16 of the Hottest Romance Books of Summer

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the bookstore. This season’s crop of highly anticipated books has something for every reader with love and lust on the mind.

Are you ready for it? Here are the buzziest romances of the season.

All Your Perfects Dr. Strangebeard Between You & Me Dirty Sexy Player
Stygian The Governess Game Matchmaking for Beginners Even Money
The Kiss Quotient The Naked Truth Losing the Field Julien
Tight Quarters Cooper's Charm Blind Kiss Getting Schooled
By Hayley, June 19, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog
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The 24 All-Time Favorite Book Club Picks on Goodreads

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A successful book club pick must accomplish many things. For starters, it has to be a great read that the busy people in your club will make time to devour. It must also prompt a compelling and passionate conversation. It’s no wonder that picking your book club’s next book can feel like so much pressure. But don’t worry, we’ve done all of the research for you.

In fact, after we looked at the current most popular book club picks on the site, we got even more curious. We wanted to know which books are the all-time most popular book club picks on the Goodreads? We dug into our data to find this list of classics for your next meeting of bookworms, from the most popular pick, The Book Thief, to Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, there’s a book here to please even the most demanding readers.

The Book ThiefThe Hunger GamesAll the Light We Cannot SeeThe HelpThe Fault in Our StarsThe Night CircusThe Girl on the TrainGone GirlThe Light Between OceansThe Handmaid's TaleThe Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksReady Player OneRoomThe MartianTo Kill a MockingbirdMe Before YouDivergentThe Great GatsbyA Man Called OveUnbrokenOrphan TrainMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie SocietyWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

By Cybil, May 24, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

 

8 Completed Series for Fantasy Fans to Devour

by Hayley, January 29, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Fantasy fans are patient—not by nature, but by necessity. Coming of age in libraries full of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis’ books left them hungry for more, greedy for magical adventure and emotionally satisfying conclusions. Many of them having been learning to live without the latter for a very long time.

Take George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996. Over two decades and one HBO show later, the final two books in the series are severely overdue with no confirmed release date in sight. Meanwhile, fans of Patrick Rothfuss’ 2007 fantasy bestseller, The Name of the Wind, waited four years for the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, and have now been waiting seven years for the conclusion to the trilogy.

It’s rough. For those of you who want your epics without accompanying “sequel angst,” check out our roundup of highly rated, completed fantasy series. (It’s by no means an exhaustive list, so please recommend your favorites in the comments!)

 

The Wheel of Time

Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Start the series with The Eye of the World

Total books: 14

 

Farseer Trilogy

Robin Hobb

Start the series with Assassin’s Apprentice

Total books: 3 (plus additional series set in the same world)

 

The First Law

Joe Abercrombie

Start the series with The Blade Itself

Total book: 3

 

Mistborn

Brandon Sanderson

Start the series with The Final Empire

Total books: 3 (plus 4 additional books set 300 years later)

 

The Broken Earth

N.K. Jemisin

Start the series with The Fifth Season

Total books: 3

 

The Malazan Book of the Fallen

Steven Erikson

Start the series with Gardens of the Moon

Total books: 10

 

The Riyria Revelations

Michael J. Sullivan

Start the series with Theft of Swords

Total books: 3 (originally published as 6 books)

 

Powder Mage

Brian McClellan

Start the series with Promise of Blood

Total books: 3

Catch Up with These Series Before the Next Book Comes Out

by Hayley, April 18, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

There’s nothing like the pain of finishing a book with a cliffhanger…and needing to wait months (if not years) for the next book. Save yourself some misery and jump into a beloved series that has a new installment coming out next month!

Which ones pique your curiosity?

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA fantasy

First book: A Court of Thorns and Roses

First line: “The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.”

A Court of Frost and Starlight, the next book in the series, hits bookshelves on May 1.

