Voting Now Open For The 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards
Goodreads, the reading and social networking sight for those of us who read, announced that voting for their annual awards, picked by readers, opens today
I received the email first thing this morning and there’s nearly 200,000 votes cast in the first round already! Voting in this first round runs until the 10th of November, with voting in the next two rounds due to end by the 27th. Winners will be announced on December 4th.
Nominees range from Junot Díaz and Barbara Kingsolver in fiction, to Harlen Coben and David Baldacci in mystery and thriller, to Hilary Mantel and Carlos Ruiz Zafon in historical fiction - so quite a lot to choose from in those 20 categories!
Based on statistics from the 170 million books added, rated and reviewed on the site, they’ve chosen a shortlist of 15 ‘official nominees’ for each category. You can offer write-in votes, but they have to have been published for the first time in the U.S., in English, in the last year. (To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why it’s limited to the U.S. when a large number of my friends in the UK are, like me, being offered the opportunity to vote.)
These write-ins are analysed and the top 5 in each category are added to the 2nd round of voting, making a total of 20 possible choices in that stage. Round 3 eliminates half the contenders, leaving 10 to choose from in each group.
If you’re a Goodreads member already, you can go vote on their website.
That’s it, I’m off to vote. Who did you vote for?
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