The Goodreads Choice Awards Announce Their Best Books of 2018

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 Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Graphic Novels & Comics, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, and more.

This year, which marked a decade of the awards, 5,027,741 votes were cast. V.E. Schwab’s Vengeful was voted the best science fiction novel of the year, while Madeline Miller’s Circe and Sarah J. Maas’ Kingdom of Ash won the adult and YA fantasy categories, respectively. Tomi Adeyemi was also named best debut author for Children of Blood and Bone.

Congratulations also to Sylvain Neuvel, Naomi Novik, Jen Wang, and Holly Black, whose books were all runners-up. Read on for the top five in each category, with the winners bolded.

Best Science Fiction

  • Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
  • Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown
  • Vox by Christina Dalcher
  • Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Best Fantasy

  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Year One (Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts
  • Iron and Magic (The Iron Covenant #1) by Ilona Andrews

Best Horror

  • Elevation by Stephen King
  • Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
  • Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
  • The Passion of Cleopatra (Ramses the Damned #2) by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice
  • The Woman in the Woods (Charlie Parker #16) by John Connolly

Best Graphic Novels & Comics

  • Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (writer/artist)
  • Little Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd (writer/artist)
  • Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol. 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson (writer), Marco Failla (artist), and Diego Olortegui (artist)
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (writer/artist)

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
  • War Storm (Red Queen #4) by Victoria Aveyard
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

Best Debut Author

  • Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Best of the Best

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Best Debut Goodreads Author of 2017)
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Best Historical Fiction of 2014)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas (Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2016)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Best Fiction of 2009)
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Best Historical Fiction of 2015)

Congratulations to all of the winners!


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