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Here Are Your Nominees—2013 Goodreads Choice Awards
Posted by Jessica on November 04, 2013 603238

Vote now in the Opening Round! »

Other book awards rely on curated committees and arbiters of culture, but at Goodreads we want to know what you think. It's our favorite time of year again: Today we launch the 5th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, where the winners are determined entirely by your votes! With 20 categories ranging from Best Humor to Best Fantasy to Best Poetry, there's something for everyone. Pick your favorites in the Opening Round, and then come back to support your books that make it through to the Semifinal and Final rounds as the month progresses.

A hearty congratulations to our impressive collection of nominees! We have some interesting match-ups to keep an eye on this year. A "who's who" of literature—including Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb—is duking it out in Best Fiction. Dan Brown's professorial sleuth Robert Langdon has some real competition in Best Mystery from J.K. Rowling's gruff P.I. Cormoran Strike. Can grande dame Maya Angelou hold her own against 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai in Best Memoir? And place your bets for the father vs. son face-off happening in Best Horror, where the mighty Stephen King must stand up against his talented offspring, Joe Hill. Your favorite authors need your votes before the polls close November 25.

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There's no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.

You have three chances to vote. The Opening Round lasts until November 9. Vote now to make sure your favorite books make it into the Semifinals (November 11 - 16) and Finals (November 18 - 25).

Don't wait! Vote for the best books of 2013! »
Two Months Left to Complete Your Reading Challenge!
Posted by Suzanne on October 30, 2013 5246491

We don’t mean to spook you, but we’re about to enter the final two months of 2013! How’s your Goodreads Reading Challenge going?

Congratulations to the more than 3,400 Goodreads members who have already completed their Goodreads Reading Challenge this year! (We’re so envious.)

But, if you’re feeling more challenged than usual, take heart. You are not alone!

Whatever your status with your own personal Reading Challenge, stick by our favorite piece of advice: Keep Calm and Carry On Reading!
The Goodreads Mobile Site Gets a Facelift—Grab Your Smartphones!
Posted by Otis on October 21, 2013 1

More and more, mornings look like this: The alarm rings, you sit up, sleepily grasp for your smartphone, and scroll through your news and updates. According to industry analysts, by 2015 more people will access the web via mobile devices than desktops. And of course, Goodreads is no different. In September, traffic to our mobile web site was up 150 percent from last year, with most of that coming from smartphone users. Now we’re rolling out a beta mobile version of that we think makes navigation on a smartphone easier and more intuitive! When you visit on your smartphone’s web browser, you’ll see the new mobile site as soon as you sign in. (On tablets, you will continue to see the familiar desktop version for now.)

To give you a feel for the new look of the mobile web site, check out these fun screenshots:

Some of the improvements to look forward to include:
  • More organized and easier-to-browse view of your books
  • Simple view of your friends’ updates and what they are reading
  • A cleaner and more useful presentation of book information

This is a beta version and we’re working on adding more mobile-optimized pages in the future, so please stay tuned.

Just to recap, all you have to do to see the new beta site is visit on your smartphone. Enjoy!

Live Video Chat with Malcolm Gladwell, Today at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT
Posted by Patrick on October 21, 2013 175283

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. We'll be discussing his new book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.

This chat has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 22 at 11:30am ET/8:30am PT. Sorry for the inconvenience.

To watch an archived recording of the chat, click here.
Goodreads Is Coming to the New Kindle Fires
Posted by Otis on September 24, 2013 1

When we announced that Goodreads will be coming to the new Kindle Paperwhite a couple of weeks ago, many of you wanted to know if Goodreads integration would be coming to Kindle Fire. We’re happy to share today that the answer is yes, Goodreads will soon be integrated with the new Kindle Fire devices!

With the new Goodreads integration on the new Kindle Fires unveiled by Amazon today, you will be able to:
  • see what your Goodreads friends are reading
  • share highlights and notes as you read
  • track the books you read and want to read and build your shelves
  • read reviews from your friends and from the Goodreads community
  • rate and review books
  • import Amazon-purchased books to your Goodreads shelves.

The Goodreads integration will be coming to the new Kindle Fire devices in the US by an over-the-air (i.e. automatic) Fire OS update in mid-November.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at what Goodreads will look like on the new Kindle Fire devices:

Live Video Chat with Michael Chabon, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick on September 18, 2013 175283

Join us today for a live video chat with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon. We'll be discussing his new book, Telegraph Avenue, now out in paperback. This chat will last half an hour, and if you can't make it, don't sweat it, we will record the chat.

To watch the chat or join the discussion, click here.
Live Video Chat with Anne Rice, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick on September 09, 2013 175283

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with international bestselling author Anne Rice. We'll be talking about her latest book, The Wolves of Midwinter, as well as her previous books, and her life as a novelist. Don't miss this chance to ask a question of one of the truly iconic writers working today!

