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12 Books with Plot Twists Even the Queen of Crime Wouldn't Have Seen Coming
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on September 15, 2016




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Agatha Christie was born 126 years ago today! The Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple creator is the best-selling novelist of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, and has kept generations of readers guessing with genre-defining capers like And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and Murder at the Vicarage. To celebrate the inimitable Queen of Crime and her love of surprise endings (the reveal in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is still one of our all-time favorites), we asked you on Facebook and Twitter: What book has the best plot twists? Your top answers—full of enough madness, mayhem, monsters, and murder to make Christie proud—are below. How many of them have you read? Did you guess any of the twists before they happened?


Fight Club
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Jane Eyre
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Gone Girl
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Ender's Game
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The Thirteenth Tale
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Shutter Island
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The Final Empire
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We Were Liars
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Wayward Pines
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Fingersmith
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My Sister's Keeper
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A Game of Thrones
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What book's twists impressed you the most? Titles only, please—no spoilers!
(Image credit: Lucy Mangan and Mark Thomas for The Guardian.)
Fashionable Reads for Fashion Week
Posted by Danny on September 14, 2016

Fashion Week is in full swing and this season's hottest accessory isn't the latest It bag, but the industry book you slip inside it. From models, to McQueen, to Miuccia, and more, there's something for every fashion lover. So if you can't make it to one of the shows in New York, London, Paris, or Milan, simply curl up with one of these books in the comfort of your home; then do a little turn on the catwalk.


Tales From the Back Row
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The Beautiful Fall
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GIRLBOSS
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A.L.T.
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I'll Drink to That
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The Asylum
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The Battle of Versailles
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Grace
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Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin
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House of Versace
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The Woman I Wanted to Be
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Champagne Supernovas
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Hijacking the Runway
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Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life
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D.V.
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The End of Fashion
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Blow by Blow
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Dior by Dior
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Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster
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Unbroken
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Is your favorite fashionable read missing? If so, tell us in the comments below.
What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on September 13, 2016

Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got seven! Bulk up your Want to Read shelf with these brand-new titles.


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Jerusalem
by Alan Moore

You should read this book if you like: Mythology, historical fiction, genre-bending fantasy, "a tale of everything, told from a vanished gutter"


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Where Am I Now?
by Mara Wilson

You should read this book if you like: Memoirs, former child stars, hilarious and poignant essays, Twitter wit, coming-of-age stories



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Darktown
by Thomas Mullen

You should read this book if you like: Mysteries, police dramas, honest and harrowing depictions of the pre-Civil-Rights era, slow-burn thrillers



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Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett

You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, family sagas that span generations, "the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility"


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Roman Crazy
by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, Rome, second-chance love stories, Italian food (and Italian men)
First in a new series!


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The Hidden Life of Trees
by Peter Wohlleben

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, natural history, the science behind everyday things, forests, environmentalism


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The Reader
by Traci Chee

You should read this book if you like: YA fantasy, heroines that hunt, rich and complex new worlds, the magic of stories, the power of readers
First in a new series!



What are you reading this week? Let's talk books in the comments!


25 Big Books of Fall
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on September 06, 2016


Time to pack up the beach blankets and pool toys, readers. Summer may be coming to a close, but fall is just around the corner! Do you know what that means? For us, it's curling up in big blankets and sipping a hot beverage by the fire—book in hand, of course. To help prepare you for cozy fall reading sessions, we've crunched the numbers to find the biggest, buzziest books of the season. These are stories your fellow Goodreads members can't wait to devour: Shakespearean mischief on a prison stage, magic and madness in a reimagined Wonderland, deathbed confessions of existential adventure, and more! What catches your eye?


FICTION
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Hag-Seed
by Margaret Atwood
Release date: October 11


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Here I Am
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Release date: September 6


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Swing Time
by Zadie Smith
Release date: November 15


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Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett
Release date: September 13


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Moonglow
by Michael Chabon
Release date: November 22


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The Wangs vs. the World
by Jade Chang
Release date: October 4


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Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
Release date: October 11


YOUNG ADULT
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Heartless
by Marissa Meyer
Release date: November 8


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The Reader
by Traci Chee
Release date: September 13


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The Sun Is Also a Star
by Nicola Yoon
Release date: November 1


NONFICTION
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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Release date: December 6


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Love Warrior
by Glennon Doyle Melton
Release date: September 6


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Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick
Release date: November 15


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Every Falling Star
by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Release date: September 13


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Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge
Release date: October 4


MYSTERY AND THRILLER
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The Vanishing Year
by Kate Moretti
Release date: September 27


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Fractured
by Catherine McKenzie
Release date: October 4


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Nutshell
by Ian McEwan
Release date: September 13


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The Chemist
by Stephenie Meyer
Release date: November 15


FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION
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Jerusalem
by Alan Moore
Release date: September 13


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Everfair
by Nisi Shawl
Release date: September 6


ROMANCE
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Punk 57
by Penelope Douglas
Release date: October 21


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The Protector
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Release date: September 6


HISTORICAL FICTION
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A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
Release date: September 6


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The Wonder
by Emma Donoghue
Release date: September 20




What books are going on your Want to Read shelf this fall? Let us know in the comments!

