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For the sixth time members of the Goodreads community have selected the best books of the year, in 20 categories: from fantasy, to nonfiction, to YA, to books by debut Goodreads authors.
Popularity of Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 has exceeded the boldest expectations.
Goodreads users have cast as much as 3,317,026 votes. Compared to 1,953,770 votes from last year’s edition, it’s a 70% increase!
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, the 5th book in The Heroes of Olympus series, is winning in Middle Grade & Children’s category. It’s also the most voted book of the year, collecting as much as 63,219 votes.
This result proves Goodreads is a home for the growing number of young readers. Last year, the 4th Heroes of Olympus book, The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, took 42,877 votes, being the second most voted book, right after Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
There are a dozen of other books that collected more votes than the winners of Goodreads Awards 2013.
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the best book in Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2014, collecting 53,247 votes. Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, with 50,933 votes is the winner in Romance. Best fantasy title of 2014 is The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (51,462).
Usually, the end of the year is the time when lots of book rankings are announced. Goodreads Choice Awards is different from all lists compiled by editors, like Amazon’s Best Books of 2014.
The books are not selected by a committee of those who receive review copies, but hundreds of thousands of those, who buy the books. We read on Goodreads blog:
These awards reflect what people are actually reading and loving throughout the year—it is an enormous honor to win the votes of true book lovers.
Below you’ll see the winners in select categories. We present them together with ratings from Goodreads, and links to print and Kindle versions.
To see nominees in specific categories and winners in five previous editions, please visit the Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 official landing page.
Goodreads Awards 2014 – winners
Best Fiction of 2014
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
Average rating: 3.7/5, 5,023 customer reviews
Best Middle Grade & Children’s of 2014
The Blood of Olympus
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Average rating: 4.5/5, 5,006 customer reviews
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction of 2014
City of Heavenly Fire
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
Average rating: 4.5/5, 11,666 customer reviews
Best Fantasy of 2014
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3)
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies.
At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.
In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
Average rating: 4.1/5, 4,234 customer reviews
Best Mystery & Thriller of 2014
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.
Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
Average rating: 3.9/5, 4,543 customer reviews
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Goodreads Awards 2014 – infographic
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