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Wed, 07 Nov 2018 14:26:55 -0800
Goodreads Podcast: Elizabeth Chats with LeVar Burton

In the latest episode of the Goodreads podcast Books of Your Life with Elizabeth, Goodreads cofounder Elizabeth Khuri Chandler talks with LeVar Burton, who inspired a generation of bookworms as host of PBS' Reading Rainbow for 23 years. Now he's running his own storytelling podcast, LeVar Burton Reads.

Chandler and Burton discussed books that have shaped his life, from Roots by Alex Haley to The Teachings of Don Juan series by Carlos Castaneda. Along the way, he spoke about his desire to live life as a “spiritual warrior,” personal accountability, and how shaken he is by the flexible nature of truth today.

You can be part of the conversation, too. We’ve created a book club to accompany our podcast, where you can discuss each guest’s recommendations.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to hear the latest interviews and get great book recommendations from fascinating people. You can listen to episodes of Books of Your Life with Elizabeth on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

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posted by Cybil on November, 12

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 12:14:40 -0800
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today

Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?

You should read this book if you like: Memoirs, the former First Lady of the United States, deeply personal stories about finding your passion in life, reflections on hope and change

You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, writers, ruthless pursuits of fame, the Amalfi Coast, tales of dangerous ambition, Gore Vidal

Read our interview with Boyne here.

You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, Mughal India-inspired worlds of magic and mystery, an empire at war, outcast heroes, deadly power struggles

You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, brand-new series, Absolute Power, FBI special agents, tracking down depraved criminals, the Grand Canyon

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, The Story of Arthur Truluv, surprising friendships, "up-lit", baking classes, the power of community

You should read this book if you like: Sports romance, Shacking Up, professional hockey players, relationship rules, secrets that come out an inopportune times

You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, finding your voice, LGBT romance, narratives split between the past and the present, standing up for who you are

What are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

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posted by Hayley on November, 07

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:03:25 -0800
Trend Alert: Popular 'Up-Lit' Books to Improve Your Mood

Tired of fictional murderers lurking around every page? Fed up with unwelcome apocalypses, unending wars, and miseries that somehow get worse as the chapters fly by? You're not alone. We love stories, but they can sometimes be dreary things.

Enter "up-lit," a book trend with modest intentions: It wants to make you feel better.

Of course, books have always improved readers' lives, but "up-lit" [uplifting literature] seeks to do this by focusing on empathy and optimism. The characters in this wave of literature are everyday heroes dealing with everyday problems, championing human connection over romance, fulfillment over traditional success.

"These feel-good books tap into mental health and loneliness and anxiety and trauma," editor Sam Eades told The Guardian about the growing trend. "By the end of the book the characters will have formed friendships, and been swept into a community."

Want to check it out for yourself? We rounded up some of the most popular "up-lit" titles Goodreads members have been shelving below. Add the ones that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf.

Have you read any "up-lit" books this year? Tell us what you think of the trend in the comments!

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posted by Hayley on November, 07

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:04:16 -0800
Literary-Inspired Gifts for the Most Avid Bookworms

This post is sponsored by Simon and Schuster.

There’s no denying that avid bookworms are passionate about reading (as their overflowing bookshelves can probably attest). To find a gift that goes beyond the page, we turned to these niche business owners who've made it their mission to celebrate that readerly zeal.

Their bookish goods include apparel from Out of Print, scented candles from Frostbeard and In the Wick of Time, and hand-illustrated wall prints from Obvious State. Being serious readers themselves, these business owners spoke to Goodreads about how their love of books inspired their companies.

As a bonus, we also included a few of the books and authors these business owners were inspired by. How many of these favorites are on your Want to Read shelf?

Out of Print

From tees to tote bags (and yes, even onesies), readers can find their favorite book cover, quote, or character depicted on Out of Print's clothing and accessories.

