Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 winners

Thursday, December 4, 2014


The 2014 edition of the Goodreads Choice Awards (6th edition) is over. The winner for the Fantasy category is:


The Book of Life
All Souls Trilogy
Deborah Harkness

Congratulation to the winner. My vote was for The Broken Eyes (and may have been for Prince of Fools if I had finished the book). My prediction was for Brandon Sanderson to win with Words of Radiance (finished 2nd).

The Book of Life is a novel with vampires, some say historical Fantasy, or paranormal or romance... that's not really my cup of tea but with 51,462 votes versus the 28,449 Words of Radiance received... it looks like it's quite popular and it's a vote of popularity...

I won't speak ill of the awards because of this as I've seen in several comments and I always thought that awards should be taken with a grain of salt.

I think that the Fantasy category (and maybe other categories) should be broken down. We have the David Gemmell Legends awards for the sub-genre of Fantasy I'm more interested in, but with more than 3 million votes, Goodreads can't be ignored.


Last years winners were:
2013 - The Ocean at the End of the Line by Neil Gaiman
2012 - The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
2011 - A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
2010 - Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
2009 - Dean and Gone by Charlaine Harris

What do you think?

4 comments:

Sarah Merchant said...

I did read and love The Book of Life, but found some of the choices to be overall disappointing. I find the awards are fun, but it's really about which books have had the most publicity.

Bibliotropic said...

The one that I voted for in the Fantasy category actually ended up receiving the least number of votes. That makes me very disappointed. :( Not that I thought the other books to choose from weren't good, and somebody has to come in last, but I think Traitor's Blade needs more love.

Ashana Lian said...

I find myself agreeing with Sarah ^ the books I expected to be there weren't. There were many there I'm sure were amazing but I haven't got round to reading them yet! I don't think I could even make a vote in the fantasy category. I have heard a lot of good things about the Book of Life though.

Anonymous said...

The reason I ended with Goodreads:
mainstream garbage as The Book of Life .. a bodice ripping romance if ever there was one ... no thnks.

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