Goodreads Choice Awards

The Goodreads Choice Awards is a yearly award program, first launched on Goodreads in 2009.

Winners are determined by users voting on books that Goodreads has nominated or books of their choosing, released in the given year. Most books that Goodreads nominates are from verified Goodreads authors. The final voting round collects the top 10 books from 20 different categories.[1]


Ongoing awards

Best FictionThe Help
by Kathryn Stockett
by Emma Donoghue
by Haruki Murakami
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
And the Mountains Echoed
by Khaled Hosseini
by Rainbow Rowell
Go Set a Watchman
by Harper Lee
Truly Madly Guilty
by Liane Moriarty
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
Still Me by Jojo MoyesThe Testaments by Margaret AtwoodThe Midnight Library by Matt Haig[18]Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Best NonfictionColumbine
by Dave Cullen
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
by Alexandra Robbins
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum
by Temple Grandin & Richard Panek
The Opposite of Loneliness
by Marina Keegan
Modern Romance: An Investigation
by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
Hamilton: The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter
How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
by Lilly Singh
I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamaraGirl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel HollisStamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. KendiThe Anthropocene Reviewed: Essays on a Human-Centered Planet by John Green
Best Mystery & ThrillerThe Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
by Stieg Larsson
Smokin' Seventeen
by Janet Evanovich
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn
by Dan Brown
Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
End of Watch
by Stephen King
Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
The Outsider by Stephen KingThe Silent Patient by Alex MichaelidesThe Guest List by Lucy FoleyThe Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Best FantasyDead and Gone
by Charlaine Harris
Towers of Midnight
by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
A Dance with Dragons
by George R. R. Martin
The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole
by Stephen King
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
The Book of Life
by Deborah Harkness
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
by J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
by J. K. Rowling
Circe by Madeline MillerNinth House by Leigh BardugoHouse of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Best Science FictionLeviathan
by Scott Westerfeld
by Mira Grant
by Stephen King
The Long Earth
by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
by Margaret Atwood
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Golden Son
by Pierce Brown
Morning Star
by Pierce Brown
by Andy Weir
Vengeful by VE SchwabRecursion by Blake CrouchTo Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher PaoliniProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Best RomanceAn Echo in the Bone
by Diana Gabaldon
Lover Mine
by J. R. Ward
Lover Unleashed
by J. R. Ward
Fifty Shades Freed
by E. L. James
Lover at Last
by J. R. Ward
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
by Diana Gabaldon
by Colleen Hoover
It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover
Without Merit
by Colleen Hoover
The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonFrom Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. ArmentroutPeople We Meet on Vacation
by Emily Henry
Best Young Adult FictionAlong for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
Where She Went
by Gayle Forman
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliFive Feet Apart by Rachael LippincottClap When You Land by Elizabeth AcevedoFire Keeper's Daughter
by Angeline Boulley
Best Graphic Novel (& Comics from 2011)Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
by Neil Gaiman
Twilight: The Graphic Novel
by Stephenie Meyer
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel
by Richelle Mead
The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World
by Robert Kirkman
Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl and artist Cassandra Jean
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
by Zack Whedon, Fábio Moon and Daniel Dos Santos
Saga – Volume Four
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Adulthood is a Myth
by Sarah Andersen
Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen
Herding Cats by Sarah AndersenPumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin HicksHeartstopper: Volume Three by Alice OsemanLore Olympus
by Rachel Smythe
Best Children's (& Middle Grade from 2010)Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
The Son of Neptune
by Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
The House of Hades
by Rick Riordan
The Blood of Olympus
by Rick Riordan
The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan
The Trials of Apollo
by Rick Riordan
The Ship of the Dead
by Rick Riordan
The Burning Maze by Rick RiordanThe Tyrant's Tomb by Rick RiordanThe Tower of Nero by Rick RiordanDaughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Best Historical FictionFall of Giants
by Ken Follett
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
The Great Alone by Kristin HannahDaisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett[18]Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Best PoetryCome On All You Ghosts
by Matthew Zapruder
Horoscopes for the Dead
by Billy Collins
A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver
The Fall of Arthur
by J. R. R. Tolkien
by Lang Leav
The Dogs I Have Kissed
by Trista Mateer
The Princess Saves Herself in This One
by Amanda Lovelace
The Sun and Her Flowers
by Rupi Kaur
The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One by Amanda LovelaceShout by Laurie Halse AndersonDearly: New Poems by Margaret AtwoodThe Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
Best History & BiographyThe Tudors
by G. J. Meyer
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Jim Henson: The Biography
by Brian Jay Jones
The Romanov Sisters
by Helen Rappaport
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson
Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man,
by William Shatner
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell KingThe Five by Hallie RubenholdCaste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson[18]Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
Best Memoir & AutobiographyUnbearable Lightness
by Portia de Rossi
Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love
by Matthew Logelin
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
This Star Won't Go Out
by Esther Earl
A Work in Progress
by Connor Franta
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
What Happened
by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Educated by Tara WestoverOver the Top by Jonathan Van NessA Promised Land by Barack Obama[18]Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
Best HumorBite Me: A Love Story
by Christopher Moore
by Tina Fey
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
Hyperbole and a Half
by Allie Brosh
Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
Why Not Me?
by Mindy Kaling
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
by Lauren Graham
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany HaddishDear Girls by Ali WongStrange Planet by Nathan W. PyleBroken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson
Best Young Adult Fantasy (& Science Fiction from 2011)Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins
by Veronica Roth
by Veronica Roth
by Veronica Roth
City of Heavenly Fire
by Cassandra Clare
Queen of Shadows
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin
by Sarah J. Maas
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. MaasThe Wicked King by Holly BlackThe Queen of Nothing by Holly BlackRule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Best (Goodreads) Debut Author (Best Debut Novel in 2019)Rebecca Skloot
(The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Emma Chase
Pierce Brown
(Red Rising)
Victoria Aveyard
(Red Queen)
Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands)Angie Thomas
(The Hate U Give)
Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone)Casey McQuiston (Red, White & Royal Blue)Such a Fun Age by Kiley ReidElena Armas (The Spanish Love Deception)
Best HorrorGraveminder
by Melissa Marr
The Twelve
by Justin Cronin
Doctor Sleep
by Stephen King
Prince Lestat
by Anne Rice
Saint Odd
by Dean Koontz
The Fireman
by Joe Hill
Sleeping Beauties
by Stephen King and Owen King
Elevation by Stephen KingThe Institute by Stephen KingMexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia[18]The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Discontinued awards

