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6 Famous Writers Whose Deaths Were Stranger Than Fiction
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on March 05, 2016

Leave it to authors to "shuffle off this mortal coil" in sensational style. From the bizarre to the unbelievable, these are the stories of writers who accidentally found drama in death. May they all rest in peace (and in the case of at least two people on this list, in pieces).

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Edgar Allan Poe and His Tell-Tale Brain
At the age of 40, The Raven writer was found "in great distress," wandering the streets of Baltimore. He was taken to the hospital, but died shortly after…and no one knows why. In lieu of a death certificate, his obituary claimed he passed away from the absurdly vague "congestion of the brain." Historians have tried to explain the mystery for decades—theories range from an elaborate cooping scheme to carbon monoxide poisoning— but it's likely we'll never know the true story.

Read more: Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrance

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Dante Alighieri and the Body Snatchers
Everyone wanted a piece of Dante. After The Divine Comedy author contracted malaria and died in 1321, his body was buried in Ravenna, exhumed, and then hidden in a brick wall. The reason? Church officials were worried men from Dante's home town of Florence would take the body. Centuries later, the bones were discovered in the wall, thanks to a renovation project. Some of the bones were stolen; few were returned. Basically, Dante now has many final resting places.

Read more: Life of Dante

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Tennessee Williams's Eye-Opener
It should've been an ordinary day. The playwright was hanging out in his hotel suite when his eyes started bothering him. He got out his bottle of eye drops, but on this particular occasion, he ended up choking to death on the bottle's cap. (Some accounts claim a problem with his nose led to him choking on the cap of his nasal spray.) To further add strange insult to strange, fatal injury, his body was interred in a cemetery in St. Louis—even though Williams had explicitly requested he be buried at sea.

Read more: Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

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Jacqueline Susann on the Shelf
Call it sweet or call it odd (sweetly odd?): After the Valley of the Dolls author died of cancer at the age of 56, her husband, Irving Mansfield, had her ashes put in a bronze urn that was shaped like a book. And where else would you put such a vessel? On the shelf, of course! Mansfield kept the book-like urn on his bookcase, next to copies of his wife's books.

Read more: Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann

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Aeschylus and the Flying Tortoise
Poor Aeschylus. The Greek playwright was minding his own business when a tortoise fell from the sky and hit his head. The impact killed him. Fellow writer Valerius Maximus believed an eagle had mistaken Aeschylus's head for a rock. Did you know eagles fly tortoises to a great height and then drop them on a rock to shatter their hard shells? Well, it's a real thing—and if the top of your head looks like a rock, you could experience it first-hand like Aeschylus.

Read more: A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization

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Percy Bysshe Shelley's Hard Heart
The English Romantic poet drowned at sea—the strangeness occurred when his body was cremated. Instead of turning to ash, his heart would not burn. A witness reportedly plucked the heart from the fire and made sure it ended up in the hands of Shelley's wife, Mary. It all seems like something out of a poem, a testament to the heart's resilience even in death. (In truth, scientists believe Shelley's heart had been calcifying for some time, which would have explained its resistance to cremation. Not as romantic, but still fascinating!)

Read more: The Recollections of the Last Days of Shelley and Byron

15 Guaranteed Ways to Impress a Book Lover
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on March 01, 2016

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a guaranteed way to impress a book lover? Your top answers are below! If your friends, family, or "secret" admirers need a nudge in the right direction (i.e. towards the bookstore), show them this.

