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Top 10 Historical Romance Books on Goodreads
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 06, 2017


Romance Week is brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

Love isn't what it used to be. Head back to the good ol' days of steamy courtships and extravagant wardrobes—corsets and kilts and bonnets, oh my!—with our roundup of the top historical romances on Goodreads. How many have you read?


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The Duke and I
by Julia Quinn

Their courtship is a sham…or is it? As Daphne and the Duke fake a romance, real feelings begin to emerge, much to their mutual chagrin.



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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

It's the classic tale of bad first impressions! Fall in love with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth all over again as the two meander their way to happily ever after.



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Mine Till Midnight
by Lisa Kleypas

Cam Rohan wants to leave London and return to his uncivilized roots. Then he meets Amelia. Suddenly, "being civilized" doesn't seem so bad.



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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

The beloved story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser begins here. The year is 1945—until a brush with fate sends Claire hurtling back in time to 1743.



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The Bride
by Julie Garwood

At his king's decree, Alec takes an English bride. To his immense surprise, he ends up liking her. Too bad she suspects he killed his first wife.



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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Full of heart and heartbreak, the love story between plain, spirited Jane and arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester is one for the ages.



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Through the Storm
by Beverly Jenkins

With her life in peril, escaped slave Sable chooses to put her trust in Union Officer Raimond, a man she once betrayed…and still loves.



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Into the Wilderness
by Sara Donati

In a remote New York mountain village, a young teacher befriends a mysterious man, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.



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A Kingdom of Dreams
by Judith McNaught

It begins with an abduction. Headstrong Jennifer vows to make life miserable for her captor until one night changes everything.



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North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell

Whisked away to the north of England, Margaret Hale begins a tempestuous relationship with a mill owner in this classic of Victorian literature.




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It's Romance Week on Goodreads
Posted by Cybil on February 06, 2017


Romance Week brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

It's time for love stories, sweet 'meet cute' tales, steamy guilty-pleasure reads, and favorite heartfelt novels. Yes, it's time for the Goodreads Romance Week.

All week we will be bringing you the best in romance leading up to Valentine's Day, including top romance authors (we're talking J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Kristen Ashley, and many more) writing 14-word love stories! Check out their very short (and very clever) stories below.

Check back for more Romance Week!
Visit your favorite author's Goodreads page for their Romance Week updates and follow along on social media using #RomanceWeek.



14-Word Love Stories From Goodreads Top Romance Authors

"'How can I not love you?' I said to Channing Tatum as he blushed."
J.R. Ward

"Mistaken text. Not mistake, but fate. It was you. When we met I knew."
Katy Evans

"Courtesan spy and celibate warrior priest save realm, fall in love. Oops, goodbye celibacy!"
Jacqueline Carey


"She was a woman he couldn't claim. He was a man she couldn't tame."
Brenda Jackson

"An altar-dumped groom tricks his best man and worst enemy into honeymooning together."
Damon Suede

"Blind date to forever: Glances, smiles, holy-forearms, killer-legs, laughter, lips, hands, beds, walls…love."
Emma Chase


"She rescued a wounded wolf…and woke to a man. He smiled. She fell."
Nalini Singh

"See him. Laughter. Conversation. Butterflies. Kisses. Floating. Merging. Terror. Falling. Held. Courage. Forever lifemate."
Christine Feehan



"They met at 17, fell in love. Married at 21, lived happily ever after."
Karen Rose

"The heart drawn on the paper coffee cup that I held until it cooled."
C.S. Pacat



"Black eye. He moved to her, cautious. She looked to him. He was lost."
Kristen Ashley

"Violet shed her rights, Viggo shed his—for what use was freedom without love?"
Bella Forrest

"Every day
Same train
Empty seat
He sits
We talk
We miss our stop."
Kylie Scott

Tell us what you're reading in observance of Romance Week!

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36 Romantic Book-to-Movie Adaptations
Posted by Cybil on February 06, 2017


Romance Week is brought to you by the latest book in Helen Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga, Burn.

Where would romantic movies be without Jane Austen? Or John Green? And what about Nicholas Sparks? Some of the most beloved big screen love stories began as books.

From the sweeping epics to the quirky couples to the ugly-cry tearjerkers, these 36 romantic novels went from page to screen. Which adaptations are your favorites?

Pride and Prejudice
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The Princess Bride
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Gone With the Wind
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How Stella Got Her Groove Back
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The Fault in Our Stars
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Me Before You
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Twilight
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Fifty Shades Darker
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Dear John
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Atonement
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Slumdog Millionaire
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Bridget Jones's Diary
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Brokeback Mountain
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The Time Traveler's Wife
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The Notebook
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The English Patient
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Love Story
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Out of Africa
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Remains of the Day
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A Room with a View
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Legends of the Fall
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The Graduate
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Sense And Sensibility
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Water for Elephants
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Circle of Friends
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Emma
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The Accidental Tourist
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Carol
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Like Water for Chocolate
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Fifty Shades of Grey
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Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
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Carol
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The Silver Linings Playbook
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Waiting To Exhale
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Love in the Time of Cholera
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Wuthering Heights
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Your Super Bowl Reading List
Posted by Cybil on February 03, 2017



Are you ready for some football…reading? Before Sunday's Super Bowl kicks off, Lady Gaga performs the halftime show, and the Puppy Bowl distracts us briefly from the score, why not catch up on on some great books about this American tradition?

