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Live Video Chat with Jamie Ford, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on August 26, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live chat with bestselling author Jamie Ford. Ford's debut novel, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, was a word-of-mouth smash hit that has resonated with many Goodreads members. He returns this fall with his new book Songs of Willow Frost. Don't miss your chance to ask him a question!

To watch the chat or ask a question, click here!
Summer Good Reads
Posted by Jessica on August 06, 2013

What makes for good vacation reading? According to our 20 million members, this summer it's pirates, sexspionage, historical intrigue, plenty of romance, and most importantly, fantastic writing! These seven warm-weather reads have achieved that coveted 4.0 average rating—and garnered dazzling reviews to back up those high marks. So get reading! And tell us, what vacation books are you devouring this summer?

A Hundred Summers
by Beatriz Williams (Goodreads Author)
4.01 average rating

Ah, young love! So giddy and so doomed. In this juicy beach read, two New York socialites summer in 1930s Rhode Island and get romantically entangled with the same handsome boy. Goodreads member Amy says, "Filled with scandal, deception, and family secrets, A Hundred Summers is the perfect novel to get lost in on a summer's day...a captivating and unforgettable read."

Red Sparrow
by Jason Matthews
4.03 average rating

Learn the secrets of "sexpionage" as a trained seductress circles her prey, a young American spy. Penned by a former CIA officer, this globe-trotting thriller zigzags across Moscow, Helsinki, Rome, and Athens. Goodreads member Paul says, "Excellent, one of the best spy novels I have read in a long, long time...there is not one dull moment in the entire book."

Cinnamon and Gunpowder
by Eli Brown (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Pirates mixed with fine dining on the high seas? Goodreads reviewers relish this swashbuckling romp about a cunning pirate queen who kidnaps a chef and demands that he prepare gourmet meals onboard her ship—or walk the plank! Goodreads member Annie says, "I lost an entire day to this darn book; it was so fun, suspenseful, and even enlightening...battle scenes galore, dastardly bad guys, dastardly good guys, and great food—what more could you possibly want?"

The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley (Goodreads Author)
4.20 average rating

Readers love this romantic novel that mixes history and art with a hint of fantasy. It follows Nicola Marter, a Russian art expert who carefully hides her special talent—when she touches an object, she can see its past—as she investigates the origin of a wooden carving that may have belonged to Empress Catherine. Goodreads member Katherine says, "Kearsley writes in lovely, lilting prose...from first page to last, The Firebird is a sensual, richly imagined tale."

by Max Barry (Goodreads Author)
4.06 average rating

Nothing is more powerful or dangerous than words in this riveting thriller about a secret society that trains "poets" to use language to control people, literally. Emily, an oprhaned street hustler recruited by the poets, and Wil, the lone survivor of a catastrophic event that erased his memory, may be the only two who can save mankind. Jaclyn says, "Lexicon is thinky, and tricky, and darkly funny. Read it to get a taste of what sci-fi can be and should be more often."

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
by Gavin Extence
4.10 average rating

This quirky novel follows the coming of age of bookish bully-target Alex Woods, who is a bit of a celebrity since being struck by a meteorite as a child. He goes on an unlikely adventure with a crotchety Vonnegut-reading Vietnam vet. Goodreads member Marleen says, "Thought-provoking...and original, this is the best book I've read so far this is nothing short of brilliant."

White Dog Fell from the Sky
by Eleanor Morse (Goodreads Author)
4.18 average rating

Literary lovers on Goodreads praise the vivid language in this novel that tells the story of a medical student who flees apartheid South Africa for Botswana. Goodreads member Samantha says, "Beautifully written, and both unflinching and compassionate, White Dog Fell From the Sky very nearly achieves that completeness that so many novels strive for."

Want more? Try some Goodreads Listopias: Best Beach Reads 2013, What's the book you can't wait to read this summer?, Smart Summer Reads, and more!

Exclusive: J.K. Rowling on How She Crafts Gritty, Realistic Characters
Posted by Patrick Brown on July 25, 2013

If you had just one question for J.K. Rowling, what would it be? To celebrate the paperback release of The Casual Vacancy, we asked the best-selling author's fans on Goodreads to submit their burning questions about the book. The response was enormous—more than 1,500 submissions! We then chose five finalists and polled Goodreads members on their favorite. Here's the winning question and J.K. Rowling's fascinating answer:

Goodreads Grows to 20 Million Readers
Posted by Otis Chandler on July 23, 2013

Big news today at Goodreads! We now have 20 million members, up from 10 million members just eleven months ago.

