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Read with Kindle on Your iPhone or iPad? Now It’s Even Easier to Share What You’re Reading on Goodreads! (U.S. Members)
Posted by Eric Franklin on July 20, 2016

“To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.” – Haruki Murakami

Don't you love walking into a friend's home and scoping out the contents of their bookshelves? Discovering what other members have read is one of the main ways Goodreads helps readers connect with one another. And if you read with the free Kindle app for iOS, we’ve made it even easier to add books to your Goodreads shelves and share what you’re reading with your Goodreads friends!

You do the reading, we’ll shelve it for you
With the latest update to the Kindle app for iOS, you’ll have the option to automatically mark each book as “Currently Reading” when you start it and as “Read” when you finish. Just switch it on, and your Updates Feed will show your friends each time you start and finish reading a book in the Kindle app.

We believe books are better with friends, and this feature is another example of how we’re making it easier for Goodreads members who read on Kindle to share and talk about the books they’re reading.

Switch on, switch off—you decide
As always, we give you full control. Every time you start or finish a book, you have the ability to toggle this on or off.  So it’s easy to keep on for most of the books you read, switch off when you start a book you’d prefer to keep private, and turn back on whenever you’re ready.

Auto-update inside the about this book feature

Use auto-update to nail your 2016 Reading Challenge!
Auto-update ensures that every Kindle book you read counts towards your challenge, so all you have to do is watch your progress bar move closer to your goal. (And if this is the final incentive you needed to sign up for the Challenge, head over to the Reading Challenge page and set your goal.)

Reading Challenge progress

Now you’ll never forget to add a book to your Reading Challenge goal!

How do I switch this on?
This feature is part of the latest update for the free Kindle for iOS app, available for download here.

To set your Kindle for iOS app to automatically add the books you read to your Goodreads shelves, follow these three steps:

1)  Download the latest version of the free Kindle for iOS app.
2)  If you haven’t already, link your Goodreads account to the app by going to Settings in your Kindle for iOS app. Alternatively, click here to go to Goodreads.com, and scroll to the Amazon section to connect your accounts.
3)  The next time you open a new book to read, a prompt will appear in About This Book asking if you would like to automatically mark your books as “Currently Reading.” Set this to “On” and let the app update your bookshelves for you! You have the option of switching this off every time you start a book.

Can I add my book to custom shelves in the Kindle app for iOS?
Not yet—today’s launch allows you to add books to the three primary exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read) from inside the Kindle app for iOS. You can always add a book to one of your custom shelves in the Goodreads apps or on the desktop site.

What about people who read on Kindle outside of the United States?
Today, this feature is only available in the Kindle app for iOS for US members only. Our goal is to make this available to all Goodreads members who read on Kindle, but we don’t have specific timing to share.


21 Hottest Books of Summer
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 28, 2016

You're going to need a bigger beach bag (or a bigger Want to Read shelf). We've crunched the numbers to bring you the books with the most buzz on Goodreads! From a scorching literary debut inspired by the Manson murders to a crackling apocalyptic thriller about a spontaneous combustion epidemic, we've got white-hot stories for every type of reader. Which ones do you want to read?


Fiction
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The Girls
by Emma Cline

This powerful debut, set in late '60s California and inspired by the Manson murders, climbs inside the mind of Evie, an insecure teen seduced by a cult.


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Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley

With humor and elements of magic realism, this semi-autobiographical novel describes the bond between Ted and his best friend, aging dachshund Lily.


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LaRose
by Louise Erdrich

In this poetic novel, a hunting accident changes the lives of two families living in a small North Dakota reservation town.


Young Adult
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My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Three YA authors play fast and loose with history in this fantastical, comic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey involving magic and shapeshifting.


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The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson

Ambitious superscheduler Andi loses her dream internship, forcing her to face a big empty summer of uncertainty in this funny, sweet, and inspiring novel.

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

Indian and Greek mythology merge in this fantasy debut about a teenage queen who embarks on a hazardous journey of self-discovery and romance.


