Here Are Your Nominees—2013 Goodreads Choice Awards

Posted by Jessica on November 4, 2013
Vote now in the Opening Round! »

Other book awards rely on curated committees and arbiters of culture, but at Goodreads we want to know what you think. It's our favorite time of year again: Today we launch the 5th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where the winners are determined entirely by your votes! With 20 categories ranging from Best Humor to Best Fantasy to Best Poetry, there's something for everyone. Pick your favorites in the Opening Round, and then come back to support your books that make it through to the Semifinal and Final rounds as the month progresses.

A hearty congratulations to our impressive collection of nominees! We have some interesting match-ups to keep an eye on this year. A "who's who" of literature—including Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb—is duking it out in Best Fiction. Dan Brown's professorial sleuth Robert Langdon has some real competition in Best Mystery from J.K. Rowling's gruff P.I. Cormoran Strike. Can grande dame Maya Angelou hold her own against 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai in Best Memoir? And place your bets for the father vs. son face-off happening in Best Horror, where the mighty Stephen King must stand up against his talented offspring, Joe Hill. Your favorite authors need your votes before the polls close November 25.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There's no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.

You have three chances to vote. The Opening Round lasts until November 9. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 11 - 16) and Finals (November 18 - 25).

Don't wait! Vote for the best books of 2013! »

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message 1: by sunshine (new)

sunshine can i vote everyday?or it just really once?


message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica You can vote once per round, so be sure to come back to vote in the Semifinals and Finals!


message 3: by sunshine (new)

sunshine Jessica wrote: "You can vote once per round, so be sure to come back to vote in the Semifinals and Finals!"

ok thanks a lot!


message 4: by Parth (new)

Parth Verma Matilda


message 5: by Jon (new)

Jon Quirk Are you serious?!

The choice of books and authors would shame a dyslexic fifteen year old.

If you profess to be a serious reader's book site, I would suggest a little more effort in arriving at your booklist of the best of 2013.


message 6: by Gianna (new)

Gianna Jon wrote: "Are you serious?!

The choice of books and authors would shame a dyslexic fifteen year old.

If you profess to be a serious reader's book site, I would suggest a little more effort in arriving at y..."


You can write in your own nominations for each category.


message 7: by Elise (new)

Elise I'm frustrated that some of the nominees are books that just came out and I haven't had a chance to read them yet.


message 8: by HJ (new)

HJ How are these nomination chosen? Why are they described as "your nominees", which gives the impression that I helped choose them (or, if "your" is plural, that some readers did)?


message 9: by Gianna (new)

Gianna Hj wrote: "How are these nomination chosen? Why are they described as "your nominees", which gives the impression that I helped choose them (or, if "your" is plural, that some readers did)?"

It doesn't sound like they were selected by certain readers. It sounds like these were chosen based on the amount of readers who have read, added to a shelf, the ratings, etc. But at least they do allow for write in nominations too.


message 10: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I'm disappointed that there are some very promising books scheduled for publication later this year and these books won't be in the running.


message 11: by Robert (last edited Nov 04, 2013 06:36AM) (new)

Robert I am disappointed that people feel they have to complain about it rather than just get on with it and be pleased that some people have the commitment to do something like this in the first place.

The books I am choosing are already nominated so score one for them.


message 12: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere can I ask why there isn't a category for GLBT books, adult and/or YA?


message 13: by Rose (new)

Rose I think for the sheer number of New Adult books that are in existence, it should probably get its own category. I'd prefer that versus having them overtake the romance category (and pretty much take out all of the nominees in historical, contemporary, among other categories with romance).

I concede that we can write in our own books, but the likelihood that write-in nominees will make it past the first round (unless they're really popular) isn't highly likely. Which saddens me. :(

At least it'll be interesting to see what happens after this week with who gets through.


message 14: by Michele (new)

Michele Weiner I think sometimes complaints are valuable and lead to improvements, and sometimes they are petty and lead to nothing. I hope those of you who have constructive suggestions will continue to voice them. And I also hope you will let us know when you find a better reader-generated selection process. In the meantime, thanks Goodreads members for taking the time to rate and review the books you read. And thanks to Goodreads for compiling them and letting us vote. I think it's fun, and I look forward to finding some new books I haven't previously considered.


