September 22, 2017

by Calvin Reid

Ten years after Goodreads was founded by Otis Chandler and his wife, Elizabeth Khuri Chandler, and four years after its acquisition by Amazon, the online social reading, marketing, and book discovery site has grown into one of the most influential book and reading communities on the web. And despite the concerns of some Goodreads members about the Amazon acquisition when it was announced (and some threats to leave the online community), Goodreads has thrived.

The site attracts more visitors than ever. Goodreads had abo...

September 22, 2017

Books from independent presses and university presses continue to offer some of the most exciting writing available today. These houses are not afraid to publish works in translation; to offer new ways of thinking about science, history, and economics; or to use a book as a way to make a statement on an important topic such as the environment. They even give a new gloss to memoirs. This year we considered more than 200 submissions from small presses and university presses, along with recommendations from booksellers and PW’s review...

September 19, 2017

Different Types of Book Reviews by Seth Dellon (@ForewordReviews)

I recently bought a book from legendary American author, T.C. Boyle. When I got it home, I was jarred to notice that the book jacket contained exactly zero advanced praise. I became immediately skeptical that the book could possibly be any good—and we're talking about T.C. Boyle. Now imagine the value of that advanced praise if we're not talking about T.C. Boyle.

The value of book reviews can't be understated; but getting good book reviews requires commitments for tim...

September 19, 2017

The Ghosts of Galway: A Jack Taylor Novel

As well-versed in politics, pop culture, and crime fiction as he is ill-fated in life, Jack Taylor is recovering from a mistaken medical diagnosis and a failed suicide attempt. In need of money-and with former cop on his resume-Jack has been hired as a night-shift security guard. But his Ukrainian boss has Jack in mind for a bit of off-the-books work. He wants Jack to find what some claim to be the first true book of heresy, The Red Book, which is currently in the possession of a rogue prie...

September 13, 2017

Psychological thrillers that truly get under your skin; the sort that make you tell your friends "you must read this, it’s just so creepy

1. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Crime Novels of 2016!
Now in paperback—the next blockbuster thriller for those who loved The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl... “a finely-crafted novel with a killer twist” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Paula Hawkins).
 On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and run...

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