If you’re on the hunt for a new read, look no further than some of the best books of 2017, as voted by readers. The winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards were announced on Wednesday, with more than 3.8 million votes cast across 20 categories.
The awards, held annually by book-sharing and cataloguing website Goodreads, ask readers to vote on their favorite reads of the year. Readers initially nominate books, before voting on a shortlist of finalists. This year, Goodreads encouraged the winning authors to share a reaction selfie or message of thanks when they heard the news.
Winner: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (92,611 votes out of 349,833)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the screenwriting debut for Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. It follows the magical adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander in 1920s New York.
1st Runner Up: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (54,591 votes)
2nd Runner Up: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (50,134 votes)
3rd Runner Up: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (24,505 votes)
Best Science Fiction
Winner: Artemis by Andy Weir (33,957 of 174,916 votes)
Smuggler Jazz Bashara lives in Artemis, the first (and only) city on the moon. When she’s given the chance to pull off the ultimate heist, she uncovers a conspiracy that lands not only herself but the entire city in a life and death situation.
“Unlike many other awards, Goodreads Choice Awards are directly based on what the readers think of a book. So THANK YOU for making me feel like I can actually do this,” said Weir in response to his win. “The encouragement means much more to me than you can imagine.”
1st Runner Up: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (21,920 votes)
2nd Runner Up: Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn (20,595 votes)
3rd Runner Up: American War by Omar El Akkad (17,537 votes)
Winner: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (50,519 of 156,399 votes)
Penned by horror legend Stephen King and his son Owen, Sleeping Beauties describes a nightmare situation where all of the women in the world go to sleep and are cocooned in gauze. If this gauze is disturbed, the women awaken to become feral and violent.
In a joint message, Stephen and Owen thanked everyone who voted for their book and congratulated the other nominees. “We want to congratulate the other nominees, and we want to say thank you to the all the readers who voted for us, and for that matter, all the other readers, too. Here’s looking forward to 2018 and more stories, and maybe–hopefully–a happy ending or two.”
1st Runner Up: Final Girls by Riley Sager (16,483 votes)
2nd Runner Up: Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis by Anne Rice (11,276 votes)
3rd Runner Up: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (11,191 votes)
Best Science and Technology
Winner: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (42,173 votes of 121,505)
Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson combines his love of the science with wit and brevity to bring the cosmos to people who may not have time to contemplate those big questions such as, where do we fit within the universe?
1st Runner Up: Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story by Angela Saini (9,945 votes)
2nd Runner Up: Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (8,766 votes)
3rd Runner Up: We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham (8,511 votes)
Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction
Winner: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (71,165 votes of 289,189)
The third instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, A Court of Wings and Ruin brings the story of Feyre, a huntress who becomes trapped in a world of faeries, to an epic conclusion as war and an invading king bears down on the land.
“I can’t even being to describe how grateful and honored I am,” said Maas, who won the same category last year with the franchise’s second instalment. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to my incredibly wonderful readers for making this happen–I’m truly blessed to have you all in my life.”
1st Runner Up: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (40,104 votes)
2nd Runner Up: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (24,789 votes)
3rd Runner Up: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (24,705 votes)
You can view the complete list of winners in all categories on Goodreads.