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10 Book Weddings That Made Us Believe in Happily Ever After
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 10, 2016



Here comes the fictional bride and groom! For #RomanceWeek16, we've invited ourselves back to the book weddings that made us swoon, smile, laugh, and cry. From intimate candle-lit ceremonies to blow-out bashes, these are the ceremonies—and receptions!—we wished we had been invited to in real life (plus one wedding we're looking forward to "attending" in just a couple of months).


Anne and Gilbert's Wedding
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Anne's House of Dreams
by L.M. Montgomery

Why we love it: "Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting."


Claire and Jamie's Wedding
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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

Why we love it: "The pressure of his fingers on mine increased. I had the impression that we were holding each other up; if either of us let go or looked away, we would both fall down. Oddly, the feeling was mildly reassuring. Whatever we were in for, at least there were two of us."


Jamie and Landon's Wedding
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A Walk to Remember
by Nicholas Sparks

Why we love it: "I kissed Jamie softly as my mother began to cry, then held Jamie's hand in mine. In front of God and everyone else, I'd promised my love and devotion, in sickness and in health, and I'd never felt so good about anything."


Buttercup and Humperdinck's Wedding
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The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Why we love it: "Mawidge is a dweam wiffin a dweam. The dweam of wuv wapped wiffin the gweater dweam of everwasting west. Eternity is our fwiend, wemember that, and wuv wiw fowwow you fowever." (Some weddings are so bad they're good.)


Clare and Henry's Wedding
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The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Why we love it: "The Mass proceeds, and I think this is all that matters: he's here, I'm here, it doesn't matter how long, as long as he's with me…. We walk down the aisle, arm in arm, together."


Jane and Rochester's Wedding
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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

Why we love it: "Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk, were alone present."


Judith and Iain's Wedding
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The Secret
by Julie Garwood

Why we love it: "'Judith, do you take Iain for your husband?'
She looked up at Iain before giving her answer. 'We'll see.'
'That won't do, lass. You've got to say I do,' he advised.
'Do I?'"


Annie and Finnick's Wedding
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Mockingjay
by Suzanne Collins

Why we love it: "Dancing transforms us. We teach the steps to the District 13 guests. Insist on a special number for the bride and groom. Join hands and make a giant, spinning circle where people show off their footwork."


Juliet and Romeo's Wedding
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Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Why we love it:"Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, brags of his substance, not of ornament: They are but beggars that can count their worth; but my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth."


Eva and Gideon's Wedding
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One with You
by Sylvia Day

Why we love it: Yes, this tumultuous couple eloped earlier in the wildly popular Crossfire series, but we're still holding out for their big official day. Coming this April 2016…we're totally crashing.



Who's your favorite book couple? Share with us in the comments!

(Top image credit: Starz's Outlander, based on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.)

Exclusive Excerpts from Hotly Anticipated Books by J.R. Ward, Maya Banks, and Lisa Kleypas!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 09, 2016

We hate to be a book tease, but we know how much it excites you…. That's why we're sharing three exclusive excerpts from hotly anticipated romance titles of 2016 as part of #RomanceWeek2016.

These are stories of passionate affairs, sexy beasts, and heartbreaking betrayals that will give you a taste of what's to come, and leave you wanting more. Click on the links below to find the quickie reads in each author's writing section.


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The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
by J.R. Ward


Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetite, life was supposed to be perfect with Mary, his beloved shellan, by his side. But Rhage can't understand the panic and insecurity that plagues him. When he's faced with reassessing his priorities, the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary's.

Publication date: April 5

Line that sets the mood: "Talk about doing a solid—and a one-eighty. The drug dealer had come through for the Brotherhood, making good on his promise to cut business ties with the Lessening Society by delivering the Fore-lesser's head in a box to Wrath's feet. He also divulged the location of this bolt-hold the layers had been using as HQ. Annnnnd that was how everyone had ended up here."

Read the excerpt here.



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Dominated (The Enforcers #2)
by Maya Banks


Drake's enemies would exploit any weakness he had in order to bring him to his knees, so he never allowed himself to care about anyone. Until his angel, Evangeline, slipped past his defenses like no on had ever managed to before. To save her, he had to betray her… but now he will stop at nothing to get her back. Evangeline must decide if she can once more trust—and submit—to the man who holds her wounded heart in his hands.

Publication date: May 3

Line that sets the mood: "Angel," he whispered, his voice cracking. "You have every reason to hate me, to despise the very sight of me. What I did was unforgivable. But I had no choice... Give me a chance, Angel. God, give me a chance to make this right. So that you'll want me again. Just me and nothing else. I will never doubt you, I never have. But I will make damn sure you never have reason to doubt me again."

Read the excerpt here.



