2014 Goodreads Choice Awards are open for your votes

The Goodreads Choice Awards nominees have been announced and the opening round of votes can be cast for books in 20 different categories by Goodreads users between Nov. 3rd and 8th. Nominees have been chosen based on an analysis of statistics from the millions of books added, rated, and reviewed at Goodreads this year. The winners will be selected according to readers’ votes.

Fifteen nominees have been named for each category. Of the genres that make up the bulk of SF (science fiction, fantasy, horror) women have authored three nominated science fiction titles, six fantasy titles and three horror titles, making up 27% of the total 45 nominees in those genres.

Science Fiction
Heaven’s Queen (Paradox #3) by Rachel Bach
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch, #2) by Ann Leckie

Fantasy
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson, #8) by Patricia Briggs
The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) by Deborah Harkness
Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7) by Ilona Andrews. NOTE: “Ilona Andrews” is a pen name of the married duo — Ilona Gordon and her spouse Andrew Gordon

Horror
Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11) by Anne Rice

In the general fiction category there are three titles that I would consider SF and two are by women. One is a collection of short stories by Margaret Atwood, who has been clear that she doesn’t categorize her work as science fiction, and considers SF a truly unique category of fiction. Though I’m treating SF very differently from Atwood and see it as more of an umbrella term, I am including her work on this list.

Fiction
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Finally, Goodreads breaks out one other interesting category — Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Of the 15 nominated titles, 13 of those titles are by women. Wow! Why? We’ll have to look into this further.

YA-Science Fiction and Fantasy
The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu
The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy, #1) by Marie Rutkoski
The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1) by Mary E. Pearson
Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3) by Laini Taylor
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi
Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) by Amie Kaufman
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5) by Richelle Mead

Don’t see a 2014 book you just loved? You can write in a title in any/all categories. According to the rules, “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.”

I’m going to vote now. Let’s see how the semifinals shake out.

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