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Book Review | Just Kids, by Patti Smith

I don’t read a lot of memoirs. No real reason why; the memoir/biography section is one that I don’t seem to frequent. However, I think that all may change. I recently finished reading Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids and I loved it! If there are more memoirs as good as this one, my TBR pile is about to explode. Just Kids is Smith’s memoir of her relationship with the artist and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and their time together in a New York that was drastically different than it is today. Smith and Mapplethorpe truly were “starving artists.” Smith writes...

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TRADE | A Terrifying Take on Sabrina, My Favorite Teenage Witch

You have all probably heard of Sabrina Spellman. She’s a cute, teenage girl who happens to be a witch. Maybe you met her when she started showing up in the Archie Comics in 1962. Or maybe you met her on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” where she was played by Melissa Joan Hart during the most epic TGIF programming block ever. And I think there was an animated series, but I never watched it, whoops! But none of that matters because the title character of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not that Sabrina. Remember how dark Afterlife with Archie was? That...

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Book Review | A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

This book staggered me. I read it nonstop roundtrip on the bus from Portland to Seattle, and I read it my whole flight to DC. I finished reading it my first night at Whitney’s apartment, and I lay on the air mattress next to my husband and silently cried. This novel is amazing, moving, tragic, ambitious, and beautiful. And it is, at times, completely devastating. It’s taken me weeks to write this review, because even though I am still thinking about this book and its characters, I had no idea how to begin. A Little Life had such an...

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Top 10 | Books to Look Forward to in 2017

Believe it or not, the year 2017 is here. Whether you greeted it with open arms or you’re still holding out hope that it will magically skip to 2018, we can all be excited that a new year means NEW BOOKS! (If you have a party whistle thingamajig feel free to break it out now and go crazy! Your neighbors will understand. Or not. Who cares? It’s 2017!) There are a TON of new books coming out this year. I looked at list after list at anticipated releases, and here are the ten that I am personally most excited...

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Gift Guide | All the Goods for Book Lovers!

With the holidays coming up (HOORAY!) we have something to look forward to despite current events. All year round I save links to cool things that I find online. These are mainly book-related items that I either want for myself, or to gift to others. My online holiday shopping tends to be, Etsy, and then Amazon, in that order. One of my favorite things to do is to go to Etsy, search the titles of my favorite books, and see what awesome stuff the Etsy community has created in homage to them. Checking out The Great Gatsby, Nancy...

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Gift Guide | Gifting a Book of the Month Subscription!

Remember how I got to try out Book of the Month Club (BOTM) earlier this year? Well I am here to remind you about it because BOTM subscriptions are the perfect holiday gifts to give the book-lovers in your life! (FYI: This post contains affiliate links and Imaginary Book Club will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on our links. But also please note that I really did get to try BOTM and this post reflects my honest feelings about it.) Why gift a BOTM gift subscription? When you give a subscription to BOTM, you’re not...

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