4 Fictional Athletes to Motivate and Inspire You

May 18 is bike to work day! Whether you’re ready to hope on your bicycle or take up another physical activity, we’re here to help motivate you with 4 great books featuring unforgettable fictional athletes.

 


#StrongWomenRead New and Inspiring Female Protagonists

Looking for a new read featuring a strong and inspiring female protagonist? From contemporary women’s fiction to sci-fi and fantasy, these six titles will satisfy your desire for a new heroine, who compels with her intelligence, perseverance, vulnerability and grace—though perhaps not always at once. Of course, that just makes these wonder women even more relatable.


I Heart New York: Stories from the Big Apple

New York City has always been a destination for those seeking refuge, adventure, excitement or renewal. From the waves of immigrants landing on her shores to the continuing evolution of its many neighborhoods, NYC is a metropolis whose foundation is woven from the stories of millions.

These stories have been told for generations, in family histories, in song and in some of our most enduring and culturally influential literature, from Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby to Sex and the City and The Goldfinch.

The tradition of reaching for these stories and committing them to our literary development is as rich and fulfilling as the city itself. So start spreading the news … these 7 new and recent books set in and around New York City make the perfect addition to your Big Apple bookshelf, weaving the threads of New York’s vast mythology tighter with every page.


5 Daring Books about New Beginnings To Inspire You

Are you ready to turn over a new leaf? To start fresh? To unleash a new you? These five books are all about new beginnings and are sure to inspire the new chapter of your life, whatever it may be.

Do you have a book that inspires you? Let us know your top picks in the comments!


5 Authors with Interesting Day Jobs You’d Never Expect

While writing is definitely a dream job, some of your favorite authors have truly taken on unforgettable roles outside the book world as well. Here are five authors with day jobs or former jobs that will truly amaze you.

Charlton Pettus, author of Exit Strategy

Music lovers, this one is for you. Charlton Pettus is not only the author of the upcoming suspenseful read Exit Strategy, but also works as a songwriter and music producer. He’s been part of Tears for Fears since 2002, a role that includes producing their latest album and touring with them as lead guitarist.


BookClubbish Was There: LA Times Festival of Books + Giveaway!

On April 28-29, BookClubbish was thrilled to partner with bookseller-extraordinaire Mysterious Galaxy in one of the most crowded booths at the LA Times Festival of Books in downtown Los Angeles. Book lovers gathered to browse the shelves, connect with their favorite authors and talk about their passion for great reads.

Here are some highlights from the event, just in case you couldn’t be there in person!

Author signings

We were so lucky to have such wonderful authors at our booth, including Brenda Novak, Brianna Wolfson, Kaira Rouda, and Allegra Huston. Devoted readers lined up to meet some of their favorite authors, including one fan who brought a well-worn advanced copy of Rosie Colored Glasses to be signed by Brianna Wolfson! Candy was also available, because who doesn’t love a little snack with their books?


Return to Dunder Mifflin: Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite Character from The Office

Scranton’s fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. gave us some of the funniest—and most unique—characters on recent TV, portraying inter-office politics and relationships in an absurd, yet wholly relatable way. That the work seemed secondary to life in The Office only added to its irreverent charm.

It was impossible not to empathize at some point with even the most obtuse or ridiculous of the mockumentary’s stars, and since we have their antics to thank for nine seasons of laughs, it’s great news to hear that there is potentially a reboot of the series coming our way.

With that in mind, we look to our favorite paper pushers to influence our next reading choice—were you a fan of apocalypse-ready Dwight or girl-next-door Pam? Would you rather have a dinner party with talkative Kelly or moody Angela? In honor of our favorite dysfunctional job environment, here are some great book recommendations inspired by your dream (or nightmare) workmate from The Office.


At Ease: 5 Books about the Return to Civilian Life

From Joseph Heller’s classic Catch-22 to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the experience of the soldier is well documented in literature. Offering us genuine insight into lives of soldiers in active duty during wartime, these stories resonate deeply, help to humanize the difficulties of a soldier’s work and give us a perspective so many of us will never have and could scarcely imagine.

But what happens once the war ends or the soldier leaves the battlefield? Although powerful memoirs and works of nonfiction are shedding light on the challenges, triumphs and changes that can come with a life away from the military, it is subject matter that has lots of mileage left in fiction writing.

Devoid of platitudes and full of the honesty and complexity good fiction requires, these five books tell the varied, complicated stories of life outside the military and the ways in which these protagonists and the world around them are forever altered once the war has ended.


