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The Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2018
Posted by Marie on January 04, 2018



Get ready, young adult readers! Because this year's list of buzzworthy books will be sure to steal hearts and send pulses racing.

Whether you're navigating the corridors of high school or the courts of the high fae, there's a little something for everyone in 2018—and this list is only the tip of the iceberg. From Angie Thomas' On the Come Up to the final installment of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, it's clear that young adult authors, both beloved and new, are raising the bar with lush worlds and diverse heroes.

Click on the covers below to find out when these titles are coming to a bookstore near you. Don't forget to add your favorites to your Want-to-Read shelf.

The Sequels You've Been Dying to Read:
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Hot New Series To Get Addicted To:
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Standalones That Will Make You Swoon:
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Which YA books are you excited to read this year? Share them with us in the comments!

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20 Author Birthdays to Celebrate in January
Posted by Marie on January 03, 2018



Today, we're raising a glass to some of the world's most beloved authors born in January, including J.R.R. Tolkien who took us 'there and back again' with iconic favorites including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien will be sharing his birthday cake with other notable celebrants, including J.D. Salinger, Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami, and Zora Neale Hurston. So break out your party hats and wish your favorite author a happy birthday in the comments!

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E.M. Forster
(January 1, 1879)

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J.D. Salinger
(January 1, 1919)

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Isaac Asimov
(January 2, 1920)

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J.R.R. Tolkien
(January 3, 1892)

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E.L. Doctorow
(January 6, 1931)

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Zora Neale Hurston
(January 7, 1891)

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Wilkie Collins
(January 8, 1824)

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Philippa Gregory
(January 9, 1954)

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Jack London
(January 12, 1876)

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Haruki Murakami
(January 12, 1949)

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David Mitchell
(January 12, 1969)

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Susan Sontag
(January 16, 1933)

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Anne Brontë
(January 17, 1820)

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A. A. Milne
(January 18, 1882)

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Edgar Allan Poe
(January 19, 1809)

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Patricia Highsmith
(January 19, 1921)

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Edith Wharton
(January 24, 1862)

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Virginia Woolf
(January 25, 1882)

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Anton Chekhov
(January 29, 1860)

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Norman Mailer
(January 31, 1923)

Do you have another favorite author who has a birthday this month? Let us know in the comments!

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Adam Grant's Three Strategies for Keeping Resolutions
Posted by Cybil on January 03, 2018

Adam Grant is the New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg. He shares monthly insights on work and psychology in his newsletter, GRANTED. Here he tells us how to deal with our 'inner teenagers' to help us succeed at keeping our New Year's resolutions:



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Face it: By next month, your New Year's resolution will be an epic fail. Four out of five people give up by February (and let's be honest, the fifth probably gamed the system by not making one at all). This drives you crazy if you're the kind of person who takes pride in following through on commitments. No matter how much you struggle through a book, you refuse to give up on it—which is the only possible explanation for the fact that there are humans who have read both Finnegan's Wake and Twilight.

The problem with resolutions is that they're mostly things our adult brains know we should do, but we still have a teenage brain saying we don't want to. The teenager wants to stay in bed and eat a burger. The adult knows you should go to the gym, have the salad, organize your closet, and call your parents. When the two brains duke it out, the teenager ultimately prevails. But there's hope for the adult: outwitting the teenager with three strategies from social science (which you can do because teenagers rarely read psychology or behavioral economics).

1. Reward the teenager for adulting. If you were motivated to build a beach body or eat better, you would've already done it. The key is to turn the should into an enjoyable want. My colleagues gave people an iPod with riveting audiobooks of their choice, ranging from Harry Potter to The Da Vinci Code. The catch: the iPod was locked at the gym, so they could only listen if they showed up. Over the next month and a half, they averaged 27% more gym visits.

2. Make the teenager responsible for others. The great thing about your teenage brain is that it's terrified of letting people down. No one wants to be the babysitter who gets fired twice. Erma Bombeck said it best: Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving.

When students thought about how math skills could benefit others—not just themselves—they finished 36% more boring math problems. When doctors and nurses were reminded that hand hygiene would protect patients—not just themselves—they washed 10% more often and used 45% more soap and gel. And I keep noticing that when I think about being a good role model for my 4-year-old son, I'm less likely to eat his Goldfish crackers off the floor.

