Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2019

Goodreads

Every year Goodreads gives readers around the world the chance to vote for books in various categories (fiction, horror, and cookbooks to name a few) to determine the best in each one. And every year I recap the results. Why? Because I love to see what other people enjoyed reading as well as finding more books to add to my TBR pile. If you are interested in learning more about any of the books here, simply click on the title of each one and it will take you to the Goodreads page for that book. Here are the results:

Best Fiction:

The Testaments

 

Winner: The Testament by Margaret Atwood

Picking up fifteen years after the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, this sequel received 98,291 votes.

Runner Up: Normal People by Sally Rooney – 40,081 votes

Purchase The Testament on Amazon

Purchase Normal People on Amazon


Best Mystery & Thriller:

Winner: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

A criminal psychotherapist must try to unravel a murder mystery featuring a famous painter who won’t say a word. This book received 68,821 votes.

Runner Up: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 52,097 votes

Purchase The Silent Patient on Amazon

Purchase My Sister, The Serial Killer on Amazon


Best Historical Fiction:

Winner: Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A focus on the world of rock and roll in America during the 60s and 70s. This book received 82,483 votes.

Runner Up: Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, 29,362 votes

Purchase Daisy Jones and The Six on Amazon

Purchase Nickel Boys on Amazon


Best Fantasy:

Ninth House

 

Winner: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

A university freshman must investigate the secret societies at Yale University. This book received 53,430 votes

Runner Up: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – 35,351 votes

Purchase Ninth House on Amazon

Purchase The Starless Sea on Amazon


Best Romance:

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The first son of the White House and a British Prince who don’t like each other… or do they? This book received 76,688 votes.

Runner Up: Verity by Colleen Hoover – 35,868 votes

Purchase Red, White, & Royal Blue on Amazon

Purchase Verity on Amazon


Best Science Fiction:

Winner: Recursion by Blake Crouch

A neuroscientist who believes she can create memory saving technology and a cop investigating the strange phenomena of “False Memory Syndrome”, Crouch’s novel received 41,261 votes.

Runner Up: Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Purchase Recursion on Amazon

Purchase Dark Age on Amazon


Best Horror:

The Institute

 

Winner: The Institute by Stephen King

The Insitute: “You check-in, but you don’t check out”. Six children with supernatural gifts are trapped inside with no way to escape. King’s novel received 75,717 votes.

Runner Up: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – 22,865 votes

Purchase The Institute on Amazon

Purchase Imaginary Friend on Amazon


Best Humour:

Winner: Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Life by Ali Wong

A series of letters Wong writes to her two daughters on all the things they’ll need to know to get through life.

Runner Up: Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler – 17,229 votes

Purchase Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Life on Amazon

Purchase Life Will Be the Death of Me on Amazon


Best Nonfiction:

Winner: Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis’ latest book focuses on the different ways women can reach their full potential in life. Her book received 31,276 votes.

Runner Up: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – 29,382 votes

Purchase Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals on Amazon

Purchase Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide on Amazon


Best Memoir & Autobiography:

Winner: Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Van Ness is well known for his work on Queer Eye, and his autobiography now gives fans an in-depth look at all he endured in his rise to fame. Over the Top received 28,977 votes.

Runner Up: Know My Name, Chanel Miller – 23,817 votes

Purchase Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love on Amazon

Purchase Know My Name on Amazon


Best History & Biography:

Winner: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Woman Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

Rubenhold’s book tells a story that is well known all over the world, but tells the other side of the story. Rather than looking at Jack the Ripper, Rubenhold tells the story of his victims. This book received 31,783 votes.

Runner Up: Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham – 19,711 votes.

Purchase The Five: The Untold Lives of the Woman Killed on Amazon

Purchase Midnight in Chernobyl on Amazon


Best Science & Technology:

Winner: Will My Cat Eay My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlin Doughty

A book that answers all the death-related questions you’re afraid to ask. Doughty’s book received 29,594 votes

Runner Up: Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado-Perez – 28,859 votes

Purchase Will My Cat Eay My Eyeballs? Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death on Amazon

Purchase Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men on Amazon


Best Food & Cookbooks:

Winner: Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski, Mindy Fox, and Ted Allen

Queer Eye’s, Antoni Porowski, created a cookbook full of healthy, simple meals. This cookbook received 23,387 votes.

Runner Up: The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime by Misha and Vicki Collins – 21,108 votes

Purchase Antoni in the Kitchen on Amazon

Purchase The Adventurous Eaters Club on Amazon


Best Graphic Novels & Comics:

Winner: Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

Two friends reunite every year for two months to work on a pumpkin patch – the best pumpkin patch in the whole world. But now this year is their last year as the two friends are seniors, how will they spend their last season together? This graphic novel received 29,624 votes.

Runner Up: Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman – 28,460 votes

Purchase Pumpkinheads on Amazon

Purchase Heartstopper: Volume Two on Amazon


Best Poetry:

Winner: Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

A poetry book and a powerful memoir, Anderson uses free verse to call for action for a necessary change in our society. This book received 18,911 votes.

