Last Chance to Vote—Final Round of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Starts Now!

Posted by Jessica on November 16, 2015
Announcing the 2015 finalists! »

Drum roll, please! The Final Round of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards has begun! Thousands of books jockeyed for position in the Opening and Semifinal Rounds, and now your votes have narrowed the field to just 10 finalists in 20 categories. It's not over yet, so be sure to vote in the Final Round to boost your favorites to the top of the podium!

Congrats to our finalists! Many underdog authors have cause to rejoice today. Debut authors Sara Nović and Sejal Badani have made the cut in Best Fiction, and self-published authors like Tarryn Fisher in Best Mystery & Thriller and Elle Kennedy in Best Romance are holding their own in crowded fields. On the nonfiction side, it continues to be the year of the YouTubers, with Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa in Best Memoir & Autobiography, Shane Dawson and Tyler Oakley in Best Humor, and more. Of course, with so many worthy books in the running, slashing the field in half cuts deep! We had some surprise upsets that eliminated bestsellers, including Jonathan Franzen striking out in Best Fiction, Philippa Gregory falling short in Best Historical Fiction, Mary Oliver missing the mark in Best Poetry, and Hugh Howey just outside of the top 10 in Best Science Fiction.

Who will get your Final Round vote? Choose wisely!

The Final Round polls close November 23, and winners will be announced December 1. Don't miss this last chance to vote for the best books of 2015!

Vote now! »

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message 1: by Jason (last edited Nov 16, 2015 09:05PM) (new)

Jason Mmm, still have some books I want to finish before voting is over. Dunno if I will...I suppose I could stop reading older stuff for the week to accomplish my goal.

As of now, I only have votes in 5 categories, one cuz I like the author more than the book, one for the theme rather than the quality, and the other ones I liked but not a ton. The only one I felt confident in voting for was YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi, for better or for worse. And more or less adult Fantasy too.


message 2: by Robert (new)

Robert This is a complete waste of time.


message 3: by Aurora (new)

Aurora I am so disappointed in finalist selections. Grey? Seriously? If that thing wins, I will no longer trust your site when deciding what to read...I'm really disappointed that the books I've read (When the Moon is Low, Mademoiselle Channel, Invasion of Tearling,) didn't make it to finals round, but that thing did.


message 4: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I This is awesome! Not a waste of time at all. Especially for the authors who worked so hard and with full heart to bring us the fantastic stories. I know I've been blessed to be able to read awesome books this year. Without them, The publishers and of course goodreads I'd have nothing.

For me it's a complete joy to be voting for my favorite books. I'd also still be stuck in a time warp of books from decades ago, but being here has brought me a vast world of incredible new books and authors whom I may never have found otherwise.

The only problem I'm facing is that there are two to three categories in which my faves are going head to head so deciding is so difficult when you love them both. Tough decisions ahead for my faves:

Should be fine to post the following since once I vote it shows up in my profile, the home page and I also share with Twitter......

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Slade House by David Mitchell

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

And....

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I haven't checked all the categories for this round yet so there could be more. SO MANY I have wanted to read and couldn't. Like the 2014 books, I couldn't afford until this year, now many 2015 books will hopefully be ones I can afford throughout 2016. Always behind on so many, but eventually....extraordinary year in books is what I've been saying all year since "The Girl On The Train".

~*Happy Reading & Voting*~


message 5: by Shima (new)

Shima Voting between Marisa Meyer, Brandon Sanderson and Sarah J Mass was the hardest one out there!

I'm sad that Made You Up didn't make it in YA fiction, It was better than the ones in the list which I had read!


message 6: by Ethel (new)

Ethel Shima wrote: "Voting between Marisa Meyer, Brandon Sanderson and Sarah J Mass was the hardest one out there!

I'm sad that Made You Up didn't make it in YA fiction, It was better than the ones in..."


Aurora wrote: "I am so disappointed in finalist selections. Grey? Seriously? If that thing wins, I will no longer trust your site when deciding what to read...I'm really disappointed that the books I've read (Whe..."

