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20 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on May 21, 2016

Need a good chuckle? This week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book always makes you laugh out loud? Check out the top answers below!

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
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Bossypants
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Good Omens
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Losing It
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Truth or Beard
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Catch-22
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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A Walk in the Woods
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Hyperbole and a Half
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Chocoholics
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
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If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
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My Man Jeeves
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One for the Money
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Big Trouble
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The Rosie Project
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
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The Princess Bride
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
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Did your favorite funny book not make the list? Then share it with us in the comments!


NEW! Great Deals on Ebooks, Personalized Just for You! (U.S. Members)
Posted by Annarose Mclaughlin on May 17, 2016

Book lovers can never have too many books. But sometimes feeding your reading habit can get expensive! And who doesn’t love a good deal? Given that we can't give you an unlimited spending account for books (we wish!), we've come up with the next best thing: Goodreads Deals.

Goodreads Deals are selected for you, because they're based on your individual Goodreads profile. If there's an exceptional ebook deal for a book on your Want to Read shelf, we'll let you know. (It's another great reason to keep your Want to Read list on Goodreads updated!) And, if one of the authors you follow has a not-to-be-missed promotion on an ebook, we'll make sure you don't miss out.

Want more ebook deals in the genres you love to read? Sign up to get daily emails with the best deals on ebooks that have rave reviews by the Goodreads community. To kick things off, we're introducing daily deals in the most popular genres for Goodreads members:

  • Bestsellers
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Don't worry if your favorite genre is missing; we'll be adding more genre options in the future.

Choose your genres to receive daily, personalized emails.



Goodreads Deals are available (starting today!) for our U.S. members. Here's a peek at the exciting deals we're sending readers today:

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Goodreads Deals:

How do I make sure I get notified about more deals on books and authors I'm interested in?

Make sure to add books to your Want to Read shelf, and follow authors you like! (On Goodreads, search for authors you like, go to their Author Page, and click "Follow.") Keep adding to your Want to Read shelf and the list of authors you're following to increase your chances of finding out about a deal on an ebook that interests you.

When will Goodreads Deals be available for my preferred genre?

Goodreads Deals are now available in our most popular genres: Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. Our goal is to expand into more genres as quickly as we can. Stay tuned!

How do I buy the ebooks in Goodreads Deals?

You can configure your Goodreads Deals settings to include links to purchase from Kindle Store, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo stores.

Is Goodreads Deals only for US members?

Goodreads Deals is launching in the U.S. We don’t have details to share on when Goodreads Deals will be available in other countries, but our goal is to provide deals to as many of our members as possible.

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10 Favorite Book Moms and Their Words of Wisdom
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on May 07, 2016

Mother's Day is traditionally about real moms—and by real, we mean the moms who had to put up with our antics in the real world—but this year, we also wanted to give a shout-out to the moms who helped raise us from the page. Did your favorite book mother make the list?

MARMEE
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Mother of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
Mom Wisdom: "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!"


MOLLY WEASLEY
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Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

Mother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny
Mom Wisdom: Beds empty! No note! Car gone—could have crashed—out of my mind with worry—did you care?—never, as long as I've lived—you wait until your father gets home."


MAMA BEAR
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The Berenstain Bears Series
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mother of Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and Honey Bear
Mom Wisdom: "There's no question about it! The cubs are watching too much TV."


MA INGALLS
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Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mother to Laura, Mary, Carrie, Charles Jr., Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra
Mom Wisdom: "We start learning the minute we're born, Laura. And if we're wise, we don't stop until the Lord calls us home."


NANNY OGG
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Discworld Series
by Terry Pratchett

Mother to Shawn, Jason, Wayne, Darren, Nev, Shirl, and many more
Mom Wisdom: "Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck."


ANGELA MCCOURT
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Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt

Mother to Frank, Malachy, Oliver, Eugene, and Margaret
Mom Wisdom: "God, I didn't bring ye into the world to be a family of messenger boys."


MRS. BENNETT
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Mother to Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia
Mom Wisdom: "Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done."


MRS. JOSEPHINE RABBIT
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Peter Rabbit Books
by Beatrix Potter

Mother to Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit
Mom Wisdom: "Now my dears, you may go into the fields or down into the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden. Your father had an accident there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."


NATALIE PRIOR
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Divergent Series
by Veronica Roth

Mother to Tris and Caleb
Mom Wisdom: "You're my daughter. I don't care about the factions. Look what they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again."


