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.

Himself
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.

Unqualified
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.
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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!

HERMIONE
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

 

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES
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

 

 

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

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

 

 

HARRY BOSCH
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

 

 

NANCY DREW
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

 

 

JO MARCH
from Title by Louisa May Alcott

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

 

 

KVOTHE
from The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

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

 

 

JAMIE FRASER
from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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

 

 

THE LUGGAGE
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’

StrangerThings

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
Annihilation
Welcome to Night Vale
Weaveworld
The Girl with All the Gifts
House of Leaves
It
Paper Girls
NOS4A2
My Best Friend's Exorcism
The Door to December
Neverwhere
The Hike
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
The Talisman

The Most Popular Books of the Decade

The internet is full of top ten lists, ranging from the illuminating and insightful to the amusing to the down-right dubious, but here is one we thought you’d like. Without categorizing (or vouching for) it, here is the list that goodreads.com posted listing the top 10 books of the last decade as voted on by their members in honor of their tenth anniversary. It’s even divided into genres for your convenience.

by Danny, September 05, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog
Fiction

Truly Madly Guilty
Go Set a Watchman
Landline
And the Mountains Echoed
 
The Casual Vacancy
1Q84
Room
The Help

Nonfiction

Hamilton
Modern Romance
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
The Autistic Brain
Quiet
The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Columbine

Mysteries & Thrillers

End of Watch
The Girl on the Train
Mr. Mercedes
Inferno
Gone Girl
Smokin' Seventeen
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The Girl Who Played with Fire

Fantasy

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two
Trigger Warning
The Book of Life
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Wind Through the Keyhole
A Dance with Dragons
Towers of Midnight
Dead and Gone

Science Fiction

Morning Star
Golden Son
The Martian
MaddAddam
The Long Earth
11/22/63
Feed
Leviathan

Young Adult Fiction

Salt to the Sea
All the Bright Places
We Were Liars
Eleanor & Park
The Fault in Our Stars
Where She Went
Before I Fall
long for the Ride

Romance

It Ends with Us
Confess
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Lover at Last
Fifty Shades Freed
Lover Unleashed
Lover Mine
An Echo in the Bone

Halloween is almost here. Get in the mood with the right book.

Top 50 Favorite Horror Novels on Goodreads

Horror Week

by Hayley, October 16, 2017, on Goodreads Blog

“Horror fiction has traditionally dealt in taboo… It makes monsters of household pets and begs our affection for psychos. It shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
-Clive Barker

Hear the scratching on the wall? Feel a chill run down your spine? The frightening thrills of our favorite horror novels have a way of reaching out from beyond the page—casting shadows, whispering in our ear, haunting us long after the story is done.

For Horror Week, Goodreads set out to reveal readers’ favorite scary books. The titles were chosen based on overall shelvings (i.e., the number of times each book has been marked as “read” or “want to read”), plus reader reviews and ratings.

From literal monsters to purely psychological terrors, these are tales of madness and pandemonium, retribution and absolution. Long heralded as the “Master of Horror,” Stephen King reigns supreme with five books on our list, but his son Joe Hill is not far behind, nabbing four spots. And along with classics from Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Kirkman’s end-of-the-world comic, The Walking Dead, made the cut as well as an award-winning children’s ghost story, The Graveyard Book, from Neil Gaiman.

And now, for those who dare, we present the top 50 horror books on Goodreads in alphabetical order. Proceed at your own risk—and then tell us how many you’ve read in the comments.

Survive the Game of Thrones Hiatus with These Queens, Kings, and Conquerors

GOT Hiatus

“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
William Shakespeare

by Marie, August 30, 2017, first appearing on Goodreads Blog

Experiencing Game of Thrones withdrawal? The wait for the final season might feel agonizing—though maybe not as agonizing as the wait for The Winds of Winter.

But don’t fret! History is teeming with royal drama of every kind, from the mad to the Machiavellian to the morally gray. George R.R. Martin himself drew plenty of inspiration from real-life nobles for his world-renowned fantasy series. Consider The Accursed Kings, a history on the House of Capet, which Martin once called, “The original Game of Thrones.”

Click here for a whole list of monarchies and books that have enough complexity to fuel their own television show (in fact, many of them already have). There’s the Plantagenets, the Tudors, the Romanovs…the list of dynasties who took power by force or fortune goes on and on.