The Perfect Read For Every Mom

Mother’s Day is on the way, and nothing says “I love you” like a book! Whether your mother is a fan of family dramas, women’s fiction, or chilling suspense, we have the perfect gift for any mom!

 

My Mom Reads Family Dramas

As the expression goes, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. These stories are perfect for moms who want heartfelt reads that will take them through the ups and downs of family relationships.

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr

Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.

 

 

 

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister. Tempted by Griffith, annoyed by Olivia, Kelly is overwhelmed by the secrets that were so easy to keep when she was alone. Olivia’s return isn’t as triumphant as she pretends. Her job has no future, and ever since her dad sent her away from the bad boy she loved, she has felt cut off from her past. She’s determined to reclaim her man and her place in the family…whether her sister likes it or not. While Kelly and Olivia butt heads, their secrets tumble out in a big hot mess, revealing some truths that will change everything they thought they knew. Can they forgive each other—and themselves—and redefine what it means to be sisters?

 

Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts

Once happily married, Jenna Jones is about to turn forty, and this year for her birthday she’s getting a divorce. She’s barely able to support herself and her teenage daughter, but now her deadbeat artist ex is hitting her up for spousal support…and then spending it on his “other” woman. When she gets a very unexpected gift from her great-aunt Edie, things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Aging Aunt Edie is finding it difficult to keep up her business running The Driftwood Inn, so she invites Jenna to come live with her and run the place. The town is a little more run-down than Jenna remembers, but that’s nothing compared to the ramshackle state of The Driftwood Inn. Aunt Edie is confident they can return it to its former glory, though Jenna feels like she’s jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the beach fire. But who knows? With the help of her new friends and a couple of handsome citizens, perhaps that rainbow is on the horizon after all. Because, no matter what, life is always good at the beach.


May 2018 Book of the Month: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

Happy May! We hope you have a great month filled with amazing reads. If you’re still on the hunt for a new book to pick up, we recommend The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. Filled with unforgettable characters and relatable family drama, this is a hilarious read you won’t be able to put down!

About The Cactus:

In this witty and heartfelt debut, one woman’s unconventional journey to motherhood means learning to embrace the unexpected

Even the prickliest cactus has its flower…

For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control.

When she learns that her mother’s will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan’s already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As Susan’s due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places.

Featuring an endearing cast of characters and tremendous heart, The Cactus is a poignant debut and a delightful reminder that some things can’t be explained by logic alone.

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6 New Novels about the Journey to Self-Discovery

From On the Road to To the Lighthouse, authors have explored the theme of self-discovery for as long as they have been writing. Sometimes it’s a literal journey and sometimes it’s more existential, quiet and internal. And sometimes the journey to self-discovery is traversed by a source who may seem less obvious—even if Odysseus remained as obtuse as ever on his adventures, we can look to Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad to see the soul-searching and personal growth that loyal Penelope was herself embarking on while waiting back in Ithaca.

Whether considered a coming-of-age story, bildungsroman, road-trip adventure or a story of new beginnings, books that ask questions about who one is—and isn’t—offer an almost infinite pool for readers to dive into. The best novels about this journey are insightful without being narcissistic and enlightening without being obvious, they reveal, layer by layer, both an internal and external self-awareness that we want to explore right along with our protagonist.

It’s not a new theme, but there are always new stories to read. Start with these six.


Love Audiobooks? Check Out These Previews For 5 Can’t-Miss Reads!

Whether you want to listen to your favorite stories on the go or want to kick back and relax with a great tale at home, audiobooks are a fun way to experience the books you love. Here are audio previous of some of our favorite reads that cover different genres, so there’s something for everyone!


6 Books About World War II

In the comments section of our Historical Reads blog post, many of you voiced how intriguing and compelling you find stories set during World War II. Well, this video is for you! Here are six books to add to your bookshelf if you’d like to see more stories from this time period.

What other settings would you like to see recommendations for? Let us know in the comments section below!


Books with Buzz: The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr

The Family Gathering is the latest from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr, and is a wonderful, emotionally charged story about family life. Here are some wonderful photos from bookstagrammers who are excited for this new release!

Do you follow any bookstagram accounts? Share your favorites in the comments below!


