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12 Nonfiction Books to Satisfy Your Olympic Obsession
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 05, 2016

If you can't feel the thrill of victory (or even the agony of defeat) from Rio during this year's Summer Olympics, then try your bookstore. Nestled in the nonfiction section are riveting tales of athletic ambition, ripped from the headlines you remember—and from the behind-the-scenes scoops that never went to print. Whether you're a lifelong fan or an Olympic newbie ("Is it just me, or did they not have an Olympics last year?"), you'll find someone to root for in these stories of scandal, passion, and triumph.


The Boys in the Boat
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Grace, Gold, and Glory
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Brazil's Dance with the Devil
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Golden Girl
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The Three-Year Swim Club
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Dream Team
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The Games: A Global History of the Olympics
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Silent Gesture
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End of the Perfect 10
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In the Water They Can't See You Cry
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Triumph
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Off Balance
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What book inspires your inner Olympic athlete? Share it with us in the comments!
Which Wise (Wo)Man Once Said?
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 04, 2016

Can you name the guru who wrote these current motivational classics?



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Your 16 Favorite Feel-Good Books!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on August 04, 2016

Sometimes a book gives you just what you need, be it a mood-lightening reminder of other lives and worlds, the distraction of a riveting story, or that warm feeling you get when you escape to a familiar place. If it's a book you know and love, there may be a favorite passage or chapter that you return to when in need. Other times it could be the feel of the entire novel, something about the writing, the story or characters, that ultimately relaxes you. Or perhaps it's more about the memories and associations stirred up as you read—especially if it's a children's book that you loved when young. We recently reached out on Facebook and Twitter to discover which books you would rank as the best feel-good reads. Your top picks are listed below.


Pride and Prejudice
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The Little Prince
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Anne of Green Gables
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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James and the Giant Peach
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
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The Night Circus
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A Walk in the Woods
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The Alchemist
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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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Boy Meets Boy
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At Home in Mitford
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Love, Rosie
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My Man Jeeves
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Pollyanna
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Tell us your favorite feel-good book in the comments! Then strip away stress with Goodreads' guide to relaxation.




16 Books That Inspired J.K. Rowling to Write Harry Potter
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 30, 2016

J.K. Rowling may be a Muggle (as far as we know), but she creates magic with the written word. Instead of a wand, she wields a pen, and in place of a Hogwarts education, she has years of voracious reading under her belt.

We've collected a list of books the beloved Harry Potter author has said inspired her as a child and as an adult. How many have you read?

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I Manxmouse
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The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
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The Iliad
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Emma
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The Wind in the Willows
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The Sword in the Stone
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The Enchanted Castle
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Do you and Rowling have similar reading tastes? Let us know in the comments! And discover more magical adventures on Listopia: What to Read After Harry Potter.
New Goodreads Homepage Now Rolling Out to Everyone!
Posted by Maryana Pinchuk on August 02, 2016

Get ready for a faster, more beautifully designed new homepage! Last month, we demoed the new page as a beta, and now we're excited to announce that it will be gradually rolling out to all members over the course of this week.

On the new homepage, you’ll find the features you love, but on a faster, more responsive new layout. We’ve also added more features and made some adjustments to the beta design, thanks to feedback from the thousands of Goodreads members who tested it.

“Goodreads launched in 2007, and in recent years, improving the user experience has been one of the most requested enhancements by our members,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “With this new design, our aim was to make the homepage feel like a home for all readers, while still sparking the feeling of serendipitous discovery you get when browsing bookshelves at your friend’s house or in the library or bookstore."

Let’s take a quick tour!

It's All About You

On the left side of the page, you’ll find everything about your reading:

Currently Reading. Here’s a reminder about everything you’re reading, plus a quick way to update your progress. Juggling more than three books at a time? You can click “See More” to show more of what you’re reading.

2016 Reading Challenge. How’s your Reading Challenge going? See your stats at a glance here and get encouragement to meet your goal! And it’s still not too late to start – set your goal and challenge yourself to read more this year!

Want to Read. We show you the latest books you’ve added to your Want to Read list so you’re never at a loss for reading inspiration.

All Your Shelves. Get a bird’s eye view of all your shelves, including any custom ones you’ve created, and dive into any instantly.

Find & Discuss Books With Your Friends

Connecting with friends over a love of books is at the heart of Goodreads, and it's still the center of the homepage:

Endless Scrolling. There's no stopping you now! Scan your latest updates without any extra loading time and never miss out on an important update.

Bigger Books. We’ve made book covers the star of each update and included book descriptions, too, to help you decide if this is the book for you.