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Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2)
by Lisa Kleypas


A ruthless tycoon. A sheltered beauty. From the moment common-born Rhys Winterborne meets the shy, aristrocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. Her gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. And as Rhys's enemies conspire against them, Rhys and Helen must risk the unthinkable.

Publication date: May 31

Line that sets the mood: "Please," she eventually said, "you must forgive me. I'm far too shy. I don't wish for you to think me foolish. As for the other day, that… that was my first kiss. I didn't know what to do, and I was quite overwhelmed." How easily Helen had undone him. A few words, and he was ready to fall to his knees before her.

Read the excerpt here.



Which romance book are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments!
20 Books That Will Hook You From the Very First Page
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 06, 2016

Readers can be patient people, but sometimes we want a book that grabs us right from the start—a story that'll have us flipping pages after only a few moments of bookstore browsing or ereader previewing. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a book that hooked you from the very first page? Check out the books that received the most shout-outs below!


The Martian
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Big Little Lies
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The Kite Runner
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Beloved
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In the Woods
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The Book Thief
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Fangirl
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The Gunslinger
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Angela's Ashes
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The Time Traveler's Wife
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The Killing Floor
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The Rosie Project
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An Ember in the Ashes
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The Goldfinch
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Ready Player One
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The Shadow of the Wind
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The Eyre Affair
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A Suitable Boy
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Room
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A Discovery of Witches
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Did the books that hooked you not make the list? Don't keep them to yourself—share the titles with us in the comments!


Can You Feel the Love? It's Romance Week on Goodreads!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 08, 2016



Where is the love? On Goodreads, of course! All this week, we're celebrating the readers, writers, and books that get our hearts racing. Join the fun by tagging your posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest #RomanceWeek16.

Here's what you can look forward to:

Monday: Ask your favorite romance writers a question! Debbie Macomber, Nalini Singh, Josh Lanyon, and many more writers are taking questions via Ask the Author. Browse our list of writers here. We'll keep updating this throughout the week to help you discover even more great books!

Tuesday: We have some titillating teasers lined up for you from some of the hottest books of the year. Find quickie reads here from J.R. Ward, Lisa Kleypas, and Maya Banks that will leave you wanting more...

Wednesday: We pored over hundreds of romance books—tough job, we know—to put together a list of the fictional weddings that make us swoon (plus one anticipated wedding we can't help but fantasize about).

Thursday: Book groups help you share your passion with like-minded readers. We're putting the spotlight on some of the most popular romance groups on Goodreads!

Friday: What did we learn about love? We'll find out with a recap of all the chatter this week. Also, Colleen Hoover will be answering twenty of your questions today so be sure to check her Ask the Author!

Some of our favorite romance writers are answering reader questions this week! To get things started, we asked them a question of our own:


COLLEEN HOOVER, author of Hopeless:


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"Mud Vein isn't a typical romance novel. It's more suspense than anything, but the small amount of romance that is in the novel is very profound. This is one of my favorite scenes between the main characters, Senna and Isaac."

Ask Colleen Hoover a question here!



JOSH LANYON, author of Fatal Shadows:


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"There's a line in Dorothy L. Sayers' classic mystery novel Gaudy Night. Amateur sleuth Lord Peter has been pursuing academic brainiac Harriet Vane for five years and six books. He regularly proposes to her (and she regularly turns him down in no uncertain terms). At the end of Gaudy Night he asks her one final time in Latin—respectfully acknowledging her independence and achievements (and knowing if she refuses him this time, it truly is over). It probably doesn't seem like much, but give how restrained and cerebral these books are…whoo boy!"

Ask Josh Lanyon a question here!



SYLVIA DAY, author of the Crossfire series:


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Ask Sylvia Day a question here!



MARJORIE LIU, author of The Iron Hunt:


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"I can't remember the first time I encountered that poem, though I'm certain it was in high school—and I'm equally certain I was overcome with the same exquisite heartache that fills me even now after decades of reading that line, that poem, all his poems. It is, to me, the perfect expression of how I feel about love: that love is a bond, that love does battle, that love overcomes. I've held that line, that entire volume of poetry, close to my heart. I reach to it, always, for inspiration."

Ask Marjorie Liu a question here!



DEBBIE MACOMBER, author of The Shop on Blossom Street:


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"The book is The Desperate Game by Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz's pen name), published in 1986. The book starts out with this line. It drew me right into the book because it made me laugh and I was impressed with how clever it was. "

Ask Debbie Macomber a question here!



NALINI SINGH, author of Slave to Sensation:


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"It's so hard to narrow things down to one line, but from the first moment I read it, this line from Jane Austen's Persuasion has made my romance-reader heart ache in a wonderful way. I've added a couple more lines from Captain Wentworth's letter because the entire thing is pure romance.

Ask Nalini Singh a question here!



