literary fiction

The Book Everyone In NYC Was Reading In 2018, According To The New York Public Library

New York City's three public library systems — the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library — just released their statistics for the most checked-out books of the year. One novel was the No. 1 checkout in…
By Kristian Wilson

These Are The Books By British Women That You Have To Read In 2019

If you celebrate Christmas, there's a good chance you're a. In an acute state of panic, with 10 days left to go and about one person ticked off your Christmas shopping list, and b. Set to receive at least one gift this year from a well-meaning…
By Emily Dixon

Amy Poehler Wants To Bring This Heart-Wrenching Book About The AIDS Crisis To TV

One of 2018's best novels is coming to a screen near you. Amy Poehler has optioned The Great Believers for television. Rebecca Makkai's National Book Award-shortlisted novel about the AIDS crisis in 1980s Chicago will possibly come to TV under…
By Kristian Wilson

10 Short Audiobooks To Get You Through Holiday Travel

Look, I know that audiobooks are great all year round, but there's something about the holidays that make audiobooks especially important. You can plug in and listen on the plane, bus, or car ride to grandma's house. You can queue one up while…
By Charlotte Ahlin

31 Debut Novels From 2018 That You Seriously Shouldn't Miss

This has been a fantastic year for books, particularly titles from up-and-coming new authors, so let's take a look back at 31 debut novels from 2018 that are worth reading in the new year. Even if you've stayed on top of the year's new releases,…
By Kristian Wilson

Smash Your 2019 Reading Goals With These Simple Tips

As someone who's failed to achieve their New Year's resolution for the past four years (but in 2019 I will do the splits), I'm closely familiar with the frustration of a target not reached. But if you faltered when it came to last year's pledge to…
By Emily Dixon

These 15 Books Will Add A Pop Of The "Color Of The Year" To Your Space

It's that time of year: Pantone's Color of the Year for 2019 is out, and we'll all be seeing it everywhere soon enough. While you wait on all those amazing, orange-pink items to flow into stores, I've got 15 books with "Living Coral" covers for you…
By Kristian Wilson

Why You Need To Read This Magical Novel About The Mysterious Space Between Life & Death

Stories and storytelling are fundamental parts of the human experience. They are how we share information, how we teach lessons, how we connect with one another across time and space. Our unending desire for stories reveals one of the most basic…
By Sadie Trombetta

The "35 Over 35" Award Is Celebrating A Different Kind Of Author

Everyone knows about the 5 Under 35, but have you heard of the 35 Over 35? Since 2014, the annual 35 Over 35 list has drawn attention to nearly three dozen writers, all older than 35, who published their debut works in that year. The fifth annual 35…
By Kristian Wilson

14 Bustle Editors Share The Best Book They Read In 2018

Way back in January, you might have promised yourself you would read 40 books, or 30 books, or 20 books before the end of the year. But life got busy! You joined that softball league! There's, like, five seasons of 90 Day Fiancé available for…
By Cristina Arreola

Women Authors *Dominate* The Waterstones Best Books Of 2018 List For Good Reason

Christmas is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. If you're lacking in inspiration, you're in luck as Waterstones' best books of 2018 have just been revealed. Although only one winner was crowned, the shortlist is full of fiction and…
By Lauren Sharkey

15 Young Jewish Authors To Read This Hanukkah

It's difficult to find Hanukkah books that aren't meant for children, but book nerds can still find plenty of books by young, Jewish authors to read this holiday season. Although the 15 books on the list below aren't about Hanukkah per se, they will…
By Kristian Wilson

Get Warm & Cozy With These 8 Fiction Books Coming Out In December

If you can believe it, it's finally the end of 2018. While this year sure has been long and hard, it has also been an incredible year for literature. It should come as no surprise that in December, eight new fiction books are coming out that will…
By Melissa Ragsdale

These Are The 7 Most Cringeworthy Sex Scenes From Books In 2018

My favorite part of book awards season has finally arrived. Literary Review has released the 26th Annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award shortlist, and this year's nominees are a real doozy. The 26th Annual Bad Sex in Fiction Awards shortlist consists of…
By Kristian Wilson

'The Little Drummer Girl' Actor Who Plays Khalil Is Also A Major Playwright

In the fifth episode of The Little Drummer Girl, Charlie finally meets Khalil, leader of the Palestininan network she's immersed in at the behest of Israeli agent Kurtz. His presence, however, has saturated the entire series, as the architect of a…
By Emily Dixon

These Feminist Books Are The Perfect Gifts For The Brilliant Women In Your Life

Just a quick announcement to strike panic into the hearts of those of you who celebrate Christmas: you have one month and one day only to complete your present shopping (or less, actually, presuming your office Secret Santa isn't taking place in…
By Emily Dixon

'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

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

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