Salman Rushdie Is a Harsh Goodreads Critic

Novelist Salman Rushdie is no stranger to literary controversy (being the target of an infamous 1989 fatwa after the publication of his… Read More

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Goodreads Doesn’t Care If You Read the Book You Reviewed

In the Goodreads entry for Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York, the recent anthology edited by Sari Botton — and a sequel to last fall’s zeitgeist-claiming Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York — there are 60 ratings. These shake out like your average online book ratings, with the spread ending up like this: 16 people gave it five stars, 9 gave it four, 7 gave it three, 2 gave it two, and 26 people gave it one star.

Cue the record scratch. One star? Forty-three percent of people giving this apparently benign book one star? … Read More

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The Best Books of 2012 According to Goodreads

The winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards have just been announced, and the results are a little surprising. As Shelf Life points out, the Goodreads Choice Awards are the closest thing the literary world has to the People’s Choice Awards, with 1,156,852 votes cast by readers for their favorite books in 20 categories, including Fiction, Memoir, Poetry and YA. So we could expect that the winners would skew commercial — no snooty critic here to put in her two cents. That said, we were still rather amazed that J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy was voted as the best work of fiction of the year. Surely, the name recognition isn’t enough — nothing against Rowling, but there were so many better books in 2012. That said, other picks — like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl for Best Mystery, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for Best Young Adult, and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild for Best Memoir — we’re totally on board with. See the complete list of winners after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Awesome Infographic: Do You Live in the Twilight Belt?

According to literary recommendation and social reading site Goodreads, there is no more divisive book than Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight — at least for the people who use Goodreads, that is. Not only does Twilight top both their user-created Best Books Ever and Worst Books of All Time lists, but the company has found that for the more… Read More

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