The TwelveAnnouncing the winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

Best Fiction

  • The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Best Mystery & Thriller

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Best Historical Fiction

  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Best Fantasy

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King, Jae Lee

Best Paranormal Fantasy

  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Best Science Fiction

  • The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

Best Romance

  • Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Best Horror

  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Best Memoir & Autobiography

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Best History & Biography

  • Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch by Sally Bedell Smith

Best Nonfiction

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

Best Food & Cookbooks

  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier by Ree Drummond

Best Humor

  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Best Graphic Novels & Comics

  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard

Best Poetry

  • A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Best Goodreads Author

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best Young Adult Fiction

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Best Middle Grade & Children’s

  • The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Best Picture Books

  • Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

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