2012 BookBrowse Favorites
We are delighted to present our annual roundup of BookBrowse's Favorite Books. As in past years these books have been selected not simply on the number of votes each book received (as is the way with most "popular awards") but by asking our members and subscribers to rate each book they've read from a shortlist of titles, so that we can gauge how good a book is rather than just counting votes - as a simple vote count tends to favor the best selling books, which as we all know, aren't always the best! Only those already on our mailing list were eligible to vote so as to minimize vote stuffing - about 5000 votes were cast.

The BookBrowse Awards
The next step was to select the 2012 BookBrowse Award Winners from among this list of favorites - the book with the highest overall rating in its category being the winner. Interestingly, all three winners are debuts; as are almost half of this year's favorites.

This year's winners are:

Winner of the BookBrowse 2012 Best Fiction Book Award:

The Light Between Oceans
by M. L. Stedman
Winner of the BookBrowse 2012 Best Nonfiction Book Award:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
by Katherine Boo
Winner of the BookBrowse 2012 Best Book for Younger Readers Award:

by R.J. Palacio

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