Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, one of the biggest book award by readers, have been announced by Goodreads on December 5. More than 3.5 million readers cast their votes for the best books of 2016 to decide this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards Winners in 20 different categories including Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy, and Romance etc.
The online voting continued for almost the whole month of November and finally, the votes were tallied up to declare the winners of 8th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards. Among the nominees, there were books of all kind from National Books Award Winner books to the debut novels from first-time authors.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the major category wise Winners of Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Fiction
The readers on Goodreads voted Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty for the best fiction book of 2016. To become the Goodreads Choice Awards Winner 2016 in Fiction Category, Truly Madly Guilty scored more than 30,000 votes. The book is about two modern families and how the seemingly strong relationships can have hidden fault lines. Liane takes up common foundations of our lives and puts them under the sharp gaze of fiction.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Mystery & Thriller
The third book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, End of Watch by Stephen King, won the Goodreads Choice Award 2016 in Mystery and Thriller section. No doubt Stephen King has been the most applauded author and her novels give the definition to Mystery & Thriller. End of Watch bagged more than 42,000 votes by the readers on Goodreads making it the winner in Mystery & Thriller category. In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Fantasy
The most hyped book of 2016 and the NY Times Best Seller, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by JK Rowling not only won the Goodreads Choice Award 2016 in Fantasy but also grossed the highest number of votes in the history of Goodreads Choice Awards. Beating all records, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child bagged 128,543 votes to become the winner. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Romance
Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us became the best Romance book of 2016 with close to 60,000 readers’ votes. This is Colleen Hoover’s second consecutive win at Goodreads Choice Awards. In 2015, her novel Confess got her the first Goodreads Choice Award. Colleen Hoover’ It Ends with Us won this award over Nora Roberts’ The Obsession *kinda surprised*. The 2016 winner, It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is an unforgettable tale of love combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Science Fiction
This year’s Goodreads Choice Award in SciFi category went to Morning Star by Pierce Brown. The Final book of the Red Rising Trilogy, Morning Star, was voted for Best Science Fiction Book of 2016 by more than 45,000 readers. Pierce Brown is a New York bestselling author and this is Pierce’s third Goodreads Choice Award in a row with Morning Star. The science fiction novel is a page-turning epic with twists and turns giving and exhilarating end to the Red Rising Trilogy.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Horror
More than 23,000 readers voted for The Fireman by Joe Hill to be the Best Horror Book of 2016 at Goodreads Choice Awards. Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King and he released The Fireman in May this year. It is for the first time in last 8 years of Goodreads Choice Awards that a father and a son duo has won the awards individually. Making history, The Fireman by Joe Hill won the Goodreads Choice Award 2016 in Horror category fighting close competition with The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin which came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Memoir & Autobiography
Paul Kalanithi’s memoir, When Breath becomes Air, has been voted as the Best Memoir of 2016 at the Goodreads Choice Awards. The book received an impressive 26,000 readers’ votes. This book, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, has also featured at the number one spot on the NY Times bestseller list. Competing with Oprah Winfrey Club’s Love Warrior, Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath becomes Air bagged almost twice as many votes as the latter. Paul was a renowned 36-year-old Neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and died while writing this memoir. Worth the win.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Non-Fiction
Another entry that was widely expected to win was Hamilton : The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Why? Because this book won one of the most prestigious literature award, The Pulitzer Prize 2016. At Goodreads Choice Awards this year, this book nearly 53,000 votes that are almost half of the total votes in the Non-Fiction category. That profoundly explains the win. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Humor
Amy Schumer, the Emmy award-winning comedian, actress, and writer, released her book The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo earlier this year in August. The book took entertainment world by storm because of the extremely personal, witty, humorous and observational essays by Amy Schumer. Continuing the same at Goodreads Choice Awards 2016, The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer bagged an overwhelming 41,000+ votes and was declared the Best Humor Book of 2016 by the readers. Surely, the book must have left everyone burst into laughs and joy!
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – YA Fiction
In the Young Adult Fiction category, Ruta Sepetys finally won the Goodreads Choice Award 2016 after being nominated three times in a row. Her book Salt to The Sea is voted to be the Best YA Fiction book of 2016 with almost 30,000 votes. The book is set in 1945 where four teenagers join the refugees and flock to a ship that may make the safe from the war at the doorstep. Being an illuminating tale of heart and hope, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys has made it to the number one spot in the YA Fiction category at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.
Goodreads Choice Award 2016 Winner – Poetry
One of the favorite category – Poetry – saw a number of nominations from various bestselling authors including Lang Leav, Savannah Brown and Amanda Lovelace. And, surprisingly there happened sweep in this section at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. The winning book, The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace, got 22000+ votes while the runners-up, The Universe in Us by Lang Leav couldn’t even enter the five digit figure with 9600 votes. Hats off Amanda! The Princess Saves Herself in This One is a poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of the humankind.
So, that finishes the major categories, now let’s take look at rest of the category Winners of Goodreads Choice Awards 2016.
The Underground RailRoad by Colson Whitehead
Leonard By William Shatner
Science & Tech
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are by Frans De Waal
Food & Cookbooks
Cravings by Chrissy Teigen
A Court of Mist fury by Sarah J Mass
The Trial Of Apollo by Rick Riordan
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
The Thank You Book by Mo Willmes
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