Looking for a New Fantasy Binge? Check Out These Series

Fans of the fantasy genre know that world-building, time-hopping and regime overthrowing takes time so are usually lucky enough to have their favorite stories play out not just over the course of a book but over the course of a series. While this means sometimes dealing with a nail-biting cliffhanger at the end of a book or what can feel like a painfully long wait for the next installment, it also means staying with your favorite characters, places and plots for four, five or ten books.

But the real jackpot is finding a new-to-you series that already has several volumes out there and readily available, or has even been released in its entirety so you can indulge in a binge-read of magical proportions.

Take a look at these five series, featuring more than 35 volumes of epic fantasy adventures. From urban fantasy to dystopian, speculative and paranormal fiction, your next binge-read starts right here.


7 Gripping Family Dramas

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Tolstoy knew this was the reason that so many family units sit so centrally in the works of fiction. The pathways that lead family members to and from each other offer a writer an almost infinite well of tension, drama, humor and truth in storytelling.

These engaging books leverage those pathways to bring readers seven portraits of family, all searching for connection, resolution, love—and all beautifully unalike.

 


5 Books About Book Lovers

We all love a relatable read…and what’s more relatable than a protagonist who loves books? These books are all about bookworms like you and me. If you have a favorite literary reader, let us know in the comments below!


Plan Your Dream Wedding And Get A Book Recommendation

Creating the perfect wedding can definitely reveal a lot about you, and not just when it comes to your flower choices for the bouquet! Plan your perfect wedding below, and we’ll give you a book that you absolutely have to check out.


Thoughts on the Allure of the Gothic Novel

Gothic. The word conjures visions of looming castles, old Hammer horror films, bad behavior between siblings, and women in white nightgowns running from something. But what do we mean by Gothic when we speak of Gothic novels? The simplest definition of “gothic” is good but lacking—gothic is romance plus horror. But Margaret Atwood, a gothic author herself, said it much better: “I’m interested in the Gothic novel because it’s very much a woman’s form. Why is there such a wide readership for books that essentially say, ‘Your husband is trying to kill you’?”


5 Books About Grief and Healing

Books can be a great comfort in times of loss. Here are 5 books that deal with grief and overcoming overwhelming challenges. Do you have a book that helped you through a hard time? Let us know in the comments section!


Around the World in 8 New Books

Does the changing of the season and the (eventual) return of the warmth give you wanderlust? Many people are starting to make their summer travel plans, but even if you’re only going as far as your nearest bookstore, there’s plenty of travel and adventure to be found there, as well.

Taking place across global destinations, these eight new books will lead you on an international journey, igniting your imagination and perhaps inspiring an adventure of your own.

Apologies in advance for the effect these fantastic reads may have on your early-spring wanderlust.


Unforgettable: Thrillers Featuring Amnesia, Gas Lighting and Memory Loss

When Such Dark Things Dr. Corinne Cabot goes to sleep, her dreams are haunted by a night she’ll never forget—even as she’s troubled by the number of details she can’t remember. For Corinne, a successful doctor with a wonderful marriage and an enviable lifestyle, finding her father next to the bodies of two people he had murdered remains the most horrific and puzzling event of her life. But as she struggles to fill in the holes, other issues start to surface, forcing Corinne to reexamine everything around her that she thought was real and secure—everything that will lead her on a path to the truth about that night so many years ago.

In Such Dark Things, author Courtney Evan Tate leads Corinne—and readers—on a thrill ride where memory is a hall of mirrors and no information is reliable for long. And for true fans of psychological thrillers and their unreliable narrators, once we’re in that hall of mirrors, we resist the urge to run through as quickly as possible, preferring to scrutinize the dark spaces, altered reality and infinite versions of an image in an attempt to find the truth reflected in a million shards of glass.

Take a walk down this hall of mirrors with these four other thrilling, fast-paced reads and see if you can spot the original, the true image, before the lights go dark—and then decide if you believe what the reflection actually shows you.


Can’t-Miss Historical Reads

If you’re looking to take a journey back in time, these books are the perfect way to experience a world different from your own. No matter what time period interests you, we promise there is a read below you need to add to your bookshelf.

Tales from World War II

The Orphan’s Tale by 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. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another—or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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5 Books About Creepy Houses That Will Make You Never Want to Move

Prepare to be creeped out! These stories featuring some unnerving homes will have you sleeping with the lights on for weeks.


April 2018 Book of the Month: The Brightest Sun by Adrienne Benson

For those looking for a story all about the bonds of family, The Brightest Sun should be the latest addition to your bookshelf. Featuring three very unique women as they struggle to deal with relationships, motherhood, and their role as women.