Todd Lawton cofounded Out of Print with his best friend and business partner, Jeff LeBlanc, in 2010. Lawton spoke to Goodreads by phone about turning their need to express their pride as readers into the go-to company for literary-inspired apparel.

Goodreads: How did Out of Print come to be?

Todd Lawton: A lot of the conversations [between me and Jeff] would revolve around questions like, "Why doesn't this exist in the world?" or "Wouldn’t it be cool if…?" With Out of Print, we asked, "Why can’t we show our passion for books the same way as someone who loves a great band or superhero?"

Around 2009, there was also a lot of conversation about what was going to happen to reading as things were going digital. People like us started to realize that there was this nostalgia piece to reading that was really important. We wanted to help readers continue experiencing that physical connection to a book and to the [cover] art that's the visual bridge between the author's words and a reader. We didn’t want that to be forgotten.

Looking back, a lot of people thought physical books would maybe go by the way of record stores or CDs and LPs. It was an interesting time. For us, it really helped get the brand off the ground. But we also just really loved the process of finding the [cover] art and figuring out the story behind it, and it's been a surprise for everyone involved—how much enjoyment we get from the research and detective work.

Goodreads: How do your designs go from idea to T-shirt?

TL: It's never the same! Early on, we'd just do a gut check on whether we could imagine something on a T-shirt and if it works together with our line. Later, it really turned over to the reading community. We get a lot of requests, keep track of every one, and definitely refer back to that a lot. Sometimes we would take a look at a book cover and how it was interpreted by another culture. That would inspire an interesting [design] that gets people excited about their favorite books in new ways.

Other times, we just stumble on it. We were geeking out about this one episode of Portlandia that [had the catchphrase] "Put a bird on it!" Then someone blurted out [in a meeting], "Put a Poe on it!" We turned it into something great for us. But everything [we design] is through the lens of "Can we actually do this?" and then we have to do all the business stuff. I wish I knew how we do it every time, but it always changes.

GR: What impact do you think Out of Print has on reading?

TL: Our mission is to bring more people into the discussion of books. We thought apparel was a big part of that: You make something that connects with readers that's also cool to wear. So when we try to bring a book title or a quote to life, we want it to make a connection between another reader seeing it or someone who might not be familiar with it, and it starts a conversation.

GR: Out of Print has many fans among readers and authors, including Joe Hill. Did you ever think it would get to this point?

TL: Not at all! Over time, we hear and see [stories] of people doing things like walking into a bookstore in Spain and seeing an Out of Print shirt, and we’re like, "Really? Wow!" The truth is, there's a great community of readers and people who really care about books, and seeing how we fit into their lives is a dream come true.

Books That Inspired Out of Print's Apparel:


The Handmaid's Tale

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe


Hailing from Minnesota is candlemaking extraordinaire Roxie Lubanovic. Her soy candles are not only inspired by literary characters and settings, but also those particular things that only bibliophiles adore—including the smell of old books.

Through email, Lubanovic told us that while her company’s name may be a nod to the chilly weather of her home state, her bookish candles aim to keep readers feeling warm and cozy.

Goodreads: How did Frostbeard come to be?

Roxie Lubanovic: I started out as many crafters do: making goods in my home and selling at local art fairs and gift shops, then eventually opening an online store. My first bookish candle was created when I wanted my home to smell like a library (as any book nerd can relate), but I searched everywhere for a library-scented candle and couldn’t find one or anything like it.

Being a DIYer and having learned candlemaking as a teen, I decided to make my own custom fragrance: Oxford Library. Soon after followed Bookstore, and then all my candles turned book-themed and thus the first bookish candle company was born.

Goodreads: How do your candles bring reading to life?

RL: Sometimes I base a fragrance on a particular scent I really love—coffee, for example—so I have to brainstorm ideas that would make sense (pun intended) to include a coffee smell. One of my favorite pastimes happens to be perusing indie bookstores with a cup of coffee in hand.

