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Explore Niche Nonfiction with These Recent Microhistories

The term “microhistory” is a relatively new designation that refers to nonfiction history books that focus in on a single event, person, or other specific unit of research. The idea is to stay away from the broad 101-style overviews and surveys, and the inevitable generalizations that result from that kind of approach. Think of it as the professional...

Hit Speculative Fiction of 2022 (So Far)

Judging by early reviews and general pop-culture impact, Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) has hit a home run with her latest novel, Sea of Tranquility, which has already been optioned for TV series adaptation. In fact, it’s being adapted by the same team that brought us HBO’s excellent Station Eleven, and that is unequivocal Good News. Sea of...

Hot Mysteries and Thrillers of Summer

Summer reading time has arrived, and for the serious reader that means it’s time to enact a game plan. There are just too many good books, that’s the pleasant problem. If you want to get a lot of reading done, sequencing is critical. Mystery and thriller fans, this one is for you. Below are the most anticipated mysteries and thrillers of the summer....

Earth, Water, Air, and Fire: 36 Books with Elements in Their Titles

Here’s some trivia for your next late-night conversation: The concept of the classical elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—originates in the ancient world, and seems to have been developed pretty much simultaneously by the best thinkers in multiple cultures. References to the idea can be found in artifacts from ancient Greece, Egypt, and India. We’re...

Recent 4-star Historical Fiction to Read Now

There’s no time like the present, we’re told. And this is true, but dedicated readers of historical fiction are hip to the fact that are many times other than the present, and those can be pretty good, too. Some days, those other times looks a lot better, actually. But let us stay in the moment. Below is our collection of recent and popular historical...

Meet the Authors of Summer's Buzziest YA Novels

Looking for new young adult books featuring determined protagonists, sweet romance, and adventures of every kind? Then these authors are your chosen ones to read next! We asked the writers of some of the summer's buzziest new young adult fiction to tell us about their new books and to recommend lots of their favorite YA novels! Below you'll meet first-time authors...

May's Most Anticipated New Books

Sometimes it can be fun just to scan the incoming books in any given month and ponder the wild variety of human experience on display. It’s a big world out there. Consider these books coming in May: Chris Bohjalian tells of a 1964 Tanzanian safari gone wrong in The Lioness. Cleyvis Natera profiles a Dominican family in New York City in Neruda on the...

May's Most Anticipated Romances

Some people love books. Some people fall in love. And some people love books about falling in love. Every month our team sorts through the new romance books and sees how early readers are responding based on their Want to Read shelvings and initial reviews. We use this information to curate a list of soon-to-be-beloved favorites. New in May: Amy Lea...

The 52 Most Beloved Young Adult Novels of the Past Two Years

While we do a lot of looking ahead at anticipated new releases here at Goodreads, we also know that sometimes you just want to pick up a great book that's already available and that you're almost guaranteed to love. Never fear! We and your millions of fellow readers can help with that as well.For those seeking some tried-and-true recent young adult...

30 Recent 4-Star Fiction Books That Fellow Readers Love

If you’re looking to jump into the deep end of this year’s best new fiction, here’s an idea: Trust your neighbors. The books collected below, all published since the start of this year, have each earned an average rating of four stars and up (at the time this article publishes) from your fellow Goodreads regulars. That’s news you can use. When you want...

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