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14 Hottest Books of Summer
Posted by Jade on July 30, 2015

We've crunched some numbers to come up with this fresh new list of summer's hottest books—and they all have a 4.0+ rating from Goodreads members!

From a powerful family drama to a sexy motorcycle club romance, from a brave exploration of America's racial history to a fairy tale that's been getting nearly universal acclaim, these are the books that everyone will be talking about.

Which ones are going on your to-read list?


FICTION
Inside the O'Briens
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Girl at War
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NONFICTION
Between the World and Me
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Pirate Hunters
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YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Uprooted
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Emma
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MYSTERY & THRILLER
Pretty Girls
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Memory Man
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FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
The Library at Mount Char
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Nimona
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HISTORICAL FICTION
Circling the Sun
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Letters to the Lost
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ROMANCE
Nowhere But Here
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Until July
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12 Books Series You Should Catch Up on Right Now
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 28, 2015

Missed the boat on a few awesome book series? (Or caught the boat and then accidentally fell off?) It's never too late to catch up! Use your summer vacation—or your summer commute—to read through a series. The following all have highly anticipated books on the way. Which ones will you be ready for?

Thriller and Mystery

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CORMORAN STRIKE SERIES
Written by Robert Galbraith
Start with The Cuckoo's Calling
Upcoming book: Career of Evil (10/22/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 2

For readers who like… Private investigators, unlucky supermodels, competent secretaries, delicious (and dangerous) twists, murder


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MILLENNIUM SERIES
Written by Stieg Larsson (and David Lagercrantz)
Start with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Upcoming book: The Girl in the Spider's Web (8/27/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 3

For readers who like… Grisly crime thrillers, misunderstood geniuses, tattoos, Sweden, hackers, mathematics, "Terminator mode"


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STEPHANIE PLUM SERIES
Written by Janet Evanovich
Start with One for the Money
Upcoming book: Tricky Twenty-Two (11/17/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 21

For readers who like… Bounty hunters, high jinks, sidekicks (a grandma and a former hooker), brooding love interests who pack heat


Young Adult

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RED RISING TRILOGY
Written by Pierce Brown
Start with Red Rising
Upcoming book: Morning Star (1/12/16)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 2

For readers who like… Fantasy space operas, dystopian bad guys, Roman mythology, the colors red or gold, jaw-dropping plot twists


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THE LUNAR CHRONICLES
Written by Marissa Meyer
Start with Cinder
Upcoming book: Winter (11/10/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 3

For readers who like… Retold fairy tales, the moon, the future, cyborgs with hearts of gold, teenage hackers, evil space queens


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THE 5TH WAVE SERIES
Written by Rick Yancey
Start with 5th Wave
Upcoming book: The Last Star (5/17/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 2

For readers who like… Alien invasions, snarky asides, nail-biting thrills, killers who look human but definitely aren't, journaling, viruses


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THRONE OF GLASS SERIES
Written by Sarah J. Maas
Start with Throne of Glass
Upcoming book: Queen of Shadows (9/1/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 3

For readers who like… Teenage assassins, tyrannical terrors, court conspiracies, exclamation points, scars, heartbreaking betrayals


Fantasy and Science Fiction

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A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE
Written by George R.R. Martin
Start with A Game of Thrones
Upcoming book: The Winds of Winter (TBD)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 5

For readers who like… Epic fantasy, mind-blowing deaths of main characters, winter, dragons, political intrigue, really tall walls, zombies


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THE DAGGER AND THE COIN SERIES
Written by Daniel Abraham
Start with The Dragon's Path
Upcoming book: The Spider's War (1/26/16)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 4

For readers who like… High fantasy, smugglers, ancient priesthoods, hungry Goddesses, authors who have collaborated with George R.R. Martin


Romance

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CROSSFIRE SERIES
Written by Sylvia Day
Start with Bared to You
Upcoming book: One with You (TBD)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 4

For readers who like… Tumultuous relationships, tortured billionaires, healing, swooning, "happily-ever-afters for the f**ked up crowd"


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DESPERATE DUCHESSES BY THE NUMBERS
Written by Eloisa James
Start with Three Weeks with Lady X
Upcoming book: Seven Minutes in Heaven (TBD)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 2

For readers who like… Regency romance, seductive scoundrels, corsets, time limits, audacious marriage proposals


Historical Fiction

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THE TUDOR COURT SERIES
Written by Philippa Gregory
Start with The Constant Princess
Upcoming book: The Taming of the Queen (8/13/15)
Book(s) to read to catch up: 3

For readers who like… Dramatic historical fiction, royals behaving badly, peasants behaving badly, court deviousness, forbidden romance, Henry VIII



What's your favorite series of all time?

