Goodreads recently announced their 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, books nominated and voted for by Goodreads readers. 1,156,852 votes were cast, and a top book was listed in each of 20 categories.
Of the twenty winners, I only read two this past year: Elizabeth the Queen, for History & Biography, and Quiet, for Nonfiction. (But I did read many runners-up in genres that I hadn’t read the winning book. Similarly, in the categories in which I did read the top choice (History & Biography and Nonfiction), I also read a good number of the other nominees. In some ways, I guess I am not as well-read across genres as I perhaps thought; though, maybe that’s because Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Graphic Novels & Comics, and Horror were each given their own category. I was also slightly surprised that Religion & Spirituality was not a listed category (realizing even such an appellation would need to include a very broad range within that category).
If you’re a reader, it’s an interesting way to look at what people are reading. There will be more lists of “top books” coming out (or already released) in the next few days, from various sources. I’ve enjoyed using such lists as inspiration for the next year’s reading plan.