Let’s talk. It’s now easier to jump into discussions with your friends about what they’re reading. Show some love for their latest review, or challenge them to defend why they couldn’t stand your favorite book!

Inspire Me!

Looking for book recommendations? There's something here for you, too. You’ll find:

Recommendations. Uncover hidden gems from readers with similar book tastes to you. It’s highly personalized, but also aims to offer up some surprises. Check out your recommendations today!

Editorial. Looking for inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking blog posts? You’ll find them here. Discovering a new book has never been so fun!

And It’s Faster, Too!

You’ll notice that the new page loads much more quickly, the features are snappy to use, and the layout adapts to smaller computer screens and tablets. We chose the React framework to power the new UI, allowing us to make the page more responsive and faster to load than ever before, as well as providing our engineering team (we're hiring!) with the tools for building more high-quality interactive content.

Your Group and Book Discussions

If you follow group and book discussions on Goodreads, you can now access them from every page on Goodreads, not just the homepage. Simply follow the “Discussions” link from the Community menu in site navigation.

Thank you to everyone who tested our beta and gave us feedback! Our work to improve the Goodreads experience is never done, and we’ll continue incorporating more of your suggestions on the homepage and other parts of Goodreads.

If this is your first time experiencing our redesigned homepage or you want to give more feedback now that it’s live, please take this survey and let us know what you think. If you have more questions about the new design, please visit this thread.
Read with Kindle on Your iPhone or iPad? Now It’s Even Easier to Share What You’re Reading on Goodreads! (U.S. Members)
Posted by Eric Franklin on July 20, 2016

“To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.” – Haruki Murakami


Don't you love walking into a friend's home and scoping out the contents of their bookshelves? Discovering what other members have read is one of the main ways Goodreads helps readers connect with one another. And if you read with the free Kindle app for iOS, we’ve made it even easier to add books to your Goodreads shelves and share what you’re reading with your Goodreads friends!

You do the reading, we’ll shelve it for you
With the latest update to the Kindle app for iOS, you’ll have the option to automatically mark each book as “Currently Reading” when you start it and as “Read” when you finish. Just switch it on, and your Updates Feed will show your friends each time you start and finish reading a book in the Kindle app.

We believe books are better with friends, and this feature is another example of how we’re making it easier for Goodreads members who read on Kindle to share and talk about the books they’re reading.

Switch on, switch off—you decide
As always, we give you full control. Every time you start or finish a book, you have the ability to toggle this on or off.  So it’s easy to keep on for most of the books you read, switch off when you start a book you’d prefer to keep private, and turn back on whenever you’re ready.

Auto-update inside the about this book feature

Use auto-update to nail your 2016 Reading Challenge!
Auto-update ensures that every Kindle book you read counts towards your challenge, so all you have to do is watch your progress bar move closer to your goal. (And if this is the final incentive you needed to sign up for the Challenge, head over to the Reading Challenge page and set your goal.)

Reading Challenge progress
Now you’ll never forget to add a book to your Reading Challenge goal!


How do I switch this on?
This feature is part of the latest update for the free Kindle for iOS app, available for download here.

To set your Kindle for iOS app to automatically add the books you read to your Goodreads shelves, follow these three steps:

1)  Download the latest version of the free Kindle for iOS app.
2)  If you haven’t already, link your Goodreads account to the app by going to Settings in your Kindle for iOS app. Alternatively, click here to go to Goodreads.com, and scroll to the Amazon section to connect your accounts.
3)  The next time you open a new book to read, a prompt will appear in About This Book asking if you would like to automatically mark your books as “Currently Reading.” Set this to “On” and let the app update your bookshelves for you! You have the option of switching this off every time you start a book.

Can I add my book to custom shelves in the Kindle app for iOS?
Not yet—today’s launch allows you to add books to the three primary exclusive shelves (Want to Read, Currently Reading, and Read) from inside the Kindle app for iOS. You can always add a book to one of your custom shelves in the Goodreads apps or on the desktop site.

What about people who read on Kindle outside of the United States?
Today, this feature is only available in the Kindle app for iOS for US members only. Our goal is to make this available to all Goodreads members who read on Kindle, but we don’t have specific timing to share.


21 Hottest Books of Summer
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 28, 2016

You're going to need a bigger beach bag (or a bigger Want to Read shelf). We've crunched the numbers to bring you the books with the most buzz on Goodreads! From a scorching literary debut inspired by the Manson murders to a crackling apocalyptic thriller about a spontaneous combustion epidemic, we've got white-hot stories for every type of reader. Which ones do you want to read?


