Goodreads Blog
Goodreads Blog posts (showing 21-30 of 717)
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.

Rate this book
Clear rating
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.



Rate this book
Clear rating
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.



Rate this book
Clear rating
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.



Rate this book
Clear rating
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.


Rate this book
Clear rating
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.








Time for Whisky, Haggis, and Poems: It's Burns Night
Posted by Cybil on January 25, 2017



It's time for Burns Night! You may ask: What is that exactly? Burns Night is an annual event that honors Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns, on his birthday.

It's a tradition that occurs every January 25 and is marked by feasts featuring haggis and, of course, Scottish whisky, that started shortly after Burns's death in 1796. If you'd really like to get into the spirit of Rabbie Burns, feel free to make whisky-fueled speeches about his poems, recite a few of his lyrics, and wear a kilt.

Remembering Blatty

Get to Know Scotland's Most Famous Poet:
Poems and Songs
Rate this book
Clear rating

Burns: Poems
Rate this book
Clear rating

Selected Poems
Rate this book
Clear rating

Collected Poems of Robert Burns
Rate this book
Clear rating


Read more of Burns's work and add his work to your reading list.

Book-to-Movie Adaptations Dominate Oscar Nominations
Posted by Cybil on January 24, 2017



The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with book-to-film adaptations dominating the race for Best Picture. Check out Hollywood's source material before the awards are handed out on Feb. 26 and be inspired to add these books to your Want to Read list.

Adaptations Nominated for Best Picture:
Rate this book
Clear rating
Arrival (Original title: Stories of Your Life and Others)
by Ted Chiang

Other nominations include Denis Villeneuve for best director, and best adapted screenplay.


Rate this book
Clear rating
Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

Other nominations include Octavia Spencer for best supporting actress and best adapted screenplay.


Rate this book
Clear rating
Fences
by August Wilson

Other nominations include Denzel Washington for best actor and Viola Davis for best supporting actress, as well as best adapted screenplay.


Rate this book
Clear rating
Lion (Original title: A Long Way Home)
by Saroo Brierley

Other nominations include Dev Patel for best supporting actor, Nicole Kidman for best supporting actress, and best adapted screenplay.


Inspired? Here are more new and upcoming movies based on books: 17 eagerly anticipated book-to-movie adaptations.
(Top image credit: Hidden Figures)

What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 24, 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.


Rate this book
Clear rating
The Girl Before
by J.P. Delaney

You should read this book if you like: Psychological thrillers, smart homes, control freaks, Rebecca, dual perspectives, books with movie deals



Rate this book
Clear rating
Allegedly
by Tiffany D. Jackson

You should read this book if you like: YA fiction, gritty debuts, stories based on real events, the reality of the justice system, jaw-dropping endings



Rate this book
Clear rating
Rise: How a House Built a Family
by Cara Brookins

You should read this book if you like: Memoirs, epic DIY projects, scrappy and stubborn moms, instructional YouTube videos, empowerment



Rate this book
Clear rating
Days Without End
by Sebastian Barry

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, Irish immigrants, the American Indian and Civil Wars, makeshift families, Man Booker Prize finalists



Rate this book
Clear rating
If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body
by James Hamblin

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, human bodies, illustrations, humorous and educational explanations, cool doctors


Rate this book
Clear rating
This Is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel

You should read this book if you like: Contemporary fiction, a powerful look at the challenges of raising a transgender child, fairy tales, secrets


Rate this book
Clear rating
Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes
by Michael Sims

You should read this book if you like: Biographies, diagnostic geniuses, the birth of the world's greatest consulting detective, "curious incidents"


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

Rate this book
Clear rating
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
by Darynda Jones

The eleventh installment the Charley Davidson urban fantasy series
(Start off the series with First Grave on the Right)



Rate this book
Clear rating
Accidentally on Purpose
by Jill Shalvis

The third book in the Heartbreaker Bay contemporary romance series
(Start off the series with Sweet Little Lies)



Rate this book
Clear rating
The Fifth Petal
by Brunonia Barry

The second book in The Lace Reader mystery series
(Start off the series with The Lace Reader)




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


Happy National Reading Day!
Posted by Cybil on January 23, 2017



Happy National Reading Day, fellow readers! This is our kind of annual event, celebrating reading and encouraging young children to pick up a book.

Want some ideas for finding a good book today? Here's a list of stories for book lovers, or perhaps you can get your friends involved with these best books for book clubs.

For those of you looking to get your kids to fall in love with reading, how about this thick list of best children's books, stories for young science fiction readers, or these 100 young adult books.

First Book


How do you plan to observe National Reading Day?