Runner Up: the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace – 18,710 votes

Purchase Shout on Amazon

Purchase the mermaid’s voice returns in this one on Amazon


Best Debut Novel:

Winner: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

McQuiston received two Goodreaders Readers Choice awards this year: Best Romance and Best Debut Novel. In the category of Best Debut Novel, McQuiston received 60,565 votes.

Runner Up: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – 44,936 votes


Best Young Adult Fiction:

51cYrYjR24L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

 

Winner: Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

Two teens fall in love, but can never be within five feet of each other. Can they make their love work? This novel received 36,232 votes.

Runner Up: On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – 34,932 votes

Purchase Five Feet Apart on Amazon

Purchase On the Come Up on Amazon


Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

Winner: The Wicked King by Holly Black and Kathleen Jennings

The second book in The Folk of the Air saga follows Jude as he continues on his journey in the High Court of Faerie. This YA novel received 48,181 votes.

Runner Up: Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – 39,909 votes

Purchase The Wicked King on Amazon

Purchase Wayward Son on Amazon


Best Middle Grade & Children’s:

Winner: The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

The fourth book in The Trials of Apollo series, The Tyrant’s Tomb, Apollo must learn how to become a true hero or forfeit his life. This book received 33,333 votes

Runner Up: Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab – 30,557 votes

Purchase The Tyrant’s Tomb on Amazon

Purchase Tunnel of Bones on Amazon


Best Picture Books:

51Hrpt8qVhL._SX383_BO1,204,203,200_

 

Winner: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers, Luke Flowers, and Josie Carey

Do you remember all those songs you used to love to hear on Mister Roger’s TV show? Well, now you can read them over and over again as they have been reimagined in poetry and put together in this beautiful children’s book. A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood received 29,860 votes.

Runner Up: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o – 26,891 votes

Purchase A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood on Amazon

Purchase Sulwe on Amazon


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any on your TBR list? I know there are a whole bunch I can’t wait to check out!

Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2017

Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2017

Goodreads

Best Fiction:

Little Fires EverywhereLittle Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

You can read more about Little Fires Everywhere on Goodreads

Runner Up: Bear Town, Fredrik Bagkman

Buy Little Fires Everywhere on Amazon

Buy Bear Town on Amazon


Best Mystery & Thriller:

Into the Water, Paula Hawkins

You can read more about Into the Water on Goodreads

Runner Up: Origin, Dan Brown

Buy Into the Water on Amazon

Buy Origin on Amazon


Best Historical Fiction:

Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate

You can read more about Before We Were Yours on Goodreads

Runner Up: Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

Buy Before We Were Yours on Amazon

Buy Lincoln in the Bardo on Amazon


Best Fantasy:

Fantastic Beasts.jpgFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, J.K. Rowling

You can read more about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay on Goodreads

Runner Up: Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

Buy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay on Amazon

Buy Norse Mythology on Amazon


Best Romance:

Without Merit, Colleen Hoover

You can read more about Without Merit on Goodreads

Runner Up: Come Sundown, Nora Roberts

Buy Without Merit on Amazon

Buy Come Sundown on Amazon


Best Science Fiction:

Artemis, Andy Weir

You can read more about Artemis on Goodreads

Runner Up: Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel

Buy Artemis on Amazon

Buy Waking Gods on Amazon


Best Horror:

Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King

You can read more about Sleeping Beauties on Goodreads

Runner Up: Final Girls, Riley Sager

Buy Sleeping Beauties on Amazon

Buy Final Girls on Amazon


Best Humor:

Talking as Fast as I Can.jpgTalking As Fast As I Can, Lauren Graham

You can read more about Talking As Fast As I Can on Goodreads

Runner Up: I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons, Kevin Hart

Buy Talking As Fast As I Can on Amazon

Buy I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons on Amazon


Best Nonfiction:

How to be a Bawse.jpgHow to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, Lilly Singh

You can read more about How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life on Goodreads

Runner Up: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Buy How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life on Amazon

Buy Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions on Amazon


Best Memoir & Autobiography:

What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton

You can read more about What Happened on Goodreads

Runner Up: Hunger, Roxane Gay

Buy What Happened on Amazon

Buy Hunger on Amazon


Best History & Biography:

Radium Girls, Kate Moore

You can read more about Radium Girls on Goodreads

Runner Up: Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann

Buy Radium Girls on Amazon

Buy Killers of the Flower Moon on Amazon


Best Science & Technology:

Astrophysics For People in a Hurry, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

You can read more about Astrophysics For People in a Hurry on Goodreads

Runner Up: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story, Angela Saini

Buy Astrophysics For People in a Hurry on Amazon

Buy Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story on Amazon


Best Food & Cookbooks:

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives, Ree Drummon

You can read more about The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives on Goodreads

Runner Up: 5 Ingredients, Jamie Oliver

Buy The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives on Amazon

Buy 5 Ingredients on Amazon


Best Graphic Novels & Comics:

Big Mushy Happy Lump, Sarah Andersen

You can read more about Big Mushy Happy Lump on Goodreads

Runner Up: Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies, Greg Rucka

Buy Big Mushy Happy Lump on Amazon

Buy Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies on Amazon


Best Poetry:

