Over 600,000 Goodreads users have voted, and their picks for best books of 2011 have been announced!

Goodreads is a social networking site (and bookworm heaven!) for readers, authors and publishers to share their favorite reads, write reviews and discover new books. With over 6.5 million users, the site has established itself as one of the largest communities of online readers to share their thoughts and where authors and publishers to determine what’s working and what isn’t based on reader input. The Goodreads Choice Awards are a prime example of crowd sourcing valuable fan opinions.

Several of our favorite authors won Goodreads awards this year, with tremendous representation from the Young Adult genre. Here are some notable YA wins for the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards:

Best Book of the Year: Divergent by Veronica Roth (this title also won best YA sci fi/fantasy)

Best Author of the Year: Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series

Best YA Fiction: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Best Horror Fiction: Graveminder by Melissa Marr (this author got her start writing YA and now with her first adult novel brings readers a spooky, paranormal story with ghosts)

            

Some other notable wins for the 2011 Goodreads awards are J.R. Ward’s Lover Unleashed for Best Romance, Karen Marie Moning’s Shadowfever for Best Paranormal Fantasy, and Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich for Best Mystery & Thriller. You can see a list of all the winners here.

Tags: Publishing Industry News, Young Adult
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