2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Books 2016 have been announced.

Winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

  • 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
  • RomanceIt Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
  • Debut Goodreads AuthorRebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Young Adult FantasyA 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

Here are the vote counts for all the nominees in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror categories.


184,025 votes total


45,353 votes      Morning Star by Pierce Brown
31,389 votes      Dark  Matter by Blake Crouch
17,405 votes      Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray
14,139 votes      The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
13,673 votes      Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
13,178 votes      Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
11,353 votes      The Last One by Alexandra Olivia
8,216 votes        Lies, Damned Lies, and History by Jodi Taylor
7,098 votes        Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
6,739 votes        Crosstalk by Connie Willis
2,905 votes        Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold
2,695 votes        Death’s End by Cixin Liu
1,695 votes        Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker
1,475 votes        Too Like The Lightning by Ada Palmer
1,391 votes        A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
1,267 votes        Written in Fire by Marcus Sarkey
1,108 votes        Night Without Stars by Peter F. Hamilton
936 votes            Remanence by Jennifer Foehner Wells
552 votes            Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
400 votes            Kill Process by William Hertling


317,002 votes total


128,543 votes    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
38,615 votes      A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
28,982 votes      The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
16,412 votes      Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
14,798 votes      Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
13,753 votes      All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
13,346 votes      Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews
12,739 votes      The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
10,114 votes      Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
8,924 votes        The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones
4,987 votes        The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
4,952 votes        The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
4,870 votes        Age Myth by Michael J.Sullivan
3,354 votes        Stakes by Kevin Hearne
3,208 votes        Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
1,986 votes        Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
1,613 votes        The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
1,497 votes        Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade
1,246 votes        The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
713 votes            City Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett


134,220 votes total


23,289 votes      The Fireman by Joe Hill
21,871 votes      The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
20,722 votes      The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
17,421 votes      Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger
6,779 votes        Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells
6,678 votes        My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
6,147 votes        Fellside by M. R. Carey
5,881 votes        Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
5,042 votes        A Time of Torment by John Connolly
3,402 votes        Wicked Little Words by Stevie J. Cole and B. T. Urruela
2,909 votes        Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
2,699 votes        The Visitor by Amanda Stevens
2,554 votes        The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Ravelle
1,936 votes        Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross
1,677 votes        Kill Switch by Jonathan Maberry
1,203 votes        Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge by Larry Correia and John Ringo
1,114 votes        Extinction End by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
1,042 votes        24690 by A.A. Dark
762 votes            The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
584 votes            Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]

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6 thoughts on “2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

  1. To celebrate the results, chances to win a copy of (many? most?) winning books are also being offered via Goodread Giveaways. (Probably about a one-in-five-or-ten-thousand chance of winning for most of these, I expect, when winners are chosen at the end of the giveaway period.)

    A bit surprised at how wide the point spreads are between first place and last for most categories.

  2. Interestingly the vote totals include the works eliminated in the earlier rounds, so I wonder if we are seeing the aggregate totals from all 3 rounds here?
    Anyway, that’s a rather crushing victory for JK Rowling, so VE Schwab can congratulate herself on the “best fantasy novel without Harry Potter in the title” award.

  3. so VE Schwab can congratulate herself on the “best fantasy novel without Harry Potter in the title” award.

    Indeed, she can congratulate herself on best fantasy novel, full stop.

  4. Congrats to all the winners.

    I really don’t get the appeal of Pierce Brown’s trilogy, but then all the better books in the SF category languish in the lower ranks IMO. BTW, Lindsay Buroker’s novel is called Star Nomad. You have a typo there, Mike.

    Fantasy looks better IMO. Still lots of popular series in the top ranks, but popular series that are more to my taste.

  5. Interesting postscript to this: the winner in the historical category, The Underground Railroad, is definitely not a straightforwardly historical novel, but a speculative work of some kind, though from its description it’s hard to say what kind exactly.

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