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The Most Magical Children's Sections in Libraries
Posted by Hayley on June 16, 2016

Most libraries invite you to imagine: See those books over there? They look normal, but dragons lurk behind the spines, detectives creep around the pages, and pirates sail off into the covers. If you want any of that story magic to seep into reality, you have to visit the children's section. We've rounded up some of the most fantastic and immersive libraries for kids in the world. Which one do you want to visit?


Brentwood Library

Fairytales come alive in Brentwood Library's whimsical children's section. Children are greeted by a talking owl (operated by a motion sensor…or magic!), and the bookshelves are placed deep in an artificial forest. Stay alert when you visit this library wood! Live animals, magicians, and puppeteers frequently drop by.

What to read while you're there:
Fablehaven
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The Secret Garden
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The Wishing Spell
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The Neverending Story
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East Hampton Library

With ocean rugs below and "book-bird" seagulls above, the Children's Reading Room in the East Hampton Library is the perfect place to get swept up in stories. Kids can browse the shelves of a giant windmill display or chat with librarians at the boat desk before curling up with a new book.

What to read while you're there:
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
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Swiss Family Robinson
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
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Peter and the Starcatchers
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Cerritos Millennium Library

Go big or go home at the Millennium Library, recently named the Best Library for Children by Los Angeles Magazine. The adventure begins right at the start, through an entryway made up of massive books fit for a giant. Inside, readers will find a 15,000 gallon saltwater aquarium, a model space shuttle, a T-Rex skeleton replica...and lots and lots of books, of course!

What to read while you're there:
Jack and the Beanstalk
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The BFG
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James and the Giant Peach
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Clifford the Big Red Dog
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Raja Tun Uda Library

Oh, the weather outside is frightful? It never matters inside this sprawling outdoor-themed children's section. Complete with grassy hill, (fake) rays of sunshine, and a life-size "reading tree," this indoor library park is a young book lover's paradise.

What to read while you're there:
Anne of Green Gables
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Warriors
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Inside Out & Back Again
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The Complete Fairy Tales
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Laramie County Library

It's all about hands-on play at the Laramie County Library! Readers can pile into the child-size Bookmobile, or power up the behemoth "Book Factory." On top of that, the library has an after-hours program that gives pre-teens exclusive access to the entire building, which includes an oversized chess board and yummy Library Cafe.

What to read while you're there:
The Little Engine That Could
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Rosie Revere, Engineer
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The Phantom Tollbooth
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Sideways Stories from Wayside School
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Which one is favorite? Tell us in the comments!
And for more fun, check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.
12 Beloved Quotes from Children's Books
Posted by Hayley on June 08, 2016

As part of Summer Reading for Kids on Goodreads, we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's your favorite quote from a children's book? Your top answers are below!


"People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven't you?"
From Anne of Green Gables
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by L.M. Montgomery


"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."
From Love You Forever
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by Robert Munsch


"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
From The Little Prince
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by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


"It doesn't happen all at once.... You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
From The Velveteen Rabbit
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by Margery Williams


"You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
From Winnie-the-Pooh
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by A.A. Milne


"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
From Little Women
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by Louisa May Alcott


"You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are."
From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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by Lewis Carroll


"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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by J.K. Rowling


"If you become a bird and fly away from me, I will be a tree that you come home to."
From The Runaway Bunny
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by Margaret Wise Brown


"Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog."
From Matilda
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by Roald Dahl


And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
Just go right along, you'll start happening too!

From Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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by Dr. Seuss


"One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again."
From The Chronicles of Narnia
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by C.S. Lewis



What's your favorite? Share it with us in the comments!
And for more fun, check out our home for Summer Reading for Kids here.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids on Goodreads!
Posted by Hayley on June 01, 2016



School's out. Summer's on! All month long we're celebrating the season with great reading recommendations for kids, fun children's book quizzes, and more! Whether you're headed to the beach or to the mountains, traveling the friendly skies or camping out in your backyard, we've got the stories kids will love. So what are you waiting for? Let the book adventures begin!



