Available Now: Goodreads Choice Award Winners for 2017

Goodreads Choice Awards for 2017

It makes Librarians super happy when most of the winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards are available at our local library. This means we are ordering great books that readers are really responding to. This is the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year and check them out today at the Valentine Public Library!

FICTION WINNER 39,077 votes

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Goodreads Author) 

Celeste Ng first came to readers’ attention with Everything I Never Told You, a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award nominee for best debut novel. In 2017, her sophomore effort, Little Fires Everywhere, takes home the prize for fiction, narrowly beating out Fredrik Backman’s Beartown. Set in Ng’s hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the 1990s, this novel explores family bonds, race relations, and what we ultimately owe to those we love.

BEST MYSTERY & THRILLER WINNER 48,247 votes

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)

She’s done it again! Two years after winning the Best Mystery & Thriller award for her juggernaut debut, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins takes home the same prize for her second novel, Into the Water. The gripping tale of psychological suspense sweeps readers away to a small town where one woman’s death dredges up a dark history of secrets, scandals, and murder.

BEST HISTORICAL FICTION WINNER 29,431 votes

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Goodreads Author)

The Goodreads Choice Award winner for Best Historical Fiction tells a riveting story about family, injustice, and the power of redemption. Here, author Lisa Wingate masterfully draws her inspiration from the real-life scandal of a Memphis-based adoption agency that stole and sold children to wealthy families. With 30 novels under her belt, this latest New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel is the first win for Wingate in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

BEST SCIENCE FICTION WINNER 33,957 votes

Artemis by Andy Weir (Goodreads Author)

Readers clearly love Andy Weir to the moon and back. After winning Best Science Fiction in the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards for his thrilling debut, The Martian, he receives the same honor for his second book. Part space adventure, part exhilarating heist tale, Artemis follows young smuggler Jazz Bashara as she lands in the middle of conspiracy on the first and only city on the moon.

BEST HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY WINNER 24,696 votes

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore (Goodreads Author)

Taking place under the shadow of the first World War, bestselling author Kate Moore’s The Radium Girls traces the lives of the hundreds of young women who toiled and suffered amid the radium-dial factories. What follows is a true story of awe-inspiring strength in the face of scandal and gruesome corruption. This is Moore’s first nomination in the Goodreads Choice Awards and her first win in the Best History & Biography category.

BEST SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY WINNER 42,173 votes

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Goodreads Author)

Beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has received many distinguished accolades throughout his career. This year Tyson’s New York Times bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was a shining star in the Goodreads Choice Awards, capturing a win in the Science & Technology category. His passion for the cosmos, combined with his down-to-earth wit, expertly guides casual readers into the great beyond in the shortest amount of time.

BESTBEST FOOD & COOKBOOKS WINNER 23,994 votes

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives by Ree Drummond

Two-time Goodreads Choice Award winner Ree Drummond is back with a third Food & Cookbook win with her latest recipe book made for people who love to whip up hearty, satisfying fare but don’t have a lot of time to devote to the kitchen.

BEST DEBUT GOODREADS AUTHOR AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION WINNER 74,925 votes

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Goodreads Author)

2017 was the year of Angie Thomas. Not only did she scoop up two Goodreads Choice Awards, but her book The Hate U Give was optioned for a film and has spent nearly a year on the New York Times bestseller list. The novel follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who finds her voice after her unarmed childhood best friend is fatally shot by the police. A timely and heartbreaking read.

BEST YOUNG ADULT FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION WINNER 71,165 votes

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (Goodreads Author)

Sarah J. Maas returns as the reigning champion of YA fantasy. She has been a nominee in this category since 2012, and it’s no surprise that Maas has garnered another win for A Court of Wings and Ruin. This is the third installment of her smash hit series about a young huntress embroiled in the mysterious world of the fae. The second installment, A Court of Mist and Fury, was also a winner in last year’s Goodreads Choice Awards

BEST MIDDLE GRADE & CHILDREN’S WINNER 34,516 votes

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author)

A titan in the Middle Grade & Children’s category, Rick Riordan claims another victory for The Ship of the Dead. No stranger to mythological reimaginings, Riordan continues the story of a once-homeless teen and his epic transformation into one of Odin’s chosen warriors. This is the second time this series has been nominated, and it marks the seventh consecutive Goodreads Choice Award win for Riordan.

BEST PICTURE BOOKS WINNER 24,470 votes

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Inspired by her middle-grade book Wonder, R. J. Palacio set out to write—and illustrate—a picture book with the same “choose kind” message. In We’re All Wonders, we follow Auggie on an out-of-this-world adventure that ultimately encourages even the youngest of readers to see beyond his extraordinary exterior and into the person he is inside.



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