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Hello, Lovers! It's the New Goodreads Romance Newsletter!
Posted by jade on February 10, 2015



Can you hear our hearts pounding? We've already got our General and Young Adult newsletters, but now our palms are sweating and our pupils are dilating because we're so excited to announce the debut of the Goodreads Romance Newsletter. Get ready to find out about great new love stories from your favorite authors! In our first issue we have the mysterious (and anonymous) Sylvain Reynard's revealing interview plus a deleted scene from his new paranormal series, The Raven; a sexy video chat with the irrepressible Colleen Hoover; a peek at some hot upcoming covers; a selection of classic erotica for you to read while you're waiting for the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, and more. The newsletter starts hitting inboxes today—if you want to receive it, make sure you've selected Romance as one of your favorite genres. Do that here! Can't wait? Sneak a peek at it here!

And did you know? It's Romance Week here at Goodreads! More than 100 romance writers are currently taking questions from readers—see the complete list here. And if you're looking to pad your to-read list with some steamy picks, check out the Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads!
It's Romance Week at Goodreads!
Posted by jade on February 09, 2015



Can you feel the heat? It's Romance Week at Goodreads! In honor of the launch of our very first Romance Newsletter (read it here), we've declared February 9th - February 13th into a special week dedicated to love stories. More than 100 authors have already joined in! We're talking bestsellers such as Sylvia Day, J.R. Ward, and Jennifer Armentrout, and they have two big surprises in store for you:

Ask the Author: Every single person on this list is answering questions from readers all week long! Want to know more about your favorite character? Wondering how they get in the mood to write a love scene? Just ask!
Discover New Authors: Romance writers are also Romance readers. We've asked all of our participating authors to add their favorite books by other writers to their shelves. Check their Author pages to get more books for your Want to Read list!

Are you a Romance writer who wants to get in on the action? It's easy! Just enable Ask the Author, shelve your favorite Romance books, and use #ROMANCEWEEK15 to chime in on social media! We'll be adding more authors to this complete list of romance authors taking questions throughout the week.

During Romance Week the love is everywhere!
Listopia: Check out the list of featured authors' books, and add your favorite Romance book of all time here.
Groups: Looking for fellow readers who can speak the language of love? Check out the featured section on the groups page for some possibilities, like the Romance Readers Reading Challenge group, the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy fans, and the Wholesome Romance: Harlequin Heartwarming club.
Giveaways: What's better than a love story? A free love story! This week and every week you can find all of our Romance giveaways here.

Yearning for more? Take a look at our list of the Top 100 Romance Books! All of these books are rated 4.0 and above on Goodreads, so you know they'll stoke your literary lust. What's the one Romance book that you think everyone must read? Share your pick in the comments below or vote on the Listopia, and remember, a book lover never goes to bed alone!

"Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze."Elinor Glyn
Ask these glamour-makers how they weave their magic! All of these authors and more are taking questions via our Ask the Author feature.

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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Beth Kery
Author of Glimmer


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Amber Lin
Author of Giving It Up and contributor to Premiere


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Katy Regnery
Author of Breaking Up with Barrett and contributor to Premiere


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Samantha Young
Author of Hero


EROTICA
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HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Sabrina Jeffries
Author of If the Viscount Falls and contributor to Premiere


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Harper St. George
Author of Enslaved by the Viking and contributor to Premiere


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NEW ADULT
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Monica Murphy
Author of One Week Girlfriend and contributor to Premiere


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PARANORMAL ROMANCE
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SUSPENSE
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Sandra Brown
Author of Lethal


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Cynthia Eden
Author of Broken


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Laura Kaye
Author of Hard to Come By and contributor to Premiere


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Diane Kelly
Author of Paw Enforcement and contributor to Premiere


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Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on February 09, 2015

In the mood for a little soulful yearning? Or do you need some sweaty, pulse-pounding action? No matter your tastes, we've got some romance for you! In honor of Romance Week here at Goodreads, we combed through thousands of romance novels to find the top 100 romance novels of all time! You'll find trusted icons like Jane Austen and Margaret Mitchell all the way up to current fan favorites Colleen Hoover and Sylvia Day, with all sorts of timeless, juicy, steamy love stories in between.