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews Ezinwanyi~For you, Agron wrote: "can I ask why there isn't a category for GLBT books, adult and/or YA?"

I second this question...


message 16: by Rose (new)

Rose Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM~Sarcasm Junkie n Kissing SLut~ wrote: "Ezinwanyi~For you, Agron wrote: "can I ask why there isn't a category for GLBT books, adult and/or YA?"

I second this question..."


There are already categories for YA, but definitely would third a GLBT category. Adult fic kind of spans out most of the genres, so I don't know how an adult category would work, but it wouldn't hurt to have one stand for overall recognition.


message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason "I'm disappointed that there are some very promising books scheduled for publication later this year and these books won't be in the running."

Well, they will be eligible next year. However...

when a book's published at the very end of the eligibility period, that's damaging as the only people who'll vote for it are the people who read it as soon as it's published pretty much.
Which is why the glorious Days of Blood and Starlight got shafted.
None of the eligible books that I've read have been great, but I voted for some good ones. I mean, it is GoodReads not GreatReads. I wish I could have read great stuff, but whatever.


message 18: by Martha (new)

Martha Yeah, I'm still looking for the LGBT section. Um....


message 19: by Amy (new)

Amy Cook Do you vote in each category, or for 1 favorite book?


message 20: by Lilac (new)

Lilac That is a shame. I really loved Days of Blood and Starlight but didn't get a chance to read it till December.


message 21: by Leann (new)

Leann All of the books in Romance seemed to be contemporary romance. I did a write in for a regency romance. There aren't subcategories, but I don't understand why your selections did not have more variety.


message 22: by Speesh (new)

Speesh I see Historical Fiction is written by women. For women. Silly me. There's me thinking I enjoyed reading books by James Aitcheson, Ben Kane, Angus Donald, Harry Sidebottom, James Wilde, Christian Cameron, Giles Kristian, Robert Low, Anthony Riches, Douglas Jackson, David Downing, Philip Kerr, Alan Furst, Justin Hill, Bernard bloody Cornwall, for god's sake.
Was I dreaming?
Who chooses these books? A woman.


message 23: by ReadingFool (last edited Nov 04, 2013 12:48PM) (new)

ReadingFool Stephen R. Donaldson's final book in the Thomas Covenant saga The Last Dark was published in October of this year but I cannot select it as a write in?


message 24: by Bruce (new)

Bruce Wheeler Just out of curiosity, since you don't have a category for best LGBT book, how many LGBT books are in this first round of finalists? Looked through half of the categories, didn't see any LGBT representation, so quit looking. Hope I stopped too soon and that my community is actually represented in this contest.


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews Bruce wrote: "Just out of curiosity, since you don't have a category for best LGBT book, how many LGBT books are in this first round of finalists? Looked through half of the categories, didn't see any LGBT repr..."

i added all LGBT books on my own


message 26: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere Bruce wrote: "Looked through half of the categories, didn't see any LGBT representation, so quit looking. ..."

I didn't see any. Which is why I commented on it. I wish I had thought of doing what Message 25 did. I should I have added them on my own.

How the heck to they pick these books anyway? I am assuming I could go back and change my votes, right? Adding my own in the write in portion. I think I will explore that option


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews You can go and change your votes! I did


message 28: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM~Sarcasm Junkie n Kissing SLut~ wrote: "You can go and change your votes! I did"

i can't see your write-ins. I tried to see, but it doesn't show. It just says you voted on your home page.


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews I know I searched for it too I voted for 5 books that weren't on the GR list...


message 30: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Where is the erotic romance category? I think the categories should have been broken down a little more. :(


message 31: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere Alisha wrote: "Where is the erotic romance category? I think the categories should have been broken down a little more. :("

completely agreed.


message 32: by Sharyn (new)

Sharyn Rose wrote: "I think for the sheer number of New Adult books that are in existence, it should probably get its own category. I'd prefer that versus having them overtake the romance category (and pretty much tak..."