 

The Jane Hawk Series

by Dean Koontz

Genre: Mystery

First book: The Silent Corner

First line: “Jane Hawk woke in the cold dark and for a moment could not remember when she had gone to sleep, only that as always she was in a queen- or king-sized bed and that her pistol lay under the pillow on which the head of a companion would have rested had she not been traveling alone.”

The Crooked Staircase, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 8.

 

The Thelmis Files Series

by Sylvain Neuvel

Genre: Science fiction

First book: Sleeping Giants

First line: “It was my eleventh birthday.”

Only Human, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 1.

 

The Beach House Series

by Mary Alice Monroe

Genre: Contemporary romance

First book: The Beach House

First line: “It was twilight and a brilliant red sun lazy made its hazy descent off the South Carolina coast.”

Beach House Reunion, book #5 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 22.

 

The Red Queen Series

by Victoria Aveyard

Genre: YA fantasy

First book: Red Queen

First line: “I hate First Friday.”

War Storm, book #4 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 15.

 

The Collector Series

by Dot Hutchison

Genre: Horror

First book: The Butterfly Garden

First line: “The techs tell him the girl on the other side of the glass hasn’t said a word since they brought her in.”

The Summer Children, book #3 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 22.

 

The Gods of Blood and Powder Series

by Brian McClellan

Genre: Fantasy

First book: Sins of Empire

First line: “Privileged Robison paused with one foot on the muddy highway and the other on the step of his carriage, his hawkish nose pointed into the hot wind of the Fatrastan countryside.”

Wrath of Empire, book #2 in the series, hits bookshelves on May 15.

5 Famous Books Saved from the Dumpster

by Hayley, January 30, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

The road to publication is paved with headaches, heartaches, and crumpled up balls of paper. No one knows this more than the following authors. Their work went on to achieve worldwide acclaim, but in the beginning, it took an unlikely—and often unsung—literary hero to save their manuscripts from obscurity.

Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the big books that barely made it to the shelf.

Stephen King’s Carrie

Bad Beginnings: In 1973, King and his wife Tabitha lived in a trailer. Struggling to make ends meet, he began writing a story about a teen outcast named Carrie White. The process, however, was not an easy one; compounded by the fact that King was modeling his main character on two girls he knew in high school who had both died at an early age. Eventually, he gave up. “I couldn’t see wasting two weeks, maybe even a month, creating a novella I didn’t like and wouldn’t be able to sell. So I threw it away,” King wrote in his memoir, On Writing.

To the Rescue… Tabitha! She fished the pages out of the trash and set them right back in front of her husband. “You’ve got something there,” she told him—and she was right. Carrie sold over a million copies in its first year. Since then it’s been adapted for film, television, and Broadway.

Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Bad Beginnings: Almost a decade after the publication of his classic and controversial novel, Nabokov admitted Lolita was a “difficult book” to write. Perhaps this was an understatement. At one point during the novel’s creation, Nabokov set a fire in his backyard and fed his entire draft to the flames.

To the Rescue… Vera, Nabokov’s wife! A Cornell student witnessed her running out of the house to pluck as many pages as she could out of the fire. Was Nabokov suitably grateful for this act of literary heroism? We’ll let a snippet from one of his love letters to Vera answer that question: “How can I explain to you, my happiness, my golden wonderful happiness, how much I am all yours—with all my memories, poems, outbursts, inner whirlwinds? Or explain that I cannot write a word without hearing how you will pronounce it?”

Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl

Bad Beginnings: Anne wrote her diary while she was hiding in an annex from the Nazis during World War II. The sweet, hopeful, and haunting account was abandoned when, on August 4, 1944, she and her family were apprehended and transported to concentration camps.

To the Rescue… Miep Gies. The Dutch woman, a loyal friend of Anne’s family, snatched the diary out of the ransacked annex and kept it safe in her desk drawer. She returned the diary to Anne’s father, the family’s only known survivor, who submitted it for publication in 1946.