1. "Give a book in lieu of a bouquet of flowers—or leave a sweet note in the book I'm reading!" (@PierceCoLibrary)

2. "Flash an unexpired library card." (@kiLaV0Lts)

3. "Be able to hold an interesting conversation about a book or author, not just 'I like it' or 'I don't like it.' Share your opinions and thoughts." (Jodi Karshbaum)

4. "Casually make a reference to a book mid-sentence." (@HailtoHuffius)

5. "Be gentle with your books. Don't toss them around or bend the covers!" (Liz Burns)

6. "Read my favorite book so I'll have someone new to discuss it with." (@Rabidreader1970)

7. "Tell me I remind you of a specific character from a book." (Michelle McEwen)

8. "LISTEN. Let me talk about the characters and the situations I'm reading about." (@Aadila03)

9. "Don't lie about having read a book you didn't read." (@CidStoll)

10. "Always have a book in hand!" (Joseph Maldonado)

11. "Recommend books based on my interests." (@acaDemyx_)

12. "Be honest and unapologetic about the kinds of books you like." (@AwflyWeeEli)

13. "Buy a recently released book written by my favorite author. Bonus points if it's signed!" (Gayle Ryan)

14. "Plan a book shopping adventure day with stops at multiple bookstores, followed by a cup of tea and some book talk." (Gigi De Young)

15. "Just say you're a reader—I'll take it from there!" (Pamela Dunn)

What would impress you? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: Wishbone, from the episode "Rosie, Oh, Rosie, Oh!")
How the Biggest Book Club on Goodreads Is Making a Real-World Impact
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 24, 2016

When Emma Watson starts a book club, readers pay attention. On January 6, the British actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador announced her intention to start a feminist book club. It took less than 24 hours for Watson to turn her intention into reality. By January 7, Our Shared Shelf was up and running—and less than a month later, it became the largest group on Goodreads with 100,000 members (and counting).

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"As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on," Watson wrote on Our Shared Shelf's group page. "There is so much amazing stuff out there! Funny, inspiring, sad, thought-provoking, empowering!" Her plan is to select one book a month to read and discuss with her fellow book club members. Her first pick was My Life on the Road, journalist and feminist activist Gloria Steinem's 2015 memoir. This month, the club is reading The Color Purple by novelist and feminist activist Alice Walker.

But Our Shared Shelf is more than just a place to find reading recommendations.

Watson's sitting down with leading feminists (and you're invited).

Tickets went fast for the first interview, but more events are on their way. To prepare for her discussion with Steinem on February 24, Watson asked her book club members for questions. She'll be sharing the video of the entire event on Our Shared Shelf.

Have a question about feminism? Ask, answer, and discuss!
Our Shared Shelf has become a thriving community of curious, passionate readers who want to know more, understand more, and share more about the social issues that affect all of us. From comparing what feminism means around the world (China, India, Brazil, and more!) to telling stories of personal struggle, this is a place to embrace the challenges and rewards of feminism.

It's got ties to the UN's HeForShe solidarity campaign.

Watson hasn't wasted any time since her UN Women Goodwill Ambassador appointment in 2014. Besides starting her feminist book club here on Goodreads, she also helped launch the UN Women's HeForShe campaign with a powerful speech at the UN Headquarters in New York City. HeForShe seeks to engage men and boys as agents of change for the achievement of gender equality. So far, over 1.3 million men and boys have taken the HeForShe pledge. Some of those same men and boys are now on Our Shared Shelf, citing Watson's UN speech as their eye-opening introduction to feminism.

Members are meeting up and organizing all over the world.

Some things are too good to keep online. Book club members are organizing in-person discussion groups from Los Angeles to Sydney. Others are teaming up for email campaigns to promote girls' education in Yemen and Pakistan. And if you're in a corner of the world without an Our Shared Shelf presence (yet)? Meet up with your fellow book club members on Skype!

Are you already a member of Our Shared Shelf? Tell us about your experience in the comments! (And if you haven't joined, check out what you're missing here.)

Can We Use Book Data to Call the Oscar Best Actor and Actress Race?
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 22, 2016

From Room to The Revenant, Oscar voters can't get enough of book adaptations. Nowhere is this trend more obvious than in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories.

Yes, movies have been based on books and true stories since the silent film era, but this year represents a notable spike: While true story adaptations remain relatively flat, the number of best actor or actress nominees who starred in movies based on books have reached a new peak this year.

An even bigger indicator? Movies in which book and true story adaptation overlap. That has been a clear path to Oscar glory in the Best Actor category.