About The Brightest Sun:

An illuminating debut following three women in sub-Saharan Africa as they search for home and family

Leona, an isolated American anthropologist, gives birth to a baby girl in a remote Maasai village and must decide how she can be a mother, in spite of her own grim childhood. Jane, a lonely expat wife, follows her husband to the tropics and learns just how fragile life is. Simi, a barren Maasai woman, must confront her infertility in a society in which females are valued by their reproductive roles. In this affecting debut novel, these three very different women grapple with motherhood, recalibrate their identities and confront unforeseen tragedies and triumphs.

In beautiful, evocative prose, Adrienne Benson brings to life the striking Kenyan terrain as these women’s lives intertwine in unexpected ways. As they face their own challenges and heartbreaks, they find strength traversing the arid landscapes of tenuous human connection. With gripping poignancy, The Brightest Sun explores the heartbreak of loss, the struggle to find a sense of belonging and the surprising ways we find our family and home.

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True Crime Match-Up: Books, Movies and Media

Thanks to books like the pioneering domestic thriller, Gone Girl, breakout podcasts like Serial and shows like Making a Murderer, crime seems to be on everybody’s must read/must watch/must listen lists right now.

But what is it about this fascinating and frightening genre that keeps fans coming back for more and more and more? It could be that these stories make our pulse race, and for better or for worse, that’s exciting. It could be that it introduces us to some of the most complex storylines or characters a reader or media consumer could ever encounter.

Or is it that confronting the scary parts of the world through safe filter of a book, movie or podcast, makes us feel a little bit more in control of the unknown?

Whatever it is that makes you unafraid of the dark, it probably also means that your appetite for the genre is voracious. Maybe your bookshelf is filling up and you’d like to try out a new binge-watch. Maybe you podcast queue is hours long and you’re ready to settle in with a movie for the night. If you’re ready for a new spine-tingling obsession, check out these bundled multi-media recommendations.

It would be a crime not to.


5 Wonderful Depictions of Dogs in Historical Art

In Damian Dibben’s Tomorrow, and immortal dog seeks out his master across some of the greatest cultural milestones in history. From the court of King Charles I to nineteenth-century Venice, this dog has seen things that us readers could only dream of experiencing. So to show our appreciating for both history and man’s best friend, here are five works of historical art featuring dogs that we love!


5 Books to Get You Close to Nature

Will you be taking a walk in the park today? We recommend bringing these wonderful nature reads along for the trip!


Making Waves: 5 Books About the Sea and Sailing

From Moby-Dick to The Old Man and the Sea, books about life on and around the water have always fascinated readers. There is endless mystery, mythology and romance associated with exploring and understanding the world’s oceans, possibly because there is still so much exploring and understanding left to do. That we rely so heavily upon something so dangerous, beautiful and at times, merciless, only adds to its allure.

Nabakov wrote that, “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea,” and neither can one book, so take a look at these five stories of life on, in and from the water.


4 Recent Books for Animal Lovers

Some people think that cat memes and homemade dog treats are silly. Those are not our people. Our people know that any video featuring a baby goat is a good video, that being a dog walker is a dream job and that the best books feature animal protagonists right alongside—and sometimes in place of—their human counterparts.

Our people will love this list of five recent fiction and non-fiction titles that feature four-legged friends.


Famous Fictional Characters visit ‘The Reluctant Fortune-Teller’

Author Keziah Frost imagines what the cards might have in store for Holden Caufield, Elizabeth Bennet, and Hamlet, if they were to visit the Good Fortune Café for a card reading from Norbert Z…

Holden Caufield

Holden Caulfield stopped by the Good Fortune Café in the charming tourist town of Gibbons Corner, New York, to have the local psychic, Norbert Z, read his cards.

Standing by the purple-and-gold sandwich board announcing that “The Fortune-Teller Is In,” Holden commented, “I kinda know fortune-telling is phony and all, but the trouble is, it kills me when I see a corny old guy in a café, waiting to chew the fat with somebody. I mean, I feel lousy for him.”

The café was buzzing with the cheerful, caffeinated din of chatting pairs of friends and the squall of the latte machine. The elderly fortune-teller sat in a booth at the back. As Holden approached, the old man looked up at him with eyes that were deep and kind.

“Please shuffle and hand me one card off the top,” instructed Norbert. “Continue shuffling and handing me the top card until we get seven cards.

