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15 Highly Anticipated Books of 2016
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on January 06, 2016

Tell your Want to Read shelf to brace itself—books are coming. Sure, George R.R. Martin probably won't deliver The Winds of Winter this year, but who needs Seven Kingdoms and an Iron Throne when you've got spectacular tales of soldiers, stalkers, royals, and fugitives hitting shelves in 2016? (Actually we want it all, but we'll try to be patient.) We've rounded up some of the soon-to-be-released books that are getting the most adds here on Goodreads! How many do you want to read?

Young Adult
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Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare

Set in the same world of mythology and mystery as The Mortal Instruments, Lady Midnight kicks off The Dark Artifices, a bold new series centered on Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs's deadly quest for revenge.

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Glass Sword
by Victoria Aveyard

In Red Queen, Best Debut Goodreads Author Aveyard introduced us to Mare Barrow, a commoner with the unexpected ability to control lightning. Mare makes her triumphant return in this powerful fantasy sequel.

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

What do you get when you take a classic Hades and Persephone-style romance and infuse it with Indian mythology? This gorgeously written story about a Raja's daughter and the curse that will forever change her life.

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The High Mountains of Portugal
by Yann Martel

Get swept away to Portugal in this haunting story of love and loss—and a century-old quest that unites three very different men. This is the Life of Pi author's first novel since Beatrice and Virgil was published in 2010.

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The Nest
by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

You might think you know dysfunctional families, but just wait until you meet the Plumbs. Shackled with secrets, scandals, and waning ambitions, four adult siblings grapple with the fate of their shared inheritance in this dazzling debut.

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours
by Helen Oyeyemi

The author of Boy, Snow, Bird returns with this rapturous collection of short stories. Built around keys, both literal and metaphorical, Oyeyemi plays with the ideas that unlock our minds and our hearts.

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The Association of Small Bombs
by Karan Mahajan

Mansoor Ahmed watched his two childhood friends get killed by a "small" bomb. The memory of it follows him to university in America and back to Delhi, anchoring this gripping novel about the effects of terrorism.

Fantasy/Science Fiction
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The Thorn of Emberlain
by Scott Lynch

Locke Lamora is a bastard, and the popular Gentleman Bastard sequence is the story of his exploits in the Therin Throne Empire. This fourth installment sees the thief go to war on a battlefield of blood and fire.

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A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

In Kell and Lila's world, there are four Londons, each with its own past of magic and mayhem. The heroes of A Darker Shade of Magic are back, ready for adventure—and a newly arisen Black London.

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The City of Mirrors
by Justin Cronin

With cold ferocity, Cronin brings his apocalyptic trilogy to a conclusion. What began with The Passage now ends here, beyond a hundred-year reign of darkness, to the Girl from Nowhere and humanity's last hope.

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End of Watch
by Stephen King

It's the last ride for Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of King's Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. This time around the retired cop scrambles to protect his friends—and his city—from a supernaturally evil former foe.

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Hidden Bodies
by Caroline Kepnes

Some anti-heroes are more "anti" than others. Take Joe Goldberg, for instance. He was an obsessive stalker (with a romantic side) in the thriller You, and now he's officially murderous in this suspenseful sequel.

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The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz

After she ditches her husband's body, Tanya changes her identity—and it's not for the first time. She didn't murder him (she says), but her race for survival and exoneration will keep you on your toes in this tense thriller.

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One with You
by Sylvia Day

Eva and Gideon aren't rid of all their demons. But their passion, first ignited in Bared to You, is still as hot as ever in the fifth and final installment of Day's sizzling erotic romance series, Crossfire.

Historical Fiction
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America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Discover a little known chapter of history through the eyes of Martha "Patsy" Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter. Privy to secrets and scandals, Patsy shapes a country's legacy—at the expense of her own heart.

Which book are you most excited to read this year? Let us know in the comments!

Want to Read More This Year? Join the 2016 Reading Challenge!
Posted by Jessica on January 01, 2016

Forget about drinking more water or getting in shape! Our favorite New Year's resolution is definitely this: Read More Books. And we're guessing it's yours, too. Make it easier by creating a reading goal and tracking your progress with the 2016 Reading Challenge on Goodreads!

Will it be one book every other month? Or maybe one book a week? A day? It's up to you! Your goal can be any size. To get started, just choose the number of books you'd like to read this year.

Not sure what to read next? Don't worry! Here are a few ways to build your want-to-read list on Goodreads:

- Recommendations: To get recommendations tailored just for you, rate books you've already read. The more books you rate, the better your recommendations will be!
- Giveaways: Did you know you can enter book giveaways for a chance to win free books?
- Lists: You can also browse the thousands of lists on Listopia—where you'll find categories ranging from classic (Best Books of the 21st Century) to niche (Best Alpha Male Alien Meets Human Heroine Romance).
- Goodreads Choice Award winners: Peruse the results of the recently announced 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards, with winners and runners-up in 20 categories!