Children's Books You'll Never Outgrow
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
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Green Eggs and Ham
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The Hobbit
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The Secret Garden
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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The Little Prince
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Anne of Green Gables
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The Giving Tree
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Children's Books with the Best Sidekicks
Calvin and Hobbes
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Charlotte's Web
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Peter Pan
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Beezus and Ramona
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Underrated Children's Books Everyone Should Read
The Story About Ping
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Five Children and It
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The Hundred Dresses
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Home Price
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What book made you fall in love with reading? Join the discussion here!
How Well Do You Know Famous Children's Book Covers? Take Our Quiz!
Posted by Hayley on May 31, 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.
A New Look for the Goodreads Homepage
Posted by Maryana Pinchuk on June 01, 2016

Drumroll please...we’d like to introduce you to our new homepage! While it’s still in beta, we wanted to give you a chance to experience it for yourselves and let us know what you think.

New Goodreads beta homepage

Same great content, with books front-and-center

One of the most noticeable changes is that books are now the star of the page: we’ve increased the size of book covers and redesigned the updates feed to showcase books and provide more information about them.

“We wanted to encourage that feeling of serendipitous discovery you get when browsing the shelves of a library or your favorite bookstore,” says Seth Goldstein, Director of User Experience at Goodreads. “As you scroll, you’ll see books you’ve heard of but haven’t yet added to your to-read list, new books with tempting covers that make you want to peek inside, and books that your friend just fell in love with and can’t stop talking about.”

We also wanted everything that’s most important to your reading universe to be all in one place, so we’ve organized the page into three key areas:

It’s all about you

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

Currently Reading. If you’re like many of us, you might have a few books that you’re reading at the same time. Now, you’ve got a beautiful visual reminder of what you’ve started reading, as well as a quick way to update your progress.

2016 Reading Challenge. If you’re one of the more than 2 million Goodreads members who have signed up for the 2016 Reading Challenge, you can quickly check your progress in this section. (And it’s not too late to sign up and set your yearly reading goal now!)

Want to Read. We show you the latest books you’ve added to your Want to Read list to help you pick your next book to read.

Find and discuss books with your friends

We’ve kept the updates feed in the center of the page, to keep the focus on your reading community:

New, more fluid scrolling. We’ve added continuous scrolling so you can keep going and going through your latest updates without any extra loading time and never miss an important update.

See who’s talking and jump into the discussion. We made it easier to see what your friends have to say about the books they’re reading, and to join in the discussion quickly. Don’t just read that great review of The Girl on the Train and scroll on – let your friend know what you thought of the characters and the ending!

More books, please!

If you can’t resist the temptation of more books (and we’d bet few Goodreads members can!), the right side of the homepage is for you. Here you’ll find:

Recommendations. Our recommendations engine analyzes 20 billion data points to come up with recommendations tailored just for you! Our goal here is to surprise you. We won’t point you to the latest bestsellers or to more books by authors you already love - you can find those easily yourself. We’re looking to uncover some hidden gems that other readers who have read similar books to you have also loved.

Editorial. Here we showcase the inspiring, creative, and thought-provoking blog posts by our Editorial team. Discovering a new book has never been so fun!

Plus, it’s faster

For those of you interested in the engineering work behind the new design, 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 with the tools for building more high-quality interactive content.

Even if you’re not an engineer, 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.

Tell us what you think

With a community of more than 50 million members and growing, we’re always conscious of balancing design improvements with keeping things intuitive for our long-term members. We included hundreds of Goodreads members in the research and testing that helped us develop this design, and we’re excited about the early positive feedback we got from them about the new look. Now it’s your turn!

You can let us know what you think of the new page or report any issues you’re seeing by using the Feedback tab visible on the right edge of the page:

Feedback link

Also, if you’d like to switch back to the current homepage, you can follow this link in the new homepage footer:

Opt-out link

You can always come back to the new homepage again by following the link in the current site footer here:

Opt-in link

After you’ve had a chance to check it out and test out some of the new features, please take this survey and let us know what you think.

