literary fiction

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

Stephen King Just Called Out Trump With A Brutal Book Quote

The July 19 Helsinki summit opened the doors for a lot of hot takes on the relationship between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, but this is the best one I've seen by far. Stephen King came for Trump and Putin with an Animal Farm quote, and I can't…
By Kristian Wilson

11 Strange & Unconventional Short Stories You Can Read On Your Phone For Free

There are, broadly speaking, two kinds of short stories: the quiet, profound, slice-of-life short stories that evoke a sense of bittersweet longing and muted despair... and the short stories that get weird. There's just something about short form…
By Charlotte Ahlin

9 Books You Can Read With Amazon's $9.99 Kindle Subscription Service

If your wild summer has you too cash-poor to buy new books, don't worry. I've got nine great books you can read on Kindle Unlimited. Kindle Unlimited is a standalone service that delivers unlimited titles from a large collection — including comics…
By Kristian Wilson

These 9 Books Will Transport You To Norway, Alaska, And Australia — Without Leaving Your Bed

Whether you're living in New York City or Los Angeles or somewhere in between, city life can be a lot to handle. Sometimes, you just need to get away for a while — breath the fresh air, meditate in the sound of silence, walk without running into…
By Melissa Ragsdale

Lauren Groff's Answer To This Question About Balancing Her Kids & Career Is ICONIC

Florida author Lauren Groff did a Q&A with The Harvard Gazette, and she shut down an interview question that only women are asked in a truly iconic fashion. Her response is absolute perfection, so be sure to take note of it for the next time you're…
By Kristian Wilson

The 10 Best New Books Out This Week Include Murder, Child Psychopaths, And Creepy Estates

This week is your paradise if you love books about secrets, murder, and creepy mansions. Megan Abbott, the queen of the crime genre, is back with Give Me Your Hand, the tale of two female scientists with secrets from their past that lead to…
By Cristina Arreola

Obama Just Released His Summer Reading List & It Includes SO Many African Authors

Six more books have splash-landed on your vacation TBR, book nerds. President Barack Obama just revealed his summer reading list for 2018, and it takes much of its inspiration from the former POTUS' next destinations: Kenya and South Africa.…
By Kristian Wilson

A Group Of Librarians Are Giving Out An Alternative To The Nobel Prize In Literature This Year

In response to the Swedish Academy's postponement of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, a group of Swedish librarians have founded The New Academy in order to award one author with "the world's greatest literary prize." The New Academy has released…
By Kristian Wilson

I Read 5 Books I Knew NOTHING About Beforehand & It Was An Incredible Experience

Readers talk a big game about not judging books by their covers. And it's true that book covers are often misleading, or out of date — who hasn't read a great book in a terrible, movie tie-in wrapping? Then again, there's something to be said for…
By Charlotte Ahlin

15 Thrillers With Main Characters As Chilling As The "Villains"

Nothing is more haunting than an unreliable narrator or unsettling protagonist. Perhaps that's why psychological thriller novels are so darn hard to put down — you just don't feel okay until you reach the conclusion of the novel and figure out the…
By Melissa Ragsdale

9 Short, Super Sad Novels To Pick Up When You Need A Good Cry

Have you ever read a book that came at you like a punch to the gut — short and painful? I've rounded up a list of nine short, sad novels you should read the next time you're in need of a good cry, and I encourage you to pick at least one of them up…
By Kristian Wilson

The Bestselling Books Of 2018 So Far Might Surprise You

A new report from Publishers Weekly shows that one book is dominating lists of the bestselling books of 2018 so far. Published in Jan. 2018, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is the bestselling book of the year so far,…
By Kristian Wilson

This Literary Award Just Gave Out A Prize To The Best Book Of Their 50+ Winners

For the last 50 years, the Man Booker Prize has been one of English literature's top honors, marking the best books from U.K. authors and, more recently, authors who publish in English in the U.K. Now, the "Golden" Man Booker Prize has been awarded…
By Kristian Wilson

Junot Díaz Denied The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him & His Accusers Are Speaking Out

In May 2018, when The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao author Junot Díaz became one of the first men in publishing to be hit with #MeToo accusations, he issued a statement through his literary agent Nicole Aragi, in which he took "responsibility"…
By Kristian Wilson

A True Crime Story You Won't Forget & 4 Other New Books To Read This Week

It's Fourth of July week, and if you're anything like me, you're not feeling especially patriotic this year. So instead of heading out for fireworks decked out in red, white, and blue, you may instead want to brush up on the real history of the…
By Cristina Arreola

Lauren Groff Just Recommended 36 Of Her Favorite Books — And They're All By Women

Florida author Lauren Groff has her very own Author's Bookshelf at The Strand Book Store in New York City, and you're going to want to check it out. Groff has filled her shelf with 36 books by "geniuses who happen to be women," and every single one…
By Kristian Wilson