The Goodreads Choice Awards are certainly the award that is most purely for popularity! Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I voted in many categories, but didn’t feel very strongly about most of them. Let me see, let me see … here’s a useful list of the winners via File 770:
Fiction: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Historical Fiction: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Nonfiction: Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Memoir & Autobiography: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
Mystery & Thriller: End of Watch by Stephen King
Horror: The Fireman by Joe Hill
Humor: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Science Fiction: Morning Star by Pierce Brown
Graphic Novels & Comics: Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
History & Biography: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
Science & Technology: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
Food & Cookbooks: Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
Romance: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Debut Goodreads Author: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Middle Grade & Children’s: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan
Picture Books: The Thank You Book (Elephant & Piggie, #25) by Mo Willems
Poetry: The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
For me, author and subject were more important than the actual books because I had read so few of the nominees. I voted for Underground Railroad in Historical because I’ve always loved stories about that, as who hasn’t. Surely every grade school child loves Harriet Tubman from their first introduction to her.
I voted for the Frans de Waal one in Science and Technology because I have a lot of his books and love them. He hits exactly the kind of topic I’m most interested in, like discussing the evolution of empathy and things like that.
I’m pleased to see Rebel of the Sands because I have that on my TBR pile. And I’ve enjoyed other books by Ruta Sepetys.
Other than that, I don’t know enough about the winners to comment, probably. But click through and check out the winners if you’re so inclined.