This Is It: The Final Round of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards Starts Now!

Posted by Cybil on November 14, 2016
Announcing the 2016 finalists »

It’s all come down to this, the final battle for the best books of the year.

Or, as we like to call it: The Final Round of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards!

In the first two rounds of this year's Choice Awards, you cast 2.1 million votes (which also included your 30,000 write-in nominations). Those votes have been tallied and now we’ve narrowed down the field from 20 to ten favorites in each of the 20 genres.

Speaking of write-in nominations, your additions of Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run in memoir and Small Great Things from Jodi Picoult in fiction made the final cut.

Also of note, four of the fiction category's ten finalists are debut authors: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (The Nest), Emma Cline (The Girls), Steven Rowley (Lily and the Octopus), and Bryn Greenwood (All the Ugly and Wonderful Things).

The Final Round polls close November 27, and winners will be announced December 6. So, don't squander your last chance to vote!

OK, fellow readers, let’s do this! Vote now! »

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message 1: by Inken (new)

Inken As mean-spirited as this many sound, I'm utterly sick of this contest. In the final round there was, out of all the books nominated, just one that I could honestly vote for. I'm not complaining about my favourite books or authors not being represented here, but rather the fact the original list was so restrictive and UNrepresentative of what people are actually doing on Goodreads that I feel deliberately left out of the entire process. Whilst I'll continue to use the website, I won't be voting in the future awards. I have a feeling I'm not alone in this.


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason We Are the Ants should've been in regular YA not YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy. All the finalists in the latter category are just people who were established as faves last year or earlier, and I wouldn't consider WATA, the best book I've read from this year, as Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
At least there was If I Was Your Girl to vote for. Though iirc not in the first round...


message 3: by Eden (new)

Eden Inken wrote: "As mean-spirited as this many sound, I'm utterly sick of this contest. In the final round there was, out of all the books nominated, just one that I could honestly vote for. I'm not complaining abo..."

I agree! Just the "popular" ones, not ones of actual good quality get nominated, or make it to the final rounds. It's really annoying


message 4: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Engle "Wildly popular" and "good quality" are not necessarily mutually exclusive -- William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Alfred Lord Tennyson were all wildly popular in their day; yet, what they wrote has endured to the present and is still being read.


message 5: by Serina (new)

Serina Well realistically I don't use Goodreads to know if a book is good. Majority of reviews are from people who received free copy and don't want to insult author. I've seen new books with 5 stars before press releases and zero comments to back it up. I've seen horrible books children would never understand raved over. So its not surprising that ones in contest aren't the top quality. Amazon has much better guage for if book worthy to read.


message 6: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze Serina wrote: "Well realistically I don't use Goodreads to know if a book is good. Majority of reviews are from people who received free copy and don't want to insult author. I've seen new books with 5 stars befo..."

It should help that now Goodreads changed their rule and you do not have a review a book that you got a copy of. It is your choice, so I think people will be at least not writing "fake" reviews.


message 7: by Softballcheesy (new)

Softballcheesy cheesy "Wildly popular" and "good quality" are not necessarily mutually exclusive -- William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Alfred Lord Tennyson were all wildly popular in their day; yet, what they wrote has endured to the present and is still being read.


message 8: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Reece i wish i could vote for the books.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Mariah wrote: "It should help that now Goodreads changed their rule and you do not have a review a book that you got a copy of. It is your choice, so I think people will be at least not writing "fake" reviews. "

Goodreads never had a rule that you had to write a review for any book, even if sent free by the author. They changed wording on giveaways but don't say its mandatory.


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