5 Books All About Family

The relationship between family members can be complicated–full of love and conflict. They are the key to our pasts and can sometimes reveal more about us than we ever realized. Here are five reads all about the relationships  between family members and the effects it can have on a person.

Changes in Latitudes by Jen Malone

Dealing with divorce and the relationship between mother and daughter, this book focuses on Cassie, a young woman struggling to deal with the divorce of her parents and the questions it raises. Cassie’s challenges not only include her inability to forgive her mother, but her inability to open her heart to anyone around her.

The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr

Summers used to be a happy time for the Hempsteads, until an accidental drowning changes everything. Then their lake house was closed up for good. Can their family be drawn together again in spite of all the challenges they’ve faced?


Seven Books to Read for Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy, me hearties; ye know what day ‘tis on September 19, yar? Aye, ye scurvy buccaneers, ‘tis Talk Like a Pirate Day and we’ll no be ‘avin’ ye shirk yer readin’ duties as we set sail on this most glorious day!

Come about and eyeball these seven of the best books to be well celebratin’ a pirate’s day of days. Avast ye lads and lassies; hoist the mizzen and let’s get to turnin’ the pages on this grand booty of pirate books. Ye savvy?

 

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Why not start with a classic? Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 adventure novel brought pirate lore to life, even coining popular phrases associated with the sea-faring buccaneers, like the everlasting “Shiver me timbers!” We can also thank Stevenson and his archetypal Long John Silver for popularizing the image of the pirate with the parrot on his shoulder; experts remain torn about whether this flourish is based on historical fact or is from the author’s vivid imagination.

 

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

A lady pirate, her chef prisoner, some fine meals and, of course, a bit of plunder—what’s not to love about this 2013 historical fiction novel that turns pirate tropes on their ear? As Captain “Mad Hannah” Mabbot and chef Owen Wedgewood get to know each other over high-seas gourmet dishes like eel ravioli and pheasant mole, the pirate ship, with its colorful cast of characters, comes to life in vivid, rollicking, entertaining detail.


Cover Love: Hues of Fall

If I had my way, fall would go on forever; sorry, winter. To celebrate the beginning of my favorite season, here are six eye-catching covers that evoke the vibrant colors of fall.

 

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

With a summer feeling but the colors of fall, this is an eye-catching cover to match an emotional story about a family that’s just like any other—until their community learns that the family’s young daughter, Poppy, is a transgender girl.

 

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

While driving along a deserted moonlit highway, Dr. Eitan Green hits and kills an African migrant. Green flees the scene, but the man’s widow finds the doctor and wants a price for her silence that’s more than money. This cover brilliantly represents the plot of the story in a creative and beautiful way.

 


Bookstrology: Libra

Libra (September 23–October 23)

Happy Birthday Libra! Libras are an air sign and value cooperation, fairness, peace and social interaction. Libras have a strong sense of right and wrong but often can see both sides of an issue and find making decisions difficult.

 

Book of the Month

Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades

Blending magical realism with the story of a teenage girl living in a small, polygamous community, Hanna Who Fell from the Sky follows the title character as she prepares to become the fifth wife of a much older man. When she meets Daniel, a boy her age who has left the community, she begins to question whether she should go along with the path chosen for her. Libras will be drawn to this story about a girl who wants more than the fate imposed on her by others.

 

Fellow Libras

Scott Fitzgerald(September 24, 1896)
Shel Silverstein(September 25, 1930)
William Faulkner (September 25, 1897)
T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888)
Anne Rice (October 4, 1941)
E E Cummings (October 14, 1894)
Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854)
For the Other Signs

 


6 Books With Twists You Won’t See Coming

 
Looking for a read with an amazing twist? We have 6 books here that you absolutely need to check out. Don’t worry, no spoilers here!


Bookclubbish’s Favourite Reads Featuring Women in New York City

New York City. The Big Apple. What is it about this metropolis that makes it such a perfect setting for stories about women coming together as friends? The big city’s vibe of anonymity, which might cause loneliness if not for the good company of friends, might have something to do with it, along with, of course, its glamorous allure. If you’ve made it through all of Sex and the City and Girls, or if you simply love a story set in NYC, here’s a roundup of our favorite reads featuring women out on the town in the City that Never Sleeps.

 

The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

Neve, Emma and Flick are a trio of misfit moms at their sons’ private school. They’ve shared everything. Or so they thought. Each of them has been keeping a tight hold on a secret, but with their once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City on the horizon, they each realize they must face the truth they’ve been hiding—even if the truth will forever alter the course of their lives.

Neve will reveal a past sin that could destroy her relationship with her son. Emma will divulge the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And Flick will share the shocking truth that lies beneath the veneer of her perfect marriage. New York City: it’s the perfect city to sightsee, to shop, and to tell all…

 

The Regulars by Georgia Clark

The Regulars is a story about three “regular” young women living in New York. Feeling like average women in the twenty-somethings in every sense of the word, they all dream of more fulfilling careers and having a love life that is more enviable than laughable.

