Wednesday, December 05, 2012

GoodReads Choice Selections and More Best of Lists


GoodReads announced the winners of their contest asking readers to vote for their favorite titles of the year across 20 categories. If you just look at the topline results, JK Rowling's THE CASUAL VACANCY actually came out on top in the fiction category, well ahead of runner up, Emily Giffin's WHERE WE BELONG.

But we pulled up the actual votes within each of those 20 categories instead of just copying over the winners list. The single-largest vote recipient was YA winner John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, with almost 37,500 votes, more than three times Rowling's total. Mystery/thriller winner Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL was in second place; Veronica Roth's YA book INSURGENT was their third overall vote-getter, followed by EL James' FIFTY SHADES FREED, Deborah Harkness's SHADOW OF THE NIGHT and then Rowling's novel.

In other lists, the Christian Science Monitor picked 10 favorite novels and 15 works of nonfiction. Critics for the St. Louis Post Dispatch selected 50 recommend books of the year.

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