Books on the Subway: Find Me by J.S. Monroe (Video)

Did you find any hidden copies of Find Me by J.S. Monroe on the subway? Watch the video below to find out more about the 200 copies hidden throughout New York City’s subway system, and see if you can spot the hidden book covers in the video!


Judge a Book by Its Cover: Coastal Edition

Should you judge something solely by its appearance? Definitely not, but today we’re looking ahead to summer and showcasing covers on a coastal theme for books that are as amazing on the inside as they are on the outside.

Marked for Revenge by Emelie Schepp

The second book in the thrilling Nordic Noir trilogy, Marked for Revenge follows the brilliant Jana Berzelius as she delves into the international drug trade and child trafficking, which may be connected to her own past.


The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Faye Barlowe, mourning for her husband, takes a job photographing the coast of South Carolina. There, she falls in love with the beautiful Bride Island lighthouse. Drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can’t explain, one night Faye is swept away by the tides, waking up in 1921 to meet an ancestor of her deceased husband.



Books to Read in the Dark

Saturday, March 25, 2017, we are turning off all our lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a global event sponsored by the WWF called EARTH HOUR. Turn off as much power as you can and open a book that’s best read in the (near) dark.

What books will you be reading this Saturday? Let us know in the comments below!


Books That Are Larger Than Life

By Emma Hunter

 

Have you ever finished reading a book feeling like years have passed and you’ve traveled half the world, only to find you’re still sitting in your living room? These eight books are epic stories with plots that take the characters far from where they started in life—not just in terms of distance but in the broader sense.

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

“I would like to make myself the heroine of this story—an innocent victim led astray. But alas sir, I would be lying…”

In 1756 London, Tully Truegood writes out the story of her life as she awaits trial for murder. Recounting her life from housemaid to conjurer’s assistant to courtesan, her only chance of avoiding execution is to share her story with the one person who can save her.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

When Theo Decker is thirteen, his life changes forever when he survives a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He enters the museum with his mother and leaves without her, but with a painting that he stole in his confusion after the attack. The theft alters Theo’s whole life, leading him through New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam—and into the underworld of art.

 


Bookstrology: Aries

By Emma Hunter

ARIES (March 21–April 20)

In like a lion, out like a ram: March is coming to an end and Aries is at the forefront of Bookstrology this month, just like they are in most areas of their lives. Creative, adventurous and forceful, Aries dives into challenges headfirst and is always looking for adventure and characters that reflect them.

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH:

MARKED FOR REVENGE BY EMELIE SCHEPP

Jana Berzelius is an enigmatic and fierce heroine in the second book in this Nordic noir trilogy. Diving into her dark past, the international drug trade and child trafficking, this fast-paced and suspenseful thriller is as fiery as Aries. As Berzelius becomes entangled in the criminal underworld, she will have to face her past and fight for her life.

 

 

 

 

 

FELLOW ARIES

MAYA ANGELOU

ROBERT FROST

BEVERLY CLEARY


Cyber Reads: Books for a Digital World

By Emma Hunter

Let’s face it: the Internet is a huge part of most of our lives. You’re using it right now to read this post. Whether you have a Black Mirror perspective or love the many advantages of the web (online shopping, your Netflix queue, BookClubbish…) here are books all about the internet and technology—and the good and bad that come with them.

 

Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Five years ago, Rosa committed suicide by walking off a pier in the dead of night. Jar, Rosa’s boyfriend, can’t let her go, no matter how much time has passed. He sees Rosa everywhere and is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email: Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beth and Jennifer work at a Nebraskan newspaper in 1999. Email is still new to the office and all company emails are monitored. That doesn’t stop them from constantly sending each other personal messages. Lincoln is the person paid to read other people’s email; his official title is “internet security officer.” When Lincoln finds the emails between the two friends, he should turn them in. But he doesn’t, and soon he finds himself falling for Beth.

 


Beauty and the Beast Books: Tales as Old as Time! (Video)

It’s been nearly impossible to escape the madness of the upcoming live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast coming out March 17. This Disney film promises to deliver the same enchanting spell of its beloved 1991 predecessor. Although it’s truly exciting, let’s not forget the irresistible origins of this beloved, dark fairy tale. A tale as old as time, indeed, with countless variations that readers can’t get enough of!

Here are some beautiful and captivating retellings of Beauty and the Beast!

What Beauty and the Beast tale is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


How to Find Great Ideas with Brenda Novak

by Brenda Novak, author of Finding Our Forever

When I first started writing, I had THE GREAT IDEA. It was based almost entirely on a title that popped into my head one day—OF NOBLE BIRTH. This title lent itself to a very specific theme: whether one is noble or not depends on the heart and not the pedigree. That was the message I wanted to deliver, and I knew the best backdrop for a story with such a message would be a historical setting where the caste system was firmly in place. So I decided that my book would be a historical romance set in Victorian times.

The idea for my first novel lived with me for five years while I added two more children to my family, researched the time period, taught myself the craft of storytelling and created characters that would be interesting enough to help convey my theme (the hero is born to a rich duke who rejects him because he’s imperfect—he has only part of one arm). I was lucky enough to sell that novel to HarperCollins, and it was released in November 1999.

As exciting as it was to sell my first book, I soon realized it was not the only idea I would ever need if I wanted to make my living as a published author. In order to build my career, I needed to write another story and another and another. In other words, I had to develop my imagination, turn it into a deep well of ideas from which I could draw time and again.


Ten Things That Might Surprise You About NYT Bestselling Author of The Orphan’s Tale Pam Jenoff

by Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale

Have you started reading The Orphan’s Tale? This emotional read is becoming a big hit with book lovers everywhere, and we’re here to give you a behind the scenes look with the author herself, Pam Jenoff!

My writing career began with 9/11

I had wanted to be a writer for a long time, but for many years I couldn’t get started.  I graduated from law school and started practicing on September 4, 2001 – exactly one week before the 9/11 attacks.  That fateful day caused me to have a life epiphany: law was a fine profession, but I had a deeper dream of being a novelist and if I had been a 9/11 victim, I never would have realized my dream.  I had to get started right away.  I took a night course and began writing.

I’ve had some really unusual jobs.

My first job out of graduate school was at the Pentagon, working as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army.  It was an amazing experience to see the world, as Sir Isaac Newton said, “from the shoulders of giants.”  I then moved over to the State Department as a diplomat and I was sent to Poland for several years, where I had the opportunity to work on Holocaust issues and become very close to the survivors.  These experiences continue to inspire my books.


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