Best Picture BookBlueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman
It's a Book
by Lane Smith
When I Grow Up
by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
by Ian Falconer
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (I Do Not!)
by Mo Willems
The Day the Crayons Came Home
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
The Thank You Book
by Mo Willems
We're All Wonders
by R. J. Palacio
I Am Enough by Grace ByersA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Fred Rogers and Luke FlowersAntiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi and Ashley Lukashevsky
Best Food & CookingMy Father's Daughter
by Gwyneth Paltrow
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl
by Ree Drummond
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
by Tim Federle
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
by Ina Garten
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime
by Ree Drummond
by Chrissy Teigen
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!
by Ree Drummond
Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen and Adeena SussmanAntoni in the Kitchen by Antoni PorowskiModern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa CookbookI by Ina Garten[18]
Best Science & TechnologyBeneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish
by John Hargrove
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
by Frans De Waal
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steve BrusatteWill My Cats Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin DoughtyA Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by David Attenborough and Jonnie Hughes
Best of the BestAngie Thomas (Best Debut Author 2017 for The Hate U Give)
Best Business#GIRLBOSS
by Sophia Amoruso
Best Paranormal FantasyDead in the Family
by Charlaine Harris
by Karen Marie Moning
Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness
Cold Days
by Jim Butcher
Best Goodreads AuthorCassandra Clare
(City of Fallen Angels)
Veronica Roth
Best Travel & OutdoorsLittle Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
Best Cover ArtTorment
by Lauren Kate
Best Chick LitThe Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks
Best Young Adult SeriesCatching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

Multiple wins

Several authors have won multiple Goodreads Readers Choice Awards or the same award in multiple years. Stephen King and both his sons, Owen and Joe, have won The Goodreads Choice Awards. The table below sets out those authors to have won more than one award:

(Listed by number of wins, then alphabetically by surname)

Number of winsAuthorWinning categories
11Rick RiordanBest Children's & Middle Grade (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
9Stephen KingBest Science Fiction (2011), Best Fantasy (2012), Best Horror (2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), Best Mystery & Thriller (2014, 2016, 2018)
6Sarah J. MaasBest Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Best Fantasy (2020, 2021)
5Veronica RothBest Book (2011), Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2011, 2012, 2013), Best Goodreads Author (2012)
4Suzanne CollinsBest Book (2009, 2010), Best Young Adult Series (2009), Best Young Adult Fantasy (2011)
Neil GaimanBest Fantasy (2013, 2015), Best Graphic Novel (2009), Best Picture Book (2009)
3Sarah AndersenBest Graphic Novel and Comics (2016, 2017, 2018)
Margaret AtwoodBest Science Fiction (2013), Best Fiction (2019), Best Poetry (2020)
Pierce BrownBest Goodreads Debut Author (2014), Best Science Fiction (2015, 2016)
Ree DrummondBest Food & Cooking (2012, 2015, 2017)
Colleen HooverBest Romance (2015, 2016, 2017)
Rainbow RowellBest Fiction (2014), Best Young Adult Fiction (2013), Best Graphic Novels & Comics (2019)
J. K. RowlingBest Fiction (2012), Best Fantasy (2016, 2017)
Angie ThomasBest Goodreads Debut Author (2017), Best Young Adult Fiction (2017), Best of the Best (2018)
J. R. WardBest Romance (2010, 2011, 2013)
Andy WeirBest Science Fiction (2014, 2017, 2021)
2Leigh BardugoBest Fantasy (2019), Best Young Adult Fantasy (2021)
Holly BlackBest Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2019, 2020)
Cassandra ClareBest Goodreads Author (2011), Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2014),
Drew Daywalt and Oliver JeffersBest Picture Book (2013, 2015)
Diana GabaldonBest Romance (2009, 2014)
Ina GartenBest Food & Cooking (2014, 2020)
John GreenBest Young Adult Fiction (2012), Best Nonfiction (2021)
Kristin HannahBest Historical Fiction (2015, 2018)
Deborah HarknessBest Paranormal Fantasy (2012), Best Fantasy (2014)
Charlaine HarrisBest Fantasy (2009), Best Paranormal Fantasy (2010)
Paula HawkinsBest Mystery & Thriller (2015, 2017)
Jeff KinneyBest Children's & Middle Grade (2009, 2010)
Stieg LarssonBest Mystery & Thriller (2009, 2010)
Jenny LawsonBest Humor (2012, 2021)
Amanda LovelaceBest Poetry (2016, 2018)
Casey McQuistonBest Romance (2019), Best Debut Novel (2019)
Taylor Jenkins ReidBest Historical Fiction (2019, 2021)
Rebecca SklootBest Nonfiction (2010), Best Debut Author (2010)
Chrissy Teigen & Adeena SussmanBest Food & Cooking (2016, 2018)
Mo WillemsBest Picture Book (2014, 2016)


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