To help narrow the field, we limited our results to books aimed at adult audiences (sorry, Twilight) and books with at least a 4.0 average rating (sorry, Fifty Shades of Grey). We found that contemporary romance—especially erotica!—is read in the greatest numbers, but we also included results in popular sub-genres, including historical romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

What's your "number"...how many have you read? Tell us in the comments! You can also view this list on Listopia and compare numbers with friends!

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What's your "number"...how many have you read?


Keep Writing! Authors Share Their Best Advice on Overcoming Writer’s Block
Posted by Cynthia on January 26, 2015

Have you ever been hit with the dreaded writer's block? You're typing away when suddenly the words stop flowing, the ideas dry up, and the blank page glows ominously. What is a writer to do?

Savvy Goodreaders have turned to their favorite authors for advice and guidance using Ask the Author on Goodreads. Here are the top tips they received, from pros like Elizabeth Gilbert, Lois Lowry, and B.J. Novak!

Tip #1: Rethink it!




See Melissa Marr's complete answer here.

Tip #2: Deny it!




See Nick Harkaway's complete answer here.




See Lois Lowry's complete answer here.

Tip #3: Let go of expectations!




See Elizabeth Gilbert's complete answer here.

Tip #4: Take a hike!




See Michael J. Sullivan's complete answer here.




See Richelle Mead's complete answer here.

Tip #5: Change perspective!




See Chris Bohjalian's complete answer here.

Tip #6: Procrastination is your friend!




See B.J. Novak's complete answer here.

And if all else fails, there's always Tip #7: Tough love




See Chuck Wendig's complete answer here.


How do you overcome writer's block? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below, or ask some of these authors currently taking questions!

...now go finish that novel!
Make #timetoread on National Readathon Day! (U.S.)
Posted by Ami on January 20, 2015

Grab your latest book and charge your ereaders, bibliophiles. It's time for the first-ever National Readathon Day. On Saturday, January 24, join readers across America to make #timetoread for four hours in solidarity for literacy. (Of course, if you live outside the U.S. and want to make #timetoread, too, please join in!)

National Readathon Day, sponsored by Goodreads, the National Book Foundation, Penguin Random House, and Mashable, is a nationwide marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24th from noon-4 p.m. (in respective time zones) and a fundraiser for The National Book Foundation’s literacy programs.

Get involved on Goodreads by pledging to read any book you’d like. Visit our Readathon Challenge to share your selection with the rest of the Goodreads community. We‘ll add the book you choose to your “to-read” shelf (if it's not already there) and also add it to a special readathon-day-2015 shelf, where you can see everyone's Readathon picks site-wide!



Maybe you’re in the middle of something so good, you want four hours to finish it. Or perhaps there’s a novel that’s been on your to-read shelf for weeks that you’ve just been waiting for an excuse to start. If you need some suggestions, we’ve also shared our list of the best books of January.

If you’d like to get involved offline, check here for a list of “reading party” events. These events will be held at libraries, bookstores, and schools across the country and have been created so the community can come together to share their love of books!

Where will you be making #timetoread this Saturday? Share it with us in the comments below!
Want to Read More This Year? Join the 2015 Reading Challenge!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on January 01, 2015

Goodbye 2014, and hello 2015! Is "read more books" on your New Year's resolution list? You can create a goal and track your progress with the 2015 Reading Challenge on Goodreads!

Your goal can be as big or small as you choose. Maybe you're aiming to read a book every other month, or maybe you know you can speed through a book a week...it's completely up to you! Pick a number, any number, and you're on your way.

If you're not sure what to read next, we've got you covered. There are lots of ways to find books on Goodreads, and millions of book lovers are sharing their latest discoveries every day. A great way to get started is to rate books you've already read to get recommendations tailored just for you. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be!

You can also find inspiration in one of the thousands of reading groups on Goodreads—including many groups that host reading challenges themed to a certain genre, favorite author, or interesting topic. And don't forget you can browse the book-list bonanza of Listopia, cross your fingers and enter a book giveaway, and check out the recently announced winners and runners-up of the Goodreads Choice Awards!

Now in its fifth year, the Goodreads Reading Challenge continues to grow. In 2014, Goodreads members' collective reading goals surpassed 35 million books—what records will 2015 break?

What is your reading goal? Tell us in the comments!


5 Inspiring Quotes to Wrap Up the Year
Posted by jade on December 29, 2014

Some quotes are unforgettable. With just a few words they can move us in unexpected ways. As 2014 draws to a close, we leave you with five inspiring quotes. Which one speaks to you?



