Goodreads Choice Awards Announced; Divergent Voted Favorite Book of 2011

Social networking site Goodreads today announced the winners of its Goodreads Choice Awards for 2011, for which more than 638,000 votes were cast by Goodreads members‚ up considerably from last year, when some 157,000 votes were cast.

The young-adult (YA) fantasy novel Divergent by Veronica Roth (published in May 2011) was named Favorite Book of 2011 by voters, and also received the most votes in the Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category. (The book also appeared in School Library Journal‘s Best Books 2011: Fiction.)

According to Goodreads’ statistics, half of its members that have read Divergent are 25 or older. It continues a trend of YA novels which are popular among adults taking the top spot: Suzanne Collins’s Mockingjay and Catching Fire, two novels in her Hunger Games trilogy, were named Favorite Book in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

Best Fiction honors this year went to 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. (The novel, published in English in the United States in October, also appeared in LJ‘s Best Books 2011.) The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins was voted Best Nonfiction.

Other winners included:

  • Best Memoir & Autobiography: Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin
  • Best Paranormal Fantasy: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • Best Travel & Outdoors: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
  • Best Historical Fiction: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Best Fantasy: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin (which also appeared in LJ‘s Best Books 2011: SF & Fantasy)
  • Best Humor: Bossypants by Tina Fey (which also appeared in LJ‘s Best Books 2011: More of the Best)
  • Best Romance: Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward
  • Best Mystery & Thriller: Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
  • Best Horror: Graveminder by Melissa Marr
  • Best Science Fiction: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • Best History & Biography: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Best Graphic Novel: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead with illustrations by Emma Vieceli and adaptation by Leigh Dragoon
  • Best Food & Cooking: My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Best Poetry: Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins
  • Best Young Adult Fiction: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Best Middle Grade & Children’s: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  • Best Picture Book: When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic

Voters also named Cassandra Clare, author of YA fantasy novel City of Fallen Angels, as Best Goodreads Author of 2011‚ the favorite author of a book published this year who is also a Goodreads member.

As LJ has previously reported, a number of libraries, including the San Diego Public Library and Salt Lake County Library Services, UT, use Goodreads to facilitate book clubs and discussion groups. In June of this year, Goodreads signed a deal with EBSCO’s NoveList to integrate Goodreads’ book reviews and ratings into the NoveList readers’ advisory service used by libraries.

Goodreads has 6.4 million members, and its database contains more than 13 million user-generated book reviews and more than 100 million book ratings.

[Update:] Here’s a YouTube video of Veronica Roth thanking the Goodreads voters:

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