote: "Damn... It's that time of year already?!?!"


message 48: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I found the choices rather lacking. Lots of really great books left out, but I still voted.


message 49: by Shahrzad (new)

Shahrzad Nezarat Troubled blood in thriller and mystery is best


message 50: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Jess wrote: "I've only read 2 of the books (:"

Then it’s not just me.


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