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Top 10 | The Last Great Books of Summer

You know summer’s here when the shades become non-negotiable and Starbucks put out an exotic seasonal menu. It’s like a switch has flipped, and suddenly everyone’s wearing shorts and flip flops, regardless of whether the sun’s out. Summer means no school, holidays, road trips, beach days or just some good old-fashioned putting your feet up. Bibliophiles, you are in luck because it’s warm enough to take your books outside and claim reading is an outdoor sport. Summer is just as important inside the pages too. It’s the season of possibilities when characters can step out of their everyday lives...

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My Top 5 Favorite Bookish Moms | Happy Mother’s Day!

Parents play an important role in our lives. They pick us up when we fall, cheer us on when we need encouragement, and the most dedicated of all subject themselves to cheesy pop concerts just to put a smile on their children’s faces. They’re the unsung heroes who put on silly voices to read bedtime stories for the hundredth time. You might not see eye-to-eye all the time, but they’re there for you, even when you have that ridiculous hair you know you’ll regret later. Today is all about mothers (sorry dads), and to celebrate, I’ve picked five fierce...

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Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen

This week marks the 212th birthday of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. His fairy tales have gripped the imaginations of children and adults alike for well over a century. So much so that we keep coming back to them again and again. We just can’t get enough. Perhaps the tale that has captured our hearts the most is Ariel’s, the Little Mermaid who dreams of living on land. With a new live-action film based on Andersen’s original tale to be released later this year, and a Disney live-action film in the pipeline, it seems as if we’ll never lose...

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3 Short Story Collections to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s a busy time of year for saints. Valentine’s Day was last month, St. David’s Day was at the start of this month, and now St. Patrick’s Day is here. You might not be Irish or of Irish descent, but it’s easy to get swept up in the celebrations. The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day is infectious. Ireland is responsible for many great things that have changed the way we do things- Guinness, color photography, the modern tractor and whiskey distillation- but it’s also the home of some of the world’s greatest writers and poets. If you’re looking for a...

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Nicole’s in Your Imaginary Book Club!

Last spring, Whitney put together a fun post on who would be in her Imaginary Book Club. While it’s fun to speculate about all our fantasy book club members, we always want to give you the chance to know a bit more about the folks who make up the Imaginary Book Club community. Each month we’ll be profiling one of our writers or contributors with a fun Q&A post. Feel free to chat them up in the comments. We love that. Now let’s get into it! Nicole’s in your Imaginary Book Club! Where were you born and where do you call...

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Top 5 | A Handful of Perfect Valentine’s Day Reads

The alternative title for this post is ‘great romantic reads that weren’t written by Jane Austen.’ I had to physically restrain myself from picking all of her novels. I can’t help it, it’s a compulsion. Call me biased, but no one can write a romance like Jane. To make it easier on myself, I decided to pick some alternative romances that don’t necessarily follow the lines of your typical love story. Anyway, Valentine’s day is here and if you’re looking for something to distract you from the box of heart-shaped chocolates sitting in the cupboard, or you’re a bibliophile...

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