1. "Books fall open, you fall in." —David McCord
David McCord wrote poetry for children. This quote is from one of those poems and is a favorite amongst librarians:
Books Fall Open
Books fall open, you fall in,
delighted where you've never been;
hear voices not once heard before,
reach world on world through door on door;
find unexpected keys to things locked up beyond imaginings.

What might you be, perhaps become,
because one book is somewhere?
Some wise delver into wisdom, wit,
and wherewithal has written it.
True books will venture, dare you out,
whisper secrets, maybe shout
across the gloom to you in need,
who hanker for a book to read.



2. "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." —Sarah Williams
This quote is often misattributed to Galileo, but it is actually from a poem titled The Old Astronomer by English poet Sarah Williams. The full couplet is also beautiful:
Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light.
I have loved the stars too fondly
to be fearful of the night.
Read the entire poem here.



3. "Be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud." —Maya Angelou
A beautiful piece of wisdom from the inimitable Maya Angelou, who died this year at age 86. This quote comes from an episode of Oprah Winfrey's Master Class series, in which Angelou discusses the importance of kindness. Watch an excerpt here.



4. "We read to know we're not alone." —William Nicholson
Novelist and playwright William Nicholson won a Tony for his first Broadway production, Shadowlands, about the deep friendship and eventual love between C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham, who wrote under the name Joy Davidman—this quote comes from Nicholson's script. After Gresham's death, Lewis wrote a powerful meditation on his sorrow, titled A Grief Observed, which includes this touching description:
"She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding all these in solution, my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate, fellow-soldier. My mistress; but at the same time all that any man friend (and I have good ones) has ever been to me. Perhaps more."



5. "Books. Cats. Life is good." —Edward Gorey
Creepy-cute pioneer Edward Gorey was a true lover of cats. They often showed up in his illustrations—perhaps most memorably in his work for T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, which was the inspiration for the blockbuster musical Cats. (Listen to Eliot reading one of his poems here!) Here Gorey says it all, in just five short words.




If these quotes look familiar to you, it's because we create an illustrated quote for each issue of the Young Adult newsletter—these are some of our favorites from 2014.

Did you encounter any great quotes this year? Is there one that will guide you into 2015? Share it in the comments!

Credits: Quote #3 by watercolor artist Shana Frase. Quote #4 and #5 by illustrator Simini Blocker. (Read our interview with Simini here.) Quote #1 and #2 designed in-house.

Personalized Book Recommendations Now on Goodreads on the Fire Tablet! (U.S., Canada & Australia)
Posted by Suzanne on December 22, 2014

The holidays are here! It's time to curl up with a good book...but which one? Now you can access book recommendations personalized just for you inside the Goodreads app on Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, and Fire HDX 8.9, as well as the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Our awesome algorithms work harder than Santa's elves to analyze more than 20 billion data points and deliver surprising suggestions—all to help you find the book you'll want to read next.

Ready to discover a new book? Go to Recommendations in the main navigation menu.

If you haven't used Recommendations on Goodreads before, simply tell us your favorite genres and rate some books, and we'll provide you with personalized recommendations. To learn more about a recommended title, just tap on the book cover and you'll see more details. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be!

Let us know what you think!


2014 - See Your Year In Books!
Posted by Suzanne on December 26, 2014



—Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

What books found you in 2014? Did your reading follow a theme (#readwomen, perhaps?), or did you challenge yourself to read more often? No matter what you read or how much you read, it's time for one of our favorite activities: a look back at all the books you read in 2014!

See Your Year in Books!


Want to know how many pages you read? What was the longest book you finished? Which books got your highest ratings? To see how your year of reading shaped up, head over to your Stats Page.

Last thing...don't keep your 2014 bookshelf to yourself! Share the magic of your year of reading with your friends. You'll find sharing buttons on your Year in Books page.

Was it a good year of reading for you?

Announcing the New Android Updates Feed!
Posted by Libby on December 19, 2014

Android lovers, we’re making your life more beautiful! The Goodreads Android app now features a sleek, redesigned updates feed to help you discover great books and follow what your friends are reading.


The team also released a number of behind-the-scenes fixes and smaller updates in the lead-up to this update. For example, you were able to vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards on your Android app for the first time this year – and you definitely made your voices heard! Check out all of the Goodreads Choice Award winners in the app.

Download the updated app from the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store, and tell us what you think!
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