I thought about what else a bookstore might smell like—the wooden shelves and leather bindings—which along with coffee are the three main scents in our Bookstore Candle. I also wanted a coffee-dominant scent, so I created Reading at the Cafe (another favorite activity), which is a blend of coffee and chocolate pastries.

Other times, I choose a setting or theme from a favorite book and try to re-create it. A Divination Classroom would likely be full of incense and tea leaves. Halfling Hills are clover-filled grassy knolls with hints of pipe tobacco wafting in the breeze. Winter Keep would be snowy and foresty, with bonfires burning on the castle grounds. These are my artistic interpretations and are the most fun to design.

GR: How do bookish candles complement someone’s reading experience?

RL: Candles and books simply go together. They set the mood in multiple ways, creating a calming atmosphere and setting the scene with their fragrance. The Danish concept of
Hygge (and other nations’ similar notions) are so trendy right now because folks need to find ways to unplug and relax, which includes soft, warm candlelight and curling up with a good book.

In addition to being cozy, candles based on books can take it one step further. If you read an Arthur Conan Doyle mystery while burning Sherlock’s Study, it’s going to be like you’re right there
with the detective.

Books That Inspired Frostbeard's Candles:

In the Wick of Time

If you've ever scrolled through the #Bookstagram hashtag on Instagram, chances are you've seen Kaylan Keith’s bookish candles. Their scents help lead readers back to their beloved fandoms, whether it's Celeana's Apartment from the Throne of Glass series or Sookie's Kitchen from the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

Keith told us via email how she started her candlemaking journey and how bookish candles can help take readers far and away into their favorite fictional worlds.

Goodreads: How did In the Wick of Time come to be?

Kaylan Keith: I was both a candle and book addict to help me get through a particularly anxious time of my life and thought how cool would it be to combine the two together. I noticed scent descriptions in my favorite books and found myself needing to find out what it was like to actually experience them.

My candlemaking journey was born out of wanting to create bookish candles, but I started out with some regular nonthemed ones because I was nervous nobody would be interested in bookish candles!

Goodreads: How do your candles bring a book to life?

KK: I always look for inspiration from books first to give the most authentic experience that I can. Some scents are literal, some are more conceptual. I break out the relevant oils I have to make sure it smells good. If the description in the books doesn’t translate well to real life, that's when I get creative and figure out what will work.

GR: How do bookish candles complement someone's reading experience?

KK: Bookish candles are great because they bring another one of your senses into the story. The addition of scents while you read will not only help take you further into the story while you’re reading it, but bring you back to that story when you smell that scent after you're finished.

Books That Inspired In the Wick of Time's Candles:

Obvious State

Once an English major, always an English major. This is especially true for Nichole Robertson, who cofounded the creative studio Obvious State with her husband, Evan Robertson—the artist behind their company's literary prints, collectible books, paper goods, and more.

Calling from their studio's home base in New York, Nichole spoke to Goodreads about how her husband's hand-drawn illustrations bring together their love of classic literature and the beauty of art.

Goodreads: How did Obvious State come to be?

Nichole Robertson: We had been living in Paris for a while, and when we moved back, we had these bare walls. My husband, Evan, made me three prints for a birthday gift, and I posted about them [on social media] and the crowd went insane. They asked, "Do you make these? Do you sell these?" and I told them that we didn’t. Then we asked ourselves, "Why don't we do that? Maybe we should."

Then we thought, "Who’s really going to buy this? Are there going to be enough people who are going to buy Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf [prints]?" And apparently, there were! It was inexplicable to us that people were so fervent about these classic literature authors, but that was the case.

So we just kept figuring out along the way and were just surprised by how popular these [prints] were and how much people wanted them. We have a lot of engaged fans on Instagram, and they've made such a huge difference.

Goodreads: What's the story behind the name "Obvious State"?

NR: It’s actually twofold. We’re both serial underliners with our texts, and we discovered that we both underlined a George Orwell quote that goes like this: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." We made this discovery around the time of the financial crisis, when no one seemed to be saying the obvious of why things were the way they were.

