Winners of Goodreads Choice Awards Announced

Winners of Goodreads Choice Awards Announced

The excitement (and hype) of this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards is all over, bar the shouting, and some notable (if not surprising) winners are on the list. It’s good to see the readers have picked books like Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane (one of my favorite books this year) and Kate Atkinson's Life After Life — another excellent choice.

Perhaps most surprising (to me, anyway) was the winner of the Best Poetry category: J.R.R. Tolkien won the award for The Fall of Arthur. Not something I was expecting. The winner for Best Fiction was Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, for his novel And the Mountains Echoed. Here’s the highlights of the awards

Best Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Best Mystery & Thriller: Inferno by Dan Brown
Best Historical Fiction: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Best Fantasy: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Best Paranormal Fantasy: Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Best Science Fiction: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
Best Horror: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Best Memoir & Autobiography: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Best History & Biography: Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
Best Nonfiction: The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin & Richard Panek
Best Food & Cookbooks: Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federle
Best Graphic Novel & Comics: Beautiful Creatures: The Manga by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Cassandra Jean
Best Poetry: The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien, Edited by Christopher Tolkien

I’m sure the critics won’t agree with a lot of the choices, particularly in categories like Mystery & Thriller — Dan Brown’s Inferno wouldn’t have won a critical challenge based some of the reviews I’ve read, but hey, the readers like him. On the other hand, Doctor Sleep (Stephen King) and MaddAddam (Margaret Atwood) have been getting raves pretty much across the board.

I know, all awards upset/disappoint/anger someone because a favorite missed out — that’s the way of these things. Did your choice(s) for the awards win? Lose? Probably a bit of both…

You can see all the results at Goodreads.

Image of And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Price: $11.64
Publisher: Riverhead Books (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 404 pages
Image of Life After Life: A Novel
Author: Kate Atkinson
Price: $14.63
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 544 pages
Image of The Fall of Arthur
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Price: $25.00
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 240 pages
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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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