(Top image credit: Matilda by Roald Dahl)

Readers Share the First Book They Read on Their Own
Posted by Cybil on January 20, 2017



We recently asked our fellow readers: What's the first book you remember reading all by yourself?

More than 1,800 of you shared those memories with us on Facebook. Below are some of your 'first' books—many of them the beloved childhood classics.

First Book


First Book

Join the conversation: Tell us about the first book you read and why that memory stays with you.

Some of Your First Books:
Charlotte's Web
Rate this book
Clear rating

Kristy's Great Idea
Rate this book
Clear rating

Little House in the Big Woods
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Secret of the Old Clock
Rate this book
Clear rating

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Rate this book
Clear rating

Welcome to Dead House
Rate this book
Clear rating

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Rate this book
Clear rating

Little Women
Rate this book
Clear rating

Harriet the Spy
Rate this book
Clear rating

Freckle Juice
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Call of the Wild
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Hobbit
Rate this book
Clear rating


Inspired? Check out this list of books that made you fall in love with reading.

15 of the Greatest Lessons You Learned from a Book
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 19, 2017



From the silly to the profound, the lessons we discover in books have a habit of sticking.

We don't fault the Chronicles of Narnia fan for still checking the backs of wardrobes…just in case. (Book lesson #4,552,134: Magic exists.) And we understand when an Austen enthusiast gives a bleak fellow a chance. He could be her tragically misunderstood Mr. Darcy, right? (Book lesson #1,329,827: Prejudice is bad.)

So what book lessons have stuck with you? We asked for your favorites on Facebook and Twitter, and we were not disappointed. Check out some of the best below.


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from Dune
"Fear is the mind-killer. (Also: Don't waste water!)"
Submitted by Steve



Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from To Kill a Mockingbird
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."
A quote submitted by Alona


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from The Sandman
"That dreams and ideas are truly the strongest power in the universe and that one should never stop dreaming."
Submitted by Donald


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from It
"Don't trust clowns."
Submitted by Imene


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from The Brothers Karamazov
"The biggest lies are the ones we tell ourselves."
Submitted by Deborah



Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from The Siren
"Life is too short to edit yourself."
A quote submitted by M.


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from Tuesdays with Morrie
"Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you feel."
A quote submitted by Fatima


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from Wuthering Heights
"Don't become obsessed with your cousin."
Submitted by Sonya





Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
"A towel is the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have."
A quote submitted by Scott





Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
"There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind."
A quote submitted by Shannon





Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from A Song of Ice and Fire
"If you betray someone, don't accept any wedding invitations from that person."
Submitted by Leo





Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from Siddhartha
"Searching means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal."
A quote submitted by Karina


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from The Giving Tree
"The value of true and lasting friendships. They will enrich your life and break your heart at times…but they are so valuable."
A quote submitted by Alisha


Rate this book
Clear rating
A lesson from almost every series
"Things usually turn out okay in the end. If not, there's probably a sequel."
Submitted by Aruna







What's the best lesson you've learned from a book? Share it with us in the comments!
(Top image credit: To Kill a Mockingbird)

Read with Kindle on Your Android or Fire Device? Now It's Easier to Share Your Reading on Goodreads! (U.S. Members)
Posted by Cybil on January 18, 2017

There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.
Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense

Talking about books with friends and discovering new books to read is the reason why Goodreads was created. And today, if you read with the Kindle app on your Android device or Fire tablet, we've made it even easier to add books to your Goodreads shelves and share what you're reading with your Goodreads friends! This follows the launch earlier this year of the same feature for members who read on Kindle for iOS.

You do the reading, we'll shelve it for you

With the latest update to the Kindle app for Android devices and Fire tablets, you'll have the option to automatically mark each book as "Currently Reading" when you start it and as "Read" when you finish. Just switch it on, and your Updates Feed will show your friends each time you start and finish reading a book in Kindle on Android and Fire devices. We believe books are better with friends, and this feature is another example of how we're making it easier for Goodreads members who read on Kindle to share and talk about the books they're reading.

Switch on, switch off—you decide

As always, we give you full control. Every time you start or finish a book, you have the ability to toggle this on or off. So it's easy to keep on for most of the books you read, switch off when you start a book you'd prefer to keep private, and turn back on whenever you're ready.



Use auto-update to nail your Reading Challenge!

Auto-update ensures that every Kindle book you read counts towards your challenge, so all you have to do is watch your progress bar move closer to your goal.

Now you'll never forget to add a book to your Reading Challenge goal!

How do I switch this on?

