15 Beloved Books You May Have Hated the First Time You Tried Them

A book can hook us from the first page, and it can also lose us at any page. We’ve all abandoned books—it’s part of being a reader. But some books deserve a second chance…especially those classics you tried to tackle as a teenager. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What’s a book you love now but didn’t enjoy the first time you read it (or tried to read it)? Check out some of the top…

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The Season’s Hottest Debut Novels

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…

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How to Find the Love of Your Life in a Bookstore: The Ray Bradbury Method

If you want to fall in love with a reader, go where the readers go. The late Ray Bradbury, who was born on this day 97 years ago, met his future wife, Marguerite McClure, at Fowler’s Bookstore in Los Angeles when he was 22 years old. It was not love at first sight. McClure, who was clerking at the store, accused Bradbury of shoplifting. “He carried a briefcase and wore a trench coat on a…

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The Best Young Adult Books of August

A strange wood full of unspeakable dangers, a city on the brink of rebellion, and a seaside town home to an ancient curse… Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at what books are being published—and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from contemporary tales set in high school to fantasy epics in realms…

"The Best Young Adult Books of August"

The Best YA Books of August

A strange wood full of unspeakable dangers, a city on the brink of rebellion, and a seaside town home to an ancient curse… Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at what books are being published—and how early readers are responding to them. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites, from contemporary tales set in high school to fantasy epics in realms…

"The Best YA Books of August"

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards!

Real monsters lurk within and the cold night draws nearer in this year’s crop of Hugo Award winners! For the second year in a row, N.K. Jemisin took home the top honor for Best Novel. Her The Broken Earth trilogy is now two for two at the Hugos—and the final book, The Stone Sky, which comes out this month, will be eligible to win next year. And while that one winter may not be coming…

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August’s Best Books of the Month

Every month, Goodreads editors comb through our data to find which of the latest new releases are resonating with readers. Then we select the fiction and nonfiction that meet the bar of ‘best of the month.’ For August, we’re highlighting a story about two Muslim families in London, a sweeping epic set in 1940s Ireland, a LGBT young adult novel, and more. In addition, this month we interviewed author Tom Perrotta, who discusses how he…

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The Goodreads Author Program Quiz

How much do you know about the Goodreads Author Program? Test your knowledge to find out (and perhaps learn a new thing or two). Answers below—no peeking! 1. True or false? You need to be a published author to claim your author profile. a) True b) False 2. When should you list your first giveaway on Goodreads? a) On publication day. b) Three months before publication day. c) Three months after publication day. d) As…

"The Goodreads Author Program Quiz"

Goodreads Author Program Quiz

How much do you know about the Goodreads Author Program? Test your knowledge to find out (and perhaps learn a new thing or two). Answers below—no peeking! 1. True or false? You need to be a published author to claim your author profile. a) True b) False 2. When should you list your first giveaway on Goodreads? a) On publication day. b) Three months before publication day. c) Three months after publication day. d) As…

"Goodreads Author Program Quiz"

Exclusive Excerpt: Leigh Bardugo’s ‘The Language of Thorns’

It’s been a busy year for Leigh Bardugo. Wonder Woman: Warbringer, her first foray into the DC universe, comes out this month, and The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, set in the Grishaverse of her Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows books, will arrive this fall. The latter, a lavish collection of short stories with enchanting illustrations by Sara Kipin, sweeps readers to a world of talking beasts, hungry woods, and…

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