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Announcing the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalists: Polls Now Open!

Posted by Jessica on November 14, 2011
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Congratulations to the semifinalists! Readers came out in droves to nominate their favorite books in the Opening Round of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards. Just over 270,000 votes were cast for more than 8,000 books published in 2011. We have now added the top 5 write-ins as official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominated books in each of 22 categories.

By popular demand, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus is now up for Favorite Book of 2011. Critically acclaimed books like Bonnie Jo Campbell's Once Upon a River and Tayari Jones's Silver Sparrow proved also to be reader favorites, earning nominations in Best Fiction. The Best Fantasy category has become the battle of the Terrys: Terry Pratchett, Terry Brooks, and Terry Goodkind all are pitted against George R.R. Martin. In Best Humor, Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling now must contend against fellow funny woman Ellen Degeneres. Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, the subject of much conversation this year, earned a write-in slot in Best Memoir & Autobiography. Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone picked up two nominations, in Favorite Book of 2011 and Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. Did your favorite books make it past the opening round? View all the semifinalists and vote!

Readers can now vote a second time for their favorite books of the year. Semifinal Round voting is open only this week—polls close November 20. Next week we narrow the field to the top 10 vote-getters in each category and announce the 2011 Finalists! Readers will then have a third and final chance to vote before the Choice Awards conclude on November 30. Vote now to make sure your preferred reads make it past the elimination round and into the finals! Winners will be announced in December.

Vote for the best books of 2011! »

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message 1: by liTTleTalks (last edited Nov 17, 2011 02:49PM) (new)

liTTleTalks Awesome! **FIRST POST!** (view spoiler)


message 2: by Christopher (new)

Christopher Mendoza wonderfull!


message 3: by Arti (new)

Arti YAY!


message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel YAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 5: by Delaney (new)

Delaney uh huh uh huh uh huh *shuffling and doing the worm while my sister is rolling her eyes at me*


message 6: by Fadi (new)

Fadi .katerji ur soo cool


message 7: by Lucy (new)

Lucy I'm pleased for Laini Taylor, but cringing over The Night Circus.


message 8: by Dionisia (new)

Dionisia Nope! Most of my favorites didn't make the cut and so my interest in this has plummeted.


message 9: by Renee (new)

Renee I now realize how woefully out of date my reading choices have been this year. There is always so much good stuff to get caught up with that I rarely read things the same eyar they are published.


message 10: by Brett (new)

Brett Talley Very excited to see my book, That Which Should Not Be, made the list in horror. Thanks to everyone who voted!


message 11: by Diane (new)

Diane Thank you for this. Now I have so many good reading suggestions.
I too am out of date.


message 12: by Tennille (new)

Tennille go Divergent!!!


message 13: by Maria B. (new)

Maria B. Quagliana dagnabit! the goddess test didnt make it!


message 14: by Rhea (new)

Rhea awesoome


message 15: by Chrissy♥Dev (new)

Chrissy♥Dev sweet!!


Deanna Against Censorship Some of my worst books made these lists, such as Paris Wife. I voted in some cats where I truly liked the book.


message 17: by Bookaholiclover (new)

Bookaholiclover awesome!


message 18: by Avery (new)

Avery whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!


message 19: by Mira (new)

Mira Sweet! READY PLAYER ONE is nominated in 3 categories! Best modern science fiction book ever.Ready Player One


message 20: by Rachel (new)

Rachel G. Mira wrote: "Sweet! READY PLAYER ONE is nominated in 3 categories! Best modern science fiction book ever.Ready Player One" I haven't read ready player one, but i am deffinatly adding it to my to-read!!!!!


message 21: by Connor (new)

Connor Hemingway HI :D AND I KNOW I AM KOOL :P


message 22: by Mira (new)

Mira Rachel wrote: "Mira wrote: "Sweet! READY PLAYER ONE is nominated in 3 categories! Best modern science fiction book ever.Ready Player One" I haven't read ready player one, but i am deffinatly addi..."

I believe you will love it Rachel. Especially If you like the idea of virtual reality; enjoy old video games, 80's pop culture, Monty python, dystopian novels, lots of humor, or if you are as big of a geek as I am. Lol


message 23: by Sean (new)

Sean A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) by George R.R. Martin A Dance With Dragons will win!! George R. R. Martin is just too good.


message 24: by Rohit (new)

Rohit okkk


message 25: by Xty (new)

Xty Voted.. All the semifinalists are awesome... Congratulations!


message 26: by Dave (new)

Dave If voting actually made a difference it would be illegal!


message 27: by Ashley (new)

Ashley AWESOME!!!!


message 28: by Sarah Rhea (new)

Sarah Rhea Werner Same here!

Renee wrote: "I now realize how woefully out of date my reading choices have been this year. There is always so much good stuff to get caught up with that I rarely read things the same eyar they are published."


message 29: by Shelley (new)

Shelley Pretty please for next year could we please write in votes in all rounds? I would love to see this option as a lot of great books didn't make the cut since they're not part of the cool kids club.


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