Goodreads Choice Award Winners Paula Hawkins, Neil Gaiman, Victoria Aveyard, and tons of new books! Find your next great read! Goodreads Choice Award Winners Paula Hawkins, Neil Gaiman, Victoria Aveyard, and tons of new books! Find your next great read!

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This month we look back at some of the year's best books, including our Goodreads Choice Award Winners!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Paula Hawkins

The Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Mystery & Thriller explains how the runaway success of her novel, The Girl on the Train, has—and hasn't—changed her life.

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Neil Gaiman

In his short story collection Trigger Warning, the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Fantasy demonstrates the haunting genius that has kept him on top.

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Connor Franta

The young YouTube sensation talks movingly about coming of age in the digital era in A Work in Progress, the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Memoir.

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BEST BOOKS OF 2015

Announcing the 2015 Winners!

Best Fiction, Best Mystery, Best Romance, Best Nonfiction, and many more! Three million votes were cast in the 7th annual Goodreads Choice Awards! Check out the winners in 20 categories, and start packing your want-to-read list with the best books of the year. View the full results to see all the champions and runners-up.

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GOOD MINDS SUGGEST

Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples's Favorite Books with Stellar Worldbuilding

Readers were swept away by their Saga, Volume 4, the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Graphic Novel.

Brian and Fiona suggest:

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Drew Daywalt's Favorite Picture Books for Grown-ups

Kids love the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Picture Book, The Day the Crayons Came Home, but adults will also appreciate these recs.

Drew suggests:

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Ree Drummond's Favorite Cookbooks

The author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime, the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Cookbook, offers some tasty treats.

Ree suggests:

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DO GOOD WITH GOODREADS

The Imagination Library

Inspired by her father's struggle to read and write, country star Dolly Parton started a program to improve early childhood literacy that now serves thousands of communities.

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DEBUT AUTHOR SNAPSHOT

Victoria Aveyard

Her riveting fantasy, The Red Queen, dominated the YA world this year and is the Goodreads Choice Winner for Best Debut Author.

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BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH

The Short Drop

by Matthew Fitzsimmons (Goodreads Author)

A decade ago Suzanne Lombard, the teenage daughter of a powerful U.S. politician now campaigning for the presidency, disappeared. Enter hacker Gibson Vaughn, Suzanne's childhood friend, who embarks on a dangerous new quest to find her.

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Médicis Daughter

by Sophie Perinot (Goodreads Author)

The youngest daughter of Queen Catherine de Médicis, Marguerite de Valois is thrust into cutthroat 16th-century French court life, where she must navigate political scheming, family warfare, and the perils of forbidden love.

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The Age of Reinvention

Identity, prejudice, and deception are at the heart of this bestselling French novel about an impoverished Tunisian immigrant in Paris who steals his Jewish friend's identity and reinvents himself as a top New York lawyer.

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Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History

A riveting, in-depth account of the dramatic 1976 Special Forces mission at Entebbe Airport, in which Israeli commandos disguised as Ugandan soldiers killed the hijackers of an Air France plane and freed the hostages.

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Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

by Diana Pavlac Glyer & James A. Owen (Goodreads Authors)

A fascinating look at the workings of the famous writers' group and literary society the Inklings, whose members included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

by Jenn Bennett (Goodreads Author)

On a late-night mission to see some cadavers—perfect new subject for an artist!—Beatrix meets Jack, a mysterious graffiti artist whose work has the whole city talking. But their secrets may keep them apart in this teen love story.

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GOODREADS POETRY CONTEST

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

The Quilters of Gee's Bend

Seems like that old river tied
itself in a knot just to keep
black folks there at Gee's
Bend while time and fortune
swept on by.

And Master Pettway gave
those folks his name, but stripped
everything else he could. Left
just scraps, but they were used to that.

So those hands that hardly
needed something else to do
unraveled their worn-out
world. Pieced together
remnants of Africa
and raggedy dreams
to make something new.

Let dress tails dance
with britches—heat from
the cotton fields pressed
deep in their seams.
So tired of plowed furrows,
they let their stitches bend
now and then just like
that river. Nothing perfect,
yet God was in the details.
And the quilters called that
making do and visiting
and keeping warm and pulling
up memories each night,
till one day they were told—
we call that art.

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