And it never hurts to have some social support when working toward a goal, so check out the many Goodreads groups that host reading challenges across every topic, theme, and genre imaginable.

In 2015, Goodreads members pledged to read more than 94 million books! What is your 2016 goal? Tell us in the comments!
10 Quotes Readers Fell in Love with This Year
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 29, 2015

An apple a day allegedly may keep the doctor away, but a quote a day can offer much-needed encouragement and inspiration. That's why we handpick a special quote for Goodreads members every day. (Not subscribed to our Quote of the Day email? Sign up here!) Check out which words of wit and wisdom were the most popular this year.

10. "Books are the carriers of civilization...They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." Barbara W. Tuchman (Quote of the Day for January 30)

9. "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." William Faulkner (Quote of the Day for May 7)

8. "Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself." Sara Henderson (Quote of the Day for September 15)

7. "We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells (Quote of the Day for September 21)

6. "Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real." Nora Ephron (Quote of the Day for May 19)

5. "Sleep is good, he said, and books are better." George R.R. Martin (Quote of the Day for August 6)

4. "Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it." Jeanette Winterson (Quote of the Day for August 27)

3. "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss (Quote of the Day for March 2)

2. "Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read." Raymond Carver (Quote of the Day for May 25)

1. "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away." Stephen Hawking (Quote of the Day for January 8)

Do you have a favorite inspiring book quote? Share it with us in the comments!

12 Fictional Book Things on Your Christmas Wish List
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 24, 2015

Santa Claus has his work cut out for him this year. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What fictional book thing do you want for Christmas? Here are your most requested items! (If ol' St. Nick actually does deliver on any of these, please let us know.)

Invisibility Cloak
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling

Who would give it to you: It's a mystery! An owl flew into your house and dropped the cloak off, but didn't stay long enough to let you know what human sent it.
What you could do with it: Manage mischief.

Babel Fish
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Who would give it to you: Your spacey two-headed brother-in-law.
What you could do with it: Stick it in your ear and finally understand what your distant relatives are saying about you. (It's not great.)

Mary Poppins's Umbrella
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Mary Poppins
by P.L. Travers

Who would give it to you: Your magical nanny, of course.
What you could do with it: Skip all that terrible Christmas traffic and fly through the sky via umbrella transportation.

Time Machine
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The Time Machine
by H.G. Wells

Who would give it to you: A cousin whose name you can't remember.
What you could do with it: Travel back in time to buy that forgettable cousin a better present than a Starbucks gift card.

Ella's Enchanted Book
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Ella Enchanted
by Gail Carson Levine

Who would give it to you: Your friendly neighborhood fairy.
What you could do with it: Open it up and magically find exactly what you want and need to read waiting for you.

Clean-Up Machine
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The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss

Who would give it to you: Your mother. Definitely your mother.
What you could do with it: Hop aboard and start your cleaning adventure.

A Job with SpecOps27
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The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde

Who would give it to you: Your great-grandmother, who just happens to look a lot like you.
What you could do with it: Become a kick-ass Literary Detective, investigating literature-related crimes on a fairly reasonably salary.

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by Anne McCaffrey

Who would give it to you: Your community Weyrleader.
What you could do with it: Fly through the air on your new dragon friend and save the world from Thread (which is something your Weyrleader has been trying to get you into for ages).

The Luggage
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The Color of Magic
by Terry Pratchett

Who would give it to you: A frumpy wizard who runs through your annual holiday party and shoves the hastily wrapped gift at you.
What you could do with it: Literally trample your enemies.

Wardrobe Made from a Narnian Apple Tree
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis

Who would give it to you: Your professor.
What you could do with it: First, you'd use it to totally win at hide-and-seek. Then you'd use it to travel to a magical kingdom, overthrow a dictator, and become royalty.

Portrait Session with Basil Hallward
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

Who would give it to you: Your first cousin, twice removed, who clearly doesn't know you at all.
What you could do with it: Hang it up in your room and proceed to stop aging while your portrait does it for you.

The One Ring to Rule Them All
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The Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Who would give it to you: Crazy Uncle Sauron.
What you could do with it: Use the ring to turn invisible and peek at all your other presents. Rule the world. Possibly go insane.

What fictional book item would you love to find under your Christmas tree? Tell us in the comments!

(Top image credit: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers book cover.)

Goodreads and Worldreader
Posted by Elizabeth on December 22, 2015

Last year when we met David Risher of Worldreader, Otis and I were immediately inspired. We had already profiled Worldreader in our newsletter, but we felt that their mission of giving kids ereaders pre-loaded with culturally relevant books made a lot of sense.