Nonfiction
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach

The popular science author trains her sights on the weird and wonderful techniques used to keep soldiers safe, sane, and healthy.


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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick

The tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold unfolds in this compelling account of the middle years of the American Revolution.


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The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The physician and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University makes the past and future of genetics personal in this eye-opening book.


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Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Nature and love unite in this unique blend of memoir and science writing by geobiologist Jahren, who cherishes plants as well as her research partner.


Mystery and Thriller
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Hidden Bodies
by John Hart

A wrongfully accused cop seeks justice, a young girl is kidnapped, and a boy plots revenge in this elaborate mystery set in a small town on the brink of chaos.


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Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

In this gripping thriller, a frenzied media demands answers after a private jet crashes off Martha's Vineyard, leaving only two survivors.


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The Girl in the Ice
by Robert Bryndza

Troubled detective Erika Foster investigates the murder of a socialite discovered under a thick sheet of ice in a South London park.

Historical Fiction
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Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

This bewitching, heartbreaking novel examines seven generations shaped by the horrors of the slave trade and its fallout in Africa and the United States.


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Barkskins
by Annie Proulx
Two Frenchmen leave their homes to work as wood-cutters (or "barkskins"), triggering centuries of turmoil in this sweeping saga of greed and lust.

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The Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by actual events, this unforgettable novel follows three characters whose lives converge at Ravensbrück, the women's-only concentration camp.

Romance
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Idol
by Kristen Callihan

In this irresistible romance, a spunky recluse finds a rock star on her lawn—specifically the world's sexiest rock star on the world's un-sexiest bender.


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Stuck-Up Suit
by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

When the hot guy on her morning commute leaves his phone, Soraya returns it to his office (with a dirty picture of herself) in this sizzling read.


Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Age of Myth
by Michael J. Sullivan

A young man grapples with his destiny as a God Killer in this spellbinding tale of power and rebellion, the first in a new epic fantasy series.


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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
by Ken Liu

This breathtaking collection of short stories probes at the heart of what makes us human, utilizing a full arsenal of fantastical characters and settings.

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The Fireman
by Joe Hill

In this apocalyptic thriller, a pregnant nurse navigates a world on the verge of collapse following a pandemic of spontaneous combustion.


Which book are you most excited to read this summer? Let us know in the comments!


Guess the Guru
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 15, 2016

Can you name the guru who wrote these current motivational classics?



Tell us your score—then strip away stress with Goodreads' guide to relaxation!




Your Ultimate Relaxing Reads
Posted by Danny on July 15, 2016

The simple act of sitting down to read is usually enough to relax even the most uptight amongst us, but occasionally it can be nice to delve deeper. Whether it’s a book about mindfulness, meditation, spirituality or self-esteem, learning specific tips and tricks can help keep you calm, even in times of great stress. We recently took to Facebook and Twitter to see what books you’ve read that have provided you comfort. Your top choices are below.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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10% Happier
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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A New Earth
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
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My Spiritual Journey
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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The Examined Life
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The Power of Positive Thinking
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Peace is Every Step
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Status Anxiety
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Cajun Night Before Christmas
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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365 Thank Yous
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Simple Abundance
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The Magic of Thinking Big
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Need more tranquility? Strip away stress with Goodreads' guide to relaxation!



Tell us your favorite relaxing reads in the comments!
Do You Know Who Wrote What? Take Our Quiz!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 27, 2016



How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments! And be sure to check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.
The Most Magical Children's Sections in Libraries
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 16, 2016

Most libraries invite you to imagine: See those books over there? They look normal, but dragons lurk behind the spines, detectives creep around the pages, and pirates sail off into the covers. If you want any of that story magic to seep into reality, you have to visit the children's section. We've rounded up some of the most fantastic and immersive libraries for kids in the world. Which one do you want to visit?


