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2021 Goodreads Choice Award winners

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The best books decided by readers.

Goodreads, the world's largest community of book lovers, has announced the winners of its 13th annual Choice Awards, with a number of our titles making the list. 

See the winners of the book awards decided by readers, and whether your favourite made the list! 

Best historical fiction book

The glorious new novel from the internationally bestselling author of Daisy Jones & The Six was named by Goodreads as this year's best historical fiction. 

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them . . . and what they will leave behind.

Project Hail Mary

A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Martian.

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Best science fiction book

Named by Goodreads as the best science fiction book of 2021, Project Hail Mary is an irresistible interstellar adventure as only Andy Weir could imagine it. 

A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Martian.

 

Lore Olympus: Volume One

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love - witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology's best-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe.

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Best graphic novel or comic

Picked as the best graphic novel or comic, Lore Olympus: Volume One is centred around Persephone, young goddess of spring, who is allowed to live in the fast-moving, glamorous world of the gods after promising to train as a sacred virgin. 

Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love — witness what the gods do after dark in this stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of mythology's best-known stories from creator Rachel Smythe.

 

The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman's powerful and historic poem 'The Hill We Climb,' read at President Joe Biden's inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

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Best poetry book

On 20 January 2021, Amanda Gorman spoke a message of truth and hope to millions.

Aged 22, she delivered a poetry reading at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden. Her poem, 'The Hill We Climb', addressed the country and reached across the world: a call for a brave future.

This special edition, which includes an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, marks that poem and offers us courage, consolation and the inspiration to make change.

Daughter of the Deep

An epic undersea adventure from global bestselling author, Rick Riordan. Featuring a brand-new female hero and inspired by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

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Best middle-grade and children's book

Named by Goodreads as the best middle-grade and children's book, this story is centred about Ana, a freshman at a training centre for the world's best marine scientists and underwater explorers.

When Ana embarks on the sea trials that mark the end of her freshman year, her life as she knows it is blown out of the water. 

Daughter of the Deep is an epic undersea adventure that features a brand-new female hero and is inspired by Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

You and Me on Vacation

'The hottest book of the summer' JOSIE SILVER

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Best romance book

Two friends. Ten summer trips. Their last chance to fall in love. 

Picked as the best romance novel in the Goodreads Choice Awards, You and Me on Vacation is the #1 bestselling laugh-out-loud love story you'll want to escape with this summer. 

The Anthropocene Reviewed

Mind-expanding essays on modern life and the human experience in the first non-fiction work by #1 internationally bestselling author John Green - one of the world's most beloved novelists.

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Best non-fiction book

A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first-ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet — from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar — on a five-star scale.