Then they stumble across a magical elixir, “Pretty,” that transforms them into drop-dead gorgeous: just like the women they have always wanted to be. With their new improved looks, things seem to be perfectly falling into place for them, but as with most things, “Pretty” comes at a price.

The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

A nominee for The Man Booker Prize, The Emperor’s Children is a novel about the lives of three friends, Marina, Danielle and Julius. Edging toward their thirties, all three women have mostly made themselves a success in New York City—while still struggling to find exactly what that means. The Emperor’s Children delivers on everything a reader could hope for in a story about New York: the excitement of youth and big city glamour mixed with feelings of uncertainty and heartbreak.


Level Up with These Five Books for Gamers

With a great cast, Spielberg at the helm directing and what can only be assumed to be a huge budget (there are a lot of licensing and trademarked properties to procure), the film version of Ernest Cline’s 2011 bestseller Ready Player One is poised to hit theaters next spring.

Set in a dystopian future, it features a young gamer named Wade Watts who escapes the dreary reality of life in the mid-twenty-first century by plugging into a virtual world called OASIS. When a life-changing prize is offered to the person who can solve all the puzzles in the digital OASIS universe—puzzles based on retro pop-culture fads and frenzies—Wade dives in. With its merging of futuristic and nostalgic worlds, Ready Player One is sure to be as popular on the big screen as it is on the page.

The advancement of video gaming and gaming technology has also led to the creation of an entire genre of cyber-fiction, with some titles based on actual video games and some based on the idea of video games as an accompaniment to, escape from—or in some cases, threat to—the perceived mundaneness of everyday life. If you’re interested in reading more fiction based on gaming worlds or the world of gaming, check out these five titles:

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Simulated war games prove to be a training ground for much darker challenges and the fight for the continuation of the human species in Card’s classic sci-fi novel.

Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric S. Nylund

Microsoft got lucky when they signed novelist Nylund to write for the Halo franchise. As author of three Halo novels as well as directing in-game narratives, Nylund brings the famed, complex Halo universe to life on the small screen as well as on the page.


5 Fictional Doctors We Love

A trip to the doctor’s office isn’t so scary when these fan favorites are involved. Watch the video above to see which fictional doctors made the list!


Check Out These Modern Classics for National Read a Book Day

September 6 was National Read a Book Day, and I know—I know—you’re thinking every day is National Read a Book Day! But on September 6, we really mean it.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate National Read a Book Day to make September 6 stand out just a little more for book lovers everywhere:

  • Start reading the book at the very bottom of your TBR pile; after all, it’s been in that pile the longest.
  • Donate a book to a Little Free Library near you.
  • Borrow a book from the library in a genre you don’t usually read.
  • Lend a book to a friend that you think they will love.
  • Donate a box of books to a school or shelter.
  • Pick up a book that’s destined to become a modern classic.

And if you’re unsure of just what makes a modern classic, consider the books that we already think of that way. They each possess a number of characteristics that have allowed them to withstand the test of time, transcending fashion, politics, popular culture, geography, language and genre. They are books that speak of the human condition without worrying about literary trends, and they were each written in a voice that continues to feel original, fresh, relevant and diverse. These are the things that give a book longevity, and there are plenty available today.

Check out these modern classics from the second half of the twentieth century and beyond, books that are destined to be found on bookshelves, in university syllabi and in our collective consciousness for years to come.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s dystopian feminist manifesto is a mirror and a warning, brilliantly written.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

A tragic coming-of-age love story wrapped up in a richly described immigrant experience. where culture and desire compete for dominance.


Celebrate Classical Music Month with These Five Notable Reads

September is Classical Music Month, and even if you do not consider yourself a huge classical music aficionado, you probably know more about classical music (and its far-, far-reaching influences) than you think. From lullabies to tea commercials to cell phone ringtones, classical music’s presence in our lives is ubiquitous.

For book lovers, classical music is a natural partner to time spent reading. Not only can it offer a lovely background accompaniment, but studies have proven that listening to classical music can enhance our levels of concentration, help us to better absorb information, aid in reducing stress and improve sleep. (Which is important if you regularly stay up past bedtime because you can’t put down your book. I don’t know a thing about that. Ahem.)

Classical music has also found its way into the subject matter of countless books, from biographies and histories to historical and contemporary fiction. And, like classical music’s place in modern popular culture, you may not have even realized that some of our most beloved genres have been touched by classical music’s influence.

So spend September celebrating Classical Music Month, and take a look at these five notable works that celebrate the confluence of classical music and fiction.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

A world-renowned Diva accepts an invitation to sing at a private residence in an unstable South American country, but her performance is interrupted by an armed group determined to abduct the President—who stayed home from the gala to watch TV. Thus begins a saga of operatic proportions, with loyalties forged and dissolved, politics turned and frayed, and through it all, a voice that unites and keeps people whole as an ever-more desperate situation evolves for both the hostages and their captors.

