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Sat, 03 Aug 2019 15:59:18 -0700
Mindy Kaling's Favorite Love Stories on Audio














Mindy Kaling is an actress, producer, and author of bestselling books, including Why Not Me? and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). She's also a passionate fan of be-still-my-heart romance.



Here she shares her swooniest audiobook picks from Audible Escape. For an extended peek into her recommendations, be sure to listen to the sound clips of her introductions to each title below.









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Pride and Prejudice




by Jane Austen



"Mindy Kaling, here—proud member of the Jane Austen fan club. And like literally every romance lover ever, I love Pride and Prejudice. First of all, Elizabeth Bennet is a boss…"





















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Classic Love Poems




by multiple authors, including William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning



"I'm here to tell you about a sexy British voice reading you classic poetry. How could anyone resist that?"





















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Sense and Sensibility




by Jane Austen



"Rosamund Pike performs this 19th-century soap opera, totally bringing it to life. It’s one you don’t want to miss, trust me."





















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To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)




by Jenny Han



"Are you Team Peter or Team Josh? Me? I'm #TeamPeterKavinsky for life."





















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When Dimple Met Rishi (Dimple and Rishi #1)




by Sandhya Menon



"You're going to fall in love with these characters as they fall in love with each other."





















Which of these love stories have captured your heart? Let us know in the comments!






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posted by Marie on August, 21

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:03:45 -0700
24 New and Upcoming Graphic Novels for Young Readers




Want to encourage young readers to keep up their reading habits? Look no further than this year's buzziest YA and middle-grade graphic novels.



More than just visual delights, these new and upcoming titles reflect many of the coming-of-age moments young readers experience. Pumpkinheads, by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, explores the joys of first love. Jerry Craft's New Kid captures the challenges of starting over at a new school. The latest installments of the Lumberjanes and 5 Worlds series show how friendship can overcome impossible odds.



To create this list, we focused on both published and yet-to-be released graphic novels that Goodreads members keep adding to their Want to Read shelves. From there, we divided our list into both a young adult and middle-grade category for easy browsing.



Which graphic novels would you recommend to young readers? Share your picks with us in the comments!






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Share your graphic novel recommendations for young readers in the comments!




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posted by Marie on August, 03

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 15:33:36 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week




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 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 top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?










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You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, catching serial killers, towns with nefarious pasts, hearing voices in your head, prison interrogations, world-weary detectives














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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, The Other Boleyn Girl, the English Civil War, remote marshlands, forbidden love affairs, midwives and runaways




Discover Gregory's favorite fictional heroines.











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You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, Little & Lion, Chicago, long-buried secrets, family drama and first love, spreading your wings, trying to please your parents














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You should read this book if you like: Fiction, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Kansas, crooked paths to redemption, unlikely romances, modern knights in shining armor















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You should read this book if you like: Essay collections, spoken word artists, deeply personal accounts of anxiety and bipolar disorder, inspirational journeys, mental health advocates














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You should read this book if you like: Dystopian fiction, online retailers, radical responses to unemployment, eccentric entrepreneurs, overly cheery corporate messaging, espionage















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You should read this book if you like: Short story collections, Insurrections, fables and myths, the blurry line between reality and fantasy, African American history, lyrical prose














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



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posted by Hayley on August, 06

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 08:00:04 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week




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 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 top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?










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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, How to Walk Away, female firefighters, Boston, big life changes, the meaning of courage, mixing work and pleasure




Read our interview with Center.










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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, gripping true-crime narratives, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, unsolved crimes and citizen detectives, novel ways to catch killers




See Jensen's favorite fictional citizen detectives.











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You should read this book if you like: YA historical fiction, Under a Painted Sky, Atlanta in the 1890s, advice columns, living a double life, genteel Southern ladies, sticking up for what's right














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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, Stamped from the Beginning, examining racial justice in America, ethics and history, imagining an antiracist society















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You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, The Passenger, prep schools full of alarming secrets, boy-versus-girl skirmishes, teachers with ulterior motives, unlikely alliances














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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, The Sweetness of Forgetting, World War II, champagne vineyards and wine caves, risking everything for those you love














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You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, Of Fire and Stars, forbidden magic, court intrigue, LGBT love stories, princesses on the run, saving kingdoms















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



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posted by Hayley on July, 29

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 07:39:07 -0700
The Most Read Books on Goodreads in August


What's popular right now? Memoirs, books available on Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading, and the latest from big authors, including Colson Whitehead, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Taylor Jenkins Reid.



