2012 Reading reading

Goodreads Choice Awards 2012 Results

December 19, 2012

Goodreads recently announced their 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, books nominated and voted for by Goodreads readers. 1,156,852 votes were cast, and a top book was listed in each of 20 categories.

Of the twenty winners, I only read two this past year: Elizabeth the Queen, for History & Biography, and Quiet, for Nonfiction. (But I did read many runners-up in genres that I hadn’t read the winning book. Similarly, in the categories in which I did read the top choice (History & Biography and Nonfiction), I also read a good number of the other nominees.  In some ways, I guess I am not as well-read across genres as I perhaps thought; though, maybe that’s because Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Graphic Novels & Comics, and Horror were each given their own category. I was also slightly surprised that Religion & Spirituality was not a listed category (realizing even such an appellation would need to include a very broad range within that category).

If you’re a reader, it’s an interesting way to look at what people are reading. There will be more lists of “top books” coming out (or already released) in the next few days, from various sources. I’ve enjoyed using such lists as inspiration for the next year’s reading plan.

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  • Kristen December 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I was just looking at this list a couple days ago – stumbled across it, not really knowing it existed before. 😉 Found some good inspiration for next year, like you said! I also found the “reading challenge” that I’ve seen on your sidebar. Great tool. Are there any other helpful tools you suggest using when planning next year’s reading?

  • Johanna Hanson December 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Those were the same two I’d read as well!

  • Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader January 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I was a little surprised they didn’t have a religion/spirituality category as well.

    I read 3 of the winners – Quiet, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, and the Pioneer Woman Cookbook.

    I’m definitely not that well-read across genres, and don’t intend to be – I have zero interest in some of those categories (especially Horror, Graphic Novels, and Science Fiction). Some of it is also that I’m not good at reading books the same year they are released. There are a lot of books from the nominees that I want to read and just haven’t gotten to them yet. The downside of getting most of my books from the library – I tend to be a bit behind the times on my reading! 🙂