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Goodreads Gift Guide
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 12, 2016



'Tis the season of gift giving! Whether you're shopping for toddlers, teens, or TV-obsessed family members, we've got your back. Just browse our Goodreads Gift Guide below! Then tell us what books you want this holiday season in the comments.


















What books are you be buying this holiday season? Let's talk books in the comments!

Readers Share the Best Book They've Ever Received
Posted by Cybil on December 09, 2016



Few things delight us more than receiving the perfect book at just the right time. Whether it’s a signed, first-edition copy of a treasured tome or an unexpected gift that gets you back into reading, books have the power to transform. We asked Goodreads readers to share the story of the best book they ever received and why it was so important to them. See what they said below.

Please share your own memories with us in the comments. We’d love to hear about the books gifted to you that made a lasting impression.


From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
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"My kids gave it to me for Christmas one year while I was struggling with addiction. They had no idea what the theme of the story was but it changed my life. So much so, I actually wrote a letter to him [Koontz] and he sent me a signed copy. What a super guy Mr. Koontz is! I have had to sell my books to eat but NEVER those two! I'll starve first." (Kelly)


Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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"I had stopped reading for a decade and a teacher visiting us from the U.S. gave it to me, telling me that all teachers should read this and share it with their older kids. So I did, and that rekindled my love for reading." (Patrina)


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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"My first copies of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings when I was in junior high. It was the boxed set with the stars that Tolkien drew. It was the only thing I wanted for Christmas and I was so happy to get them that I took them to church with me that morning." (Emily)


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
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"Little Women along with a set of other children's classics that my mom gave me as a Christmas present when I was eight. I have loved those books ever since, particularly Little Women, and they are tattered from re-readings. They were foundational in establishing my love of reading and my career as a freelance writer." (Sherri)


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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"A signed copy of the Wind in the Willows. I was only 7 or 8 and didn't learn to read till the 3rd grade and this book with the lovely illustrations transported me to a fantastic world. I learned that I could escape the turmoil and drama of my older siblings within the pages of a book. I still use books as an escape and only occasionally have a book hangover the next day." (Denise)


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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"My Aunt Diane gave it to me when I was 10 years old. I still have it, almost 40 years later, and I think of her every time I read it." (Lisa)


The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
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"Before my boyfriend died of cancer nearly seven years ago, he gave me his first edition, leather bound, signed copy of William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist." (Melanie)


The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
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"My high school English teacher recommended it to me and let me borrow his copy. After seeing how much I loved it, my mom gave me my own copy for Easter. It sent me on a journey to learn about the real Tudors and England under their rule. My love of the Tudors influenced me to study History in college and I wrote my freshman paper on Anne Boleyn and my senior paper on Jane Seymore, Henry's third wife." (Chelsey)


The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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"It was my best friend's personal copy that she turned to for peace, I was going through a really rough time. I keep it by my bed still, years later." (Hazel)


The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
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"I wrote to Santa that I wanted this book for Christmas. I went to post office with my grandmother and she said, 'Do not forget to write your address on the back of the envelope because it is important for Santa to know where to find you.' I found the very same book under the Christmas tree with my letter inside it. Mind you, it took me several years to figure out that the letter was returned to sender because of non-existing recipient address and that is why it was inside the book. It was 30 years ago and my grandmother is long gone now and I got many books since then but this one is still the best!" (Maja)



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17 Eagerly Anticipated Book-to-Movie Adaptations
Posted by Cybil on December 14, 2016



Book or movie? You'll be asking that question a lot over the next few months as Hollywood again turns to one of its favorite muses—books—for more film adaptations. From Martin Scorsese's passion project based on a Shusaku Endoby book, to the Oscar-buzz worthy adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences, to a film version of the beloved book Wonder, the next few months feature plenty of fodder for book worms who love popcorn. Check out our list below and tell us which movies you're excited—or perhaps dreading—this season.


HOLIDAY RELEASES
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Silence
December 23

Based on Shusaku Endoby's 1966 novel, this Martin Scorsese film tells the story of two Christian missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their lost mentor. It stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.



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A Monster Calls
December 23

A monster movie that's actually about grief, this film based on the book by Patrick Ness focuses on a 12-year-old boy dealing with his mother's illness. It stars newcomer Conor O'Malley, as well as Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson.




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Fences
December 25

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning play by August Wilson, this film is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for its two leads. It's the story of a former baseball player who struggles to provide for his family and come to terms with his life. It stars Denzel Washington (who also directs) and Viola Davis.



