This Fall’s Upcoming Mysteries and Thrillers

As the weather starts to cool off, it's time to think about this fall's upcoming mystery and thriller releases. I'm thinking of a specific genre we all tend to gravitate toward this time of year: mysteries/thrillers. If you're looking forward to fuzzy blankets and baking cookies as much as me, let's see this fall's most [...]

Self-Published Books

August 2023 Reading Challenge - Are you an avid reader who's always on the lookout for interesting stories and fresh voices? If so, exploring the world of self-published authors might be the thing for you. Self-publishing has become a popular avenue for writers to share their work independently by bypassing the traditional and difficult [...]

5 Books Every Teenager Should Read Before Adulthood

The teenage years are a time of immense growth, exploration, and self-discovery. One way to navigate this exciting period is through the wisdom and perspectives offered by books. The human brain doesn't fully mature until around the mid-20s. This means that during the teenage years, the brain is still undergoing significant development and can therefore [...]

Remembering Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy is arguably one of the most famous American writers who focused on the Southern Gothic. By writing about rural settings, McCarthy portrayed darkness and violence in the American South. If you've ever read anything by McCarthy, you'd probably understand how complex yet powerful his narrative style is. After a long and interesting life, [...]

Sweet Magnolia Book Series

A Guide to the Books and Order to Read Them If you're a fan of heartwarming stories that transport you to a charming Southern town, the Sweet Magnolia series should be on your must-read list. This beloved book series by Sherryl Woods has captured the hearts of readers with its delightful characters and engaging plotlines. [...]

Best World War II Books

June's reading challenge focuses on WWII books. It offers a selection of narrative non-fiction books. Narrative non-fiction offers history with an emphasis on storytelling. Great writers of narrative nonfiction do their research to find the facts and then share those facts as a story. It takes considerable skill to present the details of history in a literary way, but, when done well, the result is a book that captivates and informs.

How to Choose a Book?

According to ABC News, Oprah chooses her top book club picks by asking three questions. 1). Does the story move her?2). Does she think about it for days after? 3). In a work of fiction, do the characters seem real to her? All three questions are reasonable expectations from a book. When you think about the [...]

Book Club Picks For Great Conversations

Are You in a Book Club? I've been in the same book club for nearly 20 years. Two of us have been in the group since the beginning; the other faces come and go. Book club is one of the most important things in my life. For most, it's not a big thing; we meet [...]

Emily Henry: Perfect for Summer Reads

With a bestseller called Beach Read, Emily Henry writes cute romance stories -- perfect for the summer! If you haven't read her yet, I hope I can persuade you to pick up one of her beach reads... It may even be Beach Read! Here are some of her books and why you should plan on [...]