All of this year's Best Actor nominees are from movies based on books and true stories, except for one: Matt Damon's turn as a stranded astronaut in the science fiction thriller The Martian.

However, Oscar voters don't seem to favor true stories as much in the Best Actress category. While two out of the past three Best Actress winners have been from films based on books—Julianne Moore in Still Alice and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, you have to go back to 2011 to find a true story adaptation taking home the award.

But let's get back to this year. The nine book-to-film adaptations nominated for a Best Actor or Best Actress Oscar fall into two very distinct groups: Based on a blockbuster book OR based on a book most people have never heard of (let alone read).

Book popularity isn't everything—but it does matter, especially in the Best Actress category. The last two book-to-film adaptations to take home the Best Actress award (Julianne Moore in Still Alice and Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook) were based on books with over 100k ratings on Goodreads. The opposite seems to be true for the Best Actor category. You have to go all the way back to 2003 (Sean Penn in Mystic River) to find a book with over 50k ratings on Goodreads taking home the prize.

When we combine our Goodreads book data with current Oscar trends, we're left with two predictions for the big award night:

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
A performance in a movie based on a true story and a less popular book

Best Actress: Brie Larson in Room
A performance in a movie based on a very popular book and not on a true story

Add the books that inspired the Oscar-nominated films to your Want to Read shelf!
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The Price of Salt (Adapted as Carol)
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The Danish Girl
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The Martian
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The Revenant
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Steve Jobs
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The Kite Runner
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What was your favorite book-to-film adaptation of 2015? Tell us in the comments!

Farewell, Harper Lee: Timeless Quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 19, 2016

Farewell, Harper Lee. We will miss your charm, your humor, and your wisdom.

The beloved author passed away on Friday in Monroeville, Alabama. Like many of you, we first fell under her spell in school. Her first novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is one the most taught works of fiction—and for good reason. While the story handles complex issues of race in the Deep South, it's all seen through the eyes of young Scout, one of literature's most endearing and unforgettable narrators.

Every year more readers find—and fall in love with—To Kill a Mockingbird. Not only is it the #4 most read book on Goodreads (ahead of other classics such as The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, and Pride and Prejudice), but it is the #3 book with the highest number of 5-star ratings—people truly love this story.

A follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird was published last year. Go Set a Watchman was the book everyone talked about in 2015, and Goodreads readers were no different: They voted it the Best Fiction of 2015 in the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Celebrate Lee's life and work with these timeless quotes from To Kill a Mockingbird.

1. "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."

2. "Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts."

3. "I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."

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4. "People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for."

5. "You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don't you let 'em get your goat. Try fightin' with your head for a change."

6. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."

7. "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

8. "Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. 'Your father's right,' she said. 'Mockingbirds don't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corn cribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'"

9. "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

What's your favorite To Kill a Mockingbird quote?
7 Romantic Book Lines to Fall in Love with This Valentine's Day
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 13, 2016

William Shakespeare wrote that, "Love makes fools of us all," but he also gave us Romeo and Juliet…so he was used to dealing with some extreme cases. Love can make us feel a million different things, and writers have been trying to put those feelings into words as long as stories have been told. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's the most romantic line you've ever read? Your top picks are below.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."
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The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

"I wish you to know that you were the last dream of my soul."
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A Tale of Two Cities
by Charles Dickens

"Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it."
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by Toni Morrison

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it…"
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by Jane Austen

"So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
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The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Why we love it: "The Mass proceeds, and I think this is all that matters: he's here, I'm here, it doesn't matter how long, as long as he's with me…. We walk down the aisle, arm in arm, together."

"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

What book line captures love the best for you? Tell us in the comments! And if you're still feeling the love, check out all the authors and exclusive excerpts we featured during #RomanceWeek2016.