If you have more questions or would like to learn more about what’s on the beta page and what’s coming next, please visit this thread.

Looking forward to reading your feedback!
20 Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud
Posted by Hayley on May 21, 2016

Need a good chuckle? This week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book always makes you laugh out loud? Check out the top answers below!

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
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Bossypants
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Good Omens
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Losing It
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Truth or Beard
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Catch-22
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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A Walk in the Woods
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Hyperbole and a Half
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Chocoholics
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Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
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If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
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My Man Jeeves
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One for the Money
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Big Trouble
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The Rosie Project
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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
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The Princess Bride
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Me Talk Pretty One Day
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Did your favorite funny book not make the list? Then share it with us in the comments!


NEW! Great Deals on Ebooks, Personalized Just for You! (U.S. Members)
Posted by Annarose Mclaughlin on May 17, 2016

Book lovers can never have too many books. But sometimes feeding your reading habit can get expensive! And who doesn’t love a good deal? Given that we can't give you an unlimited spending account for books (we wish!), we've come up with the next best thing: Goodreads Deals.

Goodreads Deals is selected for you, because they're based on your individual Goodreads profile. If there's an exceptional ebook deal for a book on your Want to Read shelf, we'll let you know. (It's another great reason to keep your Want to Read list on Goodreads updated!) And, if one of the authors you follow has a not-to-be-missed promotion on an ebook, we'll make sure you don't miss out.

Want more ebook deals in the genres you love to read? Sign up to get daily emails with the best deals on ebooks that have rave reviews by the Goodreads community. To kick things off, we're introducing daily deals in the most popular genres for Goodreads members:

  • Bestsellers
  • Romance
  • Mystery & Thrillers
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Don't worry if your favorite genre is missing; we'll be adding more genre options in the future.

Choose your genres to receive daily, personalized emails.



Goodreads Deals is available (starting today!) for our U.S. members. Here's a peek at the exciting deals we're sending readers today:

Here are some tips on how to get the most out of Goodreads Deals:

How do I make sure I get notified about more deals on books and authors I'm interested in?

Make sure to add books to your Want to Read shelf, and follow authors you like! (On Goodreads, search for authors you like, go to their Author Page, and click "Follow.") Keep adding to your Want to Read shelf and the list of authors you're following to increase your chances of finding out about a deal on an ebook that interests you.

When will Goodreads Deals be available for my preferred genre?

Goodreads Deals is now available in our most popular genres: Bestsellers, Romance, Mystery & Thrillers, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. Our goal is to expand into more genres as quickly as we can. Stay tuned!

How do I buy the ebooks in Goodreads Deals?

You can configure your Goodreads Deals settings to include links to purchase from Kindle Store, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kobo stores.

Is Goodreads Deals only for US members?

Goodreads Deals is launching in the U.S. We don’t have details to share on when Goodreads Deals will be available in other countries, but our goal is to provide deals to as many of our members as possible.

Happy Reading!

Received a Goodreads Deals email? Tell us what you think by taking our survey.

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10 Favorite Book Moms and Their Words of Wisdom
Posted by Hayley on May 07, 2016

Mother's Day is traditionally about real moms—and by real, we mean the moms who had to put up with our antics in the real world—but this year, we also wanted to give a shout-out to the moms who helped raise us from the page. Did your favorite book mother make the list?

MARMEE
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Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

Mother of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy
Mom Wisdom: "Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!"


MOLLY WEASLEY
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Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

Mother of Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, Ron, and Ginny
Mom Wisdom: Beds empty! No note! Car gone—could have crashed—out of my mind with worry—did you care?—never, as long as I've lived—you wait until your father gets home."


MAMA BEAR
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The Berenstain Bears Series
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Mother of Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and Honey Bear
Mom Wisdom: "There's no question about it! The cubs are watching too much TV."


MA INGALLS
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Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mother to Laura, Mary, Carrie, Charles Jr., Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra
Mom Wisdom: "We start learning the minute we're born, Laura. And if we're wise, we don't stop until the Lord calls us home."