One problem facing libraries in Africa is that they end up with a random assortment of books. Does the average 3rd grader in Ghana really want to read out-of-date Encyclopedia Britannicas and adult whodunits? Ideally, a library should be plum full of age-appropriate and culturally relevant books designed to pique and engage young minds. At Worldreader, rather than gathering and shipping thousands of books to seed a library by hand, they send ereaders, which are able to contain many books and are curated to provide maximum impact. Studies have shown that kids learn best through stories, and also when their emotions are triggered. We want to help kids learn.

Worldreader also had significant technical experience that we felt would boost their ability to execute. In addition, once a product is funded, donors can continue to donate to a school to add more books to those existing donated ereaders.

So, this fall Goodreads choose the St. Mary's Girls Boarding Primary School (the only all-girls public school in the Naorak district of Kenya) for our first fundraising effort. If we could raise $10,000 we would be able to provide the school with 50 ereaders, and each of those would be loaded with 100 books. We launched a month-long campaign and asked our fellow employees, friends, and members of the wonderful Goodreads community to donate. Together we were able to hit that $10,000 goal!

This is what their library looked like before:

Now 300 young women will have access to these 50 ereaders, which contain stories such as The Magic Flyswatter, an East African folktale. The school sent us this image and it made us all feel so good. We wanted to share that feeling with all of you since you are just as responsible!

Thanks everyone for your support! Have a wonderful holidays and New Year. And if you ever want to learn about more ways to help promote literacy and education around the world please take a look at our monthly Do Good feature in our newsletter. We are committed to using the awesome power of Goodreads to make the world a better place!

Elizabeth and Otis

2015 - See Your Year in Books!
Posted by Suzanne on December 16, 2015

With just over two weeks to go until the end of 2015, it’s time to ask: How was your year in books? Did you read more than last year? What was the longest book you read?

Because so many of you love seeing Your Year in Books, we had a great time creating a fun, new design this year. Don’t keep it to yourself! Share it with your friends and spark a conversation about the books you’ve read.

To see Your Year in Books, click here!

"But it’s not the end of the year yet!" we hear some of you say. Never fear! Your Year in Books will keep updating until the very last moment of 2015. If you have plans to squeeze in some holiday reading and don’t want to peek until then, Your Year in Books will be waiting patiently.

Was it a good year of reading for you? What was the book you loved in 2015 that you wish more people would discover?

See Your Year in Books!

Did You Notice Something a Little Different?
Posted by Maryana Pinchuk on December 15, 2015

UPDATE: Thanks for all the feedback! For those of you who were having issues with blurriness, we have good news: we pushed out an update this afternoon that improves the sharpness of the font for users who were affected. We’re monitoring all the comments and will keep you posted on any further updates.

If you’re a frequent visitor to Goodreads, you've probably noticed a few tweaks we’ve made to the fonts and colors on the desktop site today. Our goal with these small-but-important changes was to consolidate and refresh our visual styles and lay the groundwork for some design improvements that we’re planning in the future.

What’s different?

  • To enhance the readability of text on Goodreads, we’ve adopted two new open-source fonts. Lato, our sans-serif font, was designed by Warsaw-based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). Merriweather, our serif font, was created by Eben Sorkin and was designed to be pleasant to read on screens.

  • To make it easier to scan the page for information you need, we’ve touched up and modernized the design of common page layout elements like section headers, tabs and links.

  • To simplify and modernize our visual design, we’ve reduced the number of link colors we use, removed gradients from buttons and the site navigation, and applied a more harmonious color palette to interactive elements such as buttons, stars, and links.
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    Our approach was simple: Improve the usability of the site and give it a cleaner, more modern look, while preserving the familiar feel of Goodreads—a unique home for readers.

    Let us know what you think!
    15 Benefits of Being Friends with a Book Nerd
    Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 12, 2015

    Books are undoubtedly awesome, but so are the people who love them. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a benefit of being friends with a book nerd? (Goodreads members are basically experts on the topic, after all.) Check out our favorite answers below!

    1. "You know about SO MANY great books. All. The. Time." (@sqq100)

    2. "Lots of wonderful late-night talks about books and how fun reading is." (Katie Morrissey)

    3. "You can know that they REALLY want to be your friend. Most book nerds don't have time for casual friendships and, generally speaking, would rather be spending their free time with fictional people than real people. If a book nerd wants to spend time with you, that's the greatest compliment you can get." (Faye Lilley)

    4. "Free grammar corrections." (@bart_carter)

    5. "They don't talk when you're reading. They just pick up their book." (Michelle Vollers)

    6. "Help to avoid bad books." (Damian McMillan)

    7. "You read books that are outside of your comfort zone. You're no longer stuck in one genre." (@RitaHumola)

    8. "Victorian comebacks and random quotations." (@livesingularity)

    9. "Every time you visit their house, you have pretty bookshelves to look at!" (@profsslockhart)

    10. "You'll have someone to book shop with who won't rush you!" (Diana Rivero)

    11. "Unending supply of new words to use in regular conversations." (@iCoder1978)

    12. "Always knowing what the movie adaptation left out." (@veragfischer)

    13. "They're easy to shop for." (Denise Lacombe)

    14. "Book swapping. I love it when this happens: 'I found this on my bookcase and thought you would like it.'" (Lucy Hutchinson)

    15. "They understand you." (@AngelaRoquemore)

    Are there really only fifteen benefits of being friends with a book nerd? Of course not! Tell us more in the comments.

