Semifinals Have Begun! Second Chance to Vote in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards!

Posted by Jessica on November 9, 2015
Semifinal Round now open for voting! »

The readers have spoken! Goodreads members cast more than 1 million votes in the Opening Round of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards. And many of those voters took advantage of the opportunity to write in a candidate, casting votes for a whopping 20,000 different books! Our number-crunching elves tabulated the results, and now we've added the top five write-ins in each category as official nominees, bringing the total number of nominees to 400 across 20 categories. Congrats to all the semifinalists!

Some formidable contenders have entered the ranks in Best Fiction, with Harper Lee, Jojo Moyes, and Jonathan Franzen each earning a write-in slot. We've also got some interesting characters playing against type, such as childhood favorite Judy Blume in Best Historical Fiction for her adult novel, In the Unlikely Event, and Kazuo Ishiguro in Best Fantasy for his quest novel, The Buried Giant. New media stars such as Issa Rae and duo Dan and Phil have deepened the already stacked competition in Best Humor, and it's now a rock-star battle over in Best Memoir, with Patti Smith vs. Kim Gordon. Finally, heavyweights such as Richelle Mead and Ransom Riggs have nabbed nominations in Best Young Adult Fantasy.

Who gets your vote? And with all this fresh blood in the running...will you change your allegiances? It's anyone's game!

The Semifinal Round closes November 15, and then only the top 10 books in each category will advance to the Final Round, which kicks off November 17!

Vote for the best books of 2015! »

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message 1: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I I'm an idiot, lol. I didn't realize it's the next round and thought there was a bug that took all my votes away. *exhales feeling stupid, but relieved*.


Jenny (Reading Envy) Ah I wondered why the semifinal round had as many books as the first round.


message 3: by Christina (new)

Christina Melissa wrote: "I'm an idiot, lol. I didn't realize it's the next round and thought there was a bug that took all my votes away. *exhales feeling stupid, but relieved*."

I had the same experience! :)


message 4: by Lidia (new)

Lidia I voted for two books that I have read and that are included in this year's awards nominees! But I have few more in my TBR list, so I will read them for certain! :)


message 5: by Dee (new)

Dee Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "Ah I wondered why the semifinal round had as many books as the first round."

they drop several of the initial books, and add some of the write-in vote books


message 6: by Jo (new)

Jo I'm a bit disappointed that Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown didn't make the cut for Best Young Adult Fantasy. It's the last time he could have been nominated for one of these. RIP Sir Terry.


message 7: by Su (new)

Su I have a question: if all the 15 opening round nominees go directly into the semifinals, where the top 5 write-ins are added to those oficial nominees making 20 in total, what's the point in voting for them in the opening round? Does it make any difference to vote for any of the initial oficial nominees in the opening round if in the semifinals the voting is reset and they always reach the semifinals?


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Dee wrote: "Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "Ah I wondered why the semifinal round had as many books as the first round."

they drop several of the initial books, and add some of the write-in vote books"


Sadly none of my write-ins. In the initial round I voted for as many as 9, but in this round only 3. I don't recognize most of the books up there.


message 9: by Kim (new)

Kim I am sad that World's Largest Man by Harrison Scott Key is not on the memoir list.


message 10: by Cassandra (new)

Cassandra Jo wrote: "I'm a bit disappointed that Terry Pratchett's The Shepherd's Crown didn't make the cut for Best Young Adult Fantasy. It's the last time he could have been nominated for one of these. RIP Sir Terry. "

I agree it's a bit disappointing, but really, Shepherd's Crown doesn't deserve it. TP does, he's such an amazing writer, but Shepherd's Crown was obviously unfinished and if it got through it would taking the place of other, polished YA fantasy books that also deserve recognition.


message 11: by Alisha (last edited Nov 10, 2015 07:16PM) (new)

Alisha Erickson Whew! Glad Welcome To Night Vale made it in to the semifinals!


message 12: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Tina wrote: "Melissa wrote: "I'm an idiot, lol. I didn't realize it's the next round and thought there was a bug that took all my votes away. *exhales feeling stupid, but relieved*."

I had the same experience! :)"


Hi Tina, Thank you for sharing that. I even posted a possible "bug" post in the Goodreads feedback group, then realized my stupid moment and ran back to delete it, lol.

Happy to see some of my faves made it to this round. One problem is that one of my write in votes made it into the same category as one of my other favorite books. There are two other categories that did the same so I'm in a voting dilemma.

Happy Reading :)


message 13: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I My write in vote that made the semi finals is The Soul of an Octopus A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery by Sy Montgomery which made it go head to head with an equally favorite book Beneath the Surface Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove by John Hargrove in the same category. Choosing only one was so tough.

Write in votes I wish made it are:

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave by Laura Dave

Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister by Ellen Meister

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler by Erika Swyler

41 (Deluxe Signed Edition) A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush by George W. Bush

Summer Secrets by Jane Green by Jane Green

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach by Tommy Wallach

Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu by Corey Ann Haydu

And......

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For by Kate White by Kate White

So many awesome books and still more votes to do. Those books that are both in the same category are so tough to choose. One or two I believe may have been releases.

Fun, fun, Fun.....I love this :)


message 14: by Regsly (new)

Regsly Ok, I'm feeling a bit dumb, since I've been on goodreads for a few years but never noticed, but how do we write in a candidate that's not in the initial round? I mean, if I had known, some of my votes may have been way differently.

