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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

The 2012 Reading Challenge

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel

Two comedy veterans team up for the madcap novel Lunatics, about two feuding suburban dads on the lam, a kidnapped lemur, and a clothing-optional cruise.

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Daniel Handler

The exquisite pain of doomed teenage love is profiled in Why We Broke Up, a joint project from the author also known as Lemony Snicket and illustrator Maira Kalman.

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GOODREADS LIVE

Amanda Hocking

What if, at age 17, you got the news you were swapped at birth? Hocking will answer this question and more on January 11 in a live chat about her teen fantasy, Switched.

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Kristin Hannah

On January 26, join the best-selling writer for a live chat about Home Front, the story of a Blackhawk helicopter pilot deployed to Iraq—far from her husband and daughters.

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PORTABLE GOODREADS

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Did you find a shiny new e-reader or tablet in your stocking this holiday season? Read our easy tips for using Goodreads on your iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, and more!

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GOOD MINDS SUGGEST

Thrity Umrigar's Favorite Books About India

Step out into the teeming streets of Mumbai in The World We Found and peruse the author's top five books about her native land.

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Adam Johnson's Favorite Books About North Korea

Peek inside one of the world's most secretive countries in The Orphan Master's Son and try these recs from north of the DMZ.

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Sarah Jio's Favorite Books About the South Pacific

Dive into turquoise waters with these selections from the author of The Bungalow, a romantic World War II tale set in Bora Bora.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Naomi Benaron

A gifted Tutsi athlete dreams of competing in the Olympics in Running the Rift, a novel set during the years leading up to the 1994 genocide of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

American Dervish

Little Hayat Shah is in love. He may be a preteen, but his feelings for his mother's best friend are palpable. This fictional family drama portrays the childhood of a Muslim Pakistani American growing up in the 1980s Midwest.

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Situations Matter

by Sam Sommers (Goodreads Author)

Would you help an unconscious passenger on a crowded train? Many people wouldn't. Psychology professor Sommers claims that personality is overrated and context is paramount in his new work of behavioral science.

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The Crown

by Nancy Bilyeau (Goodreads Author)

A young nun leaves the safety of her priory so she can save her father's life in this historical novel set in 1537 England. Joanna embarks on a mission to find a long-lost crown, traveling far afield at the behest of a corrupt bishop.

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The Flame Alphabet

by Ben Marcus (Goodreads Author)

The sound of children's speech becomes toxic to adults in this literary, surrealist nightmare. Panic mounts as the lethal epidemic spreads, but one man scrambles to save his family, even as his daughter's words slowly kill him.

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Elizabeth the Queen

by Sally Bedell Smith (Goodreads Author)

Queen at age 25, the world's most famous woman has weathered the demands of the Commonwealth throne for 60 years, all with her signature humility. This thoroughly researched biography offers details both public and private.

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The Fault in Our Stars

Four years ago 16-year-old Hazel faced a death sentence: Stage IV thyroid cancer. Now chock-full of chemo, she wonders if her remission will last and who the cute new guy is in her cancer support group in this young adult novel.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

Want your words to reach 5 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our January winner!

Sergei Aleksandrovitch Esenin's Last Poem

by Jane Ellen Glasser (Goodreads Author)
Here's the night table with its lit candle.
Here the looped rope dangling from a pipe
like a question mark or a passenger's handle
on a crowded bus. I am going on a trip.

Not far away. One step. One small kick,
a little dance and the light goes out.
I am sick of the industry of living, sick
of sleepless nights. Elizaveta, no doubt

true to your word, unopened my poem
written in the wine of my blood
sits in your pocket like a worry stone.
No stitched brow. No flood

of tears. A last breath, the psyche flies.
Goodbye, my friend, goodbye. *


*The first line of Esenin's poem

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With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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TRIVIA

In Markus Zusak's novel, The Book Thief, the narrator is:

  1. Lust
  2. Gluttony
  3. Death
  4. Greed

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