Here at Goodreads we like to know what people are reading. From peeking at the books of our fellow commuters to not-so-surreptitiously checking out the stacks on our coworkers' desks, we embrace our curious nature. That's why we're rounding up what Goodreads members around the world are currently reading. These are the top books, ranked by the number of people who have read them this month.



Browse the books below and add what looks good to your Want to Read shelf.











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What are you currently reading? Tell us in the comments!



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posted by Hayley on August, 12

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:01:08 -0700
7 Great Books Hitting Shelves This Week




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 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 top titles are now available in the United States! Which ones catch your eye?










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You should read this book if you like: Thrillers, The Woman in Cabin 10, smart homes, the Scottish Highlands, seemingly picture-perfect families, disturbing murder investigations



Read our interview with Ware.










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You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, The Poppy War, Chinese history and mythology, vengeance, warlords and monsters, avoiding the will of an angry god














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You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, Rust & Stardust, the 1970s, the bond between a mother and daughter, fugitives, cross-country adventures, roadside attractions














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You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, Hate to Want You, strict dating rules, sexy football players, ghosting a love interest, technology puns














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You should read this book if you like: Fiction, The Best Man, New England, pretentious grandmothers and rebellious granddaughters, the power of optimism, heartfelt humor














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You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, autobiographical essay collections, The New Yorker and Jezebel, the impact of self-delusion, how pop culture shapes our lives















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You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, buzzy debuts, gothic manors by the sea, family curses and ghostly visions, deadly quests for the truth, justifiable paranoia
















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



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posted by Hayley on August, 06

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 08:39:35 -0700
Let's Help These Charities Give Books to Kids

















For many book lovers, teachers were the people who helped them discover the magic of reading. But did you know that a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics showed that 94 percent of teachers use their own money to buy school supplies, including books for their students? To help pass on the magic of an amazing story to the next generation of readers, we want to help charities that support teachers, school librarians, and after-school programs with new books for students. And to go big, we're inviting you—the wonderful Goodreads community—to participate.




I'm in. How can I help?




We asked three charities that work with schools to create a registry of books they most need. We’re now inviting you to:



1. Check out the charities below and decide which one(s) you would like to support.



2. Go to their AmazonSmile Charity List (links below). If you aren't already an AmazonSmile customer, you will need to sign up using your Amazon account in order to purchase from Charity Lists.



3. Pick which book(s) you want to buy, and make your purchase. The books will automatically be sent to the charity.



Here are the charities:




Reading Is Fundamental









Reading Is Fundamental believes every child deserves an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential. Literacy opens doors and enables every child the chance to live their own journey.




Founded in 1966, Reading Is Fundamental is the leading voice for children’s literacy and, in partnership with a grassroots network of volunteers in schools and communities nationwide, has distributed more than 416 million books and impacted the lives of more than 50 million children, inspiring generations to read, learn, and grow.







See Reading Is Fundamental's List








We Need Diverse Books









We Need Diverse Books strives to create a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. Its WNDB in the Classroom initiative provides boxes of diverse books (20 to 30 copies per box) to low-income schools and libraries nationwide.




By helping children find stories and authors they can relate to, WNDB believes that we can help foster in them a lifelong love of reading. Founded in 2014, WNDB has donated more than 14,000 diverse books across 41 states and the District of Columbia.









See We Need Diverse Books' List









First Book









First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. First Book breaks down barriers to quality education by providing its network of more than 425,000 registered teachers, librarians, after-school program leaders, and others serving children in need with millions of free and affordable new, high-quality books, educational resources, and basic-needs items through the award-winning First Book Marketplace nonprofit e-commerce site.



Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income communities in more than 30 countries. First Book currently reaches an average of 5 million children every year and supports more than one in three of the estimated 1.3 million classrooms and programs serving children in need.







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FAQ




What is AmazonSmile Charity Lists?

AmazonSmile Charity Lists is designed specifically for charitable organizations so they can request and receive product donations using Amazon’s selection, prices, logistics, and convenience. With Charity Lists, customers can support charities by sending them the products they most need. Charity Lists are curated and managed directly by the charitable organizations and verified by AmazonSmile.



What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization. Every time you shop at smile.amazon.com (either your own shopping or purchasing from a Charity List), Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from more than 1 million organizations to support. You can learn more here.



How do I change my current AmazonSmile charitable organization?

If you want to support Reading Is Fundamental, We Need Diverse Books, or First Book with your AmazonSmile shopping, or if you want to select one of over a million other charities, follow the instructions here.



What about children outside of the U.S.? Can I give books to them?



Of course! Some nonprofits that have programs for children outside of the U.S. include:



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Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:20:56 -0700
The Best Romance Books of August


Ready to fall in love this month? We've got some suggestions…



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



In August, Katherine Center's new novel about hope and heartbreak spotlights a tough-as-nails supporting character from How to Walk Away, Alisha Rai's latest rom-com about online dating encourages readers to swipe right, and the author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things spins a not-quite fairy-tale romance. Plus, we've got simmering-hot releases from your faves Tessa Dare, J.R. Ward, and more.



Add what catches your fancy to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments.














The New York Times–bestselling author of How to Walk Away introduces readers to Cassie Hanwell, a firefighter who has no trouble finding courage when it comes to saving lives. But finding the courage to fall in love is another story.



Read our interview with Katherine Center.



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Dating app creator Rhiannon Hunter only swipes right in her career. She's a machine in the boardroom until Samson Lima arrives. He's the former pro–football player who ghosted her months before. Now he's in league with her business rival.



Read our essay about love and online dating here.



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Piper Calloway seems to have it all. She's a VP at a multibillion-dollar company and shares a swanky penthouse with her two best friends. It's only when she runs into a summer fling from years past that she realizes what she's been missing.




Release date: August 6















Keeping Moorehead Media out of the tabloids is Wren Sterling's full-time job. But it's all just a stepping-stone to bigger dreams. Her next challenge is to manage the new CEO, a gruff cynic who wants nothing to do with his family's business (or drama).




Release date: August 27
















Historical romance icon Tessa Dare tells the story of Lady Penelope, whose penchant for sheltering wounded animals vexes her imposing (and attractive) neighbor. She agrees to let them go—if he can help find them new homes.




Release date: July 16

















Zee may not be a fairy-tale princess, but Gentry doesn't mind being her knight in shining armor. The story they share is one of loss and redemption from the bestselling author of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.




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The spin-off from Ward's beloved paranormal universe is back with a bite! The latest installment follows Boone, a Black Dagger Brotherhood trainee who must work with a mysterious female vampire to stop a serial killer from hunting their kind.



Release date: August 13











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











posted by Marie on August, 20

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 07:19:25 -0700
The 24 Most Popular Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels of 2019 (So Far)



Goodreads SFF Week 2019










A mercenary seeks a missing child, a dead man’s brain is reactivated, a woman travels to the Mayan underworld, a disease drives its victims mad with false memories. These are just a few of the plots that have captured readers' attention in this year's batch of science fiction and fantasy novels.




To identify the books resonating with readers, we looked at sci-fi and fantasy novels published so far this year in the U.S. Then we filtered that list by average rating (everything on this list has at least a 3.5-star rating), number of reader reviews, and additions to readers' Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure buzz and anticipation).




Some well-known authors make an appearance on this list, including Blake Crouch, Mark Lawrence, Ann Leckie, Ted Chiang, and Seanan McGuire. We're seeing new names enter the field as well. Booker Prize–winning author Marlon James and YA superstar Cassandra Clare are making a splash in the fantasy genre this year.




Which of these sci-fi and fantasy novels are you most excited to read?