10 Things Romance Week Taught Us About Love
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 12, 2016

We loved embracing the romance on Goodreads this week—and we hope you did too! As #RomanceWeek16 comes to an end, let's reflect on what we've learned about love from authors answering questions from readers via Ask the Author:

1. Be a lover and a fighter.

Debbie Macomber, author of The Shop on Blossom Street, says, "While it's important that [the couple] respect each other and can laugh together, I feel it's equally important that they can fight to keep the love they share. "

2. You can never have too much chocolate—or wine.

To get inspired to write books like To Steal a Heart, author K.C. Bateman admits, "Generally some chocolate and a nice glass of wine are extremely helpful!"

3. Take your love story one line at a time.

The Harlequin Group on Goodreads knows the ways to build a romance: "We'll start and everyone can add a sentence. Let's see what kind of Romance we can create!" Read the story (and contribute your own line) here.

4. Time travel is never the answer (probably).

>A Matter of Time author Margaret Locke realizes, "On the surface, it sounds fantastic, doesn't it? To really be there, to see the men and women in their Regency finery, to experience a true Regency ball… But in reality, I don't think I'd have the confidence or chutzpah to attempt something like that. It'd be like me approaching a billionaire in today's world and saying, "Hey baby, wanna date?" I have a feeling I'd get a roll of the eyes and a flat no, if not a call to the police for a restraining order."

5. Soul mates are real.

Author Maeve Greyson found hers: "I absolutely believe in soulmates and as hokey as it may sound, my husband is truly my other half. He asked me to marry him on our second date. Three months after meeting him, I became his wife and we've been married 37 years."

6. So is lust at first sight.

"Attraction at first sight? Yes. Curiosity at first sight? Yes. But love? No. Love takes time," says Jayne Ann Krentz, author of Running Hot.

7. Sometimes you have to move on.

Sylvain Reynard confirms, "Love scenes can be challenging. I write and rewrite and sometimes I leave the scene and write a few more pages and then go back to it."

8. Your one true love will be supportive.

"I tried to hide [writing romance] from my husband at first, because I was embarrassed -- not so much about the subject matter as because I'd never tried to write a book before and I felt like a fraud," says Marie Sexton, author of Promises. "Eventually, he asked if I was having an online affair, because I was spending so much time on the computer, so I confessed, and he was very supportive."

9. Savor the romantic moments.

Eloisa James, author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast reminds us: "When you find yourself loving a romance novel, slow down and ask yourself what is causing that moment of true reader pleasure."

10. Don't be afraid to go big.

Get inspired by Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project: "The most dramatic thing [I've done for my wife] was getting Peter Sarstedt to record a special version of "Where do You Go to My Lovely", his 1969 no 1 hit for her birthday—it was a favorite song of hers. But I have to thank him for being equally romantic in agreeing to do it."

Want to know more about love? A final treat awaits you! Colleen Hoover, author of Hopeless, is answering questions from readers via Ask the Author today. Be sure to follow her to see all her answers.

How are you spending Valentine's Day? Tell us in the comments below!

Sharing Is Caring: Romance Groups on Goodreads That Deserve Your Love
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 11, 2016

The heart is a lonely hunter, but you don't have to be. There are thousands of groups on Goodreads, waiting to accept you with open arms—especially if you're into happily ever afters (case in point). From Interracial Romance to Clean Romances to LGBT Fantasy Fiction—there's a home on Goodreads for every type of romance reader (and writer).

As part of #RomanceWeek16, we asked some moderators to give us a sense of what makes their groups so enticing. Don't be shy about joining! They promise to be gentle to new members.

New Adult Book Club

This book club caters exclusively to the New Adult genre, the rapidly growing category of books that has the same coming-of-age feel as Young Adult books—but with more mature themes and content. "We are a fun-loving group," says moderator Derna. "Don't be intimidated to strike up a conversation or approach us with a new idea." Why join? They have members-only giveaways and also host a variety of authors via their group-only Q&A, including most recently Nicole Draga, M.J. Fields, Christine Besze, and Monica Murphy.