3. Show the teenager future consequences. Your teenage brain is drawn to wants because it's stuck in the present. If your resolution is to save more money this year, you just need a clearer view of the future you. When psychologists took people's pictures and digitally aged them so they could see what they might look like decades later, they nearly tripled their retirement savings.

So if you want to keep a resolution, try bundling it with a tempting book and making it for others, not just yourself. And if that fails, just imagine how ignorant, lonely, and decrepit you'll be in the future if you don't follow through on your goals to read, connect, and exercise in 2018.


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23 Highly Anticipated Books of 2018
Posted by Hayley on January 02, 2018

This year we are, once again, resolving to read more. To help you discover new favorites and conquer your Reading Challenge, we crunched the numbers to find the 2018 books your fellow Goodreads members can't wait to read. Take a look! How many will you be checking out?


FICTION
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What would you do if you knew the date of your death? In 1969, the four Gold siblings think little of getting their fortunes told. But the prophecies haunt them, lingering over the next five decades as they each search for love, fulfillment, and longevity.


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The embodiment of the American dream and the New South, newlyweds Celestial and Roy have no reason to doubt their bright future. Then disaster strikes, sending Roy to prison for a crime he didn't commit and shaking their relationship to its core.


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In this electrifying debut set in India and America, a devastating act of cruelty tears apart a friendship, catapulting young Poornima on a cross-continental journey to reunite with Savitha, the girl who taught her how to hope.


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Shy college freshman Greer's meant-to-be love story with her boyfriend, Cory, takes a sharp turn when her path crosses with 63-year-old Faith Frank, a central pillar of the women's movement, in this smart, moving tale from the author of The Interestings.


MYSTERY & THRILLER
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Anna Fox has one lifeline to the real world: her window. Terrified to step outside her home, she spends her days watching her perfect neighbors—until she witnesses something no one was supposed to see in this chilling Hitchcockian mystery.


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The next entry in the Hogarth Shakespeare series transports the Bard's classic tragedy to a modern-day town riddled with crime. There a corrupt policeman lets his ambition drag him into a drug-depraved underworld.


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How well do you really know the people you work with? After five colleagues go on a hike and only four return, federal agent Aaron Falk heads to the woods to unravel the mystery in this follow-up to Harper's thrilling debut, The Dry.


NONFICTION
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In this powerful collection of essays, Jerkins interweaves commentary on pop culture, feminism, history, misogyny, and racism to tackle the real challenges of being a black woman today.


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Timing is a science, not an art. The author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us unlocks the secrets to good timing, utilizing cutting-edge research and data to create compelling and irresistible insights.


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After facing a dual diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II, Mailhot attempts to make sense of her life by writing. The result is this poetic memoir, a coming-of-age story set on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation.


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The sadistic Golden State Killer terrorized California for more than a decade. This masterful true-crime account traces journalist McNamara's obsession with the mysterious and violent predator and features an introduction by Gillian Flynn.


YOUNG ADULT
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Jude was taken to the treacherous High Court of Faerie as a child, but she doesn't want to escape; she wants to belong. To earn her place, she must defy the king's wickedest son and navigate a deadly civil war.


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In Orléans, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder—it's in the hands of the Belles. As one of the revered Belles, Camellia's magical talents bring her to the royal palace, where danger lurks around every corner.


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Step aside, Simon. Here Leah Burke, the best friend of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda's title character, takes center stage, tackling first love, senior-year angst, her own bisexuality, and a fracturing friend group.


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After escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle reinvents herself as the mysterious (and mysteriously wealthy) Holly Vanderhees in this exhilarating take on Catwoman from the author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series.


And look out for exciting sequels from Victoria Aveyard, Marie Lu, and Cassandra Clare!


FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION
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Brown returns to Mars (and beyond) in a new trilogy set shortly after the events of his Red Rising books. This time Darrow grapples with mending a galaxy he helped break as new heroes vie for vengeance and redemption.


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Two years after enchanting readers with her Beauty and the Beast retelling, Novik is back with a dark take on the Rumplestiltskin legend that follows Miryem, a clever young woman with a dangerous talent for turning silver into gold.


