The people have spoken over at Goodreads, and after voting commenced on the popular book review site and app to narrow down the best books of 2016, the winners have officially been revealed. From one of Stephen King's latest, to the conclusion of the Red Rising trilogy, to the return of Harry Potter, 2016 had some great literary offerings. See which books rose to the top among Goodreads readers.

Truly Madly Guilty

Fiction - Truly Madly Guilty

Author: Liane Moriarty

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The story centers on the aftermath of events that transpire between a husband and wife two months after they attend a neighbor's weekend barbecue. Goodreads description states that the book "shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships." It sounds like a real page-turner, and clearly readers are into it, as they voted it to the top of the Fiction category.

In the fiction category, Truly Madly Guilty's 30,154 votes put it at the top of the list. Following closely behind were Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (27,917 votes) and Emma Cline's The Girls (27,595 votes). View all of Goodread's best fiction contenders here.

End of Watch

Mystery & Thriller - End of Watch

Author: Stephen King

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End of Watch is the third book in Stephen King's Mercedes Killer trilogy. The story centers on a diabolical killer whose murder method is actually to get people to kill themselves. Characters Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney are trying to figure out how to stop him (and attempting to avoid becoming his next victims).

Stephen King's End of Watch topped the list with over 42,000 votes. The margin for votes was much closer between then two that placed second and third than either were to King's novel. Louise Penny's A Great Reckoning earned 23,038 votes, and Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10 came in third with 21,621 votes. See all of the Mystery & Thriller contenders here.

The Underground railroad

Historical Fiction - The Underground Railroad

Author: Colton Whitehead

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On the Historical Fiction front, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad won over readers with its story of a slave named Cora, who learns of the underground railroad and attempts a daring escape, which ends up getting her hunted.

With 24,175 votes, The Underground Railroad topped the list, followed by Martha Hall Kelly's Lilac Girls (23,991 votes) and Stephanie Dray's America's First Daughter (16,608 votes). View all of Goodreads Historical Fiction contenders for 2016 here.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Fantasy - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Writer: Jack Thorne (with J.K. Rowling)

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The winner of the top spot in the fantasy genre is actually not a novel, but a play. Officially set as the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, Jack Thorne penned the script for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage production, with J.K. Rowling involved in its development. The script was released in book form in July 2016, just after the play made its official debut London's Palace Theatre, and fans were treated the a stage-set look at Harry Potter's life some 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The focus of Cursed Child is on Harry and Ginny's son Albus, and Draco Malfoy's son Scorpius, both of whom face their own adventures and challenges at Hogwarts.

I can't imagine it was easy for other popular fantasy novels to go up against Harry Potter's massive fanbase at Goodreads. In fact, with nearly 130,000 votes, Cursed Child left its competition in the dust. V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows came in second with 38,615 votes, and Brandon Sanderson's The Bands of Mourning reached third place with 28,982 votes. View the Best Fantasy books at Goodreads here.

It Ends With us

Romance - It Ends With Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

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Colleen Hoover's It Ends With Us centers on a woman who's worked hard to establish her business in Boston, and finds herself falling for an "assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant" neurosurgeon with an aversion to relationships. Things get even more complicated when her first love comes back into the picture.

It Ends With Us won the romance spot with nearly 60,000 votes. There's a pretty noticeable gap between Colleen Hoover's novel and the runner-up, Robert Thier's Storm of Silence, which came in second with 44,591 votes. Nora Robert's The Obsession took third in the poll with 27,445 votes. Get your fix of the GoodReaders' top picks for Romance novels of 2016 here.

Morning Star

Science Fiction - Morning Star

Author: Pierce Brown

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Morning Star closes out Pierce Brown's excellent Red Rising trilogy. The story is set throughout the solar system in a future where humanity has been sorted into colors, which dictate everything from their physical and mental abilities, to their rank and purpose in society. At the center of of the trilogy is Darrow, a low red takes on the daunting task of attempting to infiltrate the Golds and change the system from within. Morning Star's exciting and satisfying conclusion clearly had an impact on readers at Goodreads.

Pierce Brown's Howlers rallied last year to see Book 2 (Golden Son) on top of Goodread's sci-fi list for 2015, and they returned this year in full force to put Morning Star at the top of the sci-fi list again. With 45,353 votes, Morning Star won by a fair margin too, topping Blake Crouch's multiverse-mayhem drama Dark Matter (31,389 votes) and the third place pick Star Wars rebellion story Bloodline (17,405 votes.) See the other sci-fi contenders among Goodreads readers here.

The Fireman

Horror - The Fireman

Author: Joe Hill

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Joe Hill's The Fireman focuses on a pandemic where infected people begin to spontaneously combust, and follows the characters who are trying to save the world from certain, fiery destruction. The story centers on a mysterious hero known as the Fireman, and pregnant nurse who finds herself plagued with the virus and hoping to make it to term before it overtakes her.

Joe Hill continues to make a name for himself as a novelist of thrilling and compelling horrors, and Goodreaders appear to agree, as they voted The Fireman the top spot with 23,289 votes. Coming in second was Dot Hutchison's The Butterfly Garden (21,871 votes) and The City of Mirrors (20,722 votes). See Goodreads list of top horrors for 2016 here.

The Girl with the Lower Back tattoo

Humor - The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Author: Amy Schumer

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As a comedian and a celebrity, Amy Schumer has always been candid with her opinions, and it seems she's just as open with talking about her life, as Schumer delved into her own life experiences to tell The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and readers have clearly responded to it.

Amy Schumer's book earned 41,080 votes among GoodReaders. Coming in second is another funny actress. Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody took in 23,353 votes, and Mara Wilson's Where Am I Now came in third with 19,166 votes.

Hamilton The Revolution

Additional Winners

Here are the winners of the non-fiction categories for Goodreads best of 2016.

Nonfiction: Hamilton: The Revolution (by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter)

Memoir & Autobiography: When Breath Becomes Air (by Paul Kalanithi)

History & Biography: Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man (by William Shatner)

Science & Technology: Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are? (by Frans De Waal)

Food & Cookbooks: Cravings (by Chrissy Teigen)

Graphic Novels & Comics: Adulthood is a Myth (by Sarah Andersen)

Poetry: The Princess Saves Herself In This One (by Amanda Lovelace)

Debut Goodreads Author: Rebel of the Sands (by Alwyn Hamilton)

Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea (by Ruta Sepetys)

Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Mist and Fury (by Sarah J. Maas)

Middle Grade & Children's: The Trials of Apollo (by Rick Riordan)

Picture Books: The Thank You Book (by Mo Willems)

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