You might also like: Never Too Old for Y.A. & N.A. Books, Crazy for NA Books, YA NA Romance

M/M Romance Group

With nearly 20,000 members, this group is by far one of the largest groups on Goodreads; however, it is a private group and new members requesting to join should be sure to include their full birth date in their Goodreads profile. Once in, there's something for everyone: book and series discussions, reading challenges, group reads, games, contests, and quizzes. It's a great place to meet and make friends with the new members as well as authors.

Moderator Dan has been reading romance for about 30 years and is part of the Welcome Committee. "Our biggest event is "The Members Choice Awards," where all the members nominate their favorite books and then several weeks later vote in our polls for the Best," he explains. When asked if he has a favorite anecdote about the group, Dan teased: "I do but it's kinda X-rated. I mean after all, we are talking about M/M Romance."

You might also like: YA LGBT Books, Queer Readers, M/M Romance Writers

Historical Romance

The moderators would like to clear one thing up first: There is a difference between Historical Fictionand Historical Romance. In Historical Romance, the romance is the main theme of the story and they must have a happily ever after. This group was created way back in time when there were no other groups like it (a.k.a 2008). Moderator Kathrynn has been reading romance since she was 12 years old. "The first romance that I remember reading was the historical romance book Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and I was hooked."

A particularly fun thread is the "Help! Looking for..." Members can post that they are looking for a particular book but can't remember the title, and provide a few details about what they do remember. Other members jump right in and hunt that book down.

You might also like: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Time-Travel Romance

Romance Readers Reading Challenges

Challenges are a great way to discover new authors, books, or series based on what others are reading, recommending, or talking about. If you love romance and challenges, this is a group you won't regret joining.

Prepare to dive head-first into interactive challenges: There's a monthly "Pick-It-For-Me" challenge, where members are paired up and choose one book from a variety of eight to read. There's "Meet-and-Greet" challenge, which is "kind of like "Pick-It-For-Me" on steroids," says group moderator Dee. Magic moderator Jane places members in a group with 10-12 other members and everyone selects three books for each person, of which that person only has to read one over a two-month period. Members can also post their own challenges in the "Dare You to Read" section!

You might also like: Seasonal Reading Challenges, Romance Novel Book Sleuth, Harlequin Romance Group

Are you in a group on Goodreads? Share a link to your favorite group in the comments, and tell us why you think your fellow readers might like it!
10 Book Weddings That Made Us Believe in Happily Ever After
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 10, 2016

Here comes the fictional bride and groom! For #RomanceWeek16, we've invited ourselves back to the book weddings that made us swoon, smile, laugh, and cry. From intimate candlelit ceremonies to blowout bashes, these are the ceremonies—and receptions!—we wished we had been invited to in real life (plus one wedding we're looking forward to "attending" in just a couple of months).

Anne and Gilbert's Wedding
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Anne's House of Dreams
by L.M. Montgomery

Why we love it: "Gilbert, waiting for her in the hall below, looked up at her with adoring eyes. She was his at last, this evasive, long-sought Anne, won after years of patient waiting."

Claire and Jamie's Wedding
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by Diana Gabaldon

Why we love it: "The pressure of his fingers on mine increased. I had the impression that we were holding each other up; if either of us let go or looked away, we would both fall down. Oddly, the feeling was mildly reassuring. Whatever we were in for, at least there were two of us."

Jamie and Landon's Wedding
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A Walk to Remember
by Nicholas Sparks

Why we love it: "I kissed Jamie softly as my mother began to cry, then held Jamie's hand in mine. In front of God and everyone else, I'd promised my love and devotion, in sickness and in health, and I'd never felt so good about anything."

Buttercup and Humperdinck's Wedding
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The Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Why we love it: "Mawidge is a dweam wiffin a dweam. The dweam of wuv wapped wiffin the gweater dweam of everwasting west. Eternity is our fwiend, wemember that, and wuv wiw fowwow you fowever." (Some weddings are so bad they're good.)

Clare and Henry's Wedding
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The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

Why we love it: "The Mass proceeds, and I think this is all that matters: he's here, I'm here, it doesn't matter how long, as long as he's with me…. We walk down the aisle, arm in arm, together."