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Live By Night
December 25

Based on the sprawling crime novel by Dennis Lehane, this film centers on the son of a prominent police chief and his fall into a life of crime. It stars Ben Affleck (who also wrote and produced the movie), Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper.



JANUARY RELEASES
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Hidden Figures
January 6

Based on the true story chronicled in Margot Lee Shetterly's
book of the same name, this movie looks at the amazing contributions of African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner.



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A Dog's Purpose
January 27

Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, this movie follows a dog through several lives as he searches for his purpose. It stars Bradley Cooper, Britt Robertson, and Dennis Quaid.




FEBRUARY RELEASES
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I Am Not Your Negro
February 3

Based on James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, this documentary by Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers and examines question of what it means to be black in America. It's narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.



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Fifty Shades Darker
February 10

Based on the bestselling sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James returns to Anastasia and Christian. The movie stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin, and Kim Basinger.



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Tulip Fever
February 24

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, this romance features lovers who gamble on the booming (or blooming) tulip market. Based on the book by Deborah Moggach, it stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, and Cara Delevingne.



MARCH RELEASES
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Before I Fall
March 3

Based on popular YA author Lauren Oliver's debut, this story relives the last day of a young woman's life as she works to figure out the mystery of her death. It stars Zooey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Jennifer Beals.



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T2: Trainspotting
March 3

Twenty years after the first Trainspotting, this movie, based on the book Porno by Irvine Welsh, follows Trainspotting's original characters. It stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and Johnny Lee Miller



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Wilson
March 24

Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (who also brought us Ghost World), Wilson is about an opinionated middled-aged loner and his quest for human connection. It stars Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, and Laura Dern.



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Beauty and the Beast
March 17

It's a tale as old as time. Or, it's Disney's live-action re-telling of the animated classic originally based on the story from Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. It stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens



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Ghost in the Shell
March 31

This movie is based on the internally acclaimed popular manga and anime franchise by Masamune Shirow. In this futuristic tale, a cyborg policewoman works to track down an infamous hacker. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt.



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The Zookeeper's Wife
March 31

Based on the bestseller by Diane Ackerman, the film tells the true story of Polish zookeepers who helped save hundreds of people during the Nazi invasion. It stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl.



APRIL RELEASES
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Wonder
April 7

Based on beloved book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is a heartwarming story of a young boy with a facial deformity who works to convince his new classmates he's one of them. It stars Room's Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts



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The Circle
April 28

Based on the book by Dave Eggers, this thriller follows a young woman who goes to work at the world's most powerful internet company. It stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.




Which films are you looking forward to? Discover more at our Books to Film page.

20 Great Books For Writers
Posted by Cybil on December 08, 2016



"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you."Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird

This holiday season, surprise the writers on your shopping list with a book they'll return to year after year. Below you'll find some of the best inspirational, instructional, and informative books on and about the act of writing.

And share your favorite book for writers in the comments below.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
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Ernest Hemingway on Writing
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The Art of Memoir
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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
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How to Read a Novelist
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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The Elements of Style
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
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A Room of One's Own
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Reading Like a Writer
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Advice to Writers
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On Writing
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The Artist's Way
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Zen in the Art of Writing
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Stein on Writing
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Writing Tools
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The Writing Life
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Letters to a Young Poet
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards
Posted by Cybil on December 05, 2016

More than 3.5 million votes have been cast and tallied and we are excited to announce the winners of the 8th annual Goodreads Choice Awards, honoring 2016's best books as selected by the readers themselves.

Congratulations to all of the best books of the year in each of the 20 categories!

View the champions & runners-up in 20 categories »

In the Best Fantasy category, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child garnered more votes than any other nominee in Goodreads Choice Awards' history with an impressive 128,543 votes. This original play by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne is also Amazon's bestselling book of 2016.

In another Choice Awards' first, a father and son both won this year. Stephen King's End of Watch won for Best Mystery & Thriller, while King's son, Joe Hill, took the top place in the Best Horror category for The Fireman.

Though she's been nominated before for Big Little Lies and The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty scored her first big Goodreads Choice Award win this year with Truly Madly Guilty in the Fiction category, narrowly beating out Bryn Greenwood's debut novel, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things.

Already an Oprah's Book Club Selection and winner of the National Book Award, Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad won in the Best Historical Fiction category. The critically adored young adult fantasy Rebel of the Sands secured Alwyn Hamilton as the Best Debut Goodreads Author.