I totally agree!


message 7: by Leesya (new)

Leesya Nazman The hardest section for me to vote is the YA Science Fiction/Fantasy omg.


message 8: by Book Bunny (new)

Book Bunny Robert wrote: "This is a complete waste of time."

I kinda agree. Only books which get lots of publicity stand a chance.


message 9: by Nikita (new)

Nikita I can't believe it's that time of the year already.


message 10: by Tamika (new)

Tamika My book didnt make it how sad. But there are a lot of good contenders this year. Great time to be alive to be reading!!!!


message 11: by Jason (last edited Nov 17, 2015 11:05AM) (new)

Jason For the eligible books I’ve read:
1 star: 15
2 stars: 42
3 stars: 11 (Emmy and Oliver, George, Stars Never Rise, Uprooted, Luckiest Girl Alive, Made You Up, Perfect State, None of the Above, Mr Kiss and Tell, Princess of Thorns, Skin Deep)
4 stars: 1 (More Happy Than Not)

Seems normal. Most are okay, with the rest being bad, good, and great, in that order.
17% were at least good.
At least I feel better about my Fantasy vote as Sanderson (albeit with non-novels) provided 2 of my Good Reads...even if the one I actually got to vote for was only okay.


message 12: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Aurora wrote: "I am so disappointed in finalist selections. Grey? Seriously?"

I agree about Grey. I made a face the moment I saw it.


message 13: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Melissa wrote: "This is awesome! For me it's a complete joy to be voting for my favorite books. I'd also still be stuck in a time warp of books from decades ago, but being here has brought me a vast world of incredible new books and authors whom I may never have found otherwise. "

I am in complete agreement...

While I don't agree with all of the finalist choices, many of those are in categories I rarely read in anyways, so I don't take it personally.

Look forward to the final results, and reading each of them, no matter how good or bad, and adding my voice to the masses!


message 14: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Erma wrote: "Melissa wrote: "This is awesome! For me it's a complete joy to be voting for my favorite books. I'd also still be stuck in a time warp of books from decades ago, but being here has brought me a vas..."

Erma, youre awesome! I was certain my comment would have gotten a negative reply and it still may in the future, but you just brightened my day and made me see there are still people who can keep things positive.

I'm thrilled to hear you enjoy it also. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and Happy Reading :)


message 15: by Michael (new)

Michael Some of my favorite books were nominated but not for the most part.

I feel that this challenge is mainly geared to bestsellers than quality.


message 16: by Megan (new)

Megan So disappointed that a book like The Wrath And The Dawn didn't make it but Grey did. Tsk Tsk...


message 17: by C. J. (new)

C. J. Scurria Does anyone remember what the suicide forest one was called (or who the author was, more importantly?) in the horror section? I forgot to put it in my to-read list but the selection disappeared off of this round before I remembered to.


message 18: by Theresa Ann (new)

Theresa Ann Grey? THAT piece of trash? Ugh. I read EVERY book in the romance category and Grey is way BELOW all of them. The decision now is whether or not to encourage people to vote for something else just to make sure Grey does NOT win or, hope to god that there aren't THAT many idiots, morons and halfwits on Goodreads who will vote for it.

#Trash
#Rag
#Garbage


message 19: by Karen (new)

Karen Ok - own up - who voted that pile of recycled stable sweepings Grey into the final????

Aside from that, I agree that having to choose between Brandon Sanderson and Sarah J Mass was hell... But I will be interested to see what does make the final cut in the various categories...


message 20: by Maria (new)

Maria Furtado I'm sad that Until Friday Night from Abbi Glines dind't make the final round :( Until Friday NightAbbi Glines


message 21: by Greg (new)

Greg I don't understand these finalists. For the many people who thought "Go Set a Watchman" was terrible, those who love it argue it was only a draft. Which is probably true. So at best it's a first draft of a book written in 1957.


message 22: by Greg (new)

Greg Theresa Ann wrote: "Grey? THAT piece of trash? Ugh. I read EVERY book in the romance category and Grey is way BELOW all of them. The decision now is whether or not to encourage people to vote for something else just t..."
Theresa, I think there is a lot of voting based on your reasoning, and that's a good thing. Grey was fan fiction of 50 Shades, which was fan fiction of Twilight. Good grief.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Greg wrote: "I don't understand these finalists. For the many people who thought "Go Set a Watchman" was terrible, those who love it argue it was only a draft. Which is probably true. So at best it's a first dr..."