Jane and Rochester's Wedding
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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

Why we love it: "Reader, I married him. A quiet wedding we had: he and I, the parson and clerk, were alone present."

Judith and Iain's Wedding
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The Secret
by Julie Garwood

Why we love it: "'Judith, do you take Iain for your husband?'
She looked up at Iain before giving her answer. 'We'll see.'
'That won't do, lass. You've got to say I do,' he advised.
'Do I?'"

Annie and Finnick's Wedding
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by Suzanne Collins

Why we love it: "Dancing transforms us. We teach the steps to the District 13 guests. Insist on a special number for the bride and groom. Join hands and make a giant, spinning circle where people show off their footwork."

Juliet and Romeo's Wedding
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Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Why we love it:"Conceit, more rich in matter than in words, brags of his substance, not of ornament: They are but beggars that can count their worth; but my true love is grown to such excess I cannot sum up sum of half my wealth."

Eva and Gideon's Wedding
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One with You
by Sylvia Day

Why we love it: Yes, this tumultuous couple eloped earlier in the wildly popular Crossfire series, but we're still holding out for their big official day. Coming this April 2016…we're totally crashing.

Who's your favorite book couple? Share with us in the comments!

(Top image credit: Starz's Outlander, based on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.)

Exclusive Excerpts from Hotly Anticipated Books by J.R. Ward, Maya Banks, and Lisa Kleypas!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on February 09, 2016

We hate to be a book tease, but we know how much it excites you…. That's why we're sharing three exclusive excerpts from hotly anticipated romance titles of 2016 as part of #RomanceWeek2016.

These are stories of passionate affairs, sexy beasts, and heartbreaking betrayals that will give you a taste of what's to come, and leave you wanting more. Click on the links below to find the quickie reads in each author's writing section.

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The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood #14)
by J.R. Ward

Nothing is as it used to be for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Alliances have shifted and lines have been drawn. For Rhage, the Brother with the biggest appetite, life was supposed to be perfect with Mary, his beloved shellan, by his side. But Rhage can't understand the panic and insecurity that plagues him. When he's faced with reassessing his priorities, the answer, when it comes to him, rocks his world...and Mary's.

Publication date: April 5

Line that sets the mood: "Talk about doing a solid—and a one-eighty. The drug dealer had come through for the Brotherhood, making good on his promise to cut business ties with the Lessening Society by delivering the Fore-lesser's head in a box to Wrath's feet. He also divulged the location of this bolt-hold the layers had been using as HQ. Annnnnd that was how everyone had ended up here."

Read the excerpt here.

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Dominated (The Enforcers #2)
by Maya Banks

Drake's enemies would exploit any weakness he had in order to bring him to his knees, so he never allowed himself to care about anyone. Until his angel, Evangeline, slipped past his defenses like no on had ever managed to before. To save her, he had to betray her… but now he will stop at nothing to get her back. Evangeline must decide if she can once more trust—and submit—to the man who holds her wounded heart in his hands.

Publication date: May 3

Line that sets the mood: "Angel," he whispered, his voice cracking. "You have every reason to hate me, to despise the very sight of me. What I did was unforgivable. But I had no choice... Give me a chance, Angel. God, give me a chance to make this right. So that you'll want me again. Just me and nothing else. I will never doubt you, I never have. But I will make damn sure you never have reason to doubt me again."

Read the excerpt here.

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Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2)
by Lisa Kleypas

A ruthless tycoon. A sheltered beauty. From the moment common-born Rhys Winterborne meets the shy, aristrocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. Her gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. And as Rhys's enemies conspire against them, Rhys and Helen must risk the unthinkable.

Publication date: May 31

Line that sets the mood: "Please," she eventually said, "you must forgive me. I'm far too shy. I don't wish for you to think me foolish. As for the other day, that… that was my first kiss. I didn't know what to do, and I was quite overwhelmed." How easily Helen had undone him. A few words, and he was ready to fall to his knees before her.

Read the excerpt here.

Which romance book are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments!