Semifinal Round Now Open—2nd Chance to Vote in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Jessica on November 10, 2014
Semifinal Round Now Open for Voting! »

From Anna Quindlen and Veronica Roth to Arianna Huffington and Jason Segel! These authors and many more have advanced to the Semifinal Round—thanks to your support. More than 1 million votes were cast in the Opening Round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards for almost 14,000 different books! We've now added the top five write-ins in each category as official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominated books in each of 20 categories. Congratulations to all of our nominees!

The competition in Best Fiction has only gotten stiffer, with Ian McEwan and Rene Denfeld joining the ranks. Two debut authors, Mary Kubica and Laura McHugh, garnered enough write-ins to join the battle in Best Mystery & Thriller alongside heavy hitters like Lee Child and David Baldacci. Another newcomer, Erika Johansen, has earned her stripes in Best Fantasy, where she faces established bestsellers Robin Hobb and Anne Bishop. OKCupid founder Christian Rudder and essayist Leslie Jamison are among the new nominees in Best Nonfiction. And fan favorites such as Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater have rounded out the roster in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction. View all the Semifinalists »

Don't wait to vote, because your favorites need your help to make it into the Finals. The Semifinal Round closes November 15, and then only 10 books in each category will advance to the Final Round, which launches November 17!

Vote for the best books of 2014! »


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message 1: by Barbara Barna (new)

Barbara Barna How is The Goldfinch NOT a nominee for best fiction??


message 3: by Shaily (new)

Shaily Barbara Barna wrote: "How is The Goldfinch NOT a nominee for best fiction??"

it was nominated in 2013


message 4: by Barbara Barna (new)

Barbara Barna Wow - I've been under a rock :)


message 5: by Emmanuel (new)

Emmanuel Barbara Barna wrote: "Wow - I've been under a rock :)"

Barbara Barna wrote: "Wow - I've been under a rock :)"

Barbara Barna wrote: "Wow - I've been under a rock :)"


message 6: by Emmanuel (new)

Emmanuel I can't Vote


message 7: by Dee (new)

Dee Barbara Barna wrote: "Wow - I've been under a rock :)"

it was also published in Oct 2013 - which is before the eligibility window for this years awards ;)


message 8: by Maria (new)

Maria I feel bad for not having read any of the books nominated... I wanted to read The Emperor's Blades but my library didn't have it, and it wasn't in the wider county system, either. I didn't want to spend the money on hardcover, either. And I have Words of Radiance, but with my experience with Way of Kings, I knew it would take forever... and I wanted to wait until closer to when the next book would come out, so I wouldn't have to re-read it to remember what happened. I like it, but it's a very slow read for me.

There's a couple of kid's books that I just haven't gotten to on the list, too. I wrote in a title for the middle school/kid's category, but it didn't go through. The Mark of the Dragonfly was such a fun book. Oh, well. Hopefully I'll be on top of things a little better next year. (But with as many books already published to read... )


message 9: by Emmanuel (new)

Emmanuel Maria wrote: "I feel bad for not having read any of the books nominated... I wanted to read The Emperor's Blades but my library didn't have it, and it wasn't in the wider county system, either. I didn't want to ..."


Hey that's how things how for me too.. And i would just do exactly what you said.


message 10: by Robert (new)

Robert I'm a little puzzled. In the Science Fiction category, William Gibson's Peripheral isn't mentioned. It is an astonishing book. Will its publication date (I believe October 2014) enable a nomination for 2015's best books?


message 11: by Rene (new)

Rene Denfeld I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the readers who wrote in THE ENCHANTED for best fiction. I am so honored and touched.


message 12: by T (last edited Nov 10, 2014 03:28PM) (new)

T Moore The historical fiction is cluttered with the now usual "traditional" formatted novels set in time for color, romance novels and Ken Follett's horrible Book 2 of his 20th century now terminally off course trilogy - It was so bad, I won't bother with reading the 3rd one.

These things are popularity contests. The problem is, it will help determine what the corpo-publishers will cut down whole forests for next year to churn out. Sad!


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Barbara Barna wrote: "How is The Goldfinch NOT a nominee for best fiction??"
The Goldfinch was published in 2013 - It was nominated last year in the fiction category but did not even come close to winning which I thought was surprising.


message 14: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Putnam It seems like there's the same number of books in the semifinal as there was in the first round. How can that be?


message 15: by Maureen (new)

Maureen I voted! Now I need to read it, I just know from past books it will be a wnner!!!


message 16: by T (new)

T Moore Maureen wrote: "I voted! Now I need to read it, I just know from past books it will be a wnner!!!"

I'm quessing, you voted for Kidd's The invention Of Wings. I did.


message 17: by Dee (new)

Dee Claudia wrote: "It seems like there's the same number of books in the semifinal as there was in the first round. How can that be?"

they add in the top 5 write-in's for each category into the semi-finals round - which is why there are as many books in this round, as the previous one


message 18: by Asra (new)

Asra wow nice


message 19: by Delilah (new)

Delilah Barbara Barna wrote: "How is The Goldfinch NOT a nominee for best fiction??"

Probably because it came out in 2013?? But it came out at the end of 2013 and gained it's popularity in 2014 I think. However, I do feel like it won many contests in 2013 too.. Anyways, GREAT book!!!


message 20: by Ben (new)

Ben Riek yes


message 21: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Good luck for all the nominees.


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message 23: by Tita Russell (new)

Tita Russell Why is Dan Brown's Inferno not one of the nominees


message 24: by Codfather (new)

Codfather As 98% of these books are by Americans, is there a separate voting system for the rest of the Worlds literature? Am I working on the misunderstanding that this site is for the whole world, or is it just for America?

It's just I find the ghost written Celebrity tripe rather tedious.


message 25: by Izzy (new)

Izzy Tita Russell wrote: "Why is Dan Brown's Inferno not one of the nominees"

Because that was published in 2013. In order for books to be eligible for the Goodreads choice award, they need to be published in the current year.


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