The voting is done, and Goodreads has announced the winners of their 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. If you’re not familiar (and didn’t get to vote!), Goodreads releases nominees for the best books of the year in genres like fiction, nonfiction, poetry, romance, sci-fi, YA, and several others. Readers vote, or write-in new nominees, and a second found of finalists is released. Voting continues, and a third round of finalists is released before the big announcement comes in early December. And today is that day!
I’ve included the full list of winners below, but I want to pause and talk about a new category that Goodreads included this year. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Goodreads Choice Awards, they introduced the Best of the Best category, where readers were asked to vote on the ultimate best book from the 170 past winners in the competition. The winner is Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give. She took the top spot at an 8K+ lead over the runner up (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr). THUG has been a Book Riot favorite, and we’re psyched to see her book chosen from such a large pool of titles.
A couple of other noteworthy wins: Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone won in the Debut Author category. You might remember that Adeyemi’s book was the inaugural pick for Jimmy Fallon’s book club on The Tonight Show. She claimed the top spot at a whopping 35K lead over the runner up. So, she didn’t just win, she really won.
If no one has told you about The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang yet, do yourself a favor, call out of work, and read it today. Hoang’s book won for Romance in a category that boasted a diverse and exciting group of finalists. Lots of buzzy books from this year.
Speaking of diversity, Goodreads showed a bit of improvement in that category. Winners in the 2017 Awards showed 20% books by authors of color (with Angie Thomas’s THUG taking two of those spots). This year’s awards round out to 29% books by authors of color.
See the complete list of winners below, and then get your book shopping on!
2018 Goodreads choice award winners
Still Me by JoJo Moyes
mystery and thriller
The Outsider by Stephen King
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Circe by Madeline Miller
best of the best
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
Elevation by Stephen King
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
memoir and autobiography
Educated by Tara Westover
history and biography
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
science and technology
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte
food and cookbooks
Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen
graphic novels and comics
Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
young adult fiction
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
young adult fantasy
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
middle grades and children’s
The Trials of Apollo: Book Three, The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
I Am Enough by Grace Byers