The winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards, the website’s annual contest to find the best of books based purely off reader votes, have been announced!
There are some really exciting wins in the Young Adult and Middle Grade categories, so let’s break them down.
First up, Angie Thomas ruled the competition as the only author to score two awards! She nabbed the prize for Debut Goodreads Author and Young Adult Fiction for The Hate U Give, a stunning novel about race relations and police brutality that has reached mountains of critical praise, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 39 weeks, and has a film adaptation expected out sometime next year. She steamrolled to the Debut Author competition in particular, getting almost 34,000 more votes than the runner-up.
Sarah J. Maas got the readers’ vote for Young Adult Fantasy for A Court of Wings and Ruin, despite some fierce competition that included herself, thanks to the recent release of her Chaol novel Tower of Dawn (which still came in 6th place out of 20 titles!)
In a surprise to absolutely no one, Rick Riordan once again won the Middle Grade & Children’s category for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead. He also came in second place to himself with The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy.
We should also give a shout out to J.K. Rowling, who took the Fantasy category with her original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts And Where To find Them, beating out the likes of Neil Gaiman, V.E. Schwab, and Brandon Sanderson in the process.