Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards!
More than 5.6 million votes were cast and counted in the 12th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year's best books decided by you, the readers!
This year, every vote counted: The Best Fiction category was narrowly won (BY FIVE VOTES) by Matt Haig with his whimsical book The Midnight Library, which just surpassed Goodreads readers' other favorite of the year, Fredrik Backman's Anxious People. In other news, Silvia Moreno-Garcia beat out reigning champion Stephen King in the Horror category, making Rick Riordan—who won again this year—our Goodreads Choice Award champion (Riordan now has ten wins, while King has nine). Another big winner this year was Ibram X. Kendi, who won two awards: Best Nonfiction (for Stamped) and Best Picture Book (for Antiracist Baby). Lastly, Margaret Atwood followed up last year's Best Fiction win (for The Testaments) with a win in the poetry category for her new collection, Dearly.
Now comes our favorite part: revealing all of the incredible winners across 20 categories! Congratulations to all of the best books (and their fabulous authors) of the year in each of the 20 categories!
“I am overjoyed to get this. A year ago, I was still editing The Midnight Library and had no idea how readers would respond. The reaction since publication has been overwhelming, and I want to thank everyone who voted for this book and who has spread the word. The great thing about the Goodreads Choice Awards is they are voted for by readers. It is a real honor. Thank you.” —Matt Haig (photo credit: Kan Lailey)
Best Mystery & Thriller: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
“I’m completely over the moon to win—and the fact that this prize has been decided by you, the readers, makes it so incredibly special. I’ve been blown away by the way you’ve embraced my dark little book. Thank you for picking The Guest List for your book clubs, for talking about it with friends, and for all your brilliant reviews and comments! In a strange year, when we’ve all probably felt pretty isolated, it has been wonderful to connect with you all online.” —Lucy Foley (photo credit: Lucy Foley)
“It's such an honor to win a Goodreads award! Thanks to all the readers who loved and shared The Vanishing Half and to those who voted!” —Brit Bennett (photo credit: Miranda Barnes)
Best Fantasy: Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
“Thank you so much to my lovely readers for their incredible support and for making this win possible! There were so many phenomenal books nominated this year, written by truly brilliant authors, and I'm deeply honored to have Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood included alongside them.” —Sarah J. Maas (photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan)
“Such a huge honor to have been nominated alongside many of my favorite books of the year, and I’m awed by the response to From Blood and Ash! A huge thank you to Goodreads, to Blue Box Press, and to all the readers who voted. Casteel and Poppy send their love!” —Jennifer L. Armentrout (photo credit: Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Best Science Fiction: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
“A huge thank you to everyone on Goodreads who voted for To Sleep in a Sea of Stars! I can’t tell you how much it means to me. Here’s to many more stories set in the Fractalverse! And remember: 'Eat the Path.' ” —Christopher Paolini (photo credit: Lo Hunter)
Best Horror: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
“This is the year that horror literature came roaring out of the grave like a super zombie, and I'm glad to be part of this ghoulish book parade. Stay spooky, everyone.” —Silvia Moreno-Garcia (photo credit: Martin Dee)
Best History & Biography: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
“Democracy at work! I know how discerning Goodreads members are, and I am over the moon that they came out for this book. How beautiful to hear straight from the readers—they are the ones who inspire me to write. In a year when people have been searching for answers, I am grateful that so many have found them in this book. Thank you to everyone!” —Isabel Wilkerson (photo credit: Noah Britton)
“I truly believe that our planet is in real trouble. If this award suggests that my book has explained why this is so, and what can be done about it, then I am deeply grateful.” —David Attenborough (photo credit: Conor McDonnell)
"In Modern Comfort Food, I wanted to write easy recipes for the classic dishes that would satisfy your cravings and help you take care of the people around you. Thank you, Goodreads, for this great honor!” —Ina Garten (photo credit: Quentin Bacon)
Barack Obama (photo credit: Pari Dukovic)
“I'm shocked and amazed and so, so honored! Thank you so much to all my readers for your support for Heartstopper—I'm continually blown away by your love and enthusiasm for the series. I can't wait to share more of Nick and Charlie's story with you!” —Alice Oseman (photo credit: Alice Oseman)
“To have Dearly voted by readers as the Best Poetry book for 2020 is very touching for me. The very first award I won was for poetry, back in 1961, when I was 21. Can that really be 60 years ago? Thank you, dear readers, for being readers. Without our belief that you exist, writers would be unlikely to write.” —Margaret Atwood (photo credit: Luis Mora)
“I want to give such a shout-out to all the readers who not only read and loved the novel, but took to the Goodreads streets to get their votes counted! In all seriousness, Clap When You Land is a book about loss and celebration, and this year more than any other, I'm so glad for this incredible community of readers who held space for all the big feelings in the novel.” —Elizabeth Acevedo (photo credit: Denzel Golatt)
“I cannot explain how thrilled I was to find out that The Queen of Nothing won the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy. Since its inception, I’ve thought of the Goodreads Choice Awards as indicative of reader passion—a thing more precious and meaningful than any other metric. I am so thankful that people liked the way the Folk of the Air series ended, that they stuck with me the whole way, and schemed great schemes.” —Holly Black (photo credit: Holly Black)
Best Picture Book: Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi
“I'm so thankful to the Goodreads community. I'm thrilled readers have voted for Stamped as Best Nonfiction Book and Antiracist Baby for Best Picture Book. It's encouraging that so many passionate caretakers are introducing young people to antiracist literature. The earlier we encourage young people to value equity and justice, the better for humanity.” —Ibram X. Kendi (photo credit: Stephen Ross)
“This is incredible. I'm so honored and thrilled. To the Goodreads community and everyone who voted, thank you immensely for spending time with my novel.” —Kiley Reid (photo credit: David Goddard)
“I am humbled and honored to win a Goodreads Choice Award 2020 for The Tower of Nero! This has been such a difficult year for everyone, but one thing that always makes me feel better is discovering new favorite books. I am so glad The Tower of Nero was one of yours!” —Rick Riordan (photo credit: Becky Riordan)
“I’m so honored and humbled that Stamped has received this award, especially since it’s chosen by the most important people—the readers. Thank you to everyone who has read this book and has decided to join, or continue to wrestle and reckon with, the conversation around racism and antiracism in America. Means the world to me, and could very well mean the future to us all.” —Jason Reynolds (photo credit: Dayo Kosoko)
“Taylor and I send our * g r a t i t u d e * to every being who voted for Strange Planet for this Goodreads award! We love reading so many of your kind reviews for the book, and we have always loved sharing in the joy of the community of Strange Planet readers who create the most entertaining comment section we have ever seen!” —Nathan W. Pyle (photo credit: Nathan Pyle)
Thank you to all of the readers who make the Goodreads Choice Awards such a success every year! Happy reading!
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