20 Favorite Pick-Me-Up Books

by Hayley, October 12, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

The right book can chase away even the gloomiest moods. In the company of cheerful characters and playful prose, worries slip away and anxiety fades. Everyone should have at least one pick-me-up book. We asked on Facebook and on Twitter: “What’s yours?”

Today we’ve got some of your top answers, from laugh-out-loud capers to heartwarming stories of friendship and romance. If your favorite didn’t make the list, share it with us in the comments!


The Soonish Science Nerds’ Favorite Pop Sci Books

by Cybil, October 03, 2017, first appearing in Goodreads Blog

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything is an in-depth investigation into a huge range of technologies that might change the future, including DNA-altering medicine, elevators that reach space, programmable matter, 3-D-printed organs, and more.

The book is peppered with humor, comic strips, weird facts, and stories the husband-and-wife team of Kelly and Zach Weinersmith uncovered while researching their book. Really weird. Like did you know humans will usually obey a killer robot that claims to have cookies?

“We are giant science nerds, and Goodreads asked us to recommend five of our favorite pop sci books. We managed to narrow it down to ten. All of these books were so good that they changed the way we think. The first five are pop science. The next five are, let’s say, not exactly light reading. But they are all well worth the journey,” says Zach Weinersmith.

16 Hilarious Audiobooks Guaranteed to Make You Laugh

by Cybil, October 01, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Is your commute getting you down? We’ve got just the thing to cheer you up! We pored over the bestselling comedy audiobooks on Audible and rounded up 16 great listens that will get you through any slog you may find yourself in.

There’s no better distraction than laughter, so check out these fantastic audiobooks that include hilarious essays read by the author herself in We are Never Meeting in Real Life. to standup comedian Norm Macdonald’s memoir Based on a True Story.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl
Based on a True Story
Based on a True Story
Rhett & Link's Book of Mythicality
Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality
I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
We are Never Meeting in Real Life.
We are Never Meeting in Real Life.
Dad is Fat
Dad Is Fat
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Paddle Your Own Canoe
The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting
The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting
Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
Theft by Finding: Diaries
Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
Why Not Me?
Why Not Me?
May I Have Your Attention, Please?
May I Have Your Attention, Please?:
The Autobiography
Modern Romance: An Investigation
Modern Romance: An Investigation
Apocrypha Now!
Apocrypha Now!


Goodreaders’ Favorite 2017 Under-the-Radar Books

by Cybil, December 06, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog
As you might imagine, Goodreads employees love both reading and recommending books. So before 2017 comes to an end, we asked our colleagues to tell us which gem of a book they want more readers to discover.

You’ll see from their picks that our co-workers’ reading habits are as varied as those of Goodreads members (although it should be noted that four of our co-workers recommended the book Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship).

Let us know which 2017 book you want more people to read. Tell us in the comments!

Sins of Empire
by Brian McClellan
“Brian McClellan’s Powder Mage series is still one of the best-kept secrets in modern fantasy, and this new book, whether you call it the start of a new series or a continuation of that one, is just really darned good,” says Alex Lewis, program manager.

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs
by Beth Ann Fennelly
“I hadn’t heard of Beth Ann Fennelly before I stumbled upon this book, but after reading this little ditty, I’ll be seeking out more. Heating & Cooling is a mere wisp of a book at 112 pages, but each of its 52 ‘micro-memoirs’ packs a punch. It’s a cliché to say you’ll laugh and cry, but it’s likely you’ll do both. Bonus that you can read the whole thing in an afternoon,” says Danny Feekes, managing editor.

Girl in Snow
by Danya Kukafka
“This slow burn mystery will impress you with its complex characterization and beautiful prose,” says Emily Fortner, community manager.

“Boozy meals, surly cheesemongers, French swear words, and a lot of fascinating heritage—this book has everything!” says Sarah Chang, experts manager.

An Enchantment of Ravens 
by Margaret Rogerson
“Why should readers discover this gem? Because it’s like being transported back into a 1980s fantasy movie—think The Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, and The Dark Crystal. It’s a book that Jim Henson would have loved to adapt!” says Marie Pabelonio, associate editor.

“There are so many aspects of the life of a musician—and particularly one of the hip-hop/rap genre—that go unmentioned by the media, and this autobiography is packed with must-read trials and tribulations that we might not consider when reflecting on the ludicrous life of a superstar,” says Tristan Leigh, software engineer.
Young Jane Young 
by Gabrielle Zevin
“The distinctive voice of Zevin’s multiple narrators brings humor to sensitive hot-topic issues of women, sexuality, and feminism,” says Jessica Johnson, senior product manager.

The Roanoke Girls 
by Amy Engel
“I loved this book because it is dark and twisted in the best possible way. I didn’t want to put it down. If I owned my own copy, I would have been re-reading it all year!” says Tamsyn Van Vuuren, Goodreads expert.

“The key strength of Reading with Patrick is how it weaves together information about our education system, the judicial system, and the history of slavery and civil rights with poetry and (my favorite childhood book), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” says Suzanne Skyvara, communications manager.

by Jess Kidd
“Beautifully written blend of literary fiction and mystery set in Ireland that’s made for fans of Tana French,” says Emily Finley, director of operations.

“The writing was candid and human and down-to-earth, while the subject matter was—literally—about outer space. Massimino did a great job of reigniting the childlike wonder and awe of looking up at the stars,” says Brandi Luedeman, lead user researcher.