Sarah J. Maas continues her domination of the YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category with two nominations and a win for A Court of Mist and Fury, part two of her charged, hit series about a teen huntress in a dark, magical world. In 2015, Maas was also a double nominee in the YA fantasy category, winning for Queen of Shadows. This year she won with more than 57,000 votes—20,000 more than her 2015 win. Maas has been nominated in this category every year since 2012.

And it's another win for the unstoppable Rick Riordan, who has won the Middle Grade & Children's category for six straight years. This year he was a double nominee, winning for The Hidden Oracle, book one in his series The Trials of Apollo, about the god recast as a New York teen. The Hammer of Thor, book two in his Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, was also nominated. Last year Riordan won for The Sword of Summer.

Some of our many winning authors shared photos expressing their gratitude to Goodreads' readers. Here are some of your winners in their natural habitats:

Here's a great photo from our Best Mystery & Thriller winner Stephen King.
Comedian Amy Schumer thanks voters for her win in the Best Humor category for The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo.
Best Fiction winner Liane Moriarty is clearly truly, madly grateful.
With a second consecutive Goodreads Choice Awards win for Best Romance, Colleen Hoover clearly has a direct line to readers' hearts.
For the third year in a row, Pierce Brown is a Goodreads Choice Award winner. Here he celebrates properly with a giant sandwich.
Best Debut Goodreads Author winner Alwyn Hamilton shows her gratitude for the readers' support.
Best YA Fantasy & Science Fiction winner Sarah J. Maas celebrates another win.
Sarah Andersen jumps for joy—in doodle form. The newcomer won Best Graphic Novels & Comics for her debut, Adulthood Is a Myth
Third time's a charm for very happy YA Fiction winner Ruta Sepetys, who has been nominated twice before. This year, readers voted Salt to the Sea number one.


How many of the winners and runners-up have you read? Check out the full vote breakdown for the top 400 nominees across 20 categories, and start packing your want-to-read list with award-winners! Congratulations to our winners! »

25 Short Books to Help You Meet Your 2016 Reading Challenge Goal
Posted by Cybil on December 05, 2016



Panic may be setting in for those of us racing toward the end of our 2016 Reading Challenge and falling a little short. Thankfully, there’s no need to fear or fail. Here's a quick sampling of some fantastic speedy reads—all under 200 pages long. From the classics, to romance, to fantasy, there's a bit of something for everyone.

Do you know other books you can easily polish off before the new year? Leave the title and your recommendation in the comments.


The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
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The author who brought us Gone Girl and Dark Places brings back the chills and thrills with her take on modern gothic horror with this Edgar-Award winner for best short story. (64 pages).


Shine by Jodi Picoult
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One of our most popular authors, Picoult introduces the characters from 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards Fiction Finalist Small Great Things in this prequel. Need more convincing? This great story is snacksized. (42 pages).


Witness to a Trial by John Grisham
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Another prequel and another quick read, this time from the king of legal thrillers, John Grisham. In this slim yet action-packed story, he sets up all of the conspiracies, corruption and murder to come in The Whistler. (36 pages).


Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
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This collection of J.K. Rowling's writing originally appeared on Pottermore.com. Here it's collected with exclusive new content that reveals more details from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. (71 pages).


Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
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Running into an old friend sparks memories from the 1970s for August, transporting her to a Brooklyn that was a place where she and her girls believed they were beautiful, talented, and brilliant. (192 pages).


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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The queen of gothic horror brings us this tale of murder that one Goodreads reviewer summed up as "bizarre, strange, haunting, sinister, disturbing, twisted, foreboding, suffocatingly claustrophobic, leaving you with the ever-growing sense of unease." (160 pages).


Heartburn by Nora Ephron
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Ephron writes the ultimate 'he did me wrong and made a serious mistake because I'm about to write a novel about how horrible he is' book. Based on the collapse of her second marriage, Ephron shows she's not one to mess with—in her usual hilarious and witty fashion, of course. (179 pages).


The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, this book galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. (106 pages).


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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Finally get this tale of an old Cuban fisherman and his battle against a giant marlin off your Want to Read List this December. (132 pages).


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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Bah! Humbug! First published in 1843, you've probably seen many movie and TV versions of this Dickens Christmas tale. Now, just in time for the holidays, read the original story. (144 pages).


Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
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In these essays, Italian theoretical physicist Rovelli guides readers through the most transformative physics breakthroughs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It's smart and fascinating. (96 pages).


The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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Acclaimed by critics and taught in many a high school and university, this series of vignettes tells the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago. (110 pages).


A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
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“The world is full of bastards, the number increasing rapidly the further one gets from Missoula, Montana.” In Maclean's autobiographical novella, he looks back at his family's complicated history, especially that between two brothers. (168 pages).


Sula by Toni Morrison
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This short book from Morrison, who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, follows the lives of two heroines from their small-town childhoods to their divergent paths as adults. (192 pages).


Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
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"Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don't." This smart and scathing essay will have you nodding your head in agreement throughout, especially if you belong to the female half of the population. (168 pages).


The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
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An Italian national bestseller for almost a year straight, this novel about an abandoned wife is a great introduction to the beloved author of the Neapolitan novels. (188 pages).


We the Animals by Justin Torres
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A blistering debut novel about three brothers and their parents reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that will leave you feeling like you've just had a punch in the gut. (128 pages).


Every Beat of My Heart by Bella Andrew
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How about a little romance? This double-wedding novella is a winner with our legions of romance fans. Plus, it's a great introduction to the steamy Sullivan family. (79 pages).


The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas
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Readers of the Young Adult Fantasy genre are simply crazy for Maas. This novella is bound to get you hooked on her Throne of Glass series. (70 pages).


The Darkest Fire by Gena Showalter
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Once you consume this read, it may kindle your interest in the entire Lords of the Underworld series. Ok, I'm done with the puns now. (66 pages).


The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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This classic based on a Mexican folk tale explores the secrets of man’s nature, greed, and the possibilities of love. (96 pages).


Animal Farm by George Orwell
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"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." A satire on the Soviet Communist system that you've probably pretended to have read at some point in your life. (97 pages).


The Giver by Lois Lowry
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If you didn't read this in middle school, and you didn't see the movie, you can now see why more than a million Goodreads readers give this book 4+ stars. (180 pages).


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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This is someone you know's favorite book, guaranteed. This novel has enchanted readers around the globe with its message of the transforming power of dreams and the importance of listening to your heart. (197 pages).


The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
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One of Oprah's favorite books and a self-help classic, Ruiz based his guide on ancient Toltec wisdom. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don't Take Anything Personally, Don't Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best. (168 pages).



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Goodreads Gift Guide: Ultimate Friends & Family Guide
Posted by Cybil on December 02, 2016



Books are the perfect gift, if you choose wisely. But let's face it, finding just the right book for everyone on your holiday list can be tricky.

Luckily, we've found some gems that will delight everyone from your biography-loving dad to your business school sister. All of these books were published this year and are highly rated by Goodreads readers to help you navigate your holiday shopping.

If you have a great suggestion for finicky friends and family, please leave your suggestions in the comments.

Books for the Past Life Obsessives:
The Romanovs: 1613-1918
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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
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Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X
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Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
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Books for the Those Who Appreciate the Scientific Method:
The Genius of Birds
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I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us
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Algorithms to Live By
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The Gene: An Intimate history
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Books for the True Romantics:
It Ends With Us
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Because of Miss Bridgerton
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Stuck-Up Suit
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The Obsession
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Books for the Amateur Sleuth:
IQ
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Blood on the Tracks
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Under the Midnight Sun
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Woman in Cabin 10
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Books for the Out of This World:
Dark Matter
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Sleeping Giants
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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
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Version Control
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Books for Strivers and Self-Improvers:
Grit
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
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Peak
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Books for the People Who Need to Get Away:
The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World
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Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
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Far Afield: Rare Food Encounters from Around the World
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Books for the People Who Feed Us:
Appetites: A Cookbook
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Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
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Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South
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Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
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Luvvie Ajayi's Books for Friends Who Need to Do Better
Posted by Cybil on December 01, 2016



Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning writer, pop culture critic, and professional troublemaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism.

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Her book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual is a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for humor and it debuted No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list.

She's also earned legions of fans through her blog Awesomely Luvvie, because she says what you're thinking but what you dare not say because you have a filter and a job to protect. In our minds, that makes her a perfect person to turn to for buying books for our friends.

Below are the five books she recommends:


The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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"Before the movie was the book, and Alice Walker's story about sisters named Celie and Nettie stays on my heart. From their painful beginnings to the power of sisterhood that carried them through. This is a classic, and I always go back to it."


