It’s hard to believe it’s already that time of the year again, but the first round of the 2013 Goodreads Choice awards has begun…
In case you’re new to these awards lemme give you some helpful info.
Opening round: November 4th -9th
Semifinal round: November 11-16
Final round: November 18-25
Please note! You may write in books/authors that don’t appear on the initial list, but they must meet the eligibility rules.
2013 Rules & Eligibility
The 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members. Winners will be announced December 03, 2013.
Opening Round: November 04 – 09
Voting open to 15 official nominees, and write-in votes can be placed for any eligible book (see eligibility below).
Semifinal Round: November 11 – 16
The top five write-in votes become official nominees, bringing the total to 20 nominees in each category. Additional write-ins no longer accepted.
Final Round: November 18 – 25
The field narrows to the top 10 books in each category, and members have one last chance to vote!
Books published for the first time in the United States in English between November 26, 2012, and November 16, 2013, are eligible for the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. Books published between November 17, 2013, and December 31, 2013, will be eligible for the 2014 awards.
We analyze statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Opening round official nominees must have an average rating of 3.50 or higher. Write-in votes may be cast for eligible books with any average rating, and write-in votes will be weighted by the book’s number of ratings to determine the top five books to be added as official nominees in the Semifinal Round. A book may be nominated in no more than one genre category, but can also be nominated in the Goodreads Author category. Only one book in a series may be nominated per category. An author may receive multiple nominations within a single category if he or she has more than one eligible series or more than one eligible stand-alone book.
Some of my personal favorites aren’t eligible this year, but many are so I’m going to give a shout out to those I’m recommending. You don’t have to vote in every category.
Anyways…here are the books that are getting my personal recommendation in the first round…
In the Fiction category:
In the Romance category:
In the Debut Goodreads Author category:
In the Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category:
Here are my personal recommendations for write ins in the Romance category (many of the authors are also eligible for debut author as well):
In the Paranormal Fantasy category:
Now that I’ve shared recommendations with you feel free to share your own in the comments.
By the way…Elena and I will be discussing the awards this Saturday along with a few other topics so we hope you’ll join us!