So in addition to this wordplay about stating the obvious, we were also reminiscing about the luxury of being an English major in college and how some of the best times about that period was after class, when you're sitting at a coffee shop and pounding the table and going, "This book is amazing! Can you believe this person wrote this? Oh my God!" So in a sense, staying in that scholastic mode has been true for us. Those were the things that came together.

GR: How do your prints complement someone's reading experience?

NR: I think for some people it's a different way in. One of the reasons why we're doing illustrated books and a podcast is because the biggest feedback we get is, "I love your work. I love your art prints. I love everything you do. But I feel dumb because I don’t know the authors." And that breaks my heart.

[We] really try to give people a hook into something. There's a symbiotic relationship. We give people a beautiful piece of art to consider, and it instigates this search for that book and voracious reading of it. And I think that's super cool. I feel like we've won when someone tells me, "Your print spoke to me, your art spoke to me, and now it’s one of my favorite books."

Books That Inspired Obvious State's Prints:

What kind of literary-inspired gifts would you recommend for avid readers? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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posted by Marie on November, 14

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:05:01 -0800
32 Reader-Recommended Books to Inspire Nonreaders

This post is sponsored by Simon and Schuster.

A book is a gift that keeps on giving, especially when it inspires a non-bookworm to read more. To help spread more literary joy this holiday season, we asked avid readers on Twitter and Facebook for titles that could whet the appetites of those who aren't devouring books on the daily (for now).

In addition to rounding up the most highly recommended titles from A to Z, we listed some sage advice from these avid readers as well. Nonreaders have their own tastes and inclinations, and you can use the following tips to help narrow down your choices:

"I try to find a book that would fit the person," says Adrienne. "What interests them the most? It's really important to encourage reading, as there are way too many people who view it as too boring or time-consuming."

"Ask them what they watch on TV," says Kimberly. "There’s a good chance it's based on a book series. Then buy them the first book in the series, which has characters they’re already invested in. Then buy them a book from a similar genre by a different author and keep going."

"Someone that is not in the habit of reading yet might find it easier to start with an audiobook," says Panos. "Understand what their interests are (perhaps through their favorite movie genre) and find a similar audiobook title."

"I think the subject just has to be something that speaks to them personally and they'll be hooked," says Mishka.

Want even more tips for buying books as gifts? This bookstore owner can point you in the right direction. In the meantime, tell us in the comments which books you'd recommend to hook nonreaders. And don’t forget to add your favorites to your Want to Read shelf!

1st to Die

Animal Farm

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Big Little Lies

The Book Thief

Crazy Rich Asians

The Da Vinci Code

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Everything I Never Told You

Fahrenheit 451

The Fault in Our Stars

Furiously Happy

The Hobbit

Kitchen Confidential

The Kite Runner

The Little Prince

Lord of the Flies

A Man Called Ove

The Martian

Me Talk Pretty One Day

The Nightingale

Norwegian Wood

One for the Money

One of Us is Lying


The Poisonwood Bible

The Shadow of the Wind

The Thirteenth Tale


Tuesdays with Morrie

The Walking Dead, Vol. 1


What books would you recommend to hook nonreaders? Let us know in the comments.

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posted by Marie on November, 14

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 12:42:49 -0800
The Art of Buying a Book for a Serious Reader

This post is sponsored by Simon and Schuster.

Buying a gift for a bookworm seems like it should be easy, but it proves to be a daunting task year after year. Before you drive yourself crazy sleuthing through your friends and families’ reading habits, we thought we'd provide some expert advice to help out this holiday season.

We turned to Tom Nissley, who is not only the author of A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year, but also the owner of Phinney Books, a neighborhood bookstore in Seattle (where he'll also be opening a second store, Madison Books).

Here are his tried-and-true tips for buying books as gifts:

There's nothing I like better as a gift than a book, and that's exactly the thing my friends and family are most terrified to give me. I understand why. I have a lot of books. I have a lot of opinions about books. I even have a bookstore.