NANNY OGG
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Discworld Series
by Terry Pratchett

Mother to Shawn, Jason, Wayne, Darren, Nev, Shirl, and many more
Mom Wisdom: "Nanny Ogg looked under her bed in case there was a man there. Well, you never knew your luck."


ANGELA MCCOURT
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Angela's Ashes
by Frank McCourt

Mother to Frank, Malachy, Oliver, Eugene, and Margaret
Mom Wisdom: "God, I didn't bring ye into the world to be a family of messenger boys."


MRS. BENNETT
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Mother to Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia
Mom Wisdom: "Well, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done."


MRS. JOSEPHINE RABBIT
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Peter Rabbit Books
by Beatrix Potter

Mother to Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit
Mom Wisdom: "Now my dears, you may go into the fields or down into the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden. Your father had an accident there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor."


NATALIE PRIOR
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Divergent Series
by Veronica Roth

Mother to Tris and Caleb
Mom Wisdom: "You're my daughter. I don't care about the factions. Look what they got us. Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again."


MARILLA CUTHBERT
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

Adopted mother to Anne
Mom Wisdom: "Good behavior in the first place is more important than theatrical apologies afterwards."


Did we miss your favorite book mom? Then tell us who she is in the comments!

Goodreads Giveaways Just Got Even Better! Kindle Ebook Giveaways Now Available (U.S. members)
Posted by Greg Seguin on May 03, 2016

Do you love free books? How about reading a book before it’s published to the wide world? Are you one of the many Goodreads members who reads ebooks? Well, we have good news for you! Our popular Giveaways program now includes Kindle ebook giveaways. Starting today, U.S. members can enter to win Kindle ebooks, and the winners will get their copies downloaded instantly to their favorite device—no more waiting for the mailman to hurry up and make the delivery.

Many of you are already big fans of our Giveaways program. Last year alone, readers won more than 300,000 free print books on Goodreads. Giveaways are popular because you can enter to win a range of books, from the latest advance review copy (ARC) by a bestselling author to books from debut authors.

Check out the list of currently active Kindle ebook giveaways today.



I don’t have a Kindle ereader. How can I read Kindle ebooks?
Not a problem! You can read the Kindle ebooks you win using the free Kindle iOS app, the free Android app, or in a web browser using the free Kindle Cloud Reader.

Why aren’t there as many Kindle ebook giveaways listed as print book giveaways?
We’re starting off the program by working with Amazon Publishing on a closed beta. Once out of beta, the program will be open to any author or publisher who sells their ebooks on Amazon.

I like reading print books. Are you going to get rid of print book giveaways?
Not to worry, we’ll still have plenty of great print giveaways to choose from! Nothing about the print giveaway program is changing, and you’ll now be able to customize the giveaway page so that you see only the types of giveaways that interest you. You’re also welcome to enter both types of giveaways. And members outside the U.S. will still be able to enter print book giveaways for their country.

When will Kindle ebook giveaways be available outside the U.S.?
We’re starting off the program in the U.S. Our goal is to make sure that we offer all of our features in other countries, but we do not have any timing on this yet.

I’m an author/publisher and I’m interested in learning more about Kindle ebook giveaways.
Find out all the details for authors and publishers in our post on the Author & Advertisers Blog.

Feeling lucky? Head over to the Giveaways page and enter some Kindle ebook giveaways.
16 Underrated Books That Deserve Your Attention
Posted by Hayley on April 30, 2016

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's an underrated book you think everyone should read? Check out the top answers below!

I Am Pilgrim
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Revolution
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Open City
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Theft of Swords
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Run
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Of Breakable Things
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The Sea of Tranquility
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A Trip to the Stars
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Vicious
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The Master and Margarita
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Moloka'i
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Under the Banner of Heaven
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The River Wife
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The Transit of Venus
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The Shepherd's Life
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Isles of the Forsaken
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What's your favorite underrated book? Share it with us in the comments!