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Books by Margaret Atwood, Antoni Porowski & Faith Erin Hicks win 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards

The website announced its top 20 books of the year as voted by users. More than 4 million votes were cast.
Margaret Atwood, Antoni Porowski and Faith Erin Hicks topped different categories in Goodreads Choice Awards. (Jean Malek, Paul Brissman, Nathan Boone)

Goodreads has announced its picks for the best books of the year. The Goodreads Choice Awards winners are given out in 20 categories across several genres and are voted on by readers.

Three Canadian books won prizes. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood won the fiction category, Antoni in the Kitchen by Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski won the food & cookbooks category and Pumpkinheads, written by American Rainbow Rowell and illustrated by Canadian Faith Erin Hicks, won the graphic novel category.

There were 20 categories in total. 4,659,701 votes were cast by Goodreads users. 

The Testaments is a sequel to Atwood's seminal The Handmaid's TaleIt set Canadian sales records after it was published in Sept. 2019 and co-won the 2019 Booker Prize alongside the novel Girl, Woman, Other by British author Bernardine Evaristo​​.

The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, which left the fate of the oppressed narrator Offred unknown. 

Antoni in the Kitchen, which is co-authored by Mindy Fox, offers simple recipes with minimal ingredients for busy home cooks.

Over the Top by fellow Queer Eye host Jonathan Van Ness won the memoir & autobiography category. 

Pumpkinheads tells the story of two high school students — Josiah and Deja — who work in a pumpkin patch every autumn. After realizing that it's their last shift, they share an unforgettable adventure together. 

Notable international winners include Taylor Jenkins Reid's Daisy Jones & the Six and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. 

Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue, a novel that imagines a romance between the son of the president of the United States and the Prince of Wales, took home two categories: best romance and best debut novel.

Here are all the winners:

Keep reading to learn more about the Canadian winners.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood poses with her book The Testaments. (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

The Testaments is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale and includes the "explosive testaments" of three women. The book answers questions on the inner-workings of Gilead, the oppressive dystopia where Offred, the novel's original narrator, was stripped of her freedoms and forced to be a handmaid for powerful men. The novel co-won the 2019 Booker Prize and broke Canadian sales records when it was published in Sept. 2019.

Atwood, 80, has been publishing poetry, fiction and nonfiction since the 1960s. Her acclaimed books include The Handmaid's TaleAlias GraceOryx and Crake and The Edible Woman. She has won several awards for her work including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Man Booker Prize. 

Margaret Atwood talks to Shelagh Rogers about The Testaments, the highly anticipated sequel to her 1985 bestseller, The Handmaid's Tale. 18:59

Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski

Antoni in the Kitchen is a cookbook by Antoni Porowski. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Paul Brissman)

Antoni in the Kitchen is the debut cookbook of Antoni Porowski, food and wine guru on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye. He collects "healthy-ish" recipes — many of which contain less than five ingredients — that can be thrown together at the last minute, but still pack a punch. Some dishes include Malaysian chili shrimp and salty lemon squares.

Porowski was born in Montreal to Polish parents who immigrated to Canada. He was a model and actor before he became of the Fab Five on Queer Eye.

Antoni Porowski, the food and wine expert on the hit Netflix show Queer Eye, talks about taking the personal approach in his new cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen. 15:26

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

Pumpkinheads is a comic by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks (Submitted by Raincoast Books)

Josiah and Deja renew their friendship every September by working side by side at the world's greatest pumpkin patch. But after Halloween, the two always go their separate ways. Now in their senior year of high school, Deja and Josiah are working their very last shift together and are determined to make it special.

Rainbow Rowell, a bestselling writer from Nebraska, teams up with B.C.-based artist Faith Erin Hicks for PumpkinheadsHicks recently won an Eisner Award for The Divided Earth, the final book in her YA fantasy series.

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