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Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Margaret Atwood win 2020 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards

The Goodreads Readers Choice Awards are given out in 20 categories across several genres and are voted on by readers. More than five million votes were cast in 2020.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia (left) and Margaret Atwood are among the 2020 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards winners. (Martin Dee, Luis Mora/penguinrandomhouse.ca)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Margaret Atwood were among the 2020 Goodreads Readers Choice Award winners.

The Goodreads Readers Choice Awards are given out in 20 categories across several genres and are voted on by readers.

More than five million votes were cast in 2020.

Moreno-Garcia won in the horror category for Mexican Gothic.

In Mexican Gothic, a young woman named Noemi Taboada is called by her cousin to save her from doom in her countryside home. Set in 1950s Mexico, this gothic horror novel is a haunted house story underpinned with themes of feminism and class commentary. 

Atwood won the poetry category for Dearly.

Dearly is Atwood's first poetry collection in over a decade. The collection gathers poems about "absences and endings, aging and retrospection... gifts and renewals" and draws from the natural and supernatural world. 

This is the second year in a row Atwood has won a Goodreads Readers Choice Award. Last year, her novel The Testaments won in the fiction category.

Mexican Gothic and Dearly were the only Canadian book to win a Goodreads Readers Choice Award this year. Ten Canadian titles were nominated in 2020.

The complete list of 2020 winners is:

  • Fiction: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Mystery & thriller: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • Historical fiction: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Fantasy: Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
  • Romance: From Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout
  • Science fiction: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  • Humour: Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle
  • Horror: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Nonfiction: Stamped by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • Memoir & autobiography: A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • History & biography: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Science & technology: A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough
  • Food & cookbooks: Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten
  • Graphic novels & comics: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
  • Poetry: Dearly by Margaret Atwood
  • Debut novel: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Young adult fiction: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Young adult fantasy: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
  • Middle-grade & children's: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
  • Picture books: Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi, illustrated by Ashly Lukashevsky

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