Book Trailer: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

 

 

 

“Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion…. I read this novel in a headlong rush.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train.

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival.


We Can’t Help but Love These Grumpy Characters

Not all book characters have the charm of Elizabeth Bennet or the poise of Atticus Finch. Sometimes even the surliest, bad-tempered characters are lovable in their own way. Here are six books with curmudgeon-type characters that we love, especially when they show their softer sides.

 

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick

Benedict Stone isn’t at the best place in his life. His wife has left him and business at his jewelry store is at a low. In the middle of the night the teenage daughter of his estranged brother shows up at his door from America. Gemma turns Benedict’s life upside down, but that might be just what he needs.

 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is a cranky man described as the neighbor from hell. He lives a solitary life, but everything changes when a chatty family moves in next door and flattens his mailbox, beginning an unexpected friendship.

 


Bookstrology: Gemini

Gemini (May 22–June 21)

Gemini are charming, independent, clever, energetic and talkative. Represented by the twins symbol, Gemini is an air sign.

 

Book of the Month:  Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

This book of essays by Mindy Kaling easily exemplifies Gemini’s humor, wit and charming energy. The star and writer of The Mindy Project and The Office reflects on life in Hollywood, touching on everything from body image to career, friendships and relationships.

 

Fellow Gemini

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819)

W.B. Yeats (June 13, 1865)

Anne Frank (June 12, 1929)

Joyce Carol Oates (June 16, 1938)

Salman Rushdie (June 19, 1947)


Behind The Book: Find Me by J.S. Monroe

I was once standing on a crowded station concourse in London and thought I saw a former girlfriend moving through the press of commuters. It was a heart-stopping moment. She had died more than twenty years earlier, 18 months after we had been at Cambridge University together. I looked again and realized that it wasn’t her, but it got me thinking: what if?

The opening scene of Find Me, my new psychological thriller, owes a lot to that strange sighting. Jar, a young Irish writer, is at Paddington station in West London. He takes the escalator down to the Underground and sees Rosa, his old girlfriend from university, passing him on the up escalator. Except that Rosa died five years earlier and Find Me isn’t a ghost story.

I had written five spy thrillers prior to this book. A trilogy that began with Dead Spy Running was optioned by Warner Bros, who hired Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan to write the script. The film is still in development, but I have every confidence that, when it is finally made, it will reflect my lifelong love of James Bond, John Le Carre and, more recently, Jason Bourne. I knew with Find Me, however, that I wanted to try something different, navigate away from the espionage landscape that I’m so familiar with, and venture into the darker territory of psychological thrillers.


Edge of Your Seat Books

Looking for thrills and chills? We have an excellent list of books to add to your TBR pile…just watch the above video!


Shelfie Love! Five Book Shelves That Will Inspire You

Did you know today is National Pack Rat Day? We can definitely relate to having books everywhere, but there is a solution! These amazing shelfies will inspire you and allow you to display your books in a creative way.

Want an easy way to make a statement? We recommend stringing up lights to really shed some light on your love of reading.

Bookshelves aren’t just for books…use it to reflect your personality with fun accessories, like clocks and candles.

Shelves come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for something really different, move away from the standard bookshelf and get unique shelves to display your books.

Sometimes, it’s not about the shelf, but the books themselves. Why stick to the usual alphabetical order when you can turn your wall into a literary rainbow?


Do you have a green thumb? Show off your plant skills as well as your love of literature by putting both on your shelf!

What do your shelves look like? Let us know in the comments how you decorate your shelves!


Learn From the Best! Get Writing Advice from the Experts

At BookClubbish, there is little we love more than a good book. And while there are so many amazing books out there that we still need to read, we wouldn’t object to there being even more. So for all the people out there with a story inside of them, here are twelve pieces of writing advice from writers we love. Let’s get writing!

Show, Don’t Tell

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” —Anton Chekhov

 

Your Writing Time Is Sacred

“Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” —Zadie Smith

 

Unplug

“It’s doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” —Jonathan Franzen

 

Toughen Up

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career, that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” —Harper Lee

 

Read, Read, Read

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” —Stephen King


Our Gift Guide For Mother’s Day


Still not sure what to get for your mom this Mother’s Day? Don’t worry, we have some pretty great suggestions in the video above. Check them out and let us know in the comments section what you’re getting for mom this year!


Celebrate 200 Years With These HarperCollins Recommendations

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


Books That Take You On A Journey

With so many adventures waiting in the pages of books, there really is no need to spend all that money to get on a plane and fly across the ocean – or through time!

Today, we’re sharing 5 books we think will take you on an eye-opening journey without even having to get out of your cozy PJS!

 

  1. The Orphan’s Tale – Pam Jenoff

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. When she discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she slips away with one of the babies and finds refuge in a German circus. Making friends isn’t easy, but Noa forges a powerful bond with Astrid, the lead aerialist. As the pressure of secrets grows, Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

  1. When the Moon is Low – Nadia Hashimi

After their world is shattered, Fereiba and her three children leave a war-torn Afghanistan to reach her sister in England – starting with the dangerous crossing into Iran. When her teenage son, Saleem, is separated from the rest of the family, Fereiba must make the terrifying decision to push on without him. With the hope of survival – and the struggle to reunite – she must find a way to reach her destination and do her best to reconstruct their lives.