Maybe it wouldn't make any difference in the long round, you know? But it feels like I lost the opportunity of doing some oeuvre justice, because I thought I was confined to that initial "box of 15". Gosh, I feel like an idiot..


message 15: by Anne (new)

Anne Tucker sorry I cant vote as i havent read a single book on the list this time!!


message 16: by Sage (last edited Nov 11, 2015 06:44AM) (new)

Sage Sadly, I can't vote either. The few books I read that made the list, The Nightingale, Sound of Glass, First Frost, and Desperate Fortune, were ok, but certainly not the best I read in 2015.

On my to read list though are The Gilded Hours, The Lake House, and The Bookseller, however, I doubt I'll have them read by the deadline.


Em*bedded-in-books* I could vote for only one category as I hadn't read any of the other books that made the list. I have marked out a few to be read later, though not in time for the final round of voting.
The only one I voted for was The Girl on the Train


message 18: by Andrea (new)

Andrea I find that I am hesitant to vote because I have not read ALL of the nominated books. Am I the only one experiencing this dilemma?


message 19: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Andrea wrote: "I find that I am hesitant to vote because I have not read ALL of the nominated books. Am I the only one experiencing this dilemma?"

Andrea, as both an avid reader and an author with a nominated book, I think I can safely say that any author will appreciate your vote. There are 20 books per category -- my hats off to any reader who has read all the books in a category, much less all the books nominated in all categories! If you read a book and loved it, by all means vote for it, even if you haven't read all of its competition. (Unless, of course, you plan to read all of them before the contest deadline -- in which case I bow down to you with all due reverence, because that means you are Reader Extraordinaire.) ;-)


message 20: by Denise (new)

Denise Andrea wrote: "I find that I am hesitant to vote because I have not read ALL of the nominated books. Am I the only one experiencing this dilemma?"

I actually thought the same thing, but then I thought...In a way, isn't the fact that I chose to pick some of them up and read them and not the others (at least not yet) a way of voting? Something must have drawn me in, right?

I do understand the dilemma though. What if the best book ever is the one I haven't read yet?


message 21: by Sage (new)

Sage Denise wrote: "What if the best book ever is one I haven't read yet..."

Or...one I read that wasn't nominated.

The problem is there are so many books to chose from and we all love something different.


message 22: by Rajiv (new)

Rajiv Bakshi Journey from Guwahati to Machhiwara Can I vote for my own Book too ?


message 23: by Vivien (new)

Vivien Gilliard My vote goes to Flight Home by debut author V.Gilliard


message 24: by Karen (new)

Karen McDonald I vote for Why Not Kill Her? Author Paul Sanders


LilyTheLuckyBerry In Best Middle Grade I voted for Soman Chainini, The School For Good And Evil, The Last Ever After.


message 26: by Vivien (new)

Vivien Gilliard I agree how does one nominate, except by doing so with the ones read.....individuals have their own opinions and I wonder who will have read everything?


LilyTheLuckyBerry Vivien wrote: "I agree how does one nominate, except by doing so with the ones read.....individuals have their own opinions and I wonder who will have read everything?"
Nominate by clicking on the book you vote for.
Pretty simple.


message 28: by Anita (new)

Anita Byler Regsly wrote: "Ok, I'm feeling a bit dumb, since I've been on goodreads for a few years but never noticed, but how do we write in a candidate that's not in the initial round? I mean, if I had known, some of my vo..."

At the bottom of the list, there was a slot for write-in's. I can't just remember where. You'll have to look for it next year! :)


message 29: by John (new)

John Hargrove Melissa wrote: "Tina wrote: "Melissa wrote: "I'm an idiot, lol. I didn't realize it's the next round and thought there was a bug that took all my votes away. *exhales feeling stupid, but relieved*."

I had the sam..."

Thank you Melissa for your vote and I wish both books could win, mine and your other favorite!- John Hargrove


message 30: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I John wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Tina wrote: "Melissa wrote: "I'm an idiot, lol. I didn't realize it's the next round and thought there was a bug that took all my votes away. *exhales feeling stupid, but relieved*...."

Wow! John, thank you so much for your reply regarding your book ----> Beneath the Surface Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove <------- *It's extraordinary*


and I adored "The Soul Of An Octopus". When I did the write in vote for "TSO" it was a write in under a different category, then it showed up head to head with yours....and yours......I'm sure it's been too long for you to recall some pictures I posted to twitter and instagram about and with your book, but it was a heartbreaking eye opener.

I even took a video from my phone, which I haven't posted yet, but it's a Seaworld commercial I'm going to upload as a you tube video and I wanted to share that with you onto twitter. It's the commercial about their "new" makeover.

You've made one hell of an important impact in this world and these Beautiful animals. I'm honored beyond words to have read your book, learned so much, and had a chance to connect with you as an ex daily visitor to Seaworld.

Every single day as a home education family, we went to Seaworld (five minutes up the road back then), and I was in awe. I wanted to be and do what you did and of course in my activism I still do, but now from a different perspective. You've made an incredible impact for such a wonderful cause. ~*Congratulations*~ to you and may you always, always have All Things Good headed your way.

Warmest,

Melissa


message 31: by John (new)

John Hargrove One could not ask for a nicer or warmer message from someone and to know my experience and my story has reached someone and made a difference means a great deal. Above everything thank you for caring about these whales!

Thank you very much.
John Hargrove


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