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This is not Odysseus' story. In this reimagining of Homer's Odyssey, the goddess Circe grows up a strange child, finds herself banished to a deserted island, tames wild beasts, and encounters the Minotaur, Daedalus, and Odysseus himself.


And look out for exciting sequels from Nnedi Okorafor, Karen Marie Moning, and Seanan McGuire!


ROMANCE
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It's just a job, Julia tells herself—a job working for Lucian de Vincent, who is as famous for his wealth as he is for his troubled reputation. As she draws closer to the mysterious man, she learns that some secrets are better left in the dark.


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The most famous seduction expert in the world has arrived in New York City. She's prepared to change women's lives, one relationship (or breakup) at a time, and the last thing she expects is a love crisis of her own.


HISTORICAL FICTION
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As one of the first female lawyers in India, Perveen wants to protect women's rights. When her most recent case suddenly turns into a murder investigation, she makes it her responsibility to bring the criminals to justice.


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The author of The Nightingale shifts from World War II to Alaska, telling the story of Ernt Allbright, a former POW who returns from the Vietnam War and immediately moves his family to America's last true frontier.


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Did Anastasia Romanov really survive the Russian Revolution? When a young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Russian grand duchess emerges from a canal, she sparks rumors and conspiracies in this harrowing historical thriller.


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

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Read More This Year with the 2018 Reading Challenge
Posted by Cybil on January 01, 2018



Let's be honest, most New Year's resolutions are pretty dismal. Luckily, we've found the cure: A goal that you'll look forward to accomplishing. Yes, it's time for the 2018 Reading Challenge! Make a promise to read more books this year. Goodreads makes it easy to set your own reading goal, track your progress, and celebrate your success with our annual Reading Challenge.

Last year, more than three million readers joined the Challenge and collectively finished more than 43 million books. In a recent survey of Goodreads members, 82 percent said they wanted to spend more time reading. So…what are you waiting for?



Want help achieving your goal this year? Here are some tried and true tips:

Set your goal:
  • Keep it fun! You can begin the year by committing to an easily achievable goal to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you quickly gain on your goal, you can always increase the number of books in your challenge.

  • Some members set a calendar-based goal: 12 books (one per month), 24 books (two per month), or even 52 books (one per week).

  • The Reading Challenge is all about what you want to read. If you're focused on reading a long literary classic like War and Peace, that will take more time to read than a graphic novel. Plan accordingly! If you find yourself breezing through lots of short novels, try being more aggressive.

  • Rereading counts! Want to go back and re-experience an old favorite? Or maybe you just want to get over a reading slump by reading something you know you already love. Now all the books you reread count towards your Reading Challenge.

Find great books:
Update Your Challenge From Inside Your Kindle Book:
  • Pro tip for Kindle readers: Connect your Goodreads and Kindle accounts so every book you read can count towards your goal. (To connect your accounts, click here.) Once you've connected accounts, you can easily add the Kindle book you're reading to your Currently Reading or Read shelf from inside the book. There's no need to switch to Goodreads to update the books you've read to make them count for your Challenge. This feature is available with the following:

    • Most Kindle and Fire devices (U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India).

    • Kindle app for iPhones, iPads or Android devices (U.S.).

Productivity tips:
  • Whispersync on Kindle allows you to switch from your Kindle ereader to your Kindle app on your iOS or Android device, guaranteeing you can tuck into your current book from anywhere.

  • Use your local library's website to request books online and have them waiting for you. Add your local library link as one of your Book Links so that when you find a book on Goodreads, you can open up the page on your library website and order the book.

  • Listen to audiobooks! Our members say this is a simple way to read more books—and to multitask while enjoying a novel. Find some audiobook suggestions here.

  • Keep track of your 'Want to Read' books. Remember to mark books that intrigue you as Want to Read. You can also use the Goodreads app to scan book covers, making it a snap to remember what you want to read next.

Don't Read Alone:
  • Join one of our thousands of online reading groups that span across topics, themes, and genres. Your perfect reading community is waiting for you.


Tell us why you're joining the challenge and how many books you've set your sights on!

