J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

We love to cover books here at Reel Life With Jane, because so many end up being adapted into films and TV projects.

Goodreads just announced the winners of their 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. The fun thing about these awards is that they’re chosen by Goodreads members. No secret committees, no panel of insiders, no lobbying committees involved here. More than one million readers made their choices, and they have spoken.

Here’s a round-up of winners in a few categories:

Best Fiction: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (her first adult fiction novel)

Best Nonfiction: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Best Mystery: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Best Goodreaders Author: Veronica Roth

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best Historical Fiction: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (narrowly beating Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies)

Best History & Biography: Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

Best Memoir: Wild by Cheryl Strayed (also a finalist in the nonfiction category for her book of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things)

Best Humor: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Best Food & Cookbooks: The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

Best Romance: Fifty Shades Freed by E. L. James

The oldest winner is 77-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver for her latest collection of poems, A Thousand Mornings, “which reminds us to not let a regular old day pass you by without noticing and being grateful for the wonder and the splendor,” a review wrote.

View All the Winners & Runner-Ups in 20 Categories


  1. For the first time in years I really question the voting here.  I can find nobody that voted for JK Rowling’s book not the 50 Shades book, seems there may have been some “stuffing” of the ballots IMHO.  As I review books everyday and these results do not match up with any reality .  Something is wrong here.


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