John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces

Bad Beginnings: Toole took the numerous rejections of A Confederacy of Dunces hard. He toiled on re-working it for years, writing to his editor, “Something of my soul is in the thing. I can’t let it rot without trying.” After eventually giving up on the novel ever getting published, Toole committed suicide on March 26, 1969. He was 31 years old.

To the Rescue… Toole’s mother, Thelma. Two years after her son’s death, she found a smeared carbon copy of the manuscript in Toole’s old room. The novel would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981.

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Bad Beginnings: It’s hard to imagine Lee’s beloved novel absent from our bookshelves—and Scout and Atticus and Boo Radley absent from our hearts—but in the late 1950s, publication did not seem likely. The author later admitted to readers she found the writing process so frustrating that at one point she lost hope and threw the entire manuscript out the window and into a pile of snow.

To the Rescue… Lee’s agent! He reportedly demanded she retrieve and finish the manuscript. The tough love worked. To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. It became an instant sensation and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction the following year.

Monogamous vs. Polygamous Reading: Which ‘Type’ Do You Prefer?

by Marie, March 28, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog
There’s no wrong way to read. Some bibliophiles devour multiple books at once while others savor a single book at a time. We asked which strategy readers prefer and put together a list of some of the most popular comments. Which ones do you relate to?

1.“One book at a time. I love experiencing every emotion in each plot while leafing through a copy,” says Carol.

2. “Multiple books: that way my mind can travel to many places at the same time,” says Marina.

3.“I will have a regular book and an audiobook going at the same time. That way I can ‘read’ when it’s not feasible for me to visually read,” says Valerie.

4.“I used to read strictly one at a time. Then I realized that if I have two to three books going at once, I read so, so, so much more,” says Beth.

5. “I alternate between both, depending on how I’m feeling and how much time I have. Sometimes, I’m so drawn into a book that I forget about the other one,” says Gabriela.

6. “I can only read more than one book at a time if they are dramatically different, otherwise I start getting confused,” says Dawn.

7. “I read multiple books at a time, especially if one is longer than the others,” says Miriam.

8. “I only read one book at a time. I become very engrossed in what I read, so switching back and forth between books would be too distracting and would take away some of the pleasure of what I am reading,” says Alexandra.

9. “Multiple books—usually of different genres as I am a mood reader,” says Fiona.

10. “I always read at least two books at once—usually something on my Kindle for my bus rides to and from work, then a paperback or hardcover book before going to bed,” says Michael.

11. “I do multiple books in multiple formats: ebook, audiobook and paper. I find that if I hit a slow spot in a book I can switch books,” says Warren.

12.“I always have two or three going at a time. I switch between them depending on my mood, my energy level, and whatever I’m interested in at the time,” says Karen.

13. “One at a time. I’ve tried reading multiple books at once, but I found myself reading more of one and ignoring the other. I find it more efficient to just read one at a time,” says Christina.

Do you prefer to read one book at time or multiple books at once? Share your two cents in the comments!

Loved ‘Ready Player One’? Check out these 8 Books

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Photo Credit: Ready Player One © 2018 Warner Bros. & De Line Pictures

by Cybil, March 28, 2018, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

With Steven Spielberg’s shiny new adaptation of Ready Player One hits theaters this past weekend, we thought it would be a fun game to round up eight more highly rated books for people who loved Ernest Cline’s dystopian science fiction debut.

Set in a rather bleak 2045, Ready Player One centers on a young Wade Watts who’s searching for the ultimate Easter egg in a global 1980s-themed virtual reality game—and the chance to win an outrageous inheritance from the game’s creator. The book has become beloved since its 2011 publication, with more than a half million reviews on Goodreads and a very robust 4.30-star rating from the community.

With such talented competition, we made sure that every sci-fi book in this roundup also has at least a four-star rating. And we looked at what books people who highly rated Ready Player One also read…and loved.

Ender's Game Snow Crash Warcross Red Rising
We Are Legion Daemon Nexus Altered Carbon