MARILLA CUTHBERT
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Adopted mother to Anne
Mom Wisdom: "Good behavior in the first place is more important than theatrical apologies afterwards."


Did we miss your favorite book mom? Then tell us who she is in the comments!

Goodreads Giveaways Just Got Even Better! Kindle Ebook Giveaways Now Available (U.S. members)
Posted by Greg Seguin on May 03, 2016

Do you love free books? How about reading a book before it’s published to the wide world? Are you one of the many Goodreads members who reads ebooks? Well, we have good news for you! Our popular Giveaways program now includes Kindle ebook giveaways. Starting today, U.S. members can enter to win Kindle ebooks, and the winners will get their copies downloaded instantly to their favorite device—no more waiting for the mailman to hurry up and make the delivery.

Many of you are already big fans of our Giveaways program. Last year alone, readers won more than 300,000 free print books on Goodreads. Giveaways are popular because you can enter to win a range of books, from the latest advance review copy (ARC) by a bestselling author to books from debut authors.

Check out the list of currently active Kindle ebook giveaways today.



I don’t have a Kindle ereader. How can I read Kindle ebooks?
Not a problem! You can read the Kindle ebooks you win using the free Kindle iOS app, the free Android app, or in a web browser using the free Kindle Cloud Reader.

Why aren’t there as many Kindle ebook giveaways listed as print book giveaways?
We’re starting off the program by working with Amazon Publishing on a closed beta. Once out of beta, the program will be open to any author or publisher who sells their ebooks on Amazon.

I like reading print books. Are you going to get rid of print book giveaways?
Not to worry, we’ll still have plenty of great print giveaways to choose from! Nothing about the print giveaway program is changing, and you’ll now be able to customize the giveaway page so that you see only the types of giveaways that interest you. You’re also welcome to enter both types of giveaways. And members outside the U.S. will still be able to enter print book giveaways for their country.

When will Kindle ebook giveaways be available outside the U.S.?
We’re starting off the program in the U.S. Our goal is to make sure that we offer all of our features in other countries, but we do not have any timing on this yet.

I’m an author/publisher and I’m interested in learning more about Kindle ebook giveaways.
Find out all the details for authors and publishers in our post on the Author & Advertisers Blog.

Feeling lucky? Head over to the Giveaways page and enter some Kindle ebook giveaways.
16 Underrated Books That Deserve Your Attention
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on April 30, 2016

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's an underrated book you think everyone should read? Check out the top answers below!

I Am Pilgrim
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Revolution
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Open City
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Theft of Swords
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Run
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Of Breakable Things
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The Sea of Tranquility
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A Trip to the Stars
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Vicious
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The Master and Margarita
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Moloka'i
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Under the Banner of Heaven
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The River Wife
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The Transit of Venus
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The Shepherd's Life
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Isles of the Forsaken
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What's your favorite underrated book? Share it with us in the comments!
The Top 100 Children's Books on Goodreads!
Posted by Jessica Donaghy on April 27, 2016

Like Charlie finding his golden ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, a child finding the right book to read opens the door to hours of joy and wonderment...and sometimes Everlasting Gobstoppers! We all have our favorites—the books we read over and over again until the pages were falling out—but which books should be on every kid's shelves? We ran the numbers on millions of titles to find the top 100 children's books according to Goodreads members!

We looked for the best reviewed books, all with average ratings above a 4.0 (a high bar that cuts out giants like Ramona and Huck Finn). This time we also decided to focus our search on chapter books and middle grade books for that magical time when a child has graduated from picture books and is reading alone, but isn't ready for YA favorites such as The Hunger Games. (For teen readers, check out our Top 100 Young Adult Books!) Of course, every child is different and no list is ever complete. What beloved book did you read to tatters when you were a kid?

How many of the 100 have you read? Tell us in the comments!

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How many of the 100 have you read?


Top 15 Shakespeare Quotes on Goodreads
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on April 22, 2016


How do we love Shakespeare? Let us count the ways. For #ShakespeareWeek, we celebrated the Bard's plays, his impact on generations of storytellers, and the writers who helped shape his work. As our week of merrymaking comes to a close, we take a look at the most beloved Shakespeare quotes here on Goodreads.