Yeah it's weird, that book seemed to mainly be disliked

Same for Grey

I think if people recognize it, they vote on it since they didn't read anything else that matches the category. Popularity is winning, even if most people didn't like the book


message 24: by Megan (new)

Megan CJ wrote: "Does anyone remember what the suicide forest one was called (or who the author was, more importantly?) in the horror section? I forgot to put it in my to-read list but the selection disappeared off..."

It is Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates. I read the description while voting and had to run out and get it. I haven't read it yet though.


message 25: by Becky (new)

Becky I'm really disappointed in the nominees this year, as 80% of them, I haven't heard of. There should be a pre-first-round where goodreads readers nominate books, then the voting should start. Personally, I cannot believe that Challenger Deep didn't get more notice.


message 26: by Greg (new)

Greg Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading* wrote: "Greg wrote: "I don't understand these finalists. For the many people who thought "Go Set a Watchman" was terrible, those who love it argue it was only a draft. Which is probably true. So at best it..."
Hi Erin, yes, you're so right! I like very much that these Awards, on the surface, are called "Goodreads Choice Awards." No doubt the people in charge of goodreads understand that often quality is not a component. But why call anything, for example, Best Historical Fiction? Why not just "Historical Fiction Choice of the Year"? We are not professional critics, most of us are not writers or publishers. It does bother me a little that goodreads awards are used by other media outlets.


message 27: by Greg (new)

Greg Becky wrote: "I'm really disappointed in the nominees this year, as 80% of them, I haven't heard of. There should be a pre-first-round where goodreads readers nominate books, then the voting should start. Person..."
Becky, there does seem to be a number of substandard books here, in my uneducated and humble opinion.


message 28: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos Aurora wrote: "I am so disappointed in finalist selections. Grey? Seriously? If that thing wins, I will no longer trust your site when deciding what to read...I'm really disappointed that the books I've read (Whe..."

Well, think that books are picked out of votes by fans, and not by critiques, so everything is based on popularity. So yeah, if that one wins, it' doesn't mean anything more than that book it's popular and a lot of people like it


message 29: by Karen (new)

Karen Kike wrote: Well, think that books are picked out of votes by fans, and not by critiques, so everything is based on popularity. So yeah, if that one wins, it' doesn't mean anything more than that book it's popular and a lot of people like it "

True, and whilst I disliked the original series (yes - I was dumb enough to read it) I know a lot of people really liked it.

I guess that this is really the readers choice, and if people like Grey, then that's their choice. Not mine, I freely admit, but it would be a boring world if we all liked the same thing.


message 30: by Tricia (new)

Tricia Choosing between Winter and the Heir was hard!!


message 31: by Hazel (new)

Hazel Lyder would be nice to see a list of Canadian titles


message 32: by Mariam (new)

Mariam Winter wins the Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction, no doubt! :)


message 33: by C. J. (new)

C. J. Scurria Megan wrote: "CJ wrote: "Does anyone remember what the suicide forest one was called (or who the author was..."

It is Suicide Forest by Jeremy Bates. I read the description while voting and had to run out and get it. I haven't read it yet though.


Thank you Megan!


message 34: by Janet (new)

Janet Martin Aurora wrote: "I am so disappointed in finalist selections. Grey? Seriously? If that thing wins, I will no longer trust your site when deciding what to read...I'm really disappointed that the books I've read (Whe..."

It's a popularity contest. The books that are most widely read and enjoyed are the ones that win, not necessarily the best of the year. Even the curated group of 15 at the beginning is affected by publishers' promotion, although they all tend to be pretty decent reads. There is no control at all over the write in campaigns and final voting--I wrote in a lot of books during the first round and was pleased to see that others who agreed with me managed to get one of those into a the semi-final and final group. I always feel, however, that the nomination groups of 20 are decent recommendations for my personal reading, and I tend to pick up a number of them in the ensuing months.


message 35: by [deleted user] (new)

Six of Crows!


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