So what to do if you have a troublesome person like me on your gift list? You could always give them a shirt. It's quite possible they could use a new one. But fear not: You could still get them what they really want, and here's how.

Let's get the easiest solution out of the way first. Yes, it is perfectly fine to give a bookstore gift certificate!

It's hard to imagine a reader who would not be delighted to have carte blanche to browse around a store with free money and treat themselves to something they never would have bought otherwise. You could get a gift card from their favorite store, or perhaps since there are few things a bookworm likes more than discovering a new bookstore, you could give them a reason to try a store that's a little farther afield or in a place they might be visiting soon. (Or, if you want to be the most brilliant gift giver of all: May I suggest a gift card for a store in a place they don't plan to visit, accompanied by tickets for you to go there together. Along with the pleasure of the books and the shared trip, they'll appreciate that at least two hours of the trip are already earmarked for bookstore browsing.)

But what if you want to give an actual book?

You might start with one of my favorite genres: the witty, browsable reference book. (It's a genre I love so much, I wrote one myself: a literary almanac called A Reader's Book of Days.) Books like that make for fun reading, but even better: They don't create a burden, because they are meant to be sampled, to be browsed in one spare moment and put down until another arises. They add to the books you can read without displacing any others!

There are wonderful books of this kind across all subjects (favorites of mine include David Thomson's Biographical Dictionary of Film, Bill James' Historical Baseball Abstract, and—to my surprise—Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez's Perfumes: The Guide), but, as you might expect, there are many with books as their subject, including some delicious new ones, including James Mustich's superbly chosen and beautifully printed 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die and Jane Mount's brightly illustrated Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, as well as, on the more puckish side, Paperback Crush, Gabrielle Moss' celebration of the Sweet Valley High era of teen romances, a follow-up to the same publisher's deeply enjoyable Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction.

Beyond that, my advice is to go either very new, or old. If there's a very new book by an author, or on a subject, you know your bookworm loves, snap it up! I say "very new" because this can be a tricky operation: The more your person loves an author, the more likely they are to grab their new book themselves as soon as it goes on sale. But here's your safety net: If you buy the book from a place where it can be easily exchanged, the book is, in essence, a gift certificate, in which case, see above.

And then there is my preferred option: going old. My favorite gift for my bookstore staff (and—hint, hint—for myself) is an old edition of a book I know they love. In this connected world, it's not so hard to track down a first edition (better yet, a signed first edition) of a favorite book, and many of them are fairly affordable, just as long as your beloved's favorite book isn't, say, Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (well-worn, unsigned first edition currently available for $5,500).

Or perhaps there's a picture book they loved as a kid that has fallen out of print. I once, in less internet-y days, found a copy of Jellybeans for Breakfast at a library and presented my wife with a color-copied, hand-bound (well, stapled) edition of her childhood favorite, long out of print.

Similarly, especially if you are traveling, you might track down a foreign-language copy of a beloved book, just for the novelty of seeing those familiar words transformed. I doubt I'll ever read the copy of Nathanael West's Un milione tondo tondo my sister brought back from Italy, but I still love having it.

But going old is also a way of getting off the beaten path and finding a book that even your well-read recipient might not know about. The books I most love to discover as a reader (and a bookseller) are ones that have been hiding in plain sight: "lost classics" that were once beloved but have since been forgotten, or ones that never made a splash but have been kept alive by a small band of rabid fans.

For more of these "lost classics," check out these 47 books recommended by Phinney Books.

You can unearth such treasures with your own research (on Goodreads, or on the wonderful website
Neglected Books, or via my latest bookish obsession, the British podcast Backlisted), or you can rely on some of the excellent publishers who specialize in digging up (and making lovely books out of) such gems, including NYRB Classics, Pushkin Press, Australia's Text Classics, and the new American Mystery Classics imprint. More than once, I've given my book-loving mother-in-law a little stack of NYRB Classics. Even if I haven't read them myself, I can give them with confidence, because I trust NYRB's judgment. (And they're pretty.)