What's your favorite book about the great game of football? Tell us in the comments.


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Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger:

The book that launched the movie that launched the television show, this look at the 1988 Permian High School Panthers out of Odessa, Texas, is an unflinching look at the game and the culture around it.


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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis:

Another football classic that was made into a movie, this is a story of a young man who—with the love of a found family—defied the odds stacked against him to become a professional football player.


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When Pride Still Mattered : A Life Of Vince Lombardi by David Maraniss:

You simply can't write about football without mentioning the sport's guru. Lombardi took the sport and made it into an American experience. This biography takes a look at the man behind the myth.


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Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices & Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy:

Dungy, a former NFL player and coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts, was the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl. Here the even-keeled coach tells us the keys to his success.


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Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton:

This journalist is better known as a literary editor who helped found The Paris Review. But here Plimpton recounts how he talked his way into training camp…not as a reporter but as a player with the Detroit Lions.


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Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer by Jerry Kramer:

When Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer decided to keep a journal of his tenth year with the team, he had no idea that his diary would end up capturing an insider's view of an epic 1967 football season that would end with the 'Ice Bowl' against Dallas.


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The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam:

Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots tend to dominate the competition. Here Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Halberstam focused on Coach Bill Belichick for this profile in leadership.


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'I Am Not Your Negro' Filmmaker Wants Readers to Discover James Baldwin
Posted by Cybil on February 02, 2017



A new documentary based on James Baldwin's unfinished book "Remember This House" is introducing one of America's great writers to a new generation of readers. The movie I Am Not Your Negro explores the United States' history of race relations through Baldwin's personal memories of three very different civil rights leaders: Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

The film is garnering numerous accolades including an Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature. The Guardian called the film "a cinematic seance, and one of the best movies about the civil rights era ever made." And Variety said it's "the rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary."

But for Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, this movie is a love letter to his favorite author and a hope that more people will now discover Baldwin's writings.

"I read Baldwin when I was very young. The Fire Next Time opened up the whole world for me," Peck said. "Not only that, I’ve given more than a thousand of Baldwin's books to other people—to friends, to family, to students. And, over all these years, Baldwin has been not only a companion but an incredible instrument for understanding the world."


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The 64-year-old director says that because all of this films are personal, he knew that one day he would make a movie about Baldwin. He said he felt the time was right to make the film because he thought Baldwin's writing was being erased from people's minds.

"I think that moment came when I felt something was missing, a voice was missing. And I saw how over the years some people were either trying to push Baldwin aside or trying to reduce him to a minor writer, which is unacceptable," Peck said.

"Knowing what I know about Baldwin and how he played such an extraordinary role in who I am today, I knew it was an obligation to make sure his words will [resonate] forever. And through the medium of film, younger people will have access to it and ultimately go back to reading."

For those unfamiliar with Baldwin's writing, Peck recommends beginning with The Fire Next Time.

"It’s an incredible book and once you read it, you’ll want to read more. Then after that you can read all of his essays, you can read one or two a day. It’s like medicine, you should take it bit by bit. But you can’t stop, these are texts you can keeping coming back to," said Peck.

Baldwin Quotes

More of James Baldwin's Work:
The Fire Next Time
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Go Tell It on the Mountain
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Giovanni's Room
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The Ninth Configuration
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The movie I Am Not Your Negro was widely released in theaters on February 3. Add James Baldwin's books to your reading list.

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What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 31, 2017

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 standalone titles.


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Caraval
by Stephanie Garber

You should read this book if you like: Young adult fantasy, buzzy debuts, sisters, magic and mystery, sinister circuses, elaborate games



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4 3 2 1
by Paul Auster

You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, family sagas, parallel lives, non-linear storytelling, American history, "the road not taken"



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Behind Her Eyes
by Sarah Pinborough

You should read this book if you like: Psychological thrillers, marriages with dangerous secrets, compulsive page-turners, jaw-dropping endings



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Six Wakes
by Mur Lafferty

You should read this book if you like: Science fiction, clones and DNA manipulation, murder investigations in space, multiple POV characters


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The Blood of Emmett Till
by Timothy B. Tyson

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, political history, true crime, the civil rights movement, social justice, detective stories



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Good Boy
by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary romance, big family weddings, hot hockey players, puppies, hilarious high jinks


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Katharina and Martin Luther: The Radical Marriage of a Runaway Nun and a Renegade Monk
by Michelle DeRusha

You should read this book if you like: Biographies, 16th century European history, revolutionary marriages, rebel nuns and monks, real-life love stories


BONUS: The wait is over—check out three of the buzziest sequels coming out today!

