Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 Semifinalists

Open voting has started in the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 and will continue until November 17. There are 20 categories overall.

Five popular write-ins have been added to the 15 books listed in the opening round. Here are the titles readers lifted onto the ballot in the primary categories of genre interest – Best Fantasy, Best Science Fiction, and Best Horror.


  • Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff
  • A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Burning White by Brent Weeks
  • Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3) by Mark Lawrence


  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
  • Children of Ruin (Children of Time, #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  • Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  • Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3) by Timothy Zahn


  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
  • Bunny by Mona Awad
  • The Need by Helen Phillips
  • Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide
  • The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

There also are some genre works in the Best Graphic Novels and Comics, Best Young Adult Fiction, Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Best Middle Grade & Children’s categories.

Note: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has been placed in the Fiction category.

[Thanks to JJ for the screencaps.]

2 thoughts on “Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 Semifinalists

  1. A couple of extra notes (slightly edited) that I posted to Reddit earlier:

    Gideon the Ninth was also added to the debut novel category.

    Whilst all of the write-ins for the SF&F categories are fairly popular books, I noticed that one of the successful write-ins in the historical fiction category – which might be fantasy-adjacent, because it’s had a few blog posts on – only has 330 ratings. This makes me wonder if perhaps you don’t need that many people doing a write-in to get into this round.

    Something I didn’t post to Reddit, because I hadn’t – and still haven’t at time of commenting – had chance to properly investigate, is that (at least) a couple of the successful write-ins – namely Here and Now and Then in SF, and Nottingham in historical fiction – are by authors part of a group/organization/promotion/not-sure-what-it-is-exactly of debut authors. Members of this group – although neither of these write-in authors, I believe – had been spotted earlier this year doing some low-level mutual nomination/logrolling on a “Hugo 2020 Eligible Novels” Goodreads list that a few Filers have a presence at.

  2. Wow. Thanks for posting. I didn’t even know I’d made it into the semi-finals for Petra’s Ghost until I saw this. I find it interesting that in the Horror category all the authors who were elevated to the semi-finals by reader “write-ins” were women — a demographic that was not well represented in the original list.

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