Rose, I completely agree with you. New Adult should be its own category so the other Romance novels can be nominated as well.


message 33: by Divya (new)

Divya Leann wrote: "All of the books in Romance seemed to be contemporary romance. I did a write in for a regency romance. There aren't subcategories, but I don't understand why your selections did not have more variety."

I felt the same, looking at all the nominees and all the books in the romance seem to be of a similar type --- not much variety.


message 34: by Andrea (new)

Andrea ReadingFool wrote: "Stephen R. Donaldson's final book in the Thomas Covenant saga The Last Dark was published in October of this year but I cannot select it as a write in?"

I just checked and this should be fixed now.

Anyone with write-in eligibility issues can post about it here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...


message 35: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Daniels Can anybody vote or do they have to be set up as a Goodreads member?


message 36: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Jason wrote: "when a book's published at the very end of the eligibility period, that's damaging as the only people who'll vote for it are the people who read it as soon as it's published pretty much.
Which is why the glorious Days of Blood and Starlight got shafted."


I agree that those books are at a disadvantage, even more when the cutoff date is in the future (after the opening round is finished!) Would it have been possible to select the cutoff date on November 3rd??

Some books (like Days of Blood and Starlight last year) aren't widely available (if available at all) before publication... I would be surprised if anything being published *next week* has a shot at getting nominated...


message 37: by Rose (new)

Rose What happens to the winner?


message 38: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere Roseanimator wrote: "What happens to the winner?"

bragging rights, that's all


message 39: by Donnaquilt (new)

Donnaquilt Can we tell who is ahead in the categories at this point?


message 40: by Rhonda (new)

Rhonda Been wondering, why isn't there a "Spiritual/Religious" category? The nonfiction titles are more journalistic/memoir.


message 41: by Kristine (new)

Kristine I second the vote for breaking out new adult etc. as well as a lgbt category.


Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM~Sarcasm Junkie n Kissing SLut~ wrote: "I know I searched for it too I voted for 5 books that weren't on the GR list..."

What were your write-ins? (Message me.)


message 43: by Johnny (new)

Johnny Carruthers I need to make a correction to your opening statement: The Hugo Awards are nominated and voted on by readers. Anyone who becomes a member of each year's World Science Fiction Convention is eligible to cast a nominating ballot, and later vote on the final ballot.


message 44: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) wrote: "What were your write-ins? (Message me.) ..."

LMAO. I thought of that yesterday too


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews Ezinwanyi~For you, Agron wrote: "Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) wrote: "What were your write-ins? (Message me.) ..."

LMAO. I thought of that yesterday too"


Sent you a msg :)


Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!) wrote: "Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews~Lover of all things MM~Sarcasm Junkie n Kissing SLut~ wrote: "I know I searched for it too I voted for 5 books that weren't on the GR list..."

What were your write-ins? (Mes..."


Messaged :)


message 47: by Leann (new)

Leann Speesh wrote: "I see Historical Fiction is written by women. For women. Silly me. There's me thinking I enjoyed reading books by James Aitcheson, Ben Kane, Angus Donald, Harry Sidebottom, James Wilde, Christian C..."

Funny some of my favorite historical romances were written by Jennifer Wild, a pen name for a guy.


message 48: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Merriman Ezinwanyi~For you, Agron wrote: "can I ask why there isn't a category for GLBT books, adult and/or YA?"

sorry but what does GLBT stand for?


message 49: by sunshine (new)

sunshine Lynn wrote: "Ezinwanyi~For you, Agron wrote: "can I ask why there isn't a category for GLBT books, adult and/or YA?"

sorry but what does GLBT stand for?"


"gay,lesbian.bisexual,transgender/transsexual"


message 50: by Susan (new)

Susan I tried to write in a vote for The Arrangement by Mary Balogh, but when I entered the title it didn't come up as a choice. What's up with that?


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