Fiction
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The Girls
by Emma Cline

This powerful debut, set in late '60s California and inspired by the Manson murders, climbs inside the mind of Evie, an insecure teen seduced by a cult.


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Lily and the Octopus
by Steven Rowley

With humor and elements of magic realism, this semi-autobiographical novel describes the bond between Ted and his best friend, aging dachshund Lily.


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LaRose
by Louise Erdrich

In this poetic novel, a hunting accident changes the lives of two families living in a small North Dakota reservation town.


Young Adult
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My Lady Jane
by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Three YA authors play fast and loose with history in this fantastical, comic retelling of the story of Lady Jane Grey involving magic and shapeshifting.


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The Unexpected Everything
by Morgan Matson

Ambitious superscheduler Andi loses her dream internship, forcing her to face a big empty summer of uncertainty in this funny, sweet, and inspiring novel.

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

Indian and Greek mythology merge in this fantasy debut about a teenage queen who embarks on a hazardous journey of self-discovery and romance.


Nonfiction
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach

The popular science author trains her sights on the weird and wonderful techniques used to keep soldiers safe, sane, and healthy.


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Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution
by Nathaniel Philbrick

The tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold unfolds in this compelling account of the middle years of the American Revolution.


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The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The physician and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University makes the past and future of genetics personal in this eye-opening book.


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Lab Girl
by Hope Jahren

Nature and love unite in this unique blend of memoir and science writing by geobiologist Jahren, who cherishes plants as well as her research partner.


Mystery and Thriller
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Hidden Bodies
by John Hart

A wrongfully accused cop seeks justice, a young girl is kidnapped, and a boy plots revenge in this elaborate mystery set in a small town on the brink of chaos.


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Before the Fall
by Noah Hawley

In this gripping thriller, a frenzied media demands answers after a private jet crashes off Martha's Vineyard, leaving only two survivors.


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The Girl in the Ice
by Robert Bryndza

Troubled detective Erika Foster investigates the murder of a socialite discovered under a thick sheet of ice in a South London park.

Historical Fiction
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Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

This bewitching, heartbreaking novel examines seven generations shaped by the horrors of the slave trade and its fallout in Africa and the United States.


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Barkskins
by Annie Proulx
Two Frenchmen leave their homes to work as wood-cutters (or "barkskins"), triggering centuries of turmoil in this sweeping saga of greed and lust.

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The Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly
Inspired by actual events, this unforgettable novel follows three characters whose lives converge at Ravensbrück, the women's-only concentration camp.

Romance
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Idol
by Kristen Callihan

In this irresistible romance, a spunky recluse finds a rock star on her lawn—specifically the world's sexiest rock star on the world's un-sexiest bender.


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Stuck-Up Suit
by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

When the hot guy on her morning commute leaves his phone, Soraya returns it to his office (with a dirty picture of herself) in this sizzling read.


Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Age of Myth
by Michael J. Sullivan

A young man grapples with his destiny as a God Killer in this spellbinding tale of power and rebellion, the first in a new epic fantasy series.


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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
by Ken Liu

This breathtaking collection of short stories probes at the heart of what makes us human, utilizing a full arsenal of fantastical characters and settings.

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The Fireman
by Joe Hill

In this apocalyptic thriller, a pregnant nurse navigates a world on the verge of collapse following a pandemic of spontaneous combustion.


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


Guess the Guru
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 15, 2016

Can you name the guru who wrote these current motivational classics?



Tell us your score—then strip away stress with Goodreads' guide to relaxation!




Your Ultimate Relaxing Reads
Posted by Danny on July 15, 2016

The simple act of sitting down to read is usually enough to relax even the most uptight amongst us, but occasionally it can be nice to delve deeper. Whether it’s a book about mindfulness, meditation, spirituality or self-esteem, learning specific tips and tricks can help keep you calm, even in times of great stress. We recently took to Facebook and Twitter to see what books you’ve read that have provided you comfort. Your top choices are below.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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10% Happier
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
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A New Earth
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
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My Spiritual Journey
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Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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The Examined Life
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The Power of Positive Thinking
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Peace is Every Step
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Status Anxiety
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Cajun Night Before Christmas
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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365 Thank Yous
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Simple Abundance
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The Magic of Thinking Big
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Tell us your favorite relaxing reads in the comments!
Do You Know Who Wrote What? Take Our Quiz!
Posted by Hayley Igarashi on June 27, 2016



How did you do? Tell us your score in the comments! And be sure to check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.