  1. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper – Phaedra Patrick

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. But on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death, something changes. When he discovers a gold charm bracelet in her possessions that he’s never seen before, he is taken on an unforgettable journey. Arthur finds himself going from London to Paris and as far as India. Join him in this quest where not only does he learn about his wife’s secret life before they met but also leads him to find hope and healing in the most unexpected places.

  1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

An international bestseller, The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

  1. The Night Mark – Tiffany Reisz

After her husband’s death, Faye Barlow cannot escape her grief. With photography left as her only passion, she accepts a job in South Carolina’s storied coast. Faye is drawn to the lighthouse and becomes obsessed with the legend surrounding The Lady of the Light—the keeper’s daughter who died in a mysterious drowning in 1921. While visiting it one night, she is struck by a rogue wave and a force impossible to resist drags Faye into the past—and into a love story that is not her own.

Do you have any favorite life-changing journey stories? We’ve love to see in the comments below!


What to Read After Watching The Handmaid’s Tale

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”

This week I’ve been watching the dark and fearless adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The show is a compelling look at not only the world Atwood wrote it in 30 years ago, but also of our present day society. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the Republic of Gilead is a patriarchal and totalitarian society that is disturbing but believable. Offred is a handmaid, a woman who lives with an upper-class military man and his wife and is valued solely for her ability to bear children. She is not allowed to read and can only leave the house once a day to buy food. But Offred once had another name as well as a job, a husband and a daughter. But this new society took all that, and her freedom, away from her.

Gripping and terrifying, the show and the book leave you with a lot to think about. Here are 6 books to read if you still want more.

 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake is the first book in Atwood’s MaddAdam series and is a different take on a dystopian society. In a postapocalyptic world, Snowman is the last human left, as far as he knows. He lives near a group of bioengineered human-like creatures called the Crakers. Before he was Snowman, he was Jimmy, best friend to their creator, Crake. Embarking on a journey through the wasteland left after a plague, Snowman and the Crakers search for answers.

 

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

This is another dark and disturbing dystopian novel where the stakes are higher for women. A fever has drastically decreased the earth’s population, with women and children affected most strongly and childbirth almost impossible afterward. Having survived the plague, an unnamed nurse awakes to a frightening new world where she has to disguise herself as a man to survive.

 


Unputdownable Books to Read This Spring

When 2017 began, a lot of us made reading goals for the year, the most common being the 50-book challenge. At BookClubbish, all year we’re hosting Resolution Reads—download the checklist and let us know how you’re doing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #ResolutionReads.

With New Year’s far behind us and the warmer weather a distraction, it has been easy to get behind on our reading goals. If you need a bit of a boost in your reading, here are 7 unputdownable books to read this month.

 

Literary Fiction

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

This book is a portrait of a family torn apart when their figurehead, teacher George Woodbury, is accused of attempted rape. With George imprisoned, his wife, teenage daughter and adult son each grapple with their feelings as they face who their beloved father and husband really is.

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny is fourteen years old; she loves Michael Jackson, basketball and has been adopted into her forever home after 5 years in foster care. But, for reasons no one around her can understand, Ginny has been trying to get kidnapped in order to return to her abusive mother because of a secret from her past.

  


Reel Great Reads: Book + Movie Pairings

Any film buffs out there looking for a literary answer to the films they love? Here are seven very different movie-and-book pairings that complement each other, whether you saw the movie and want to read something like it or want to try both for the first time.

 

Rear Window + The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

Whether you’ve actually seen it or not, you’re probably familiar with the plot from the 1954 Hitchcock film Rear Window: a photographer, played by Jimmy Stewart, spies on his neighbors from his wheelchair and witnesses a murder. The Watcher, set in modern London, follows a woman who enjoys watching birds from her apartment but also begins spying on the neighbors and becomes wrapped up in a murder case.  However, the unreliable narration and a few twists make this both an homage to the Hitchcock film as well as a unique and fresh take on the well-known plot.

 

Cleopatra + Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

This 1963 film is best known for its massive budget overrun, many production problems, casting changes, lack of script and the scandalous relationship between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Beautiful Ruins takes readers behind the scenes of the making of Cleopatra, to an isolated island in Italy and to modern Hollywood. In the past an actress about to get her start in Cleopatra visits an inn on the Italian coast, and she believes she is dying. Years later, the aging innkeeper she befriended visits Hollywood looking for her again…and he’s paired with a famous film producer, his assistant and a wannabe film writer.

 


Your Autism Awareness Day Reading List

National Autism Awareness Month begins April 1: the entire month of April is devoted to a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion, and to ensure that each person with autism is provided the opportunity to achieve the best possible quality of life. You can learn more about National Autism Awareness Month on the Autism Society’s website here.

Here are seven books about autism and Asperger’s to read throughout April, including one for younger readers.

 

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon has finally found her forever family. After growing up with her abusive drug-addict mother, Ginny was placed in foster care. Now, at fourteen, Ginny lives with her forever mom and forever dad, eats exactly nine grapes for breakfast, listens to Michael Jackson and plays basketball in her Special Olympics team. But why does Ginny want to return to her birth mother and leave the family every foster kid would dream of living with?

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen-year-old boy with a gift for logic, a hatred of the color yellow and a preference for animals over humans. When Wellington, a neighborhood dog, is killed, Christopher sets out to solve the murder mystery.

 


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