Classical music accompaniment playlist: Spotify: Best of Opera Arias

 

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

 

On a small occupied island in Greece, Pelagia, a doctor’s daughter engaged to a fisherman falls in love with the Italian captain tasked with the oversight of their occupation. The mandolin-playing captain would prefer to philosophize with the doctor or picnic with Pelagia than strategize about military operations, and despite their differences, a romance forms. Under the blazing Mediterranean sun, art, poetry, music and love strive to exist under the veil of war.

Classical music accompaniment playlist: Spotify: Classical Mandolin


A Graydon House Unboxing: 4 Reads You Can’t Miss (Giveaway)


We’re so excited to present the new books from Graydon House. These fabulous reads definitely need to be added to your TBR pile! Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win all four Graydon House books!

Celebrating the Launch of Graydon House


Happy Frankenstein Day: 6 Monsters Reads to Get Your Claws Into

Are you a lover of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein? We’re celebrating this literary classic with 6 monster reads that will have you howling for more!


8 Books to Read before Summer Ends

Have you spent enough time lounging in the sun with a good book this summer? Don’t worry, we know the answer—there’s never enough time to lounge with a good book at any time of year!

There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the warm days and plenty of books to enjoy them with. Take a look at these seven titles that are must-reads before the summer ends, each as addictive and satisfying as an afternoon spent in the sunshine. Lounge away!

 

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

In Apartheid-era South Africa, a white girl and a black woman forge deep bonds through a mutual, brutal sense of pain, loss and grief. A gorgeous and thoughtful debut novel from Marais that you’ll be holding onto long after the sun goes down on the day.

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Grann does a masterful deep dive on a forgotten, fascinating and devastating chapter of American history, retelling the astounding rise and fall of the post-colonial Osage tribe, featuring a Midwestern oil boom and a succession of murders that will leave you in wide-eyed shock.


Read the Controversy: 5 Books That Tackle Hot-Button Issues

Books offer the chance to see the world from many different perspectives. That’s why we love these five titles that delve into controversial issues, using the power of great storytelling to consider the different sides of complicated questions. Read outside your comfort zone with one of these books!

Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill

For single mom Kate O’Hara, there was no decision to make when it came to vaccination. Her daughter, Rosie, is one of a small percentage of children who can’t be vaccinated against measles. All Kate can do is hope that her little girl is safe. Meanwhile, mommy blogger Madeleine Cooper and her husband declined measles shots for their daughter Clara, deciding it was a leap of faith they weren’t willing to take. But when classmates Clara and Rosie both become sick, will Kate pay for Madeleine’s choice?

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

During her shift as a labor and delivery nurse, seasoned professional Ruth Jefferson begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that the parents don’t want her touching their child. They are white supremacists and don’t want an African American nurse. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene? Her hesitation results in being charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.


Goodreads Giveaways!

In the mood to win? Goodreads is giving away Advanced Reader Copies and finished copies of some of our most exciting reads, so don’t wait! Enter now for your chance to win big!

Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree

Giveaway dates: Aug 14 – Sep 11, 2017

Enter to win 1 of 50 Advanced Reader Copies of the book!

Yes is such a little word…

Dr. Dylan Michels has worked hard for a perfect life, so when her longtime boyfriend, Cooper, gets down on one knee, it should be the most perfect moment of all. Then why does she say no?

For too many years, Dylan’s been living for her sister, who never got the chance to grow up. But her attempt to be the perfect daughter, perfect partner and perfect doctor hasn’t been enough to silence the haunting guilt Dylan feels over her sister’s death—and the role no one knows she played in it.

Now Dylan must face her past if she and Cooper stand a chance at a future together. But when Cooper makes a startling confession of his own, can Dylan find the courage to define her own happiness before her life becomes perfectly undone?

Set among the breezy days of a sultry Portland summer, Perfectly Undone is a deeply moving novel of family secrets, forgiveness and finding yourself in the most surprising of places.

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Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Giveaway dates: Aug 07 – Sep 04, 2017

Enter to win 1 of 20 Advanced Reader Editions of the book!

I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

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Book Trailer: Best Day Ever

Looking for a spine-tingling new read? Don’t miss Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda!


Can’t Miss September Reads

Summer may be wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be excited for the upcoming month…after all, a new month means brand new reads for you to enjoy. Here are some of our recommendations below!

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

, Manually Released

With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.

“It’s simple, really. You’re just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we’re doing one right now…”

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn’t want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there’s still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly’s about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…”

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion.


5 Famous Middle Children In Fiction

August 12th was National Middle Child Day, but we believe in appreciating these wonderful characters all year round! Is your favorite middle child on this list? Let us know in the comments section!


5 Second Chances in Fiction

Sometimes, our heroes need a few tries before they get things right. Here are our top 5 second chances in fiction. Let us know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books!


Celebrate 200 Years With These HarperCollins Recommendations

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of HarperCollins with these amazing recommendations!


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