"38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons. "38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons.

At first, my books to read in 2017 list wasn’t for you. It was for me. But of course, a reading list is a great way to discover your next book. After all, we glom over Stephen King’s reading list. A popular book blog regularly publishes reading lists. Another blog, Brain Pickings, highlights notable folks’ reading recommendations. And…

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An image of mountains behind a quote from Idaho by Emily Ruskovich reading "The revelation of kindness hurts worse than cruelty. There is no way to equal it." An image of mountains behind a quote from Idaho by Emily Ruskovich reading "The revelation of kindness hurts worse than cruelty. There is no way to equal it."

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich is a book for people who enjoy a fuse’s slow burn without needing the explosion. Sure, there’s a murder. It’s a heart-wrenching murder. And there’s a mystery. But “Idaho: A Novel” is not a murder mystery, at least not in a traditional sense. In fact, we find out early in the book…

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Photo of a tree with white blooms and a blue sky and the words "Book Giveaway April 2017." Photo of a tree with white blooms and a blue sky and the words "Book Giveaway April 2017."

What better way to help you indulge in books than a book giveaway? My first book giveaway will be next week. Then I’ll give away a book every month thereafter. Anyone who’s subscribed to my newsletter by the monthly deadline is eligible to win. The deadline for the April giveaway is 11:59 p.m., Friday, April…

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Image of snow behind the words "20 Most Popular Books in February 2017." Image of snow behind the words "20 Most Popular Books in February 2017."

What were the most popular books in February 2017? Below are the 20 books searched for the most on Google in the United States last month. Movies based on three of the most popular books were released in February. These books are “Fifty Shades Darker,” “The Space Between Us,” and “The Shack.” And a movie…

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Image of a Margaret Atwood quote reading, "I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most." Image of a Margaret Atwood quote reading, "I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most."

Follow my blog with Bloglovin You love books. You like reading them. You might like writing them. This blog’s goal is to help you indulge your love of books. This means giving you options in how you follow this blog. That’s why there’s a newsletter, and that’s why we’re also on Facebook and Pinterest. You can…

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Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order." Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order."

What’s surprising about Sinclair Lewis’s “Main Street” is how little has changed in the 97 years since the book was published. We’ve fought wars, made our phones into computers, and still, the struggles of America in the 1910s and America in the 2010s are fairly similar. Yes, “Main Street” is a small town story, but…

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What would happen if every American read Toni Morrison’s Beloved? Maybe we’d be a little more understanding. Maybe we’d be a little more appreciative. Understanding and appreciative of what? How about understanding of slavery’s residual impacts. Perhaps appreciate of the benefits we, those of us not belonging to a race that was enslaved, enjoy through…

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