Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Opening Round Voting

Voting has begun in the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2017 and will continue through November 5.

Here is what Goodreads recommended in the categories of genre interest. In the opening round, write-ins are also allowed.

VOTING SCHEDULE

Opening Round: Oct 31 – Nov 05

Voting opens to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below).

Semifinal Round: Nov 07 – 12

The top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.

Final Round: Nov 14 – 27

The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!

Winners announced: December 5

Here are links to all the categories:

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]

19 thoughts on “Goodreads Choice Awards 2017 Opening Round Voting

  1. The only ones I’ve read are ALL SYSTEMS RED, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE, and MONSTRESS. (Currently reading MEDDLING KIDS, but it’s not as good as I was hoping; glad I got it out of the library instead of buying.) I am a slacker.

  2. I was confused by Artemis by Andy Weir being listed even though it’s not out until the 14th, but apparently the eligibility period runs until the 15th!

    Some really good choices in there. It’s good to see novellas getting some attention along full novels (esp Murderbot!)
    I suspect I’ll be using a write-in on Tenfox Gambit, although I should probably use the real title when I do.

  3. Mark: I suspect I’ll be using a write-in on Tenfox Gambit, although I should probably use the real title when I do.

    Um… Tenfox Gambit is on the science fiction list. 😉

  4. @JJ

    No it’s not!

    (Ummm , there’s something called Raven Stratagem there though)

    (Slinks away in embarrassment)

  5. I wrote in City of Miracles in Fantasy and Six Wakes in Sci Fi. I mean if City of Miracles makes it into the final I’d have one hell of a time choosing between it or Stone Sky however that’s I would love to hate to make. Ditto Borne/Six Wakes.

  6. Yeah, I’m disappointed not to see Six Wakes on that list. It seems a really glaring omission.

  7. Wait, what, the eligibility period continues until after the close of voting? Isn’t this a bit of a problem?

    One rather obvious absentee, I would think, is La Belle Sauvage.

    I also note that A Conjuring of Light is by V.E. Schwab and listed as fantasy, while Our Dark Duet is by Victoria Schwab and listed as YA. In the UK both are by V.E. Schwab, and sold on the regular SFF shelves. This may possibly be worth bearing in mind for the YA not-Hugo.

  8. @Andrew

    The final round runs 14th-27th so I guess its fans can get it read before voting ends, but I don’t see how it will avoid being knocked out in the semi. (It has an enormous number of ARC reviews already though…)

  9. I’m writing in Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner for YA Fantasy & SF.

    Spectred Isle by K. J. Charles is one of my favorite books of the year, but I’m not sure whether to place it in Fantasy or Romance. (This is a mostly academic exercise, since I doubt it’ll get enough write-in votes to be a semi-finalist regardless of its category.)

    I’m leaning towards voting for All Systems Red by Martha Wells in Science Fiction, somewhat guiltily since 1) it’s one of only two 2017 SF books I’ve read to date*, so I’m really not an informed voter, and 2) I’d only give it 4 stars, so I’m not a particularly impassioned voter, either.

    And if my current read, The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley, remains impressive to the end, it’ll probably end up my Historical Fiction write-in.

    * The other 2017 SF book I’ve read is Six Wakes, which sadly I found much less exciting than the above commenters. I think the book is destined to become this year’s Every Heart a Doorway for me: everybody else seems to love it, while I think the premise is 10x better than the execution.

  10. @CeeV For what its worth, I agree with you about both Six Wakes and Every Heart.

    The Artemis situation does seem very strange. I wonder if the eligibility period was set to end on the 15th specifically to let this book qualify?

  11. @bookworm1398

    The timings and rules are the same as last year, so no. I think it’s just a classic “someone didn’t think this through” situation.

  12. @CeeV and bookworm1398, right there with you, except I liked Six Wakes significantly more than Every Heart a Doorway.

    I’m halfway through Raven Stratagem and really loving it. I want the next one now, or maybe tomorrow. The rest of the list reminds me how far behind I am for 2017 writing.

  13. CeeV’s mention of The Bedlam Stacks inspired me to look and see if there were any SFF nominees in other categories. I found a few (though I may have missed some): Lincoln in the Bardo in Historical, Dan Brown’s Origin in Mystery and Thriller (yes, I know, but from the description it does have definite SFnal elements), and The Bear and the Nightingale in Debut Author.

    As to the Artemis puzzle, perhaps they do expect people to vote without reading. It’s only to line it up for the final, before which voters do have a chance to read it, so they may not feels this is a problem.

  14. @Mark – Tenfox Gambit was on last year’s nominee list. They won’t include it again.

    @Andrew M. – Totally agree about La Belle Sauvage. It’ll be getting a write-in nomination from me.

  15. @Rhaelin – Ninefox Gambit was! I assume Mark’s jokingly calliing the sequel Tenfox. 🙂

  16. I approve of a couple of these recommendations. 😉 But recommending folks vote for something that most of them can’t have read yet seems wacko, even if it’s out a day before eligibility ends.

    @Cheryl S.: “The rest of the list reminds me how far behind I am for 2017 writing.”

    This list reminds me how far behind I am on reading. 😉

  17. Andrew M said:

    CeeV’s mention of The Bedlam Stacks inspired me to look and see if there were any SFF nominees in other categories. I found a few (though I may have missed some):

    I see three in the Romance category: White Hot by Ilona Andrews, Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, and Blood Vow by J. R. Ward.

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