The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur

You can read more about The Sun and Her Flowers on Goodreads

Runner Up: Depression and Other Magic Tricks, Sabrina Benaim

Buy The Sun and Her Flowers on Amazon

Buy Depression and Other Magic Tricks on Amazon


Best Debut Goodreads Author:

Hate U Give.jpgThe Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

You can read more about The Hate U Give on Goodreads

Runner Up: Caraval, Stephanie Garber

Buy The Hate U Give on Amazon

Buy Caraval on Amazon


Best Young Adult Fiction:

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

Runner Up: Turtles All the Way Down, John Green

You can read more about Turtles All The Way Down on Goodreads

Buy Turtles All The Way Down on Amazon

*As Angie Thomas’, The Hate U Give, won two of the reader’s choice categories (congrats Angie!), information given here is listed for the runner up novel


Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:

A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas

You can read more about A Court of Wings and Ruin on Goodreads

Runner Up: Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare

Buy A Court of Wings and Ruin on Amazon

Buy Lord of Shadows on Amazon


Best Middle Grade & Children’s:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Rick Riordan

You can read more about Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard on Goodreads

Runner Up: The Trials of Apollo, Rick Riordan

Buy Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard on Amazon

Buy The Trials of Apollo on Amazon


We're All WondersBest Picture Books:

We’re All Wonders, R.J. Palacio

You can read more about We’re All Wonders on Goodreads

Runner Up: Malala’s Magic Pencil, Malala Yousafzai

Buy We’re All Wonders on Amazon

Buy Malala’s Magic Pencil on Amazon


Congratulations to all the winners, runners up, and everyone who had a book featured in the Goodreads Readers Choice Contest for 2017!

All the pictures included in this post came from Goodreads. Make sure you check out the books on this list and if you’ve read any of them let me know what ones you think are worth the read!

Facebook | Twitter

Book Haul!

I’ve never done a book haul before, but I watch them a lot on Youtube and as I’ve bought quite a few books recently I decided I wanted to share with all of you what they were! I have no idea if I’m doing this right, but here it goes!

Book Haul 1

  1. Marley & Me, John Grogan

I got this one at a charity garage sale for $1 and am both excited and terrified to start reading. As I’ve seen the movie I know what happens and I am definitely not prepared for that ending. This will definitely be one of those books that I can only read at home for fear of embarrassing myself in public.

  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

I read this in eleventh grade and have been waiting for an opportunity to buy it. Then, two days ago, I found it in a half-price book shop for $3 and there was no way I was going to walk away from that. I’m so excited to read this one again without having to use over 120 sticky notes to take notes.

  1. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

Again, something I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I actually thought I owned this at one point, but then realized I had Great Expectations, not Oliver Twist. I’m not really sure how I mixed the two up. I found this at the same store as Cuckoo’s Nest for $4.

  1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, Rick Riordan

$3 for a book that I’ve both been wanting to read for ages and that I’ve been told over and over again that I need to read. I read the first six chapters in less than half an hour and so far I’m really enjoying it and am glad I finally bought it.

  1. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Another $3 find that, just like The Lightening Thief, I’ve been wanting to read and have been told to read. Super excited to read it and see how amazing the book is and how it compares to the film as I’ve heard they’re very different.

  1. Prose Edda, Snorri Sturluson

I don’t remember where I got this one or how much it cost. I’m pretty certain it was on Amazon cause I remember it coming in the mail and it probably wasn’t more than $15 cause that’s all I can afford to spend on one book right now. I’m a huge fan of Norse Mythology so it was very exciting when I finally bought this.

  1. We Bought a Zoo, Benjamin Mee

$3 at a library book sale. Saw the movie, loved it, excited to read the real story.

  1. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

This book has literally been on my list of books to get for ages and I saw it at the same sale as We Bought a Zoo. Books that cost less than $5 are my favourites and it’s incredibly likely that I won’t walk away from a book that costs that little.

  1. I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai

This one I bought with a Chapters gift card I got for Christmas, but I was waiting to use it. I ended up buying this during their three days of no shipping and handling fees which are my absolute favourite days on the Chapters website.

  1. Death Note Black Edition One, Tsugumi Ohba

Bought this at the same time as I Am Malala and read it in one sitting. It includes the first and second manga novels of Death Note. Each novel alone is about $12, Black Edition in store is about $16 + tax. Buying it online without having to pay shipping and handling was one of the best book buying times.

  1. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, do I need to say any more? Oh wait, J.K. Rowling for $2 at a garage sale.

  1. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Book Haul 2

This was an incredibly recent edition to my shelves which I actually bought yesterday. It was kind of a spur of the moment decision considering two days ago, after buying four of the books on this list at a half-price books shop, I promised myself I wasn’t going to buy anymore of anything for a while. But then I had a really good day and I’ve been wanting to read this forever so I just said forget it, let’s do this, and I bought it. $10 at Chapters and I haven’t put it down since.

There we go! My first book haul! No idea if this is how they’re usually done, but I really enjoyed this. Let me know if you’d like to see more of these!

Follow me on Twitter | Find me on Faceboo