In August 2012, a group of reading friends created a team and a space on the internet focused on finding and sharing great new books — GreatNewBooks (GNB). The idea was to act on a problem many of us experience in finding new books — an unbiased approach to book recommendations. We decided to only recommended books we discover on our own and authentically love.

Over the past 5 years, the GNB team has shared more than 250 books here on the GreatNewBooks.org site. In the process, we have reached thousands of readers each week and helped spread the love of literature and reading. It has been a wonderful experience and endeavor for us all!

But just as life changes, our time and availability has evolved, as well. After careful consideration and group discussion, we have decided as a team to let GreatNewBooks sunset as an active site. This is our final post here at GNB. We are grateful for all of you who have connected with our recommendations, read books we loved, and shared with us here, too.

Deep gratitude goes to all on the GNB team, who engaged with their passion for great new books, read countless stacks in search of a perfect book to share, and taken time to vocalize how and why they loved each book. We look forward to continuing to share our love for books on our individual sites, below.

Thank you, all!

Nina Badzin:

Nina Badzin

Nina Badzin

 

Nina Badzin is a writer who lives in Minneapolis with her husband and four children. Nina is a columnist at The HerStories Project and a contributing writer at Kveller.com. Her essays have appeared regularly at Brain, Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, and elsewhere. Her short stories have appeared in over a dozen literary magazines and she’s a co-founder of The Twin Cities Writing Studio. Find her on Twitter @NinaBadzin, or at http://ninabadzin.com. Some favorite books “of all time” include East of Eden, The Age of Innocence, Love in the Time of Cholera, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Recent favorites include Gone Girl, The Age of Miracles, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. Nina loves to read. Period. She keeps track of her weekly reads and let’s you know what she thought of them here.

Jessica Vealitzek:

Jessica Vealitzek

Jessica Vealitzek is a writer near Chicago, and is the author of The Rooms Are Filled. Some of her favorite books are To Kill A Mockingbird, anything by Steinbeck, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, and The Killer Angels. Recent favorites include If Jack’s in Love, Train Dreams, and Up from the Blue. She can be found online at her web site, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Jacquelin Cangro:

Jackie Cangro

Jackie Cangro

Jackie is a freelance writer and editor living in NYC. She teaches creative writing with The Loft Literary Center and through her new online classroom. Her work has appeared most recently in Valparaiso Fiction Review and The Cortland Review, and her story “Secrets of a Seamstress” was named a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest. Her favorite books include Pride and Prejudice, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Station Eleven, and just about anything written by Bill Bryson and David Sedaris. She is a sucker for books about books. She can be found at www.jacquelincangro.com and on Twitter @jackiecangro.

Stacey Loscalzo:

Stacey Loscalzo

Stacey Loscalzo

Stacey Loscalzo is a reader and writer living outside of New York City with her husband and their two daughters. She writes for various local parenting publications and blogs at www.staceyloscalzo.com and www.betwixtgirls.com. Stacey loves to read anything at all from adult novels and memoirs to picture books. Her list of favorite books changes with each new book she reads but for now she would include Me Before You, Tell the Wolves I’m Home, The Fault in our Stars, The Giver and The Book Thief. Stacey can be also be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all @staceyloscalzo).

 

Katie Noah Gibson:

Katie Noah Gibson

Katie Noah Gibson

Katie Noah Gibson is a writer, editor, knitter and compulsive tea-drinker living in the Boston area with her husband. Born in Texas, she’s a lifelong Anglophile with a particular love for Oxford, but she loves to travel just about anywhere. Her favorite books include Love Walked In, the Anne of Green Gables series, I Capture the Castle, the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird and the poetry of Billy Collins. You can find her at her blog, Cakes, Tea and Dreams, reviewing books at Shelf Awareness, or on Twitter at @katiengibson.

 

Jessica Flaxman:

Jessica Flaxman

Jessica Flaxman

Jessica Flaxman lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She is Director of Studies at Charlotte Country Day School and a life-long English teacher. As a free-lance journalist, she has written editorials, book reviews, and the “Prized Possession” column for The Charlotte Observer. She regularly shares her observations and research on 21st century education and the humanities on her blog What I Learned Today In School and on Twitter (@msflaxman). Her favorite books include Mrs. Dalloway, Speak, Memory, Invisible Man, 1Q84, and Hilary Mantel’s stunning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She’s also a sucker for any good dystopian novel, no matter how grim.

Pamela Hunt Cloyd:

Pamela Hunt Cloyd

Pamela Hunt Cloyd

Pamela Hunt Cloyd writes, teaches yoga, and designs jewelry in Kailua, Hawaii, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Pamela’s essays have appeared in Runner’s World, the San Diego Reader, and various other publications (although most of her writing appears on corporate web sites and in annual reports). Her favorite books include In the Skin of the Lion, Wild, A Home at the End of the World and everything by Ann Patchett, Curtis Sittenfeld, Dani Shapiro, and Katrina Kenison. Pamela also has a stack of reliable “comfort food” books which include Hamlet, the Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike books, and anything by Jennifer Weiner. Find her on Twitter @walkingonhands and on her blog.

Jennifer Lyn King:

Jennifer Lyn King

Jennifer Lyn King

Jennifer leads GNB, and is marketing professional by day, a writer and author who loves to read and share great books with others. She lived for four recent years in Prague, Czech Republic, as an expat. She enjoys photography, oil painting, yoga, and traveling with her family. Her essays have been published at Salon, and she’s currently at work on nonfiction. Her favorite book is the recent All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and other favorites include Amor Towles, Ann Patchett, Kate Morton, Barbara Kingsolver, The Language of Flowers, Georgia, We Are Called to Rise, The Shell Seekers, and Jane Eyre. For more about Jennifer, visit her website and blog at http://jenniferlynking.com. She can also be found on Twitter @JenniferLynKing.

And a thank you to past GNB team:
Lindsey Mead: http://www.adesignsovast.com/
Julia Munroe Martin: http://juliamunroemartin.com/
Cathleen Holst: https://twitter.com/cathleenholst
Hallie Sawyer: http://www.halliesawyer.com/
And guests …

Happy reading!
Sincerely, the GreatNewBooks team