Name the Relaxing Read
Posted by Danny on September 01, 2016

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28 Books That Changed Your Life
Posted by Catherine on September 01, 2016

Sometimes we read a book and its effect is so profound it's like a switch has been thrown. We see things slightly differently, or we adopt a new approach to old problems. We're inspired, comforted, challenged, motivated, encouraged, even bowled over—and that book stays with us. We asked you on Facebook and Twitter to name the books that prompted a positive change in your life. Readers described eye-opening and unforgettable books that helped them become more compassionate, appreciative and positive, as well as books that, as one reader puts it, "get into a person's heart and soul." Take a look at the top picks below.


The Last Lecture
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The Gifts of Imperfection
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The Alchemist
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Eat, Pray, Love
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The Shack
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The Prophet
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Why Me, Why This, Why Now?
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The Four Agreements
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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Gift from the Sea
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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
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Quiet
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Who Moved My Cheese?
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The Secret
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Your Erroneous Zones
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The Happiness Project
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The Purpose Driven Life
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10% Happier
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Tuesdays with Morrie
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Illusions
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On Fear
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Ishmael
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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The Highly Sensitive Person
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
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Man's Search for Meaning
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Siddhartha
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Tell us the book that changed your life in the comments! Then strip away stress with Goodreads' guide to relaxation.


Now You Can See Your Goodreads Friends’ Updates – Right in Kindle for iOS (U.S. Members)
Posted by Eric Franklin on September 06, 2016

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, “The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge”

Are you a Kindle reader? We have more good news for you! Today, we’re introducing Goodreads Updates inside Kindle for iOS. Seeing and discussing what your friends are reading is now just one tap away in the same app where you read your books.

Books, Books, and More Books!
With Goodreads Updates in Kindle for iOS, you can see your friends’ latest updates about books they are reading and want to read, reviews and ratings of books they’ve read, quotes that were significant to them in the books they’re reading, and more.

Want additional ideas on books to read? (And why wouldn’t you?!) Right underneath each update, you’ll also see the other books your friend has added to that same shelf. For example, if your friend just marked a new book as “Want to Read,” you’ll see and can quickly swipe through the other books she wants to read. It’s all designed for serendipity – helping you find more delightful moments when you discover a book you might have missed, or are reminded of a book you’ve been meaning to read.


Spark a Discussion with Likes and Comments
Notice a friend has started reading one of your favorite books? Like it and let her know. Use the comments to ask questions, share a different perspective, or have a “you too?” moment with your friends.


Instantly Start Reading
We often hear from Goodreads members that learning about new books from friends is one of the top ways they discover new books to read. Has a book your friend is reading caught your interest? With one tap you can download a free sample…and then just start reading. ☺

Tip: When using Kindle for iOS, remember that you can’t buy books directly inside the app. Here’s a handy reminder on how to buy Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad:
1) Open the Kindle Store in Safari (http://amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks). Better yet – save it as a bookmark on your home screen.
2) Search for your book
3) Tap “Buy now with 1-click”

I want to use it now! How do I get it?
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 the app. Alternatively, click here to go to Goodreads.com, and scroll to the Amazon section to connect your accounts.
3) Open up the app and click on “goodreads” in the top navigation bar to see your Goodreads Updates.

Didn’t you just add some other new Goodreads + Kindle features last month?
Yes! This is the latest in a series of new features making reading with Kindle even better for Goodreads members. Check out Auto-Updates on Kindle for iOS and Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads—stay tuned for more to come.

How does this work with the Goodreads app?
Both apps work in harmony with each other. Just as we’ve done with Kindle E-readers and Fire tablets, we’re bringing the Goodreads features most closely associated with reading right into the Kindle for iOS experience. When you want to use more of the rich set of features Goodreads has to offer, just open up the Goodreads iOS app. Remember that to access Goodreads features on Kindle for iOS, Kindle E-readers, and Fire tablets, you need to link your Goodreads account to Amazon. To do this on Goodreads.com, click here and scroll to the Amazon section.

How do I control what my friends see from me in their Goodreads Updates?
As always, you have full control over what you share on Goodreads. Books, quotes, reviews and other items only appear if you decide to share them. And any time you want to double check what you have shared, you can go to your Goodreads profile on the Goodreads apps or on Goodreads.com. You can find more information here.

