The Winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards
Drum roll, please...the readers have spoken! More than 1 million votes have decided the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. Now in our fourth year, the Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards chosen by readers. No secret committees or panels of insiders—we let our members pick the best books of the year. After much anticipation, it's finally time to reveal the winners!
View the winners & runners-up in 20 categories »
The Best Fiction category is always hotly contended and this year went to J.K. Rowling's first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. Decorating a debut of a different kind, Susan Cain won Best Nonfiction for her first book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Meanwhile, the winner of the Mystery category was an open-and-shut case for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
Veronica Roth came away with multiple awards in 2011, and this year was no different. She scored a double win with Best Goodreads Author for the first time and Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction for the second time (this year for Insurgent, last year it was for Divergent).
It was a photo finish in Historical Fiction, our tightest race, with M.L. Stedman (The Light Between Oceans) just inching out Hilary Mantel (Bring Up The Bodies). Living in England must set the right mood for writing historical fiction.
England was also a winning factor in Best History & Biography, with Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith taking the crown in that category.
Cheryl Strayed completes a banner year (from Oprah's Book Club 2.0 to a Reese Witherspoon/Nick Hornby film adaptation in the works) by winning Best Memoir for her book Wild. She was also a finalist in the Nonfiction category for her book of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things.
Two bloggers flexed their book world muscle with Jenny Lawson winning the Best Humor category for Let's Pretend This Never Happened and Ree Drummond capturing the Best Food & Cookbooks award for The Pioneer Woman Cooks.
In the Romance category, Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James dominated the field, tying up a year when her trilogy has made headlines—and generated huge sales—around the world.
And our oldest winner is 77-year-old, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver for her latest collection of poems, A Thousand Mornings, which won reviewer remarks, "A Thousand Mornings reminds us to not let a regular old day pass you by without noticing and being grateful for the wonder and the splendor."
Everyone at Goodreads is grateful for the "wonder and splendor" of all our winning authors—a heartfelt congratulations for writing the books readers loved the most this year! And thank you to everyone who voted and cheered on your favorites from the Opening Round to the Finals. View the full results to see the vote breakdown for all nominees and add some highly commended reading to your to-read list.
Congratulations to our winners! »
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That happened for me when I saw a boast of winning that "award" splashed across the cover of The Fan Fiction That Shall Not Be Named.
Of course, the same goes for "New York Times Bestseller" now.
Oh, well, I guess the majority has spoken.
But 50 shades? seriously?
You are right. As far as I remember practically every Dan Brown's 'masterpiece' has been such a bestseller once...
But, really? Fifty Shades actually WON? What do people see in those books???!! They're not even "romantic"!
My thoughts exactly.
This is one of those times when Goodreads needs a like button. I find it really sad & disturbing that Fifty Shades is "romance" for that many people.
But kid me not.. Fifty Shades as best ROMANCE?
In all seriousness though, The Twelve..really? I mean I loved The Passage and all, but I am reading The Twelve right now and I can only stand about 5 pages at a time before I literally fall asleep. BEST horror? Not hardly.
I soooooo agree!
It's amazing how people lap up stuff like that. I'd rather see the award stored in an errrr-red-room than 50SOG/F/D carrying it away.
I'm actually glad to see some of the winners, like J.K. Rowling, John Green, Gillian Flynn, Susan Cain, etc. But I'm really surprised at Veronica Roth/Insurgent winning two categories.
Fifty- that surprised me as well, it is neither romance nor was it published in 2012 so that was surprising. Though, cannot be upset about it- any book that gets the masses reading, good/bad/whatever cannot really complain about. The Harry Potter for young adults/adults in terms of generating readers not quality.
Nonetheless, CONGRATS to the winners.
Basically the way GR runs it, it is run from November to November. So anything from November 2011 to November 2012 is eligible for the 2012 awards.
As we say around my part, "Woof".
My thoughts exactly. It's hard to pick a real winner because chances are that very few people have read more than a few books in each category. Not exactly fair. Clearly this is more of a popularity contest than anything else...quantity beats quality in a couple of cases here. Oh well.
Congrats to the winners. I'll stay out of controversy (all 50 shades of it).
i agree. the writing itself is just AWFUL.. im confused as to how it could have won.. what type of criteria do they they use.. just because somethings popular doesnt make it good!
the fact that she won makes me not take these awards seriously anymore :/
Well, after you spend some time on GR, you might realize that the serious readers aren't necessarily in the majority. LOL
Syahira wrote: "Fifty shades is fake romance and appropriately erotica. Shouldnt we have a category for it instead? Besmirching romance genre in totality."
50 Shades shouldn't win, no matter the category.
I posted in one of my groups about this and I think it might be the answer. Think about how many people are actually reading books this quickly after they are released..probably not a lot. I would venture to say that most people who voted for some of these (casual vacancy as an example) probably haven't read it yet. But they figure that they've loved all her other work, so they'll vote for this because it's sure to be awesome.
But that would be a stupid reason to vote for a book.