Or you could take advantage of the judgment of another expert: your local bookseller. Walk into your local bookshop, if you're lucky enough to have one, and explain that you're looking for a gift for someone who has read everything. They might ask for a few details to help them steer you to a superb book that your reader might not know about. Or just ask the question they most like hearing: "What are your favorite books that nobody knows about?"

Because while a bookseller is very happy to sell you a new bestseller, a bookseller is very, very, very, very, very happy to sell you that underrated book they love and know everyone else would, too, if they just knew about it. (Some of my favorite answers to that question: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis, The Golden Age by Joan London, Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara for short-story lovers, The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites for engineering types, Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household for thriller fans, and The Women in Black by Madeleine St. John for anyone looking for a happy, but not stupid, book, which, based on my experience, is everyone.)

You could also rely on those experts by giving one of the most generous reader's gifts: a yearlong book subscription. Many bookstores and publishers around the world have launched such services, in which they send out a well-chosen book every month, sometimes in a box with other goodies (although what "goodie" is worth the space that could be occupied by another book, I have no idea). NYRB Classics has one for their own books, as does the British publisher Persephone, which specializes in beautifully bound reprints of fiction, mainly by women. Many stores offer "first-edition clubs" or specialty subject subscriptions, and some, like Brilliant Books in Michigan, and Heywood Hill and the Willoughby Book Club in the U.K., promise individually chosen "bespoke" subscriptions. I should mention that at Phinney Books we have two subscription programs, one for children's picture books and one, called Phinney by Post, that, as you might expect from the above, specializes in those lost classics I love to find.

Finally, if all those choices still daunt you, the other thing a book lover values is time. Reading books takes time, something we never have enough of, and if you can't give a book, or are terrified to choose the right one, you can always give the time to read one (or three). Give your favorite reader a gift of uninterrupted time, when they have no responsibilities or concerns but the pages in front of them (and perhaps someone to bring a snack and top off their drink), and they might be the most grateful of all.

What are your best tips for buying gifts for readers? Share them with us in the comments!

posted by Cybil on November, 14

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 21:14:35 -0800
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today

Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day.

To create our list, we focused on the top books Goodreads members can't wait to read, which we measure by how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves. All these highly anticipated titles are now available! Which ones catch your eye?

You should read this book if you like: Fiction, Big Little Lies, health resorts, wickedly smart writing, people who seem to have all the answers, rebooting your life

Read our interview with Moriarty here.

You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, opulent palaces, forbidden romance, cruel kings and deadly revenge, lush worlds of magic and mystery

Read our interview with Ngan here.

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, Kane and Abel, the Cold War, KGB assassination plots, stories that span decades and continents, shocking twists of fate

You should read this book if you like: Mysteries, Motherless Brooklyn, finding people who don't want to be found, California deserts, hippies and vagabonds, offbeat humor

Check out Lethem's book recommendations here.

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, Bossman, tough guys with soft hearts, wedding dresses, falling for your boss, secret messages

You should read this book if you like: YA science fiction, Mistborn, defending the planet against alien invaders, fighter pilots, unlikely heroes, tales of adventure and bravery

You should read this book if you like: Horror, The Girl with All the Gifts, mothers with a dark side, chills and thrills, exploring two very different sides of the same story

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posted by Hayley on November, 06

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 18:11:36 -0800
The Best Romance Books of November

Do you know who you'll be falling in love with this month? We've got some suggestions…

Every month, our team takes a look at the romance books being published and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from sizzling contemporary love stories to spicy paranormal romances.

For November, we have happily-ever-afters waiting for you on the road, on the ranch, and more! Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.

Bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward team up in this sexy office romance, where a young woman discovers a love letter that puts her cynical and arrogant boss in a new light.

Release Date: November 6

Mary Daniels won’t let anything get in the way of her job. But her driver, Brodie Crews, is almost impossible to ignore. On the road, she finds her self-control isn't as ironclad as she thought.