“It’s a fun, feel-good book that you don’t have to take too seriously to enjoy the adventure,” says Vernice Brown, Goodreads expert.

“There’s nothing funny about a psychotic break, yet Zack, a 26-year-old public defender in Brooklyn, writes about his experience with such humor, empathy, and disdain for himself that you laugh and cry with him—and for him,” says Lisa Jablonsky, sales director.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo 
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“This book transports you back to old Hollywood and everything that came with it: the glamour, the secrets, the affairs. The story isn’t really about the husbands; it’s about Evelyn and the one true love of her life, and at the end of reading this book, you’ll wish her kind of celebrity were still around today,” says Cynthia Shannon, author marketing specialist.

by Anna Faris
“A book about relationships, puberty, fame, fortune, Chris Pratt, college…I could go on and on, but this is a gem that needs to be shared!” says Rozeltte Crooks, Goodreads expert.

Forever On
by Rob Reid
“A fun, humorous, fast-paced, and fascinating take on what happens when an AI awakens,” says Otis Chandler, Goodreads founder & CEO.

“I can’t promise this will turn your baby into a quantum physicist, but it’s never too early to start, and even better, it’s never too late for adults (like me!) to grasp these big ideas,” says Mimi Chan, senior marketing manager.

“Excuse me while I pack my bags and move to Denmark,” says Margo Throckmorton, senior account manager.

“If you thought you were socially awkward, lonely, stuck in a rut, or even just unhappy—meet Eleanor Oliphant!” says Leslynn Jongebloed, Goodreads expert.

“It’s a hilarious firsthand account of the 2016 election that makes you want to cheer with joy and break down into uncontrollable sobbing at the same time,” says Katie Luttrell, site merchandiser.

When the English Fall 
by David Williams
“It imagines the fallout of climate change, told from an innocent but wise perspective with ribbons of magical realism throughout. It’s also mercifully short for people trying to hit their 2017 reading challenge goal,” says Amy Bickerton, senior user experience designer.

Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

by Cybil, December 04, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog
More than 3.8 million votes have been cast and counted in the 9th annual Goodreads Choice Awards honoring the year’s best books decided by you, the readers!

Now it’s time to celebrate some fantastic reading across 20 categories, representing 400 books between the winners and the finalists. And, of course, it’s time for some very talented authors to celebrate their wins!

We asked the winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards to share photos of themselves reacting to their victories. For Science Fiction winner Andy Weir, who is on a book tour, that meant making due with a bathroom-mirror selfie and a handwritten note. Colleen Hoover (who is celebrating her third consecutive win in the Romance category) received the good news while she was home sick, but—always a trooper—she rallied for the readers. And, well, some of these just made us laugh!

Be sure to explore all of the winning and nominated books!

Best Fiction: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Best Horror: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Best Young Adult Fiction and Best Debut Goodreads AuthorThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Best Science Fiction: Artemis by Andy Weir

Best Science & Technology: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Best Historical Fiction: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Best Romance: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Best Mystery & Thriller: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Best Graphic Novel & Comic: Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Best Poetry: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Best History & Biography: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

Best Humor: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

Best Memoir & Autobiography: What Happened by Hillary Clinton

Best Food & Cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! by Ree Drummond

Best Nonfiction: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

Best Middle Grade & Children’s: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

9 Book Characters You Would Want to Take a Road Trip With

by Hayley, September 29, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Some of the most unforgettable fictional characters are fine right where they are—in fiction. After all, being fun to read about and being fun to hang out with are two very different things. (Do you want to spend the day with Gollum? Do you really?)

But then there are those characters who already feel like friends, like kindred spirits. With them, we’d endure the ultimate test in any friendship: a vacation. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book character would you want to go on a road trip with? Check out some of the top responses below!

from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

“She travels light, packs the essentials, and would research the heck out of a place before going there.” –Stephanie



from the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle

“Look, man, whether you’re going with the book Sherlock, Robert Downey Jr., or Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m going to be there.” –Anaya



from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams

“I know this great restaurant at the end of the universe….” –JB



from the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly

“He knows stuff, has great taste in music, I would be protected, and he doesn’t talk too much.” –Sherri



from the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

“We’d have great adventures solving crimes, eating all the time, playing sports, and riding in Nancy’s dreamy convertible!” –Diane



from Title by Louisa May Alcott

“It would be a bookish, museum-filled, intense tour with her—and we’re very much alike.” –Emma



from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

“Because he’ll have some insane stories to tell.” –Muhammad



from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

“Life is sure to be interesting as that man attracts trouble.” –Tracey



from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

“Oh shoot. How could I forget the Luggage? Of course that’s the right answer.” –Maria

16 Books to Read After You Binge Watch ‘Stranger Things’


by Hayley, October 27, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Grab your Eggo waffles because the second season of Stranger Things available on Netflix. The wildly popular supernatural series, which is equal parts charming and spooky, celebrates the pop culture of the 1980s and features a cast of lovable kid adventurers and otherworldly monsters.

If you abandon your reading to binge the new season, we won’t blame you (because we might be doing the same thing). But when you finish the final episode, your bookshelf will be waiting.

We asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share the books that Stranger Things fans would love. Check out the top answers below.


Meddling Kids
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Welcome to Night Vale
The Girl with All the Gifts
House of Leaves
Paper Girls
My Best Friend's Exorcism
The Door to December
The Hike
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Talisman