1. "The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool." -As You Like It

2. "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." All's Well That Ends Well

3. "Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind." -A Midsummer Night's Dream

4. "Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." -Twelfth Night

5. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves." -Julius Caesar


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6. "Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love."-Hamlet

7. "This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man." -Hamlet

8. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." -Hamlet

9. "If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die." -Twelfth Night

10. "Hell is empty and all the devils are here." -The Tempest

11. "When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun." -Romeo and Juliet

12. "We know what we are, but not what we may be." -Hamlet

13. "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." -As You Like It

14. "You speak an infinite deal of nothing." -The Merchant of Venice

15. "Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come." -Julius Caesar



What's your favorite Shakespeare quote? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: David Tennant in the PBS's Hamlet)

Who Inspired Shakespeare?
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on April 21, 2016


Shakespeare is still everywhere, 400 years after his death. Claire Underwood channels Lady Macbeth on House of Cards, shades of King Lear weave through Empire, and Game of Thrones's warring families embrace the cutthroat politics of Richard III. And those are just the television shows. We're treated to new film adaptations of the Bard's plays nearly every year, and you can fill a whole library with the books his stories inspired.

But what about Shakespeare himself? When he sat down, quill in hand, whose words were running through his head? In honor of #ShakespeareWeek, we did the research and found five writers who helped shape Shakespeare's work. Check them out for yourself! If they inspired the Bard to write, imagine what they could do for you.


Ovid
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Picture Shakespeare as a young boy, wading through dense Latin prose. Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses was likely a part of the Bard's school program, and its powerful theme of transformation followed Shakespeare into adulthood.
Ovid: "Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish."


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Plutarch
Shakespeare was quite fond of a 1579 translation of Greek writer Plutarch's Parallel Lives. And by "quite fond" we mean that the Bard, on more than one occasion, stuck some of Plutarch's lines directly into his own plays. (Our modern concept of plagiarism wasn't around then.)
Plutarch: "I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better."


Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Canterbury Tales, English poet Chaucer's most famous work, is really a story about stories. Not only did Shakespeare explore this theme in his own plays, he also wrote The Two Noble Kinsmen, a retelling of Chaucer's The Knight's Tale.
Chaucer: "What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing."


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Raphael Holinshed
A big history buff, Shakespeare turned to English chronicler Holinshed's books for inspiration. As a result, Holinshed's research was the source of most of the Bard's history plays, including Macbeth.
Holinshed: "It is dangerous (gentle reader) to range in so large a field as I have here undertaken…"



Christopher Marlowe
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Well, let's get one thing out of the way: Some people believe that Marlowe wrote most of the plays we now attribute to Shakespeare. While modern analysis suggests this theory is not true, there's no denying the similarity between the two English playwrights' work.
Marlowe: "Why should you love him whom the world hates so? Because he love me more than all the world."



What writers inspire you? Tell us in the comments!
All research done by resident Goodreads and Shakespeare expert Carla Quesada
Top image credit: Shakespeare in Love


9 Famous Book Titles Based on Shakespeare Lines
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on April 20, 2016

Authors have been finding book title inspiration in the Bard's verses for centuries: four centuries, to be exact! For #ShakespeareWeek, we've collected a few contemporary examples. From a dystopian thriller to a young adult tearjerker, these are the stories Shakespeare has inspired from beyond the grave. How many have you read?


INFINITE JEST
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by David Foster Wallace
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite
jest
, of most excellent fancy. He hath bore me on his back a
thousand times, and now how abhorr'd in my imagination it is!
My gorge rises at it."

From Hamlet


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BRAVE NEW WORLD
by Aldous Huxley

"Oh, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in 't!"

From The Tempest


WYRD SISTERS
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by Terry Pratchett
"Saw you the weird sisters?"

From Macbeth


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ON SUCH A FULL SEA
by Chang-rae Lee

"On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures."

From Julius Caesar


THE SOUND AND THE FURY
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by William Faulkner
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

From Macbeth


THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
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by John Green
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."

From Julius Caesar


SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
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by Ray Bradbury
"By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes."

From Macbeth


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PALE FIRE
by Vladimir Nabokov

"And her pale fire she snatches from the sun:
The sea's a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
The moon into salt tears: the earth's a thief,
That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen."

From Timon of Athens


SOMETHING ROTTEN
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by Jasper Fforde
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

From Hamlet



If you had to name a book using a Shakespeare line, what title would you choose?
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