Books

Here's Exactly Which Book To Buy For Every Single Person In Your Life This Year

By Kristian Wilson

The Real-Life History Behind The Starks From 'Game Of Thrones' Is Super Fascinating

Winter may be coming, but The Winds of Winter is still a ways off. And honestly, George, as long as my Ser-Pounce-is-secretly-Azor-Ahai theory pays off, you can take as much time as you need. While you wait, you are getting a brand new book…
By Charlotte Ahlin

8 Graphic Novels & Comics That Make Really Thoughtful & Unique Gifts

The holidays are approaching, and it's time to start shopping for all the gifts you're going to give to your family and friends. Of course, I'm here to tell you that the best gift is a book. And here's a secret: some of the best book gifts I've…
By Melissa Ragsdale

15 Literary Holiday Cards That Will Have You Saying "Poe, Poe, Poe!"

It's the holiday season, and you've likely got a long list of friends and family to whom you need to send seasonal cards. Of course, you're going to need some literary holiday cards to spread the cheer. No matter how you're celebrating, let's be…
By Melissa Ragsdale

'My Sister, The Serial Killer' Is As Deadly Fun As Its Title Indicates

According to science, pop culture, and popular opinion, birth order can have a big effect on your psyche and the kind of person you grow up to be. Apparently, older siblings are typically more responsible, independent, and caregiving, and youngest…
By Sadie Trombetta

19 Home Accessories To Gift The Grown-Ass Harry Potter Fan In Your Life

Calling all Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, Slytherins, and Gryffindors. The holiday season is upon us, which, for Potterheads (and the folks who love them) means exactly one thing: it’s time to finish knitting those annual Weasley sweaters and start…
By E. Ce Miller

Actress Clare Danes & Translator Emily Wilson Have Breathed New Life Into 'The Odyssey'

In 2017, Emily Wilson made history when she became the first woman to translate The Odyssey into English. Her interpretation Homer's classic breathes new life into the three-millennium-old poem, and so does the new audiobook performance of it by…
By Sadie Trombetta

The Real-World History That Inspired The Targaryens Could Be A Clue About Dany's Fate

Readers may have to wait a bit to find out what's up with the Starks and the Lannisters and whichever Baratheons are still kicking around. But if you're a fan of Westeros's favorite dragon-based family, then you're in luck: George R.R. Martin has…
By Charlotte Ahlin

New George R.R. Martin & A Book About A Murderous Sister Will Make The Holidays SO Much Better

With Thanksgiving Day rapidly approaching, you're probably desperately searching for a way to make the back-to-back-to-back family gatherings a little more bearable. Or maybe you're looking for a way to make plane, train, and automobile journeys…
By Cristina Arreola

Here's Exactly Which Book To Buy For Every Single Person In Your Life This Year

Every holiday season, I say I'm going to buy everyone a book, and every year, I wind up getting them something else. Don't be like me! I've got the one book you should buy for everyone on your holiday list below, and I can't wait for you to share…
By Kristian Wilson

The Best Books Of 2018, According To The New York Public Library

New York City is home to the nation's largest public library system, so it stands to reason that the wonderful librarians who work in it know a thing or two about great books. That is why, if you are looking for reading recommendations for yourself…
By Sadie Trombetta

5 Barnes & Noble Black Friday Deals On Books, Journals, And More

Readers, get ready: Black Friday is coming. While most people probably think of big ticket items like wide-screen televisions and other electronics as the main source of shopping madness after Thanksgiving, there are actually tons of fantastic deals…
By Kerri Jarema

A Library Exhibit Showcases "Restricted" Books That Have Been Kept Out Of Public For Years

One titillating, new library collection has the whole world watching. The University of Oxford's Bodleian Library exhibit, Story of Phi: Restricted Books, displays a collection of "obscene" literature that the University kept away from prying eyes…
By Kristian Wilson

Junot Díaz Restored To Pulitzer Prize Board After A Review Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Six months after he stepped down amid sexual assault and harassment accusations, This Is How You Lose Her author Junot Díaz has been reinstated in his role as Pulitzer Prize Board Chairman. Following an independent review of the evidence, Díaz will…
By Kristian Wilson

Amazon Black Friday Deals Include A Huge Discount On Kindles

If you're in the market for a new eReader this holiday season, you're in luck. On Thanksgiving, Amazon's early Black Friday deal includes Kindle Paperwhites and Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundles for $40 off the regular price. This deal for Amazon…
By Kristian Wilson

15 Journals To Buy For Friends (Or Yourself) This Holiday Season

Whether you are shopping for a literary friend, or you're just in the mood to snag a new piece of stationery for your desk, any of the 15 unique writing journals on the list below would make a great choice. I have a confession to make. I buy a lot…
By Kristian Wilson

An 1864 Novel By Elizabeth Gaskell Reads Like A Modern #MeToo Story

Even if all your Netflix suggestions come from the “emotional period dramas with a strong female lead” category, you might not have read Elizabeth Gaskell. One of the most active and prolific writers of the mid-1800s, she pioneered the social…
By Irene Connelly

Why You'll Be Hooked By HBO's 'My Brilliant Friend' — Even If You Didn't Finish The Book

Spoilers ahead for My Brilliant Friend Episodes 1 and 2 The HBO adaptation of Elena Ferrante's novel, My Brilliant Friend, premieres Sunday, Nov. 18 before releasing a second episode just after on Monday, Nov. 19. The series is dreamy and slow, the…
By Rebecca Patton

25 Harry Potter Gifts That Are Small Enough To Fit In Stockings

If there's a Potterhead on your holiday gift list, check out these 25 Harry Potter stocking stuffers, one of which is sure to be the perfect gift for that friend or loved one who's still obsessed with all things Potter. Harry Potter and the…
By Kristian Wilson

7 Short Stories That Will Definitely Have You Feeling The Fall Vibes

Yes, I know the drugstore Santas have begun their yearly infestation, but, believe it or not, it's still autumn. We have a few precious weeks to get all our fall reading in before we are eaten by the winter holidays. And there's something about…
By Charlotte Ahlin

You Won't Believe How Many Copies Of Michelle Obama's Book Sold On Its First Day

It has only been available since Tuesday, but it's already setting the bar for future political titles. Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, sold more than 725,000 copies on its first day, so it's pretty clear which First Lady knows how to "be best."…
By Kristian Wilson