A Movie Lover’s Reading List for National Popcorn Day

Hollywood isn’t just the source of some of your favorite films, but the inspiration behind some great books as well! So pop yourself some popcorn, get comfy, and dive into these cinematic reads.


5 Fictional Libraries We Want to Get Lost In

The meta-experience of reading about books in our books is a special treat for readers; a virtual high-five sent through the ether from writer to reader and back again. An even bigger treat is when a writer allows readers to enter a world of stacks and shelves; to peruse a library whose existence we hadn’t known of but whose aisles we may be privileged to walk through, next to our story’s beloved protagonists.

Some of the libraries mentioned in fiction are so memorable that we conjure them in our imaginations long after we close our books. These five fictional libraries fit that bill perfectly; their collections the thing of any book lover’s dreams.


Giveaway! How Well Do You Know Ginny Moon?

Time to show off your book knowledge. Take our quiz below to test yourself! Plus, as an added bonus, you can win a copy of Ginny Moon, so that you can reread this great story…or even share it with a friend!

Giveaway: Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes January 24, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on or around December 1. For full official rules, click here.


7 Secrets You Didn’t Know about Author Susan Mallery

My name is Christine Rimmer, and one of my best friends in the world is Susan Mallery. You know Susan as the bestselling author of hits like Daughters of the Bride and Secrets of the Tulip Sisters and her latest book, Sisters Like Us. But I know a whole other side of her. BookClubbish asked me to spill the beans, so here you go…


Discussion Guide: Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Looking to start an amazing conversation at your next book club meeting? If Ginny Moon is on your group’s TBR list, make sure you bring these questions along to help the discussion!


Six Coming-of-Age Stories We Love

No matter how old you are, a good coming-of-age story can change the way you see the world. Here are six reads we absolutely recommend adding to your bookshelf. Let us know what you’re reading the comments below!


Unravel These Mysteries in 2018

Part of the beauty of embracing the new year is that we know ahead of us lay 12 months of surprises, opportunities and mysteries, just waiting to be unfolded, discovered, solved.

Though not every surprise we encounter will be pleasant, nor opportunity ideal, we start the year with optimism that the odds are in our favor and our plans are sound.

As for the mysteries … well, by their very nature, we can only navigate them clue by clue, lead by lead and through instinct, whether the mystery is as innocuous as where we left our keys or something more incendiary—and the only place we’d like to see mysteries on that level, is in our 2018 reading material.

From art theft to identity theft, the mystery books coming out in early this year are sure to leave you guessing all the way to the end, so in 2018, you look for the keys, and let’s hope the more serious mysteries only reveal themselves in the pages of your books.


Kick Start Your 2018 Reading Goals with these books

Is reading more books part of your 2018 New Year’s resolution? We have five recommendations that you should definitely check out! Let us know what you’ll be reading this year in the comments below.


Get a Sneak Peek at Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

It’s time to dive into a brand new year with a brand new read. Susan Mallery returns with a stunning new book about sisters, mothers, and daughters in a fast-paced world. Want to get an early look at this amazing book? Check out the audio excerpt below and let us know what you think in the comments section.


Unforgettable Friendships in Literature

In Thursdays at Eight by Debbie Macomber, four women meet weekly for breakfast to offer each other encouragement, support and laughter as life gives and takes from each of them. A divorce, a romance, a dream and a midlife surprise—whatever the friends are going through, they will see each other through. Take a look at these other seven unforgettable books that feature friendship in all of its messy, mighty, bonded, beautiful glory.


Usher in a New Year With Books About New Beginnings

As we wrap up 2017, we can’t help but think about the new beginnings, second chances and clean slate that January 1 can bring. Whether you’re looking to make a big change, a little change or just change for a twenty so you can get another coffee to make it through the day, embrace it with the commitment, fearlessness and gusto that the protagonists in these books do—or, at least they try to do.

From learning to laugh again after a loss to uprooting the family for a life of adventure, these stories explore the ways we start again, by choice or by chance.

So if you’re making resolutions, resolve to read these books about new beginnings for the new year, and perhaps they’ll inspire your own small change for 2018.


Bookstrology: Capricorn

Capricorn (December 22–January 20)

Happy Birthday, Capricorn! You’re ambitious, determined and hardworking. No one more than Capricorn deserves to relax with a good book.