Sula by Toni Morrison
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"This is one of my favorite books ever, and it's about a woman of the same name. She's a chaos bringer and everywhere she goes, bad news goes along with her. But Sula has a purpose."


The Broke Diaries by Angela Nissel
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"This is the first book I ever read that made me laugh out loud in public. It's the struggles of a college student so broke that one day, she finds A grit (not GRITS) in her cupboard. This book inspired me to be a humorist."


Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
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"In this book, I felt like I was reading my story. As someone who was born and bred in Nigeria, I completely connected to the story of Ifemelu, and her migration to the United States. It's a beautiful love story wrapped in apt cultural analysis."


Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
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"I got on a flight and cracked this book open and was finished when I landed in my destination. There is courage required to be willing to fail, just by saying yes to the things that scare us the most. This book is packed with vulnerability and gives so much heart."



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Sarah Cooper's Favorite Books for Coworkers
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on November 30, 2016



It’s estimated that we spend 75% of our waking lives in meetings, holding 11 million of them daily. Even worse, about 3/6ths of those meetings really could have been an e-mail. OK, fine. Maybe it just feels that way.


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As a user experience designer for companies like Google and Yahoo, Sarah Cooper discovered the real point of meetings: to look smart in front of your coworkers.

In her debut book that hilariously skewers office life, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, comedian Cooper shares all the ways you can look like a CEO with little to no effort at all. Tricks like “ask everyone to take a step back,” and “pace around the room” are interwoven with more nitty gritty advice, like 23 meaningless diagrams to draw on the whiteboard, and what to do with your face. It’s the perfect gift for anyone plagued with this painful corporate ritual.

Here the author and creator of the satirical blog TheCooperReview.com offers her own take on the books that make the best coworker gifts:


Do You Talk Funny? by David Nihill
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"You always remember the presentations that make you laugh, but it’s not always easy to be funny in a business setting. In this book, David Nihill demystifies the art of being funny and informative."


The Circle by Dave Eggers
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"A must read for anyone that works in tech. It tells the story of an all-knowing, all-seeing social network that feels a lot less like science fiction and a lot more like something that’s already happening."


Disrupted by Dan Lyons
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"If Silicon Valley met The Real World, you’d get something like Disrupted (but with better writing). Dan Lyons tells a drama-filled tale of his experience in the tech bubble and the dirt is juicy."


Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
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"This magical little book is for anyone who doesn’t think they’re creative. It will teach you how to turn your admiration for art into your own artistic expression, by identifying what inspires you and using it create something of your own."


Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
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"Allie Brosh’s iconic drawings are undoubtedly familiar to us all, but the combination of expressive characters and vivid writing bring her stories to life. This book proves that the simplest presentations are often the most engaging."



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What's New This Week: 7 Great Books Hitting Shelves Today
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on November 29, 2016

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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Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
by Lauren Graham

You should read this book if you like: Essay collections, Gilmore Girls, down-to-earth humor, stories of life and love, behind-the-scenes scoops



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by Warren Ellis

You should read this book if you like: Techno-thrillers, conspiracies, terrifying glimpses into the near future, Oregon, asylums



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Girls in the Moon
by Janet McNally

You should read this book if you like: YA contemporary fiction, family secrets, ex-rock stars and indie-rock darlings, bittersweet romance



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Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know About Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies
by Jason Diamond

You should read this book if you like: Memoirs, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, growing up, big dreams and big failures, humor



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When All the Girls Have Gone
by Jayne Ann Krentz

You should read this book if you like: Romantic suspense, shadowy pasts, mysterious disappearances, Seattle, rugged private investigators


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Ody-C: Cycle One
by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

You should read this book if you like: Graphic novels, Greek mythology, "psychedelic, gender-broke science-fiction epics," vibrant art


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The Whole Town's Talking
by Fannie Flagg

You should read this book if you like: Fiction, small towns, wit and whimsy, light mystery, stories that span generations, suspicious cemeteries


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

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The Fate of the Tearling
by Erika Johansen

The conclusion to the Tearling epic fantasy trilogy
(Start off the series with The Queen of the Tearling)

See Johansen's five favorite child protagonists here!


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Duke of Pleasure
by Elizabeth Hoyt

The eleventh book in the Maiden Lane historical romance series
(Start off the series with Wicked Intentions)

Check out the books that inspired Hoyt here!


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Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis
by Anne Rice

The twelfth book in The Vampire Chronicles paranormal fantasy series
(Start off the series with Interview with the Vampire)




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