Books

The Best Mystery, Crime, And Thriller Books Of The Last Year

To tide you over until the television adaptation of Stephen King's Edgar Award-winning novel Mr. Mercedes hits the Audience network this fall, check out the best mystery, crime, and thriller books of 2016. The Mystery Writers of America announced the winners of the 2017 Edgar Awards on Thursday, and the eight titles honored with crime fiction's highest honor are the perfect reading material to get you through the long wait until the next hot thriller series. Since the organization's establishmen…

By Kristian Wilson

A Peek At All The Stuff You Can Buy Exclusively On Indie Bookstore Day

This Saturday, Indie Bookstore Day, is a day that all book-lovers look forward to. Independent book stores serve such a vital role in our communities, from personalized recommendations to intimate events with authors and illustrators, to a curated selection of only the best books. While all book stores are necessary and needed, the difference between shopping a chain store and an indie is undeniable... And this Saturday, April 29, will only go further into cementing your local store as your ulti…

By Kerri Jarema

A New Book Sheds Light On Harper Lee & Truman Capote's Friendship

According to a new book out on May 2 from her longtime friend and confidante, Harper Lee called Truman Capote a "compulsive l[iar]" in her letters. Lee and Capote were friends and writing partners for years, and it's widely known that Lee based the To Kill a Mockingbird character Dill Harris on the In Cold Blood author. Lee's revelation about Capote's lying habit comes from a March 2006 letter to Wayne Flynt, one of many contained in Flynt's forthcoming Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harp…

By Kristian Wilson

Easy Hacks To Make Reading On The Beach Even Better

I have always loved reading on the beach. Something about the sound of the waves, the warm air, and the soft sand combines to make the perfect conditions for relaxing with a book. And if book is a perfect beach read, that’s even better. Book-lovers know that there’s nothing better than summer spent reading on the beach (other than autumn, winter, and spring, all spent reading, of course). Other than finding enough beach reads to keep you entertained for your vacation and still fit in your suitc…

By Julia Seales

Distracted Easily? These Books Will Hook You

You know the feeling: you sit down to read a new book in your most comfortable chair—and the next minute you're Facebook stalking your third grade teacher. Or playing with the cat. Or the character in your book passes a bakery, and suddenly you're mixing up cupcake batter for everyone on your block. You're not an anti-reading monster, you're just easily distracted. But that's OK, because here are a few books that just might hold your interest, in between reorganizing your spice rack and daydream…

By Charlotte Ahlin

'Between The World & Me' Is Coming To The Stage In NYC

All you consummate readers who insist that theater is "just not your thing," listen up: earlier today, the Apollo Theater announced that Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between The World and Me is coming to the stage in a multimedia production featuring projections, excerpted monologues, and an original score by jazz musician and composer Jason Moran (his recent credits include Ava DuVernay's films Selma and 13th). Kamilah Forbes, the newly appointed executive producer for the Apollo Theater, will be spearhea…

By Maddy Foley

The 9 Emotional Stages Of Reading Your Old Writing

Have you ever stumbled upon an forgotten journal or notebook and read through your old stuff? If so, than you know the many emotional stages you go through when you read your childhood writing. It's a roller coaster ride, to say the least. From the poetry of my childhood to the Harry Potter-inspired stories of my adolescence to the emotionally-charged journals of my teen years, I have been writing one thing or another for as long as I can remember. If I wasn't up late at night reading with a fla…

By Sadie L. Trombetta

What Happened In 'American Gods'? A Recap Of The Bestselling Novel

After years of hints, teasers, and mysterious omens appearing in the night sky, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is finally hitting the small screen with a premiere on Starz at the end of the month. If you're a huge fan like me, you're probably getting your rune stones and all-American beer in order to kick off Shadow Moon's story the right way. If you've never read American Gods before, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. And even if you have read and reread the book several times…

By Charlotte Ahlin

The Boston Public Library Now Has A Car Wash For Dusty Books

Okay, germaphobes, you may want to cover your ears for a moment, especially if you're also a book lover: my dudes, library books are dirty. Like, real dirty. Think about how many hands they've had on them! Okay actually maybe don't. Shhhh, no no, erase that thought. Germaphobes? You can start listening again, because the Boston Public Library now has a car wash for books. And it's exactly as cute as you think it is. In a recent Twitter post, the Boston Public Library let fans catch a glimpse of…

By Maddy Foley

Mindy Kaling Is Bringing A White House Memoir To TV

Hey man, I get it. There are like 10 planets in retrograde, the planet is on fire, and there's nothing good happening on cable, so here's some nice news: Mindy Kaling has optioned a White House staffer's memoir for TV. No, not this current White House. The recently former one. The one with an actual president living in it? You guys know the one. The one with a public visitor's log. And the rainbow lights that one time. The one with staffers you'd actually like to get a drink with, and not run sc…

By Maddy Foley