To ask a question or watch the chat, click here!
Goodreads on Kindle - It's Coming
Posted by Otis on September 03, 2013 1

You asked and it's coming! Amazon has just unveiled its new Kindle Paperwhite, and you can see images of the new Goodreads on Kindle here. You can check out more in this media story.

With Goodreads on Kindle, you'll be able to
  • see what your Goodreads friend are reading,
  • share highlights to Goodreads from inside the book
  • rate books
  • see your want-to-read, currently-reading, and read shelves
  • add your Amazon book purchases to your Goodreads shelves, all without putting down your Kindle.

Integrating Goodreads and Kindle has been one of the most popular requests from our members... we're happy to be able to tell you that Goodreads on Kindle will be coming in an over-the-air (i.e. automatic) update to the new Kindle Paperwhites in a few months.

Of course, Goodreads will continue to be the home for all readers, whether you read print books, read on an ereader or tablet, or listen to audiobooks. We're working on new features and improvements to the Goodreads experience on our website and mobile apps.

Stay tuned for more details!

update: Responding to some of the questions in the comments: Goodreads will be coming soon to the new Kindle Paperwhites in the US and Canada. We don't have any more announcements at this time. But we are working hard to make a great experience for as many members as possible.
Live Video Chat with Jamie Ford, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick on August 26, 2013 175283

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live chat with bestselling author Jamie Ford. Ford's debut novel, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a word-of-mouth smash hit that has resonated with many Goodreads members. He returns this fall with his new book Songs of Willow Frost. Don't miss your chance to ask him a question!

To watch the chat or ask a question, click here!
Summer Good Reads
Posted by Jessica on August 06, 2013 603238

What makes for good vacation reading? According to our 20 million members, this summer it's pirates, sexspionage, historical intrigue, plenty of romance, and most importantly, fantastic writing! These seven warm-weather reads have achieved that coveted 4.0 average rating—and garnered dazzling reviews to back up those high marks. So get reading! And tell us, what vacation books are you devouring this summer?

A Hundred Summers
by Beatriz Williams (Goodreads Author)
4.01 average rating

Ah, young love! So giddy and so doomed. In this juicy beach read, two New York socialites summer in 1930s Rhode Island and get romantically entangled with the same handsome boy. Goodreads member Amy says, "Filled with scandal, deception, and family secrets, A Hundred Summers is the perfect novel to get lost in on a summer's day...a captivating and unforgettable read."

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews
4.03 average rating

Learn the secrets of "sexpionage" as a trained seductress circles her prey, a young American spy. Penned by a former CIA officer, this globe-trotting thriller zigzags across Moscow, Helsinki, Rome, and Athens. Goodreads member Paul says, "Excellent, one of the best spy novels I have read in a long, long time...there is not one dull moment in the entire book."

Cinnamon and Gunpowder
by Eli Brown (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Pirates mixed with fine dining on the high seas? Goodreads reviewers relish this swashbuckling romp about a cunning pirate queen who kidnaps a chef and demands that he prepare gourmet meals onboard her ship—or walk the plank! Goodreads member Annie says, "I lost an entire day to this darn book; it was so fun, suspenseful, and even enlightening...battle scenes galore, dastardly bad guys, dastardly good guys, and great food—what more could you possibly want?"

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley (Goodreads Author)
4.20 average rating

Readers love this romantic novel that mixes history and art with a hint of fantasy. It follows Nicola Marter, a Russian art expert who carefully hides her special talent—when she touches an object, she can see its past—as she investigates the origin of a wooden carving that may have belonged to Empress Catherine. Goodreads member Katherine says, "Kearsley writes in lovely, lilting prose...from first page to last, The Firebird is a sensual, richly imagined tale."

by Max Barry (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Nothing is more powerful or dangerous than words in this riveting thriller about a secret society that trains "poets" to use language to control people, literally. Emily, an oprhaned street hustler recruited by the poets, and Wil, the lone survivor of a catastrophic event that erased his memory, may be the only two who can save mankind. Jaclyn says, "Lexicon is thinky, and tricky, and darkly funny. Read it to get a taste of what sci-fi can be and should be more often."

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
by Gavin Extence
4.10 average rating

This quirky novel follows the coming of age of bookish bully-target Alex Woods, who is a bit of a celebrity since being struck by a meteorite as a child. He goes on an unlikely adventure with a crotchety Vonnegut-reading Vietnam vet. Goodreads member Marleen says, "Thought-provoking...and original, this is the best book I've read so far this is nothing short of brilliant."

White Dog Fell from the Sky
by Eleanor Morse (Goodreads Author)
4.18 average rating

Literary lovers on Goodreads praise the vivid language in this novel that tells the story of a medical student who flees apartheid South Africa for Botswana. Goodreads member Samantha says, "Beautifully written, and both unflinching and compassionate, White Dog Fell From the Sky very nearly achieves that completeness that so many novels strive for."

Want more? Try some Goodreads Listopias: Best Beach Reads 2013, What's the book you can't wait to read this summer?, Smart Summer Reads, and more!