    Your Favorite Books to Read During the Holidays
    Posted by Hayley Igarashi on December 05, 2015

    Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but your December reading should be delightful! This week we asked you on Facebook and Twitter: What's your favorite book to read during the holiday season? Today we've got your top answers. How many have you read?

    A Christmas Carol
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    Holidays on Ice
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    Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
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    A Christmas Memory
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    The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Terror of Christmas Terror
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    Little Women
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    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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    The White Elephant: A Holiday Thriller
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    Winter Solstice
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    The Gift of the Magi
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    The Christmas Mystery
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    Cajun Night Before Christmas
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    The Hogfather
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    The Bird's Christmas Carol
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    Olive, the Other Reindeer
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    Skipping Christmas
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    Did your favorite holiday read not make the list? Don't keep it to yourself—share it with us in the comments!
    Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards!
    Posted by Jessica on November 30, 2015

    The votes are in! More than 3 million votes were cast in the 7th annual Goodreads Choice Awards! Readers rallied to support their favorite books, voting for more than 20,000 different books in the Opening Round, and now just one winner in each of 20 categories remains. Congratulations to the best books of the year!

    View the champions & runners-up in 20 categories »

    The biggest publishing surprise of 2015, Go Set a Watchman, takes home the top honors in Best Fiction—a testament to the great love readers have for To Kill a Mockingbird's legacy. And the biggest publishing success of 2015, mega-bestseller The Girl on the Train, won Best Mystery & Thriller in a landslide, taking out both Stephen King and J.K. Rowling. Not to be missed, one of 2015's top-rated books, World War II saga The Nightingale, won handily in Best Historical Fiction.

    We all must be seeking love, or at least needing to laugh about it, because voters chose Aziz Ansari's dissection of 21st-century dating, Modern Romance, as Best Nonfiction. He's joined by another comedian winner in Best Humor, where Mindy Kaling takes the prize for her essay collection, Why Not Me?. This year's Choice Awards saw a robust crop of books by YouTubers in multiple categories, and voters crowned 23-year-old video star Connor Franta a winner in Best Memoir & Autobiography for his book A Work in Progress. The newcomer earned his stripes alongside long-time reader favorite Erik Larson, who took first place in Best History & Biography for Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania.

    Hop on the train! A big thank you from Best Mystery & Thriller winner Paula Hawkins!

    Heart in her hands, Best Humor winner Mindy Kaling.

    In Best Romance, it took fan favorite Colleen Hoover, author of Confess, to upset 2012 Choice Winner E.L. James. But repeat winners reigned supreme in Best Fantasy and Best Science Fiction, where Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning and Pierce Brown's Golden Son each delivered a win. And after multiple nominations for their respective series, Dean Koontz won for Saint Odd in Best Horror and Brian K. Vaughan earned first place for Saga, Volume 4 in Best Graphic Novels & Comics.

    Here's a whole shelf full of gratitude from Best Romance winner Colleen Hoover!

    Heartfelt appreciation from Best Science Fiction winner Pierce Brown.

    Age is just a number. The winners of the Young Adult and Children's categories all have major crossover appeal. All the Bright Places tops the list in Best Young Adult Fiction; the latest book in the Throne of Glass series, Queen of Shadows, edged out strong competition in Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction; and another Young Adult Fantasy contender, Red Queen, pulled out a win over in Best Debut Goodreads Author. Voters couldn't contain their excitement for Rick Riordan's new series starter The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1), making this year's prize in Best Middle Grade & Children's his fifth consecutive win! And finally The Day the Crayons Came Home keeps everyone smiling as the winner of Best Picture Books.

    Best Young Adult Fiction winner Jennifer Niven has a Post-it note with your name on it.

    Best Young Adult Fantasy winner Sarah J. Maas poses with her Throne of Glass heroine...or is that her alter ego?

    Rick Riordan's dog Speedy is pretty excited about The Sword of Summer winning Best Children's.

    Other winners include Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish for Best Science & Technology, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime for Best Food & Cookbooks, and The Dogs I Have Kissed for Best Poetry.

    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! »