Norbert absently ran one hand around the remaining half-ring of white hair at the back of his head as he relaxed into his card-reading calm. He studied Holden, taking in the youth’s prematurely gray hair, thin body and nicotine-stained fingers.

When he began, Norbert’s voice was gentle and hypnotic.


Celebrate National Puppy Day With These 5 Books

It’s the most adorable day of the year! These five canine-oriented reads are the perfect way to celebrate National Puppy Day. Are you a pet owner? Let us know what your favorite animal books are in the comments below.


Funny Girls: 7 Books by Women That Will Make You LOL

We all know that a good belly laugh is hard to come by, especially these days, but these seven authors deliver the smiles in spades. Pad your TBR pile with books that know how to show you a good time. Who says women aren’t funny?

 

Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz

As Emily’s wedding day approaches, she knows there will be issues to solve and worries to overcome, but she’s ready. The only pesky problem she seems unable to fully control is her family—her mother who cannot get out of therapist mode; her sister who, it seems, shuns anything traditional these days; and her recently divorced brother, who may be enjoying the single life just a little too much. But just maybe they can put the “fun” in dysfunction and get through the wedding in one piece.


Enter To Win A Bridal Party Book Club Kit!

Are you ready for wedding season? Whether you’re planning your own big day, part of the wedding team for a friend, or just feeling love in the air, we’ve got everything you need to plan the perfect bridal party-themed book club with your besties! Be among the first readers to enjoy a hilarious new novel with five advanced copies of Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz, then meet up to discuss the book over champagne and snacks on us, plus other bridal party goodies!

A book club is the perfect opportunity to step away from whatever is stressing you out and bond over wedding season with your best friends – so what are you waiting for? Enter now!

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Q&A with Steven Hartov On The Soul of a Thief + Giveaway!

The Soul of a Thief is the latest book by author Steven Hartov, set during World War II…but it is so much more than a war story. Keep reading to discover more about this fantastic book and to win a copy of your very own.

What is your new novel, The Soul of a Thief, about?

The Soul of a Thief is an adventure, a war story, a romance and a coming-of-age novel, all set during the year of the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II. The story centers around a 19-year old Austrian boy of partial Jewish heritage, Shtefan Brandt, who finds himself as the adjutant to a colonel in the Waffen SS, Erich Himmel, and must not only protect his potentially mortal secret but survive the horrors of combat. To add to his conundrum, our young hero also falls in love with Colonel Himmel’s young French mistress, Gabrielle Belmont, who is also of “questionable” heritage. When Shtefan discovers that Himmel intends to escape from Germany’s inevitable defeat and enrich himself by robbing an Allied paymaster train, the boy plots to betray the colonel by stealing both his mistress and his fortune.


Cover Love: Art and Book Lovers Edition

This month’s Cover Love is all about books about libraries, photography, bookstores, and the amazing covers that go with them!

 

The Little Clan by Iris Martin Cohen

This simplistic cover has a classic feel that evokes old libraries and the smell that comes with them. The Little Clan is a coming-of-age story following 25-year-old Ava, the librarian in residence at the Lazarus Club. In modern Manhattan, the Lazarus Club is an arts society that seems to belong to a long-forgotten era, which is what Ava loves about it. When Ava’s friend Stephanie returns from a year abroad she convinces Ava that creating a literary club at the Lazarus is the key to achieving Ava’s dream of becoming a writer. 


6 Books About Moving On and Starting Over

Everyone needs a fresh start sometimes. Here are 6 books about overcoming hardships and beginning life anew. What books have helped you move on from hardship? Let us know in the comments section!


Stranger Than Fiction? 7 Prophetic Near-Future Reads

We may not have flying cars yet, but the future—in literature, at least—is here and full of surprises both great and small, not to mention a technological revolution that even H. G. Wells may not have seen coming.

Like H. G. Wells, the authors featured here have projected a near future that feels at once well within reach yet beyond most people’s wildest imagination. Sometimes the result is a landscape of those flying cars we’ve long been promised, but sometimes the result is a subtle, significant tweak of our biology, a realization that the tools we use day to day have become more sophisticated than we understood, a realization that we have become beholden to those tools—manipulated by them and reliant on their existence for our own.

Maybe the future isn’t so far off after all.


