Yesterday, Goodreads announced their 2017 Choice Award Winners. If you recall, BookTrib’s Senior Editor, Aisha K. Staggers, and Contributor, Rachel Carter, shared their picks from their list of nominees. Here are the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2017, see how our picks match up!

2017 Winner in Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng

Aisha: We featured a lot of the books nominated here on BookTrib, so it was a difficult choice. I chose Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I have a teenage daughter and so I could relate to the main character being a single mom and raising a daughter at that stage in her development. What really was interesting to me was how boldly the author addressed the transracial adoption; you don’t really see too many fiction works that delve into topics that are uncomfortable for some and say, “this is real life, these things happen and there are beautiful stories of families, children and families finding each other.” So that’s my pick. Great book.

2017 Winner in Fantasy

The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine ArdenThe Bear and the Nightingale

Rachel: At first I was leaning toward Norse Mythology (I mean, it’s Neil Gaiman!), but now I’m going with The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. I adore books that feel like fairytales, and this gorgeous Russia-set fantasy is one of the best.

2017 Winner in History & Biography

The Radium Girls, Kate MooreThe Radium Girls Kate Moore

Rachel: Okay, your story is almost making me want to change my choice! Almost. But when I first heard about the radium girls of WWII I was both horrified and fascinated. The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore is an even deeper look at the haunting stories of these victims and the factories and corporations who tried to bury their truth. Unbelievably good.

2017 Winner in Science & Technology

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil de Grasse TysonNeil DeGrasee Tyson Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Aisha: Neil DeGrasse Tyson wins, hands down. I was lousy at science. Tyson renews my interest about as much as anyone can.

Rachel: We finally agree! It takes a lot to make me care about astrophysics, so I have to hand it to Neil DeGrasse Tyson and his Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. He made me get astrophysics. At least, sort of.

2017 Winner in Goodreads Debut Author 

The Hate U Give, Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give Angie Thomas

Rachel: The Hate U Give! By Angie Thomas! I wanted to vote for this searing look at police shootings in the young adult category, but I feel like it’s the kind of book that everyone should read, regardless of age. So it gets my vote here instead.

Aisha: I co-sign that choice! It was the same one I chose and for the same reasons.

2017 Winner in Best Young Adult Fiction

The Hate U Give, Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give Angie Thomas

Aisha: There were a lot of really good choices here, it was very hard to select just one. I picked The Hate U Give for this category as well. This book is just that important, especially for young people who are going to become future leaders.

Did your favorites make the cut? Let us know in the comments!

Get all the details on 2017 Goodreads Choice Award winners and runners up here.


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