literary fiction

13 Apocalyptic Books That Are Still Less Stressful Than The News Cycle

Is it just me or is it getting a tad... apocalyptic in here? I don't know if anyone else has glanced at the news lately, but at this rate I'm worried that I won't have time to enjoy my Handmaid's Tale-style retrograde anti-feminist dystopian police…
By Charlotte Ahlin

Sarah Perry's 'Melmoth' Is A Chilling Story About Regret And Consequence

You, like me, have probably had moments where, standing at the crossroads of a difficult decision, you made the wrong turn and picked the easier path, despite its consequences. What if, in those moments of weakness, there was someone standing on the…
By Sadie Trombetta

14 Books By Female Nobel Laureates In Literature That Belong On Your Reading List

Since 1901, there have been 114 writers honored with the Nobel Prize in literature, but only 14 of those laureates have been women. To celebrate their legacy, and to highlight the blatant gender imbalance among the literary winners, here are 14…
By Kristian Wilson

10 Creepy Adult Fairy Tales That’ll Make You Want To Sleep With The Lights On

Once upon a time, you were a young child who loved hearing fairy tales at bedtime and watching Disney bring them to life on screen. Now that you're a grown-up, though, your tastes have grown up, too, and you want to read something a little different…
By Sadie Trombetta

The 12 Best New Fiction Books Of October Include The New Haruki Murakami

October is the perfect time of the year to let your imagination run wild. With fall in full swing, you'll definitely want to add a few new book releases to your TBR list, pronto. This month, look out for new books from some of the world's most…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Novels You Probably Didn't Know Are Inspired By Real Crimes

If you’re a true crime addict, chances are you know all about popular podcasts like My Favorite Murder and Serial, marathon-worthy series like The Staircase and The Keepers, and famous nonfiction books like In Cold Blood and I’ll Be Gone in the…
By Sadie Trombetta

The Nobel Prize In Literature Scandal Just Keeps Getting Worse & Worse

Terrible news, everyone. It turns out that the Nobel Prize in Literature might not return in 2019 after all. The Guardian reports that the "prize... will not be awarded in 2019 unless trust is restored in the scandal-plagued Swedish Academy." That's…
By Kristian Wilson

The 16 Best New Books This Week Feature Dark Magic, Espionage, And Poison

Fall is one of the best seasons to be a reader: There's all the awards (The National Book Awards are announced in November, and the Man Booker Award is announced in October, among others), there's the chilly temperatures, which make for the perfect…
By Cristina Arreola

Add Some Fall Color To Your Nightstand With These 15 New Books

Is your room looking a bit too summery for the PSL season that's rapidly approaching? I've got 15 new books with fall-colored covers that will bring some autumn fun to your nightstand, so keep scrolling to find out how you can make your nightstand…
By Kristian Wilson

If You’re Obsessed With Jane Austen, You’ll Love These 5 Contemporary Novels

Few classic authors are more beloved than Jane Austen: her novels have sparked countless film, television, and even YouTube adaptations, while her devoted fans boast their very own subculture (they're called Janeites, and they date back to the 19th…
By Emily Dixon

Get Ready For Fall With 11 Books That Will Make You Reflect On Your Life

It's very nearly fall, and you know what that means: It's the perfect time to reflect on the beauty, sadness, pain, and absurdity of life with these 11 introspective books that are perfect for your fall TBR. No matter whether you want to read…
By Kristian Wilson

'The Guardian's Coverage Of The Alternative Nobel Prize Ignores Women On The Shortlist

The Nobel Prize in Literature won't be awarded to any author this year, but an alternative prize has popped up in the literary world with a shortlist of authors — Maryse Condé, Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, and Kim Thúy — in contention. But now,…
By Kristian Wilson

The 13 Best Fiction Books Of September 2018 Are Perfect For Fall Reading

September is here, and I don't know about you, but whenever autumn blows in, I get the craving to read a really good new book release. Even if you're not going back to school this semester, fall is filled with that spirit of learning and curiosity…
By Melissa Ragsdale

5 Books To Add To Your Cart During Barnes & Noble's Huge Sale This Week

If there's anything I love more than buying books, it's buying books on sale. So when I heard the news that Barnes & Noble is having a one-week only Book Haul Blowout sale with 50% off certain items, my ears definitely perked up. Yes, please. Of…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These 7 Classic Novels Re-Imagined As Vintage Travel Posters Are Incredibly Cool

You may have heard about The Great American Read — the PBS program that highlights the 100 most loved books in the English literary canon. But have you heard that PBS has also enhanced some of those classic novels with travel posters, and their new…
By Kristian Wilson

12 Devastating Fiction Books To Read If You're Looking For Something Truly Grim

In the mood for something dark? Collected for you on the list below, I've got 12 books that are truly grim to read, so buckle up for some crying, horror, and feelings of dread, book nerds. I've written before about my preference for reading sad…
By Kristian Wilson

The 14 New Books You Need To Know This Week

Late August usually means lots of thunderstorms, which makes it the perfect month to take yourself indoors and spend some time thinking about your summer decisions (oh boy) and reading some of these new book releases. There's some debate over…
By Cristina Arreola

11 New Books You Can Definitely Finish Before Summer Is Over

The end of summer is fast approaching — insert a collective groan here. These warmer months have been a dream for summer book reading, and I don't know about you, but I'm definitely not ready for it to end. Luckily, you have most of August and all…
By Melissa Ragsdale

5 Books In Translation Written By Women That Will Transport You To Egypt, Japan, & Beyond

Every summer, book-lovers all over the globe bask in the official season of reading by binging everything from mysteries and thrillers to historical fiction and romance. But come August, their To Be Read piles get a little more worldly with the help…
By Sadie Trombetta

You Should Definitely Judge These 11 Yellow Books By Their Gorgeous Covers

Millennial pink has been the reigning color of everything from fashion to homewares — and it has even resulted in a long list of pink book covers — for the past few years. But some are seeing a new shade on the horizon, one decidedly more sunny...…
By Kerri Jarema