Celebrate Pi Day With This Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

My grandmother, Helen, was a great storyteller, and she always went on about the war and the soldiers and all the events that happened in and around their tiny little town of Honoka’a. But what stuck out most in my mind, was the lion.  That the soldiers managed to bring an African lion to Hawaii always intrigued me.  So, my idea for the book started with Roscoe and unfolded from there.  Books are like that for me, a tiny spark that burns into a whole story.  I also have a fondness for pies, as one of my favorite thing to do here on the Big Island is to go off into the wild and pick blackberries, ohelo berries, lilikoi or apples and bake fresh pies. We did it as kids and we do it now, and I love how it becomes a group effort, bringing everyone together.  Even the men get involved.  In Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, it only seemed natural to have the women band together to bake pies for the soldiers.  Sometimes the littlest things make the biggest difference.

 

SWEET POTATO PIE

I love everything about sweet potatoes. Their vibrant color, their sweet and earthy flavor, their whopping health benefits.  I found this recipe years ago in Vegetarian Times and altered it slightly to my liking.  An American classic with an island twist, this purple sweet potato pie is comfort food at its finest.


Life, Art & Me Too

In the opening scene of my novel Here We Lie, a woman stands behind a podium, addressing a crowd of reporters. She takes a shaky breath and tells the story of a horrific assault that happened fourteen years earlier, at the hands of a man now running for US Senate.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

This scene was a regular occurrence in 2017— yeah, I’m looking at you, Moore, and Franken and Franks and Conyers and Fahrenhold, not to mention the disgraced men from movie and recording studios and news anchor desks. And there’s no reason to suspect that 2018 won’t bring fresh horrors, as the #MeToo movement gains momentum, and more people come forward, liberating themselves from decades-long shame and fear.

Advance reviews of Here We Lie have talked about its timeliness, its pertinence to a world that, ready or not, is finally listening to the stories of women.

As one reviewer on Goodreads asked, “Ms. DeBoard, do you have a crystal ball?”


Giveaway! Share Your Wish For The Future And Win A Copy of The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost

As the song goes, “Que seráserá. Whatever will be, will be.” But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun trying to predict what the future has in store for us. Author Keziah Frost has her own method of uncovering the future, using playing cards to craft an elaborate look at what the future may hold.

Interested? Click here for Norbert Z’s Guide to Fortune Telling to learn more.

What are your hopes for the future. Are you hoping to travel the world? Get a raise? Meet that special someone? Enter now for a chance to win your very own Guide to Fortune-Telling, plus a custom set of playing cards and a copy of The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by telling us your predictions for the future in the comments below!

Giveaway: Answer the above question for your chance to win! Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes March 19, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winners will be selected from all on March 21. For full official rules, click here.

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#StrongWomenRead: Make Space for a New Voice this International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month, highlighted by International Women’s Day on March 8. Around the world there will be marches, protests, celebrations and acknowledgment of the struggles women have both overcome and still continue to fight.

As readers, we can celebrate the work of women who are changing the world by changing the narrative, by reading diverse voices in literature and listening to the stories that haven’t always had a chance to be told.

From fantasy to fiction and countless genres in between, the bookshelf space for new writers is infinite. So this International Women’s Day, make some space for a new voice, a new perspective and potentially, a new favorite author.


March 2018 Book of the Month: Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson

Rosie Colored Glasses is a heartfelt, coming of age story about a girl’s changing perspective on her parents after their divorce. It’s an emotional read that you won’t be able to forget, which is why it’s our book of the month. Keep reading for a note from author Brianna Wolfson, an excerpt from the book, and more!

A Note From Author Brianna Wolfson


Allegra Huston On Writing Plus Read An Excerpt From Say My Name

A few days ago, I got an email via my website, from a woman who had recently moved to Taos and picked up my book on a whim. She wrote:

“I felt such a kinship with your characters and their journey. Yes, the erotic explorations Eve experiences are compelling, but Eve’s personal arc in the novel was so startlingly similar to what is happening to me right now as a 50 year old woman having “run away”  that I feel a little unhinged by it in the best possible way. I actually copied a particular passage into my journal from chapter 12 , ‘Do I need someone to be of use to justify my existence? Do I need someone to desire me, in order to feel alive?’ Startling. Transformative. Thank You. Revelations are actually pretty rare so I appreciate it so much when they come.”

This is why I write! – To speak from my heart out into the world, in the hope of connections exactly like this. Thank you, Tess, for opening your heart to Eve’s and mine.


Celebrate March Break With Us To Win Big!

