Goodreads is proud to announce our second annual Goodreads Choice Awards. Brought to you by Reader™ Digital Book by Sony, the 2010 Choice Awards reflect what book lovers are really reading. The polls open December 1, the contest is announced in the December Goodreads newsletter, and voting will continue throughout the month. Winners will be announced in the January Goodreads newsletter, which sends to our membership of 4 million readers.
There were no secret committees. We did not defer to experts or look at book sales or previous awards. Based on Goodreads activity, we know what our members are reading and what they like. Goodreads selected 15 books in 23 categories by analyzing statistics about books read by our members from the 47 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2010. We examined the popularity of a book and how highly it is rated on average. Only books published in 2010 are eligible.
The Choice Awards will select the Favorite Book of 2010. We have all major reading genres represented: Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Nonfiction, History & Biography, Memoir & Autobiography, Humor, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grade & Children's, and Picture Books. We also have a few fun categories: Cover Art, Favorite Hero & Heroine, and Debut Author. Finally, we have a special category for Goodreads Authors, published authors who have joined the site to connect with their fans.
Frontrunners for Favorite Book of 2010 include Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay, Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, and Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Other favored books are Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in Nonfiction, Richelle Mead’s popular Vampire Academy series in Young Adult Fantasy, Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken in History & Biography, and Kate DiCamillo’s Bink and Gollie in Picture Books. Voters can select Abraham Lincoln as Favorite Hero for his role in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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