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

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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. 

 

That went quickly.

Just in case you missed them this summer, here is a list of 20 popular, debut novels from that hit the shelves this summer.

Debuts

by Cybil, first appearing in Goodreads Blog on August, 22

Click here to read the original article.

Over the last few months, a new class of bright voices has arrived in bookstores. And now’s the perfect time to catch up on these rising literary stars.

Below you’ll find 20 debut novels—both adult fiction and YA—that hit bookshelves from May to August, capturing the attention of our readers. From a young girl who tries to escape an abusive survivalist father (My Absolute Darling), to a riveting tale of Lizzie Borden (See What I Have Done), to the aftermath of a teen’s murder (Girl in Snow), these books will take you from summer to fall.

Debut Adult Fiction

Goodbye, Vitamin

What We Lose

See What I Have Done

My Absolute Darling

Stay with Me

Girl in Snow

The Windfall

Sour Heart

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Chemistry

The Leavers

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Debut Young Adult Fiction

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Daughter of the Burning City

Words on Bathroom Walls

The Color Project

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

One of Us Is Lying

When Dimple Met Rishi

Royal Bastards

14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson’s Birthday

Goodreads Blog: Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 07, 2017

BudsToday is the birthday of one of literature’s most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson,” Sherlock says at one point. “It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”

To celebrate the good doctor’s birthday, [goodreads.com] asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!

Sherlock1. Dr. John Watson
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories

Sherlock’s friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner and on-hand physician

 

Harry Potter2. Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books

Harry’s fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (especially Hermione) and family

Click here for the rest of the list…