Release Date: November 20

The latest Misadventures standalone features grad student Zandy Lynch whose love life takes a turn when she realizes her steamy one-night stand is also the professor she’ll be working for.

Release Date: November 6

Jason has money, fame, and the title of "World Champion Bull-Rider." What he doesn’t have is someone to share his secret fantasies. Enter Simone: the adventurous girl of his dreams.

Release Date: November 5

Hollywood is tough, but Silvia and her fellow film editor Ben want to make their dreams and fledgling romance work. When their jobs are threatened, they might have to risk it all.

Release Date: November 6

Kimber's modern fairy tale goes off the rails. After her "prince" dumps her at the altar, the seamstress faces off against her evil stepmom and Matteo, the haughty king of Italian couture.

Release Date: November 6

London has no shortage of eligible bachelors for feisty heiress Frances. Unfortunately, they’re so dull that she’s sworn off marriage. Will the rakish aristocrat Reynard change her mind?

Release Date: November 27

It’s survival of the fittest for Navy SEAL-in-training Matt Knytych. There can be no distractions. Yet former marine Shane Hovland might be the one who breaks Matt's resolve.

Release Date: November 26

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posted by Marie on November, 11

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:08:56 -0800
Do Good: How to Help the Little Free Libraries

Last month Todd Bol, the founder of the nonprofit literary group Little Free Library, died in Minnesota at the age of 62. In honor of his passion for libraries and making books accessible, we're highlighting this group and how you can help.

Painted red and shaped like a miniature one-room schoolhouse in honor of his school teacher mother, the first Little Free Library—built by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2009—launched what would become a worldwide movement.

Just nine years later, more than 75,000 such “Little Free Libraries” dot the globe in all 50 U.S. states and in 88 countries. Often custom painted by local artists, these tiny book collections are outfitted with the cheerful motto "Take a book, return a book!"

Believing that no one should have to live in a book desert, the nonprofit Little Free Library needs donations to keep the movement going. Find out how you can help place a Little Free Library in your hometown and in cities across the globe. You can also get involved by becoming the "steward" of your own library by ordering one ready-made or designing your own!

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Photos courtesy of Little Free Library

posted by Cybil on November, 11

The Best Young Adult Books of November

Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from contemporary tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For November, we're taking to the not-so-friendly skies with Brandon Sanderson's new series, hunting down clues in a scandalous high-society mystery, and saving the world with Marissa Meyer's caped crusaders. Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments!

They could save the world, or they could ruin each other's lives. Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) put aside their contentious relationship and return to superhero mode.

Release Date: November 6

Read our interview with Meyer here.

The demon king entertains himself with his Paper Girls, consorts chosen from the lowest caste. The women are trained to be charming and obedient. But what happens when two of them fall in love?

Release Date: November 6

Read our interview with Ngan here.

Spensa dreams of the skies. Living in the shadow of her father's dark legacy, she knows she'll likely never become a pilot. But a new alien attack offers her a dangerous chance.

Release Date: November 6

It's not easy being gay in Washington, D.C., during the age of McCarthyism. Tired of keeping her identity a secret, Janet finds fictional kindred spirits in a series of books.

Release Date: November 13

This is a road trip that will fix everything—that's what Esther tells herself. Along with her friends, she attempts to put aside logic, for once, to discover and embrace her truth.

Release Date: November 1

All Mari has to do to become empress is survive. In a deadly competition, she weathers enchantments to prove her worth. But Mari is more than human, and her inner monster lurks.

Release Date: November 6

The rhythm of their friendship is off. With a promising big break on the horizon, Dia tries to literally get the band back together with the power of music.

Release Date: November 6

The closets are bigger, and so are the skeletons inside. Desperate to solve a family mystery, teen auto mechanic Sawyer enters the scandalous world of high society.

Release Date: November 6

Which new YA books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!

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posted by Hayley on November, 14
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