 

Book of the Month:

The Black Painting by Neil Olson

Four cousins of an old money family are summoned to the family estate after a painting goes missing: a self-portrait by Goya, rumored to cause madness or death upon viewing. Afterward, the family split apart amid the accusations and suspicions that followed its theft. A masterful, deftly plotted novel, The Black Painting explores the profound power that art and the past hold over our lives.

 

Fellow Capricorns:

Mary Higgins Clark December 24, 1927
Henry Miller December 26, 1891
David Sedaris December 26, 1956
Nicholas Sparks December 31, 1965
J.D. Salinger January 1, 1919
J.R.R. Tolkien January 3, 1892
Edgar Allen Poe January 19, 1809


Seven Long Books for the Longest Night of the Year

The winter solstice marks a turning point in the seasons—though there is much of the winter still to come in terms of weather, temperature and (in many places) snow, it offers hope that spring will eventually get here in the form of an additional moment or two of daylight with each passing day.

First, of course, we must make it through the shortest day—and longest night—of the year. It can be easy to give in to the winter doldrums (never mind that Mercury is also currently in retrograde, if you’re into that kind of thing), and we know that Seasonal affective disorder is a very real condition, so we hope that the winter solstice is marked with a feeling of relief rather than despair.

And to help make it through the (long, long, long) night,  here are some really great books that have one very important thing in common with the solstice—they are long. Long, long, long. Some, like the solstice, may seem a little bleak, and some, like the solstice, are filled with hope. But all, (say it with me) like the solstice, are filled with wonder and mark the inevitable changes, transitions and shifts that happen in our lives and in nature, whether we think them significant or not. Why not start one of these gorgeous books on December 21, and see how far you get before the longest night of the year finally ends?


How Well Do You Know The Orphan’s Tale?

How did you do? Let us know in the comments section below!


Cover Love: Winter Edition

This month’s edition of cover love is a world of winter with covers befitting a snow-filled December. Grab one of these novels that are just as great as their covers, and cozy up under a blanket on a cold winter’s night with a great read.


Perfect Holiday Reads for Your Book Club

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…so you’d better get shopping for your fellow book club members! Here are some titles to add to your shopping list for the book lover in your life.


6 Underdog Characters We Can’t Help But Root For

Everyone loves a good underdog. Here are 6 we are definitely rooting for…be sure to visit the comments section and share your favorite literary underdogs with us!


Your Bookish Holiday Shopping Guide

Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift for the reader in your life? Or maybe you’re just looking for a unique and fun way to show off your bookish side? No matter what you’re looking for, there are plenty of ways to display your love of reading this holiday season beyond books, including home decor, housewares and so much more.


“Would You Rather…” Reading Recommendations


Eight Inspiring Reads for the Eight Days of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated each year to commemorate the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem, following the Maccabean uprising in the second century, BC. In the ruined temple, they found enough oil to light the lamp for one night, but miraculously, the oil lasted eight full days and nights, signifying a new beginning.

To celebrate, Jewish people around the globe light the menorah progressively adding a candle each night for eight nights, eat food cooked in oil (latkes and jelly donuts are encouraged) and play games with a dreidel, a spinning top etched with Hebrew characters on each of its four sides that represent the declaration that, “A Great Miracle Happened There.”

The rebuilding, rededication, joy and celebration that follow great difficulties have always been a hallmark of Jewish history. These properties are illustrated in the Festival of Lights and in these eight books, one each night of Hanukkah, that are as triumphant as a survivor’s spirit, inspiring as a light in the dark, and often, as sweet as a jelly donut. Happy Hanukkah, and happy reading.


Time Travel Reads for Pretend to Be A Time Traveler Day

We’re celebrating Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day with amazing reads! What time period would you visit if you had the chance? Let us know in the comments section below!


Dear Reader: Eight Stories Told in Epistolary Form

While every great novel makes the reader feel as though they have been let in on a great secret, there is an added layer of intimacy to a novel written in epistolary form. The very nature of peering in, of being allowed to see what is usually hidden, creates a bond between the characters in the book and the person turning the pages that does not always happen as quickly in a traditional novel. And rather than feeling gimmicky, a well-written epistolary novel allows us to become the perfect, delicious blend of voyeur and trustee.

From Bram Stoker to Jane Austen, classic authors used these tools to enmesh us in the lives of some of the moodiest, most memorable protagonists ever written, and the practice has continued until today, where authors like these eight continue to use diary entries, notes and letters to bring us deep into their characters’ world.


5 Engaging Literary Scientists We Want to Learn From

Reading a book is like auditing a university class, but better, because you still have the opportunity to learn about a subject you’re interested in without getting lost on campus!