Seeing more and more readers on Goodreads is inspiring, but what's more important is what's happening as a result. One of the main reasons why Elizabeth and I founded Goodreads is because we believe in the power of books. We believe the ideas you find inside stories can truly change the world. We believe that books make the world a better place. It's why the Goodreads mission is to help readers everywhere find and share books they love. So, you can imagine how much it means to our team to get emails like this:

This is really just a fan letter to tell you how much I adore Goodreads and how much I appreciate its mission. I've been using it since 2007 and it's been integral in introducing me to books and authors that have changed my life (to be maybe a touch melodramatic). Anyway, that's all. Just wanted to thank you for creating it!
All best, Corinne

And seeing tweets like this:

Your love of reading shines through everywhere on Goodreads, from group discussions to ratings and reviews to reading updates. You've written more than 25 million reviews and added more than 620 million books.

On behalf of the entire team here, I'd like to offer you all a heartfelt thank you for being a part of the Goodreads story. In honor of the many creative gifs shared in reviews by our members, we've created one to celebrate the 20 million milestone:

And here we are if you prefer a single shot:

Photo credit: Alison Christiana

Keep on reading!


P.S. Some of our long-term members will notice that our team is looking a lot bigger than in the 2012 photo. We're growing fast and hiring. If you're interested in joining the team, check out our openings here.

What Makes You Put Down a Book?
Posted by Elizabeth on July 09, 2013

We tried to find out! Here is a list of some of the top books you put aside and a few reasons why.

Live Video Chat with Emily Giffin, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on June 11, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Emily Giffin. We'll be talking about her latest book Where We Belong, as well as her previous work, her life as a writer. Don't miss this chance to ask a question of one of the most popular authors on Goodreads!

To watch the recording of the chat, click here.
Live Video Chat with Susan Cain, author of Quiet, today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on June 05, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with bestselling author Susan Cain. We'll be talking about her Goodreads Choice Award-winning book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.

To watch a recording of the chat, click here.
Announcing Our Debut Young Adult Newsletter!
Posted by Elizabeth on May 17, 2013

For a long time we’ve wanted to expand our editorial products at Goodreads. Our general newsletter is great, but one of the coolest things we learned as we created the site was how readers around the world bond over a shared love of a particular genre, be it literature from 1900 to WWII, steampunk, or books about sailing. Knowing that, we wanted to provide a newsletter tailored to your passions.

Today, I’m pleased to announce that we are launching our first genre-themed newsletter, with the plan to create many more in the future. We started with a voracious group on Goodreads: our YA readers. And we hope you’ll be satisfied!

We didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously with this missive. It’s chockablock with new books to discover, paired with as much opportunity as possible to interact with YA authors you know and love.

For example, we’ve created a video feature entitled, Three, Two, One…Chat. Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, co-authors of the new book, Invisibility, are our first subjects. There are no “Tell us what inspired your novel?” questions. Instead we ask, “Who was your first crush?” and “What would you do if you were invisible?” We also have a puppy interlude. What’s that? You’ll just have to watch.

Our “You asked…” section is an interview with an author completely composed of your questions. Each month we will also Meet a Goodreader. Maybe it's a die-hard YA reader on the site with lots of followers, or a user with an interesting blog, or maybe it's someone who works as an editor or an illustrator in the genre. If you know someone noteworthy on Goodreads, please nominate them in the comments below! We also have Quizzes, Trivia and a Covers Contest. Of course, we have our ubiquitous Movers & Shakers, this time tailored to the genre, and, for a final morsel, an illustrated quote of the month.

For this project, we've brought in Jade Chang to join our team, a great writer and editor whom I’ve had the privilege to work with over the past 10 years.

So please enjoy! And tell us which genres you want next!

Happy Reading,

P.S. If you want to make sure to receive future YA newsletters be sure to mark the option to receive the Young Adult Newsletter in your Email Preferences. You also may want to mark the option "Send me monthly newsletters for my favorite genres when they become available" if you are interested in another genre.
Live Video Chat with Cheryl Strayed, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on May 15, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with acclaimed bestselling author Cheryl Strayed. We'll be talking about her breakout memoir Wild, as well as her other books, and her life as a writer.

To watch a recording of the chat, click here.
Live Video Chat with Debbie Macomber, Today at 2pm ET/11am PT
Posted by Patrick Brown on May 06, 2013

Join us today at 2pm ET/11am PT for a live video chat with #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber. We'll be talking about her latest book, Rose Harbor in Bloom, as well as her previous books and her life as a writer.

To watch a recording of the chat, click here.