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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!

And check out more recent blogs:
Great Books to Read Aloud During National Storytelling Week
Year of the Rooster Reader: Top Books from 'Rooster' Authors
15 of the Greatest Lessons You Learned from a Book

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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Book-to-Movie Adaptations Dominate Oscar Nominations
Year of the Rooster Reader: Top Books from 'Rooster' Authors
15 of the Greatest Lessons You Learned from a Book

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.

Check out more recent blogs:
Book-to-Movie Adaptations Dominate Oscar Nominations
What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves
Readers Share the First Book They Read on Their Own
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.








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
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Burns: Poems
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Selected Poems
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Collected Poems of Robert Burns
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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:
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Arrival (Original title: Stories of Your Life and Others)
by Ted Chiang

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


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Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly

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


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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.


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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.


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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



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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



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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



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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



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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


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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


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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!

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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)



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Accidentally on Purpose
by Jill Shalvis

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



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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.

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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.

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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
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Kristy's Great Idea
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Little House in the Big Woods
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The Secret of the Old Clock
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Welcome to Dead House
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Little Women
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Harriet the Spy
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Freckle Juice
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The Call of the Wild
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The Hobbit
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Inspired? Check out this list of books that made you fall in love with reading.