What danger lies beneath the ocean waves? Luckily for us readers, this question has consumed both novelists and nonfiction writers alike for ages. So, just in time for the annual Shark Week (the Discovery Channel’s eight days of all things shark-related), we’ve rounded up some great books on the creatures of the sea. Which of these books will you add to your Want to Read shelf? Tell us in the comments. Nonfiction Peeks at Creatures…"Recommended ‘Shark Week’ Reading"
Do you know who you’ll be falling in love with this month? Because we’ve got some suggestions… Every month, our team takes a look at what romance 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 sizzling contemporary love stories to spicy paranormal romances. For July, we’ve got happily ever afters for a devilish rogue, a fiery police detective, a brooding…"The Best Romance Books of July"
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge,” Tyrion Lannister told Jon Snow in A Game of Thrones. “That’s why I read so much.” Unfortunately for Tyrion—and for all the characters in George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire series—the publishing industry in the fantasy land of Westeros leaves a little to be desired. (Unless, of course, you’re mostly into historical nonfiction and songs…"What Would Jon Snow Read? Book Recs for Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters"
Riley Sager is the pseudonym for the author of the essay featured below, whose identity remains secret. We know that the author has been previously published and that he’s a man. What else do we know? Well, Sager‘s Final Girls has become one of the most anticipated thrillers of the summer, a scary mystery with the heart of a slasher movie (the author was inspired to write the book after watching the horror classic Halloween)…"Riley Sager: Forget ‘Write What You Know,’ Try ‘Write What You Feel’"
Essayist, novelist, columnist, and now memoirist Roxane Gay recently spent some time with us here at Goodreads for an authors@goodreads event where she discussed one of the highest-rated books of summer, her Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. The book describes how a gang rape when she was a child led to her lifelong struggle with her body, and in particular her weight. This brutal and honest memoir was the most popular book of June…"authors@goodreads: Roxane Gay Answers Readers’ Burning Questions"
An eerily charming town torn apart by one girl’s disappearance, a “circus-city” full of freaks and illusions, and an alternate New York where one desperate thief turns to time travel for salvation… 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…"The Best Young Adult Books of July"
This summer, take a step back and focus on what you really need to do on Goodreads and in your writing career. As we’re getting ready to attend this year’s Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando, we asked Danica Favorite, author of Rocky Mountain Dreams and community host of the Harlequin.com, about her tips to interacting on Goodreads, balancing work life, family life, and writing life, and advice about attending the conference for the…"Marketing Tips and Advice from Danica Favorite"
This July, readers are clamoring for a good thriller. A quick glance at the month’s most popular books shows that the mystery & thriller genre is dominating both what you’re reading…and what you want to read. Here are this month’s eight hottest new mysteries and thrillers according to Goodreads’ readers. For this list, we looked at the data including both early reader reviews and the new releases most added to Want to Read lists. From…"July’s Hottest Mysteries & Thrillers"
Is there any hero as under-appreciated as the noble sidekick? Providing sturdy emotional support, comic relief, and brain power, some so-called assistants and companions seem just as qualified, if not more qualified, than the main characters they so fearlessly follow. (We’re looking at you, Samwise and Hermione.) Today 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…"14 Favorite Book Sidekicks to Celebrate on Dr. Watson’s Birthday"
Need another excuse to go to the bookstore this week? We’ve got seven! Bulk up your Want to Read shelf with these brand-new standalone titles. The Reason You’re Aliveby Matthew Quick You should read this book if you like: Fiction, poignant character studies, The Silver Linings Playbook, family sagas, looking for the good in people Check out Quick’s book recommendations here. Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hookby Christina Henry You should read this…"7 Great Books Hiting Shelves Today"