It’s especially great when you read a book featuring one of these five scientists, where the professor is as engaging as they are wise, and the information is presented in a way that only the most astute lecturer could hope to achieve. From an astronaut to a geneticist and a few mad and not-so-mad scientists in between, these are the architects of the literary lessons you’re going to want to revisit at least once a semester.


6 Books About Art and Artists

Indulge your inner artists with these 6 books all about the wonderful world of art and the artist!


Get Matched to Your Holiday Wishlist

Check out all of our wish lists here:

For the Book Club Host

For the Detective

For the Romantic

For the Traveler

For the Historian


Discussion Guide: Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Have you added Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison to your book club reading list? We want to help create some great conversations at your next meeting! Here are some discussion questions you can bring up with your friends–and be sure to let us know in the comments section how your latest book club session went!

Careful, there are spoilers below!


Cover Love: Illustrated Edition

This month we’re looking at beautiful book covers featuring illustrations. What’s better than art and books? Here are 8 book covers with unique and artful covers that will make you want to start reading them right now.


Bookstrology: Sagittarius

Sagittarius (November 23–December 21)

Happy birthday, Sagittarius! You are extroverted, curious, dynamic and a born traveler. A natural optimist, Sagittariuses are friendly and fun-loving.

 

Book of the Month

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Sagittarius’s natural-born wanderlust will draw them to this story that takes readers from London to Paris and even to India. When widower Arthur Pepper finds a beautiful and unfamiliar charm bracelet that belonged to his late wife, he embarks on an epic quest of discovery and healing to find the truth about the secret life of his wife.

 

Fellow Sagittariuses:

George Eliot November 22, 1819
C. S. Lewis November 29, 1898
Jonathan Swift November 30, 1667
Mark Twain November 30, 1835
Emily Dickinson December 10, 1830
Jane Austen December 16, 1775

 


Dynamic Literary Duos

Some things are just better together…including these amazing duos from some of your favorite reads! Who are your favorite literary duos? Let us know in the comments section.


Giveaway! How Well Do You Remember Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison?

Let us know how you did in the comments below for a chance to win a signed copy of All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison and a signed Field of Graves poster!

Giveaway: Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes November 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on or around December 1. For full official rules, click here.


6 Relaxing Reads to Help Block Out the World

Looking for a way to kick back and relax? We have 6 book suggestions perfect for you! Let us know what you’re reading in the comments section below!

5 Novels That Give Caregivers Their Due

There are a lot of great novels out there that focus on the heartbreaking reality of living with an illness or other physical challenge. They mine our emotions for sympathy, understanding, acceptance and compassion. And then there are the stories that allow those strengths and emotions to live inside the book, within a fully formed character—the caregiver.

These five novels are special in that they refuse to sideline that work, physically and emotionally, that caregivers do. Supporting somebody that needs help is not a secondary job, and the characters in these books are not secondary figures. While the narrative may not always shine a light directly on them the entire way through the book, these nurses, parents, friends and relatives offer their charges, and us readers, an important perspective on love, life, survival and triumph.

 


6 Great Celebrity Book Clubs for Women

Isn’t it great when you find out that your favorite female celebrity is also a book lover? And not only a book lover, but a book lover so dedicated to sharing their favorite books that they start a book club not just for their 10 closest friends and a bottle of wine, but for everybody! For you!

And we know—these days, there are tons of book clubs out there, and tons of celebrity endorsements. Which ones are the real deal, dedicated to championing other women readers, writers and booksellers? Well, we’ve found them. Here are six of the most female-positive celebrity book clubs out there, just waiting for you to join in the conversation.


6 Reads for National Native American Heritage Month

 

November is National Native American Heritage month, and we’re celebrating with Native American books that you absolutely must read!


Black Poetry Day

October 17 is Black Poetry Day! Established in 1985, the date is homage to Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American poet, who was born on October 17, 1711. In his honor, the day is marked to celebrate all of the contributions black poets have made to literature, poetry and culture.

How can you celebrate? Check out our list of books of poetry by black writers, whose work you can read on October 17 and every day after.


The Reluctant Fortune-Teller

A retired accountant becomes the town’s fortune-teller in this witty and charming debut Norbert Zelenka has always lived life on the sidelines. It’s why at seventy-three years old he’s broke and alone except for the company of a Chihuahua. But when “Carlotta’s Club”—three strong-willed seniors with plenty of time on their hands—decide to make Norbert… Read More »

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