Brentwood Library

Fairytales come alive in Brentwood Library's whimsical children's section. Children are greeted by a talking owl (operated by a motion sensor…or magic!), and the bookshelves are placed deep in an artificial forest. Stay alert when you visit this library wood! Live animals, magicians, and puppeteers frequently drop by.

What to read while you're there:
Fablehaven
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The Secret Garden
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The Wishing Spell
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The Neverending Story
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East Hampton Library

With ocean rugs below and "book-bird" seagulls above, the Children's Reading Room in the East Hampton Library is the perfect place to get swept up in stories. Kids can browse the shelves of a giant windmill display or chat with librarians at the boat desk before curling up with a new book.

What to read while you're there:
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
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Swiss Family Robinson
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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Peter and the Starcatchers
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Cerritos Millennium Library

Go big or go home at the Millennium Library, recently named the Best Library for Children by Los Angeles Magazine. The adventure begins right at the start, through an entryway made up of massive books fit for a giant. Inside, readers will find a 15,000 gallon saltwater aquarium, a model space shuttle, a T-Rex skeleton replica...and lots and lots of books, of course!

What to read while you're there:
Jack and the Beanstalk
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The BFG
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James and the Giant Peach
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Clifford the Big Red Dog
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Raja Tun Uda Library

Oh, the weather outside is frightful? It never matters inside this sprawling outdoor-themed children's section. Complete with grassy hill, (fake) rays of sunshine, and a life-size "reading tree," this indoor library park is a young book lover's paradise.

What to read while you're there:
Anne of Green Gables
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Warriors
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Inside Out & Back Again
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The Complete Fairy Tales
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Laramie County Library

It's all about hands-on play at the Laramie County Library! Readers can pile into the child-size Bookmobile, or power up the behemoth "Book Factory." On top of that, the library has an after-hours program that gives pre-teens exclusive access to the entire building, which includes an oversized chess board and yummy Library Cafe.

What to read while you're there:
The Little Engine That Could
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Rosie Revere, Engineer
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The Phantom Tollbooth
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Sideways Stories from Wayside School
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Which one is favorite? Tell us in the comments!
And for more fun, check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.
12 Beloved Quotes from Children's Books
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 08, 2016

As part of Summer Reading for Kids on Goodreads, we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's your favorite quote from a children's book? Your top answers are below!


"People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?"
From Anne of Green Gables
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by L.M. Montgomery


"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
From Love You Forever
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by Robert Munsch


"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
From The Little Prince
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by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


"It doesn't happen all at once.... You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
From The Velveteen Rabbit
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by Margery Williams


"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
From Winnie-the-Pooh
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by A.A. Milne


"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
From Little Women
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by Louisa May Alcott


"You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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by Lewis Carroll


"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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by J.K. Rowling


"If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be a tree that you come home to."
From The Runaway Bunny
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by Margaret Wise Brown


"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."
From Matilda
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by Roald Dahl


And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
Just go right along, you'll start happening too!

From Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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by Dr. Seuss


"One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."
From The Chronicles of Narnia
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by C.S. Lewis



What's your favorite? Share it with us in the comments!
And for more fun, check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids on Goodreads!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 01, 2016



School's out. Summer's on! All month long we're celebrating the season with great reading recommendations for kids, fun children's book quizzes, and more! Whether you're headed to the beach or to the mountains, traveling the friendly skies or camping out in your backyard, we've got the stories kids will love. So what are you waiting for? Let the book adventures begin!



Children's Books You'll Never Outgrow
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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Green Eggs and Ham
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The Hobbit
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The Secret Garden
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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The Little Prince
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Anne of Green Gables
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The Giving Tree
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Children's Books with the Best Sidekicks
Calvin and Hobbes
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Charlotte's Web
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Peter Pan
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Beezus and Ramona
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Underrated Children's Books Everyone Should Read
The Story About Ping
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Five Children and It
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The Hundred Dresses
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Home Price
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What book made you fall in love with reading? Join the discussion here!
How Well Do You Know Famous Children's Book Covers? Take Our Quiz!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on May 31, 2016



How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments! And be sure to check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.
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