October 05, 2012

October Newsletter

New books, author interviews, find your next great read!

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Hi Sitha,

Here's our monthly newsletter from Goodreads—giving you the latest and greatest in our quest to connect people through reading!


Lois Lowry

Before The Hunger Games, there was The Giver. Nearly 20 years after it began, Lowry caps off her landmark dystopian series for young readers with a final book, Son.


Kate Morton

The gothic novelist spins a family mystery over half a century in The Secret Keeper, in which a daughter uncovers her mother's early years during the London Blitz.



Vampires, witches, and other fiends that go bump in the night... Check out these live chats with authors who are exploring the paranormal!

P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

The mother-daughter team behind the magical young adult series House of Night will answer your questions on October 18 in a live chat about their latest book, Hidden.


Justin Cronin

On November 1, join the horror novelist for a live chat about the "virals" who control the post-apocalyptic world of The Twelve, the second book in his trilogy, The Passage.



Mark Z. Danielewski's Favorite Ghost Stories

The innovator in all things macabre selects five disturbing books just in time for the new release of his novel, The Fifty Year Sword.


Louise Erdrich's Favorite Native American Books

A hate crime causes upheaval in The Round House, the latest from the Ojibwa author who celebrates her heritage with five picks.


Chris Ware's Favorite Concept Books

The cartoonist shares his favorite books that come in unique packages, not unlike his new graphic boxed set, Building Stories.



Will Schwalbe

His memoir, The End of Your Life Book Club, tells of the two-person club he formed with his indomitable mother as she underwent chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.



Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

by Robin Sloan (Goodreads Author)

The night-shift clerk at a San Francisco bookstore soon suspects that the shop's enigmatic clientele is conspiring to crack a centuries-old code. This bibliophile's adventure blends secret societies, Google geeks, and ancient artifacts.


Consider the Fork

From the discovery of fire to the era of the refrigerator, food journalist Wilson explores the centuries of advances in cooking that produced the familiar kitchen tools we use today in this information-packed microhistory for foodies.


The Art Forger

Cash-strapped painter Claire Roth agrees to forge a stolen Degas. But when the FBI seizes her reproduction, she races to find the original masterpiece in this fictional thriller based on the true-life $500 million Gardner Art Heist.


Isaac's Army

This fast-paced nonfiction work revives the little-told history of Jewish resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Poland, from their early underground efforts to raising an army for the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.


The Middlesteins

by Jami Attenberg (Goodreads Author)

Obese Edie Middlestein is eating herself to death, and she can't stop feeding her urges even when her husband leaves her after 40 years of marriage. This tragicomic novel portrays a dysfunctional but loving Midwestern family.



by Sarah Crossan (Goodreads Author)

On a future Earth depleted of trees, most humans live inside the Pod, where oxygen is doled out according to class. A trio of teens ventures outside the dome with two days' worth of oxygen in this young adult dystopian novel.



The World Is Just
a Book Away

This nonprofit builds libraries and school programs in areas of Indonesia that sustained tsunami and earthquake damage.



E-mail Alerts for Your To-Read Shelf

Are you counting down the days until your favorite author's next book goes on sale? If you add that hotly anticipated book to your to-read shelf, now you have the option to receive an e-mail when it becomes available. Be the first to know, and never lose a day of reading!


Want your words to reach 8 million people? Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group have partnered to host an ongoing poetry contest. Join the ¡POETRY! group to vote each month to pick a winner from among the finalists. You can also submit a poem for consideration. Here is our October winner!

The Radiologist's Report

by Joyce Nance (Goodreads Author)
"The lung fields show enumerable (sic) nodular mass lesions consistent with pulmonary metastases."

Beyond number.
The stars in my lungs.
Resistant cells on the road
From my long-gone breast.
I cough up lung stars,
Burnished red and yellow.
The beaming skies of my lungs
Burn thick and bright, wheeling through days
As I walk up slight hills, gasp and heave.
Like the mountain night sky,
So high and live with pulsing,
They force my head full up,
Engorge my eyes with light,
Until I pull away, dizzy.
There is no room in my lungs for self-pity.
More stars than air,
Less breath than life and love.

Read more poetry

With love,

Jessica, Elizabeth, and the Goodreads Team

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In Stephen King's
The Shining, what is the name of the hotel?

  1. The Overlook Hotel
  2. The Overland Hotel
  3. The Vista Hotel

FIRST READS: Win prerelease books!

Be the first to read new books. Enter a drawing and cross your fingers!



Marisa de los Santos
Tuesday, October 16 Join discussion
Nelson DeMille
Thursday, October 18 Join discussion
Anti-Bullying with
Jay Asher &
R.J. Palacio

Tuesday, October 23 Join discussion

The Dracula Quiz

Question 1 of 11:
Which character is turned into a vampire?

  1. Mina Murray
  2. Jonathan Harker
  3. Lucy Westenra
  4. Van Helsing


Time to get your copy! The read-along group for The Casual Vacancy begins October 15.

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—J.M. Barrie

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