ABIGAIL ROUX, author of Armed and Dangerous:


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"I know it's not your usual romance, but this was the first line I'd ever read in a book that filled me awe and hope over how a relationship could be. A love, whether romantic or platonic, should be exactly how the Musketeers treated each other; All for one, one for all!

Ask Abigail Roux a question here!



ELOISA JAMES, author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast:


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"My teenage daughter fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars, and ended up reading it aloud to me. We both agree that this is a wonderful line: it really catches the way one falls in love, "slowly, and then all at once."

Ask Eloisa James a question here!



BRENDA JACKSON, author of Irresistible Forces:


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"My favorite romantic line comes from favorite novel Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodwiss. Throughout the novel, Shanna consistently fights her love for Ruark, yet he continues to love her. That is something she doesn't understand, the depth of his love."

Ask Brenda Jackson a question here!



SHAYLA BLACK, author of Wicked Ties:


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"One of the first things that ever struck me as romantic was actually from a children's book."

Ask Shayla Black a question here!


What's the most romantic line you've ever read in a book? Tell us in the comments!
Got a Kindle E-reader? Now Your Goodreads Want to Read List Is on the Kindle Home Page!
Posted by Sukhesh Miryala on February 03, 2016

If you read on a Kindle ereader, we know that moment you are thinking of: You've just finished a book, and you're ready for another. Now we've made it even easier to access your Goodreads to-read list! We worked with the Kindle team, and the latest Kindle ereader software update puts your Goodreads Want to Read list (and if you have one, your Amazon Wish List) front and center on the Kindle Home page. Goodreads is great at helping you find your next favorite book—now it will be simpler than ever to start reading it!


See what your Goodreads friends are reading, right from your Kindle.

Seeing what friends are reading is one of our favorite ways to discover new books on Goodreads. The new Kindle ereader Home screen rotates to show you personalized recommendations and books your Goodreads friends are reading, along with a profile photo of a friend who has it their shelves. Tap on the profile photo to see more friend activity around the book, including your friends' reviews. Tap on the book itself to download a sample or purchase and start reading! Books are always better with friends.


Our updated version of Goodreads is available in a free, over-the-air software update delivered automatically on the new Kindle, the Kindle Voyage, and the last two generations of Kindle Paperwhite in the United States, Canada, India, UK, Ireland, and Australia in the coming weeks. Can't wait? You can also visit Fire & Kindle Software Updates to download it manually now.

Wondering when your country or device will get this? Goodreads is currently available on the latest versions of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets in the United States, Canada, India, UK, Ireland, and Australia. We don't have details to share about other devices or about introducing Goodreads to Kindle e-readers or Fire tablets in other countries at this time. However, our goal is to provide the Goodreads experience on Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets to as many of our members as possible. In the meantime, other options to consider are our iPhone/iPad app or our Android app, available from the Amazon Appstore for Android or from Google Play.

Let us know what you think of these new features!

Inspiring the Artist in Everyone: Writers and Artists Share Handwritten Lists of Their Favorite Influential Books
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 02, 2016

Here at Goodreads we're inspired by stories and essays and art—but what inspires the people who create them? We partnered with ForYourArt and asked writers and artists to share the books that influenced their lives and their careers. The project is called EVERBOOKS. Click the handwritten lists below to explore the recommendations.

And for Los Angeles readers, we have an extra special treat. On February 12, you can attend EVERBOOKS: Artists and Writers Read from Their Favorite Books, moderated by art curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, at the Million Dollar Theater, in conjunction with Printed Matter, Inc.'s LA Art Book Fair. The event is free for ForYourArt and Goodreads readers. (Just use the ticket code "Goodreads" when checking out!) Learn more here.


Miranda July, author of No One Belongs Here More Than You
Janet Fitch, author of White OleanderRodney McMillian, artist

Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Mungo Thomson, artist Catherine Opie, photographer

Eleanor Antin, artist

Aram Saroyan, poet and novelistAna Prvacki, artist



Adriana Ramic, artist William Leavitt, artist

Barbara T. Smith, performance artist

Joseph Mosconi, Fright Catalog artist Mary Weatherford, artist

Jesse Stecklow, artist

Aimee Bender, author Billy Al Bengston, artist

Meg Cranston, artist Piero Golia, artist

Vanessa Place, writer Lisa Anne Auerbach, artist

William E. Jones, artist



What books have inspired and influenced your life? Share them with us in the comments.

203 Years Later, We Still Can't Get Enough of Pride and Prejudice
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 28, 2016



January 28, 1813: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published 203 years ago today. Two centuries later? Fervor hasn't died down. It remains one of the most beloved books in the world, and new adaptations—in book and film form—are coming this year.