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January's Poetry Contest Winner: The Blizzard
Posted by Cybil on December 31, 2017



Every month, Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group host a poetry contest. It's a great way to discover and support the work of emerging poets. Join the ¡POETRY! group where you can vote to select the winning poem each month from among the finalists. Aspiring poets can also submit a poem for consideration.

Congratulations to Jimmy Roberts, who is our January winner with this poem:

The Blizzard

by Jimmy Roberts

Midnight—and it’s still coming down.
I stumble along Fifty-fourth Street
to bear witness.
The metropolis is shrouded in mist;
a chilly white comforter has unfurled itself
over the island.
Neon signs glow dimly in the distance.
The buzz of engines, the bleat of car horns,
all gone, as if someone hit the mute button.

A stray taxi crawls by.
An old woman,
scarf wrapped ’round her face,
struggles against the wind.
New York has been humbled—
its jagged heights obliterated
in the dusky air,
its clogged boulevards shrunk
into narrow lanes.

Perhaps it was always so,
underneath all the swagger—
not a city,
but a country village,
standing silent and still
in the frigid night.


The Best Young Adult Book Covers of 2017
Posted by Marie on December 27, 2017



Although you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you can certainly admire its cover art. And this year's young adult novels featured some of the most stunning book covers yet. Every month, our readers cast their vote in our young adult newsletter, choosing the one cover that they couldn't resist. The monthly winners then entered a final showdown, where fans voted on which covers would take home the title of "Best of the Year."

And who was the champion of 2017? Fantasy favorite An Enchantment of Ravens took flight with first place; The Bone Witch cast its spell and took second; and placing third was contemporary heartbreaker, The Color Project. Congratulations to all those that made the final roundup—we can't wait to see what covers will come our in way in 2018.

Want to participate in next year's cover contests? Be sure to sign up for the Goodreads young adult newsletter.

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Our Favorite Holiday Tradition: Iceland's Christmas Book Flood
Posted by Hayley on December 22, 2017



In our perfect world, every present underneath the Christmas tree would be a book. Alas, most of us must prepare ourselves for disappointment (likely in the form of socks). But there's another way! This year take a page from Iceland's book and celebrate Jólabókaflóð.

What is Jólabókaflóð—and how do you pronounce it? The Icelandic word translates roughly into English as "Christmas book flood" and is pronounced yo-la-bok-a-flot. It refers to the country's traditional publishing peak: The majority of books in Iceland are sold between late September and early November, just in time for the holidays.

And the best part of Jólabókaflóð happens on Christmas Eve. "The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted in how families perceive Christmas as a holiday," says Kristjan B. Jonasson, president of the Iceland Publishers Association. "Normally, we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading."

That sounds like holiday perfection to us. Now we just have to convince our family members and friends to embrace the magic of Jólabókaflóð. Here are some of Goodreads members' favorite books to read during the holidays to get you started.

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Do you have any bookish holiday traditions? Share them with us in the comments!

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2017's 20 Most-Read Books on Goodreads
Posted by Cybil on December 21, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's classic feminist dystopian novel, was the most-read book on Goodreads in 2017. The popularity of the 1985 novel was bolstered, in part, by an award-winning TV series adaptation on Hulu.

In fact, many of the year's most-read books had hooks into popular culture, whether that's the success of the Big Little Lies series on HBO or the political climate that helped popularize the hardscrabble memoir Hillbilly Elegy (which was the fourth most-read book of the year).

Some of these novels have become bookclub favorites, including the tale of a stepfamily in Commonwealth (No. 2 on the list) and the beloved curmudgeon of A Man Called Ove (which finished the year at No. 3). And let's say lots of you like to return to Hogwarts as the boy wizard continues his popularity among readers of all ages.

Check out the entire list from No. 1 (The Handmaid's Tale) to No. 20 (Beneath a Scarlet Sky).


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Did you read any of these books in 2017? Which ones would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

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Our Most Popular Blogs of the Year
Posted by Hayley on December 21, 2017



As 2017 comes to a close, we're taking a look back at a year of amazing author exclusives, engaging discussions, and enough book recommendations to last us well into the next decade. These are the blogs that got your fellow Goodreads members talking and adding books to their Want to Read shelves.

Special Coverage

Reader Roundups

Author Exclusives

Goodreads Hacks


What would you like to see more of from our blog in 2018? Tell us about it in the comments!

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