Goodreads has announced the winners of its annual Goodreads Choice Awards! Since 2009, “the only major book award decided by readers” has called out the year’s best books in categories including Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Graphic Novels & Comics.
This year 3,317,504 votes were cast, as compared to last year’s 1.9 million votes. Some categories have changed, as well: While this year doesn’t include Paranormal Fantasy, there is a section for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Andy Weir’s The Martian was voted the top sci-fi book of the year; The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness was awarded Best Fantasy; and Anne Rice’s return to the Vampire Chronicles, Prince Lestat, took Best Horror. Congratulations also to Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Gene Luen Yang, Marissa Meyer, Patrick Rothfuss, and Lev Grossman, whose books were all runners-up. Read on for the top five in each category, with the winners bolded.
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Lock In by John Scalzi
- Sand by Hugh Howey
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
- The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
- The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
- Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
- Skin Game by Jim Butcher
- The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction:
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
- Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
- Cress by Marissa Meyer
- The One by Kiera Cass
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Graphic Novels & Comics:
- Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, and Fábio Moon
- Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
- Batman, Vol. 4: Zero Year – Secret City by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo
- Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Vol. 1 by Gun Snark, Hajime Isayama, and Hikaru Suruga
- Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
- The City by Dean Koontz
- Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
- Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Congratulations to all of the winners!