What is it about Elizabeth and Darcy's story that is so timeless? To answer that question (or, more accurately, to indulge our Austen addiction), we took a look at some of the most popular books inspired by Pride and Prejudice. (Check out Listopia for a comprehensive list.)


Sequels
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife: Pride and Prejudice Continues
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Death Comes to Pemberley
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Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride
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Mr. Darcy's Daughters
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Retellings from a Different Perspective
Longbourn
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An Assembly Such As This
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Mr. Darcy's Diary
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Modern Updates
Bridget Jones' Diary
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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
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Prom and Prejudice
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Complete Reimaginings
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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Darcy's Voyage: A Tale of Uncharted Love on the Open Seas
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Austenland
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Pulse and Prejudice
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So it's a truth universally acknowledged that—even if Darcy is a vampire, Lizzie needs a prom date, or both of them are murder suspects—the world can never have enough Pride and Prejudice. Is that a good thing? We leave it up to you to decide.

Are you looking forward to more Pride and Prejudice remakes and reinterpretations?

Yes! How shall I bear so much happiness?

No! Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?



Why do you love Pride and Prejudice? (Or do you, like Mark Twain, just not get the appeal?) Let us know in the comments!


Famous Authors Who Were Not Fans of Other Famous Authors
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 26, 2016



Have you ever felt like some famous writers are a little overrated? Well, you're in good company—other famous writers felt the same way (and were neither polite nor cautious about expressing it). Enjoy our favorite author-on-author insults below!


Pygmalion
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by George Bernard Shaw

Not a fan: H.G. Wells
"An idiot child screaming in a hospital."


For Whom the Bell Tolls
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by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: Vladimir Nabokov
"As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 'forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it."


Pride and Prejudice
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by Jane Austen

Not a fan: Mark Twain
"Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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by Mark Twain

Not a fan: William Faulkner
"A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure fire literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy."


Moby-Dick
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by Herman Melville

Not a fan: D.H. Lawrence
"Nobody can be more clownish, more clumsy and sententiously in bad taste, than Herman Melville, even in a great book like Moby-Dick…. One wearies of the grand serieux. And that's Melville. Oh dear, when the solemn ass brays! brays! brays!"


Ulysses
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by James Joyce

Not a fan: Virgina Woolf
"[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples."


Inferno
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by Dante Alighieri

Not a fan: Friedrich Nietzsche
"A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs."


The Cantos
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by Ezra Pound

Not a fan: Gertrude Stein
"A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not."


On the Road
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by Jack Kerouac

Not a fan: Truman Capote
"That's not writing, that's typing."


The Old Man and the Sea
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by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: William Faulkner
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."


The Sound and the Fury
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by William Faulkner

Not a fan: Ernest Hemingway
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"


Twilight
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by Stephenie Meyer

Not a fan: Stephen King
"Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people…. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good."



What's your favorite author-on-author insult? Tell us in the comments!


The Bowie Effect: Discovering New Books Through a Music Legend
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 21, 2016



"Don't you love the Oxford Dictionary?" David Bowie once mused. "When I first read it, I thought it was a really, really long poem about everything."

Bowie, who passed away last week at the age of 69, was always hungry—for art, for knowledge, for music, for being "something more than human." He achieved near-mythical status over the course of his career as a musician, actor, and cultural icon. He was also a bookworm. In 2013, he shared his 100 must-read books with his fans, showcasing his unsurprisingly eclectic reading taste. Modern classics like A Clockwork Orange and The Great Gatsby made the cut, but so did more obscure tales like Infants of the Spring and A Grave for a Dolphin.

In the wake of Bowie's death, the list has gained new life, with fellow book lovers embracing it as a way to connect and to pay tribute. In fact, you can see the effect right here on Goodreads.



The above chart shows the number of users who have recently added, rated, and reviewed The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima, one of the books on Bowie's list. (This information is available for all books on Goodreads. You can find it by clicking the "Stats" link in the top right corner of any book page.) The spike of readers adding the book occurred the day after Bowie died.




Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, a lush historical fiction novel about the decline of a decadent Sicilian aristocracy, experienced a similar spike on the same day.




Unlike The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea and The Leopard, Vile Bodies is not its author's most well-known work. Evelyn Waugh's 1930 witty society tale is usually overshadowed by Brideshead Revisited and A Handful of Dust. But thanks to an endorsement from Bowie, Vile Bodies received more adds that day than any other Waugh book.





Meanwhile, some books on Bowie's list (like David Kidd's All the Emperor's Horses) had almost nonexistent shelving activity leading into January. The spike here, though small, represents a group of passionate readers who discovered something new, all because of Bowie.


Check out the full list of books—and add them to your Want to Read shelf here: David Bowie's Top 100 Must-Read Books.

(Top image credit: David Bowie's READ poster for the American Libraries)
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