Friday, November 3, 2017

Goodreads Choice Award 2017



It's that time of year again...voting has started for the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best book of 2017. When it comes to this prestigious award, I've had more than my fair share of nods. Currently I have 5: 
  • 2010 The Emerald Storm in Fantasy - the only self-published book that year
  • 2012 Percepliquis in Fantasy
  • 2013 The Crown Tower in Fantasy 
  • 2015 Hollow World in Sci-fi
  • 2016 Age of Myth in Fantasy
Except for Hollow World, each one of those nominations came in round one when the people at Goodreads select the top 15 based on (a) publication date eligibility (b) # of people who shelved the book (c) 3 # of review/ratings (d) total overall rating. Here are the nominees for this year: 

Title
Author
  Shelved  
  # ratings  
  Rating  
Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman
145,040
47,533
4.11
Fantastic Beasts
J. K. Rowling
112,397
  45,631  
 4.40    
The Bear and the Nightingale
Katerine Arden
79,980
17,527
4.13
A Conjuring of Flight
V.E. Scwab
69,334
24,849
4.41
The Fate of Tearling
Erika Joansen
46,137
16,452
3.79
Red Sister
Mark Lawrence
45,549
7,560
4.32
Feversong
  Karen Marie Moning       
31,695
9,837
4.36
Assassin's Fate
Robin Hobb
25,952
10,903
4.67
The Stone Sky
N.K. Jemisin
22,490
7,065
4.45
Etched in Bone
Anne Bishop
21,694
9,666
4.31
  Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
Darynda Jones
19,322
7,237
4.39
One Fell Sweep
Ilona Anrews
15,444
9,285
4.52
Sins of Empire
Brian McClellan
12,647
3,521
4.48
Kings of the Wyld
Nicholas Eames
9,544
3,004
4.42
The Witchwood Crown
Tad Williams
7,383
690
4.22

There were a number of notable titles missing form the list. The first two I can "kind of" understand as they were released late in the year and just barely squeaked onto the list (Brandon's is only 2 days shy of the eligibility period cut-off). As for my own title's omission, of course, I'm upset, but I'm also surprised as it beats The Watchword Crown on all three metrics: more shelving, more reviews, and a higher rating.

Title
Author
  Shelved  
  # ratings  
  Rating  
Oathbringer
Brandon Sanderson
47,262
1,073
4.61
The Core
Peter V. Brett
21,130
2,539
4.27
 Age of Swords   
  Michael J. Sullivan   
15,819
3,516
4.29

Oh, well, better luck next year, unless of course Age of Swords, gets into round two as a write-in, I'm very confident that the first two books will be. Here's to hoping! In any case, you can vote or write in your choice from this link.

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