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Long Way Home
by Katie McGarry

The third book in the Thunder Road YA contemporary series
(Start off the series with Nowhere But Here)



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Home
by Nnedi Okorafor

The second book in the Binti science fiction series
(Start off the series with Binti)



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Infini
by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

The second book in Aerial Ethereal romance series
(Start off the series with Amour Amour)




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

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Great Books to Read Aloud During National Storytelling Week
Posted by Cybil on January 30, 2017



Today marks the start of National Storytelling Week! This annual event began in 1993 to support storytelling in England and Wales.

The event, in particular, honors the ancient artform of oral storytelling. So we thought it would be only right to round up some of our favorite books to read aloud.

Tell us what books you and your family love to read aloud in the comments.

Great Books to Read Aloud:
The Hobbit
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The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe
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The Bad Beginning
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James and the Giant Peach
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Charlotte's Web
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Little House on the Prairie
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A Wrinkle in Time
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Where the Red Fern Grows
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Want more ideas? Check out this list of Best Read-Aloud Chapter Books or these Great Read-Aloud Fantasy Books and add then to add the to your Want to Read list.

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Year of the Rooster Reader: Top Books from 'Rooster' Authors
Posted by Cybil on January 27, 2017

The Year of the Fire Rooster begins this Saturday. And as these stars align in the lunar calendar, so can your reading list with these books by authors born in the years of the Rooster.

The rooster is one of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac and in the last 100 years the Year of the Rooster includes 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and now 2017. According to Chinese astrology, people born in these years share similar traits. Roosters are (allegedly) observant, amusing, and outspoken—all traits that make for a good author.

We've rounded up some of Goodreads' most popular 'roosters' and then found their most popular book on the site. Remember, you have all year to catch up!

Books by 'Rooster' Authors Born in 1981:
The Selection
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Shiver
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Fallen
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We Need New Names
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Books by 'Rooster' Authors Born in 1969:
Last Words from Montmartre
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Me Before You
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Eat, Pray, Love
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Room
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Books by 'Rooster' Authors Born in 1957:
InuYasha: Turning Back Time
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High Fidelity
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Marley and Me
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Smilla's Sense of Snow
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Books by 'Rooster' Authors Born in 1945:
Odd Thomas
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Fences
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The Prince of Tides
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Walk Two Moons
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Books by 'Rooster' Authors Born in 1933:
The Road
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American Pastoral
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John Adams
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The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
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Continue your 'Year of the Rooster' reading with these novels set in China.

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The Best Inspirational Quotes from Books
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 06, 2017



When we need a rallying cry to take on the world or a mantra to keep the blues away, we know where to turn…to the wisdom waiting patiently within our books.

So the next time life throws you a grim curveball, take a page from the following books. Get inspired and share your favorite encouraging quotes with us in the comments.


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From A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."


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From The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien:

"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."


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From Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou:

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain."


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From A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."


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From Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde:

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."


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From Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go…"


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From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

"And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."


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From Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein:

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."


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From The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi by Francis of Assisi:

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle."


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From Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery:

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"



Looking for more bookish encouragement? Explore Inspirational Journeys here.

Audiobooks with Amazing Casts
Posted by Cybil on February 01, 2017



For those who love a great audiobook cast, George Saunders's new novel Lincoln in the Bardo seems especially appealing: The audiobook will feature a cast of 166 narrators including the voices of Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Mary Karr, Don Cheadle, and the author himself.

"I love the way that the variety of contemporary American voices mimics and underscores the feeling I tried to evoke in the book: a sort of American chorale," Saunders told TIME, adding that there is one voice for every character in his book. The Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook goes on sale on February 14.

With Saunders's new audiobook possibly becoming a new Guinness World Record holder for most individuals' voices on an audiobook (his publisher is applying for the distinction), it made us think of more great casts to add to our playlists.

And if you want even more audiobook inspiration, check out Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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American Gods
by Neil Gaiman
This full-cast performance was completed for the 10th anniversary edition of American Gods with the author's updated and expanded text. Listen to this one before it comes to television later this year.



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Assassination Vacation
by Sarah Vowell
Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Dave Eggers, Catherine Keener, Stephen King, and Tony Kushner lend their voices to Vowell's witty road trip through American history.



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World War Z
by Max Brooks
This cast includes director Martin Scorsese, The Walking Dead show creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, actor Simon Pegg, along with the author himself as The Interviewer.



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Ender's Game Alive
by Orson Scott Card
Card reimagines his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic, and with a talented cast he takes you into Battle School with young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin as he trains to become a general.


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Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
In the audiobook version of this adored young adult fantasy, each of the seven narrators takes a turn providing their point of view as part of a rugged group attempting to pull off a deadly heist with a potentially huge payday.



Tell us your favorite audiobook cast in the comments! Then check out Goodreads' new audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.