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Elizabeth Entenman
December 04, 2018 6:20 am
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The results of the 10th annual Goodreads Choice Awards are here, and the people have spoken. Readers cast over 5 million votes—up from almost 4 million votes cast in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards. Winning is a special honor for authors because these are the only major book awards decided by readers.

This year there were 21 categories ranging from historical fiction to humor, science fiction to fantasy, and everything in between. Two new categories were added this year: Best Debut Author and Best of the Best, a special category honoring the awards’ 10th anniversary. Best of the Best gave voters the chance to pick one standout favorite from all previous 170 winners.

As you scan through the winners, you might wonder, Wait. Didn’t Tiffany Haddish’s hilarous memoir come out last year? Shouldn’t she have been recognized in 2017, not 2018? Her book did hit shelves in December 2017, but she missed last year’s cutoff by a few weeks. According to the rules, books eligible for the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards were published in the U.S. between November 16th, 2017 and November 15th, 2018. This also means that anything published from November 16th, 2018 and on will be eligible for next year’s awards. Them’s the rules.

More than anything, we’re thrilled to see so many women and authors of color represented among the finalists and winners. If you’re looking for some new books to read (or gift) over the holidays, consider this list your guide. How many winning titles from the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards have you read?

Best Fiction: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Pamela Dorman Books
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Runner-up: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Best Mystery & Thriller: The Outsider by Stephen King

Scribner
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Runner-up: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Best Historical Fiction: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

St. Martin's Press
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Runner-up: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Best Fantasy: Circe by Madeline Miller

Little, Brown and Company
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Runner-up: The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Best of the Best: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Runner-up: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Best Romance: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Berkley
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Runner-up: All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Best Science Fiction: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Tor Books
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Runner-up: Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Best Horror: Elevation by Stephen King

Scribner
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Runner-up: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Best Humor: The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

Gallery Books
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Runner-up: Calypso by David Sedaris

Best Nonfiction: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Harper
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Runner-up: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Best Memoir & Autobiography: Educated by Tara Westover

Random House
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Runner-up: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Best History & Biography: The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Abrams Press
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Runner-up: Robin by Dave Itzkoff

Best Science & Technology: The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte

William Morrow
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Runner-up: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

Best Food & Cookbooks: Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

Clarkson Potter
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Runner-up: Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

Best Graphic Novels & Comics: Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Runner-up: Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd

Best Poetry: The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace

Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Runner-up: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Best Debut Author: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Runner-up: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Best Young Adult Fiction: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Runner-up: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Best Young Adult Fantasy: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Bloomsbury YA
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Runner-up: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Best Middle Grade & Children’s: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

Disney-Hyperion
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Runner-up: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Best Picture Books: I Am Enough by Grace Byers

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Runner-up: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss

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