This feature is part of the latest update for the free Kindle for Android app (download here), and Kindle for Fire tablets (device will update automatically when connected to a network). To automatically add the books you read to your Goodreads shelves, follow these three steps:

1) Download the latest version of the free Kindle for Android app, to your Android device. Fire customers can check their Fire tablet is running the latest software by going to Settings > Device Options > System Updates, and then selecting "Check Now."

2) If you haven't already, link your Goodreads account to the app. To do this, click here and scroll to the Amazon section.

3) The next time you open a new book to read, a prompt will appear in About This Book asking if you would like to automatically mark your books as "Currently Reading." Set this to "On" and let the app update your bookshelves for you! You have the option of switching this off every time you start a book.

Can I add my book to custom shelves in Kindle for Android?

Not yet—today's launch allows you to add books to the three primary exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read) from inside the Kindle for Android app and Kindle on Fire tablets. You can always add a book to one of your custom shelves in the Goodreads apps or on the desktop site.

What about people who read on Kindle outside of the United States?

Today, this feature is only available to US members. Our goal is to make this available to all Goodreads members who read on Kindle, but we don't have specific timing to share.
Here Are the National Book Critics Circle Finalists
Posted by Cybil on January 17, 2017



The National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists Tuesday for outstanding books of 2016.

The NBCC is made up of 1,000 book critics and editors from across the United States. Its finalists in six categories—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, criticism, and autobiography—are selected by a 24-member board, which also picks the winners.

The prizes will be awarded March 16, which gives you some time to add these books to your Want to Read list! The five finalists for the NBCC's fiction list are:


Rate this book
Clear rating
Moonglow
by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Chabon follows up his bestselling Telegraph Avenue with this book focused on a terminally-ill grandfather sharing his lifetime of memories with his grandson. Average member rating: 4.06.



Rate this book
Clear rating
LaRose
by Louise Erdrich

The author of the National Book Award-winning The Round House brings us the tale of a tragic accident and an act of atonement with roots in Native American culture. Average member rating: 3.87.



Rate this book
Clear rating
Imagine Me Gone
by Adam Haslett

In this novel, a woman must make the choice to go through with her plans to marry her fiancé who is hospitalized with depression. What follows is a novel about love and faith. Average member rating: 3.74.



Rate this book
Clear rating
Commonwealth
by Ann Patchett

Spanning five decades of two branches of a stepfamily, this book by the author of Bel Canto delves into the the far-reaching ties of family and love. Average member rating: 3.91.



Rate this book
Clear rating
Swing Time
by Zadie Smith

The writer who burst onto the literary scene with White Teeth brings us this story of two girls who dream of being dancers, their friendship, and how our roots shape who we become. Average member rating: 3.78.



In addition, the book critics announced that the Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to Margaret Atwood and the John Leonard Prize for a first book to Yaa Gyasi for her novel Homegoing.

See the complete list of NBCC finalists including picks for biography and nonfiction.


What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 17, 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.


Rate this book
Clear rating
Carve the Mark
by Veronica Roth

You should read this book if you like: YA science fiction, the Divergent series, superpowers, teens with the fate of the galaxy in their hands

Roth shared her resolution to "fight for a better world, a better story, a better self" with us. Read it here!



Rate this book
Clear rating
My Life, My Love, My Legacy
by Coretta Scott King

You should read this book if you like: Autobiographies, civil rights heroes, women who change history, getting inspired



Rate this book
Clear rating
The Winter in Anna
by Reed Karaim

You should read this book if you like: Literary fiction, tender "almost romances," meditations on life, North Dakota, haunting memories



A Merciful Death
by Kendra Elliot

You should read this book if you like: Mystery, serial killers, living off the grid, survivalists who aren't good at surviving, FBI special agents



Rate this book
Clear rating
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
by Steve Sheinkin

You should read this book if you like: Nonfiction, Native American history, "America's favorite sport," superstar athletes, underdogs


Rate this book
Clear rating
History Is All You Left Me
by Adam Silvera

You should read this book if you like: LGBT fiction, young love, honest portrayals of teen mental health issues, tearjerkers


Rate this book
Clear rating
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
by Kathleen Rooney

You should read this book if you like: Historical fiction, "love letters to city life," very long walks, stories that alternate between the past and the present


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

Rate this book
Clear rating
Feversong
by Karen Marie Moning

The conclusion to the Fever urban fantasy series
(Start off the series with Darkfever)



Rate this book
Clear rating
The Nowhere Man
by Gregg Hurwitz

The second book in the Evan Smoak thriller series
(Start off the series with Orphan X)



Rate this book
Clear rating
Fidelity
by Aleatha Romig

The conclusion to the Infidelity contemporary romance series
(Start off the series with Betrayal)




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