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Which of these books are you most excited to check out? Let us know in the comments!



Check out complete coverage of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week:

The Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Meet the Rising Stars of Science Fiction & Fantasy

The New Frontier of Science Fiction






posted by Cybil on August, 12


The New Frontier of Science Fiction



Goodreads SFF Week 2019









If you want to know the future, get a crystal ball. If you want to know how people feel about the future, read a science fiction book.



It's the genre of both wonder and anxiety. Think Jules Verne tapping into the thrill of scientific exploration in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Then remember how panicked listeners were convinced a radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells' tale of invading Martians, was a real news report.















Science fiction reflects how we think about our world and its potential, but each story is limited by its author's own perspective. While American and European writers have long dominated the genre, a new wave of sci-fi authors from around the world is reshaping speculative storytelling and offering fresh takes on traditional tropes.



"I am a sci-fi fan, maybe the first generation of sci-fi fans in China," says Cixin Liu, author of the bestselling Remembrance of Earth's Past series, through a translator. "Science fiction has so much more to offer. Using my own imagination and experiences, I had a desire to create completely new science fiction."



His first book, The Three-Body Problem, did just that. On the surface, it's about first contact with aliens, but Cixin Liu taps into deeper topics, questioning how innovation has shaped our past and challenging our optimism about the future. It's an exhilarating blend of "hard" science fiction (where the emphasis is on scientific accuracy), thought-provoking ideas, and—in a unique turn for the genre—the history of the Chinese Revolution.



The book was an international success. In 2008, it won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award; after an English translation by fellow writer Ken Liu was published in the United States in 2014, it also took home the Hugo Award for Best Novel.



For Cixin Liu, connecting with readers in other countries is more than a nice surprise—it's necessary for the continued evolution of science fiction.



"Different cultural backgrounds in different parts of the world give science fiction a richer cultural perspective," he says. "The genre can become more colorful and, thus, more vital."
















Dominican writer Rita Indiana found inspiration close to home when creating her own science fiction tale.



"I live in Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the world, a territory of the United States that was hit in 2017 by a category 5 hurricane, a scale we’ll see more and more due to global warming," Indiana told the Chicago Review of Books. "During the aftermath people in the mountains were left to starve and some buried their loved ones in their backyards... So, climate change is not just something I think about–it’s already affecting the way me and my family live."



Her dystopian novel, Tentacle, which was translated into English by Achy Obejas and published in the United States in 2018, is about a young maid named Acilde who travels back in time to save the ocean. It's a truly provocative work of speculative writing that tackles how our society is thinking about climate change, colonialism, technology, and queer politics.



Meanwhile, novelist Chen Qiufan focused his own dystopian future on the clash he currently sees between Chinese tradition and American ambition. His book, Waste Tide, is set on the fictional Silicon Isle, where downtrodden employees work day and night at an electronic waste-recycling plant. The novel was translated into English in the United States by Ken Liu earlier this year.










"Science fiction should never stop evolving and self-refreshing," says Qiufan through a translator. "I am always thrilled to think about how incredible it is that people from totally different backgrounds, and diverse in all aspects, can be connected and touched by the same imagination."




Fellow Chinese writer Baoshu, who continued Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past saga with The Redemption of Time, celebrates the recent boom of science fiction in his country.



"In the last 40 years, mainland China's science fiction has benefited so much from the stories coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Hong Kong," he says through a translator. "It is a very exciting experience to absorb different, and even conflicting, traditions and make them your own, for writers as well as for readers."




As science fiction continues to embrace new voices, it evolves. That's what makes it such a vibrant genre, full of stories that reflect who we are and challenge who we will become, built by people from every corner of the globe.



If that's where sci-fi is today, then where will it go next? Baoshu has a prediction: "I hope artificial intelligence will become so developed that it can write much better science fiction."



Imagine a future where our best stories are written by AI. How does that make you feel?




Check out more translated science fiction books from around the world.























Where do you think science fiction will go next? Let's talk in the comments!



Check out complete coverage of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Week:

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The Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Top 50 Science Fiction Books on Goodreads





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