The voting is done, and Goodreads has announced the winners of their 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. If you’re not familiar (and didn’t get to vote!), Goodreads releases nominees for the best books of the year in genres like fiction, nonfiction, poetry, romance, sci-fi, YA, and several others. Readers vote, or write-in new nominees, and a second found of finalists is released. Voting continues, and a third round of finalists is released before the big announcement comes in early December. And today is that day!

The Hate U GiveI’ve included the full list of winners below, but I want to pause and talk about a new category that Goodreads included this year. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Goodreads Choice Awards, they introduced the Best of the Best category, where readers were asked to vote on the ultimate best book from the 170 past winners in the competition. The winner is Angie Thomas’s The Hate U GiveShe took the top spot at an 8K+ lead over the runner up (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr). THUG has been a Book Riot favorite, and we’re psyched to see her book chosen from such a large pool of titles.

A couple of other noteworthy wins:  Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone won in the Debut Author category. You might remember that Adeyemi’s book was the inaugural pick for Jimmy Fallon’s book club on The Tonight Show. She claimed the top spot at a whopping 35K lead over the runner up. So, she didn’t just win, she really won.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangIf no one has told you about The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang yet, do yourself a favor, call out of work, and read it today. Hoang’s book won for Romance in a category that boasted a diverse and exciting group of finalists. Lots of buzzy books from this year.

Speaking of diversity, Goodreads showed a bit of improvement in that category. Winners in the 2017 Awards showed 20% books by authors of color (with Angie Thomas’s THUGtaking two of those spots). This year’s awards round out to 29% books by authors of color.

See the complete list of winners below, and then get your book shopping on!



Still Me by JoJo Moyes


The Outsider by Stephen King


The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Circe by Madeline Miller


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


Vengeful by V.E. Schwab


Elevation by Stephen King


The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark:  One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara


Educated by Tara Westover


The Good Neighbor:  The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King


The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs:  A New History of a Lost World by Steve Brusatte


Cravings:  Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen


Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen


The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli


Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas


The Trials of Apollo:  Book Three, The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan


I Am Enough by Grace Byers

By , December 


The winners of the 69th National Book Awards have been announced! The ceremony was hosted by Nick Offerman and lifetime achievement awards were given to Doron Weber and Isabel Allende.


Cover of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. The 2018 National Book Award WinnersTHE POET X BY ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
A favorite among Book Riot contributors! Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.

Judges this year: Robin Benway, Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene,Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins.


The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. The 2018 National Book Award WinnersTHE EMISSARY BY YOKO TAWADA AND TRANSLATED BY MARGARET MITSUTANI
Translated Literature is a new category at this year’s National Book Awards, the first to be added in over twenty years. Yoko Tawada’s new novel is a breathtakingly light-hearted meditation on mortality and fully displays what Rivka Galchen has called her “brilliant, shimmering, magnificent strangeness”

Judges this year: Harold Augenbraum, Karen Maeda Allman, Sinan Antoon, Susan Bernofsky, and Álvaro Enrigue


Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed. The 2018 National Book Award WinnersINDECENCY BY JUSTIN PHILLIP REED
In these poems, Justin Phillip Reed experiments with language to explore inequity and injustice and to critique and lament the culture of white supremacy and the dominant social order. Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful―the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us.

Judges this year: Mary Jo Bang, Ken Chen, Elise Paschen, Danez Smith, Stephen Sparks



The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke. The 2018 National Book Award WinnersTHE NEW NEGRO: THE LIFE OF ALAIN LOCKE BY JEFFREY C. STEWART
A tiny, fastidiously dressed man emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence and call them the New Negro—the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness. In The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, Jeffrey C. Stewart offers the definitive biography of the father of the Harlem Renaissance, based on the extant primary sources of his life and on interviews with those who knew him personally.

Judges this year: Rachel Cast, John Freeman, Annette Gordon-Reed, Sarah Manguso, and Andrés Reséndez



The Friend by Sigrid Nunez. The 2018 National Book Award WinnersTHE FRIEND BY SIGRID NUNEZ
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog’s care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Judges this year: Chris Bachelder, Laila Lalami, Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta

Congratulations to this year’s winners and all the nominees!

By , November 

William Goldman, Writer Behind ‘Butch Cassidy,’ ‘Princess Bride,’ Dies At 87

Where Are They Now? New Books From Former Pulitzer Prize-Winners

The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious and recognizable awards in the worlds journalism, literature, and nonfiction. Recognizing exemplary work in a wide range of categories, the Pulitzer has long been a measure of extraordinary writing. With the announcement of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners set for April 16th, this seemed the perfect opportunity to take a look at some recent works by past winners. Fortunately, there are quite a few to choose from across a broad spectrum, ranging from memoirs to in-depth journalism to all manner of fiction. So, as we wait to see who will take home this year’s prizes, let’s take a look at what some past winners have been up to.

Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography

The cover of the book On Grand StrategyOn Grand Strategy
John Lewis Gaddis
John Lewis Gaddis won a Pulitzer in 2012 for George F. Kennan: An American Life. With On Grand Strategy, Gaddis presents readers with a veritable masterclass in strategic thinking. Drawing on his almost two decades of experience teaching grand strategy at Yale University, Gaddis provides a fascinating and readable view into how leaders make strategic decisions.


The cover of the book The Pope Who Would Be KingThe Pope Who Would Be King
David I. Kertzer
Given that his last foray into Papal history – The Pope and Mussolini – garnered a Pulitzer in 2015, David I. Kertzer’s latest is one to keep an eye on. In The Pope Who Would Be King, Kertzer sheds light on a pivotal, untold story in the history of modern Europe – a violent 1848 revolution that wrested political power from Pope Pious IX, forced him into exile, and changed the face of European relations.


Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

The cover of the book Air TrafficAir Traffic
Gregory Pardlo
With his 2015 collection and Pulitzer Prize winner Digest, Gregory Pardlo wove a searing examination of race, fatherhood, and American identity. In Air Traffic, he turns his extraordinary wordsmithing to prose with a memoir that explores Pardlo’s difficult upbringing and complex relationship with his charismatic father.


Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

The cover of the book Beneath a Ruthless SunBeneath a Ruthless Sun
Gilbert King
In Beneath a Ruthless Sun, Gilbert King returns to themes he knows well – racial injustice, bigotry, and corruption. Following the success of his 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner Devil in the Grove, King delves into the true story of a community rocked by a startling rape in 1957, a man falsely accused, and a shocking conspiracy.


The cover of the book God Save TexasGod Save Texas
Lawrence Wright
Best known for his powerful and Pulitzer-winning examination of the events that led to the 9/11 terror attacks, with God Save Texas Wright turns his penetrating insight on the complex cultural and political landscape of his native state of Texas. At times humorous and biting, Wright paints an intriguing portrait of one of the most fascinating states in the Union.

Winners of the Pultizer Prize for Journalism

The cover of the book Sh*tshow!Sh*tshow!
Charlie LeDuff
Charlie Leduff won a Pulitzer for his work on the New York Times series How Race is Lived in America. Known for delving deep into his subjects, LeDuff then pitched the idea for a TV series called “The Americans.” The show would see the hard charging and tempestuous LeDuff making his way across the country to get at the heart of an increasingly disenchanted and polarized America. Sh*tshow! is that story.


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Anna Quindlen
Anna Quindlen won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992, and with Alternate Side she turns to fiction as a framework for her insights. Alternate Side explores the impact of an unexpected act of violence on both a seemingly happy marriage and a tight-knit neighborhood. In the aftermath of a terrible incident, fault lines and veneers crack and a small, tranquil neighborhood becomes a microcosm for a divided city.


Winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The cover of the book TrajectoryTrajectory
Richard Russo
Best known for his Pulitzer Prize winner Empire Falls, Richard Russo’s latest is a departure from the blue-collar denizens that populate much of his work. Trajectory is a collection of four short stories centering on characters – a young professor, a realtor, a retired academic, and a novelist – forced into a reckoning with their past. In true Russo fashion, each is brilliantly realized, complex, and at times heartbreaking.


The cover of the book Manhattan BeachManhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan
Egan won a Pulitzer in 2011 for her novel A Visit from the Goon Squad. With her first foray into historical fiction, Egan creates a page-turning, noir-tinged thriller centering on a woman named Anna, a woman working in the Naval yards of Brooklyn in WWII. She soon finds herself caught up in the secretive world of her missing father and a dizzying world of gangsters, union men, and WWII era New York.


The cover of the book Anything Is PossibleAnything Is Possible
Elizabeth Strout
Best known for her Pulitzer Prize winner Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout is beloved for her deft touch at wringing every ounce of emotion and insight from the seemingly innocuous lives of everyday people. With Anything is Possible, Strout examines familial bonds, reconciliation, and redemption through an indelible cast of brilliantly drawn small-town characters.

Here Are The Winners Of The 2018 Kirkus Prizes

Man Booker Prize For Fiction Goes To ‘Milkman’ By Anna Burns