When will Goodreads Updates be available for Kindle for iOS users outside the U.S.?
We will announce additional marketplaces as we roll them out. Currently, Goodreads Updates is available for U.S. customers who have an Amazon.com account and have linked their Goodreads and Amazon accounts. (You can link them here.)

When will Goodreads be integrated into Kindle for Android?
We will share more information when it’s available. In the meantime, you can use the free Goodreads Android app to see your Goodreads Updates.

Ready to check it out? Download the latest version of Kindle for iOS here.

Let us know what you think!
What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 30, 2016

Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got seven! Bulk up your Want to Read shelf with these brand-new titles.


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The Nix
by Nathan Hill

You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, American history, humor, family secrets, modern quests


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Her Darkest Nightmare
by Brenda Novak

You should read this book if you like: Suspense, psychopaths, romance, protagonists with a (dark) past, Alaska

First in a new series!


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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
by Jaye Robin Brown

You should read this book if you like: YA romance, frank portrayals of teen life, humor, faith, "star-crossed" lovers



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Pablo Escobar: My Father
by Juan Pablo Escobar (translation by Andrea Rosenberg)

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, biographies, infamous drug kingpins, inside scoops


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My Fair Princess
by Vanessa Kelly

You should read this book if you like: Regency romance, tomboy princesses, dashing dukes, scandals, misguided makeovers

First in a new series!


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Furthermore
by Tahereh Mafi

You should read this book if you like: Middle grade fantasy, adventure, magic, missing parents, mythical journeys


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A Story to Kill
by Lynn Cahoon

You should read this book if you like: Cozy mysteries, unexpected murder, civilians solving crimes, B&Bs, books about writers

First in a new series!



What book are you reading this week? Do any of the above catch your eye? Let's talk books in the comments!


9 Book Villains You Love to Hate
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 27, 2016



Sometimes it's just better (or at least more fun) to be bad…. Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: Who's your favorite book villain? Your top answers are below!


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Pennywise
It by Stephen King

"The face of the clown in the stormdrain was white, there were funny tufts of red hair on either side of his bald head, there was a big clown-smile painted over his mouth… Then the clown's face changed."


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Cersei Lannister
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

"She never forgets a slight, real or imagined. She takes caution for cowardice and dissent for defiance. And she is greedy. Greedy for power, for honour, for love."


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Count Olaf
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

"His face was unshaven, and rather than two eyebrows, like most human beings have, he had just one long one. His eyes were very, very shiny, which made him look both hungry and angry."


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Negan
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

"I don't feel sad…. I don't feel scared…. I don't feel happy. I'm just…here. That's my strength. That's why I'm alive. You tell me I have to crush a field of babies to keep breathing? Sure."



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Levana
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

"Levana's face was fiercely beautiful. Breathtaking in her viciousness."


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Professor Moriarty
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

"He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson…. He sits motionless, like a spider in the center of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and he knows well every quiver of each of them."


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Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

"They found Professor Umbridge already seated at the teacher's desk, wearing the fluffy pink cardigan of the night before and the black velvet bow on top of her head. Harry was again reminded forcibly of a large fly perched unwisely on top of an even larger toad."


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Jonathan Randall
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

"The wary dislike stamped on his face was mingled with a touch of superstitious awe. After all, when you turn someone out into the midst of a pack of wolves on a cold winter evening, you rather expect them to cooperate by being eaten forthwith."


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The Darkling
The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

"The Darkling slumped back in his chair. 'Fine,' he said with a weary shrug. 'Make me your villain.'



Did we miss your favorite book villain? Tell us about him or her (or it!) in the comments.

What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 23, 2016

Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We've got seven! Bulk up your Want to Read shelf with these brand-new titles.


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Under the Lights
by Abbi Glines

You should read this book if you like: Young adult, romance, small-town stories, football


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The Perfect Horse:
The Daring American Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis

by Elizabeth Letts

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, history, thrillers, horses

Check out the books Letts recommended to Goodreads members!


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Breath of Earth
by Beth Cato

You should read this book if you like: Fantasy, alternate history, assassins, steampunk



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First Star I See Tonight
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

You should read this book if you like: Sports romance, mysteries, humor, Chicago

Check out our interview with Phillips!


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The One Man
by Andrew Gross

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, thrillers, World War II, dangerous missions


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The Rat Prince
by Bridget Hodder

You should read this book if you like: Fairy tale retellings, children's books (specifically middle grade!)


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Between Two Fires
by Mark Noce

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, the Middle Ages, barbarians, romance



What book are you reading this week? Do any of the above catch your eye? Let's talk books in the comments!