10 of the Best Narrator and Audiobook Pairings of All Time
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 22, 2015



When famous voices collide with famous stories, we all win. So this summer, whether you're driving cross country or cruising at 30,000 feet, give your eyes a rest—and your ears a treat—with audiobooks narrated by some of your favorite actors.

(And in case you didn't know, you can listen to free audio samples for over 180,000 Audible titles on Goodreads! Just look for the Listen icon on the Goodreads book page.)


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BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Written by Kurt Vonnegut
Narrated by John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons, Being John Malkovich)

Suggested activities while listening: Wandering around a local arts festival, eating breakfast (too easy?), breaking down fourth walls


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READY PLAYER ONE
Written by Ernest Cline
Narrated by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stand by Me)

Suggested activities while listening: Visiting an immersive virtual world, hunting for obscure easter eggs, making the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs

*Bonus: Wheaton also narrates Cline's new book, Armada.


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BOSSYPANTS
Written by Tina Fey
Narrated by Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock)

Suggested activities while listening: Shamelessly snacking, waking up from a stress dream, trying on your own own pair of metaphorical bossypants


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THE HANDMAID'S TALE
Written by Margaret Atwood
Narrated by Claire Danes (My So-Called Life, Homeland)

Suggested activities while listening: Contemplating your identity within society, babysitting, sticking it to the man


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THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
Written by Tim O'Brien
Narrated by Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad)

Suggested activities while listening: Cleaning your closet or garage, heading to the dentist, avoiding political debates on Facebook


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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Written by Harper Lee
Narrated by Sissy Spacek (Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter)

Suggested activities while listening: Driving through tired old towns, collecting gifts from reclusive neighbors, shooting all the blue jays you want (if you can hit 'em)

*Bonus: Reese Witherspoon narrates Lee's follow-up, Go Set a Watchman.


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NATIVE SON
Written by Richard Wright
Narrated by James Earl Jones (The Lion King, Star Wars)

Suggested activities while listening: Waiting for your home to be fumigated—and then realizing that, in a strictly figurative sense, you resonate more with the rat than with the fumigator


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A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
Written by Lemony Snicket
Narrated by Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, It)

Suggested activities while listening: Playing at the beach on a day you expect to hear very terrible news, "volunteering" at your community theater, setting things on fire


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FAHRENHEIT 451
Written by Ray Bradbury
Narrated by Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River)

Suggested activities while listening: Memorizing Fahrenheit 451 for that inevitable time when society rejects—and then is ready to accept—it


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THE ART OF WAR
Written by Sun Tzu
Narrated by Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire)

Suggested activities while listening: Waiting for your enemies to fall into your carefully constructed trap or relaxing because you now fight all your wars without actually having to do battle


Have a favorite audiobook and narrator pairing? Share it with us in the comments!

16 Best Books Set on the Beach
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 17, 2015



Trips to the Caribbean or the Mediterranean are expensive; books are not. Save some cash this season and enjoy the sun and surf by reading about it. Unlike a real beach trip, you'll be guaranteed a brilliant story without the risk of a sunburn. It's a win-win situation!

From idyllic romance on the New England coast to grim post-apocalypse survival on a ragged shoreline, we've got beaches in every genre. Dive in!


BEACHES WITH A CHANCE OF MURDER AND MAYHEM
The Enchanted Castle
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Emma
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BEACHES FOR SUNBURNED LOVERS
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I Capture the Castle
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The Wind in the Willows
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BEACHES TO FIND (AND TO LOSE) YOURSELF ON
The Iliad
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The Sword in the Stone
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BEACHES FOR ADVENTUROUS INTROVERTS
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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I Manxmouse
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What's your favorite beach read?
9 Timeless Quotes from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 14, 2015



Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman hits shelves today. While we're anxious to catch up with Scout, Atticus, and the rest of the Maycomb gang, we know nothing will ever truly replace To Kill a Mockingbird's hallowed place on our bookshelves and in our hearts. Celebrate the timeless classic with these unforgettable quotes.


1. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

2. "Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts."

3. "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."


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4. "People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."

5. "You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fightin' with your head for a change."

6. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

7. "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

8. "Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. 'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corn cribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"

9. "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

What's your favorite To Kill a Mockingbird quote?
Irresistible Book Recommendations for Every Type of Summer Reader
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 10, 2015

This week we revealed how you do summer reading. We crunched the numbers on where you read and how you read, but the biggest question remains: What will you be reading? If you've still got room in your beach bag—and figurative beach bags always have room for more books—then get ready for recommendations. Because whether you're a jet-setting traveler eager to learn or a cozy homebody hungry for mystery, we've got something for you. What will catch your eye?