What are you doing for March break this year? Even if you aren’t taking some time off, we still want to give you a reason to celebrate, with an early look at some upcoming books we think you’ll love!

   

   

 

 

So tell us, what would you do with a week off? Go on vacation? Binge a series on Netflix? Spend it buried under a mountain of books? Let us know in the comments section and you could win Advanced Reader Copies of Family and Other Catastrophes by Alexandra Borowitz, Tomorrow by Damian Dibben, Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate, The Cactus by Sarah Haywood, The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd, The Longest Silence by Debra Webb, Last Seen by Rick Mofina, and a finished copy of Find Me by J.S. Monroe.

Giveaway: Answer the above question for your chance to win! Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes March 12, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Five (5) winners will be selected from all on March 13. For full official rules, click here.


Black Mirror Fan? Pair These Books with Your Favorite Episode

Fans of the Netflix hit Black Mirror love the show for its techno-dystopian insight, stand-alone format reminiscent of classic shows like The Twilight Zone and its various nods to vintage noir/sci-fi themes.

Over the course of four seasons, Black Mirror has forced us to look at some of the darkest corners of our collective fears and deepest desires. And like the best science fiction, fantasy and horror novels out there, it reminds us that nothing is impossible—at least, in our imagination.

We’re still unsure of whether or not there will be a season five of our favorite baleful binge-watch, but thankfully, there are plenty of books out there to satisfy our need for more Black magic.

Take a look at these recommendations based on popular Black Mirror episodes, and start a binge of a different sort.


Six Mother and Daughter Books to Read if You Loved ‘Lady Bird’

It’s Oscar season, and one of the films generating a great deal of buzz is Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, a coming-of-age story featuring the often tempestuous relationship between a mother and her college-bound daughter. The moments of discord between the two are intense, but so are the points of connection: they each struggle to figure the other out while also trying to acknowledge the transitions taking place within themselves. In the tug of war between attachment and separation, we see how the mother-daughter relationship seems never to simplify; the complexities simply evolve.

If you loved Lady Bird or just can’t get enough stories featuring every woman’s first—and often most complicated—relationship, these six books take an intimate look at the bonds between a mother and daughter, as well as the forces that stretch those bonds to the limit.


Enter Our Moving Day Giveaway to Win A BookClubbish Prize Pack

Any book lover who has ever had to move into a new home knows the struggle of packing up bookshelves, and the BookClubbish office is no different. We’re clearing out our shelves as we get ready to move to a fancy new location next month, and we want to send one of our book boxes to you! Tell us what books have traveled with you through the big moves in your life in the comments below for a chance to win.

Giveaway: Answer the above question for your chance to win an amazing BookClubbish prize pack. Open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding Quebec. Contest closes March 5, at 11:59 p.m. ET. One (1) winner will be selected from all on March 6. For full official rules, click here.

Update This contest is now closed.


Don’t Miss These Friendship Dramas

Friendships can be the cornerstones of our social lives, but sometimes they can take a turn to the dark side. Here are some friendship dramas that will keep your eyes glued to the page!


February 2018 Book of the Month: Find Your Next True Crime Read


Cover Love: February Blues

Every month we look at books with covers that draw us in and match the wonderful books that they adorn. With winter still before us and spring feeling so far away, it’s common to have the February blues. Looking on the brighter side of that feeling, here are 8 great books that you won’t be able to put down.


#StrongWomenRead: The Fierceness of Female Friendships

In As You Wish, the last book in Jude Devereaux’s enchanting Summerhouse series, three women of differing backgrounds, experiences and even generations, wind up at a vacation house in Maine at the same time. Each of the women are nursing personal regrets and disappointments, but despite feeling alone, come to trust and find strength in one another. Forging a bond that transcends age and time, the three lift each other up, help each other out and won’t let each other down. Not a bad way to spend a vacation.

It is through stories like this that we get to understand the strength that weaves through women’s relationships. In both intimate glances and bold gestures, the fierceness of female friendships is saluted, celebrated and honored. And like the very strongest of female friendships, the books featured here are ripe with humor, tension, love and above all, a loyalty that will jump from the page and have every reader reassessing their fictional friend squad goals.


Are You Looking For The One? Take Our Quiz To Find Out Who Your True Soul Mate Is


Grumpy Characters We Can’t Help But Love

Grumpy characters can be some of the most fun to read about. Here are 6 books featuring lovable curmudgeons that you’ll absolutely love.


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