For the Amateur Sleuth: Books That Bring Out Your Inner Sherlock
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For the Eternal Academic: Books That Teach You Something
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For the Hopeless Romantic: Books That Steam Up Your Cabana
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For the Late Bloomer: Books You Should've Read in High School
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For the Literary Bookworm: Books That Made All the Top 10 Lists
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For the Daydreamer: Books That Transport You to a Different World
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What books will you be adding to your beach bag this summer?
This Is How Goodreads Members Do Summer Reading
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 08, 2015

We polled Goodreads members about their summer reading habits, and the votes—over 95,000 of them—are in. Guess where 63% of respondents will be doing their summer reading? (Hint: It's not at the beach.) Check out more summer reading revelations below!



What books will you be reading this summer? (And if you didn't get a chance to vote in our polls, let us know how you do summer reading in the comments!)
10 Great Cookbooks to Savor This Summer
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 03, 2015



J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

This summer, take Tolkien's advice. Put aside your hoarded gold, gather up some friends, and start valuing your food. The following cookbooks can help. From decadent bacon chocolate chip cookies to delectable spicy honey and habanero shrimp, there's a little something to inspire every palate. Bon appétit!


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The Lemon Cookbook: 50 Sweet & Savory Recipes to Brighten Every Meal
by Ellen Jackson

Sample recipes: Meyer Lemon Risotto with Dungeness Crab Tarragon, Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta


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Summer Cocktails: Margaritas, Mint Juleps, Punches, Party Snacks, and More
by Maria Del Mar Sacasa and Tara Striana

Sample recipes: Peachy Keen Punch, Ginger-Lemongrass Piña Colada, Tomatillo and Coriander Tequila


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Passion for Pizza: A Journey Through Thick and Thin to Find the Pizza Elite
by Craig Whitson, Tore Gjesteland, Mats Widen, and Kenneth Hansen

Sample recipes: New York-Sicilian Hybrid Pizza, Aloha Pizza, Rolled-Up Calzone with Ricotta and Salami


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Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well
by Maria Speck

Sample recipes: Spicy Honey and Habanero Shrimp with Cherry Couscous, Farro Salad with Roasted Eggplant, Red Rice Shakshuka


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The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes
by Tess Masters

Sample recipes: Green Mojito, Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale, Antioxidant Avenger


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My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season
by Sarah Britton

Sample recipes: Buckwheat Crepes with Purple String Bean Slaw, Life-Changing Loaf of Bread, Raspberry Macadamia Thumbprint Cookies


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Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto
by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay

Sample recipes: Sauces and rubs for all your meat, plus recipes for the fixings. (It's more of a comprehensive barbecue how-to than a straight-forward recipe book.)


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Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats
by Jeff Martin

Sample recipes: Peanut Butter Pretzel and French Toast with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Carrot Cake


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Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
by Dreena Burton

Sample recipes: Sneaky Chickpea Burgers, No-Bake Granola Bars, Apple Pie Chia Pudding


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Cookie Love: 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary
by Mindy Segal

Sample recipes: Brown Butter with Hickory Smoked Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies, Crème de Violet Snickerdoodles



Have an irresistible summer recipe? Share it with us in the comments!

12 Beautiful Quotes of Hope and Inspiration from Helen Keller
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 27, 2015



June 27, 1880: On this day, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a happy and confident baby, precociously starting to talk at 6 months.

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"Then, in the dreary month of February," Keller wrote in her autobiography, The Story of My Life, "came the illness which closed my eyes and ears and plunged me into the unconsciousness of a newborn." Her family doctor called it "brain fever." (Modern experts believe the illness was likely scarlet fever or meningitis.) The fever finally passed, but when it did, she was left, at 18 months old, permanently deaf and blind.

In the face of such adversity, Keller persevered, earning a bachelor of arts degree at the age of 24—the first deaf-blind person ever to do so—and going on to become an author, lecturer, and political activist. Read on for words of wisdom and encouragement from one of the most inspiring women in history.


1."I wonder what becomes of lost opportunities? Perhaps our guardian angel gathers them up as we drop them, and will give them back to us in the beautiful sometime when we have grown wiser, and learned how to use them rightly."

2. "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar."

3. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

4. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

5. "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."

6."Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."

7. "Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."

8. "Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

9. "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

10. "I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light."

11. "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content."

12. "Literature is my Utopia."


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