September 2021 | TBR

The Top Thriller Books of 2021

High stakes, racing plots, and clever twists, all with a healthy dose of pulse-pounding action sequences…who doesn’t love a great thriller book? The top thriller books are especially great if you need a nice distraction from the more mundane aspects of life, and they’ll keep you guessing and turning the pages. 2021 has been an excellent time for the top thriller books (perhaps we all are feeling the need to escape) and we’ve compiled a list of the top thriller books of 2021 that you’ll want to TBR right now!Continue Reading

The Best New YA Enemies to Lovers Books

There’s nothing more satisfying than watching two people who are meant to be go from bickering and resenting one another to realizing that whoops, that feeling they have for that person they think they hate might actually be…attraction? It’s confusing, it’s angsty, and we can’t get enough of it! If you’re a big fan of this trope, whether the love interests are archenemies or merely rivals, then good news! We’ve rounded up some of the best new YA enemies to lovers books that you’ll want to devour!Continue Reading

The Best Nonfiction Book Club Questions

Do you love the idea of a book club, but find yourself reaching for nonfiction rather than fiction? Perhaps you like discussing books with others, but you want those discussions to be more than just a social event. Nonfiction book clubs are totally a thing, and while the core principle might be the same as book clubs that focus primarily on fiction and discussion, you can make a nonfiction book club into an organization dedicated to growth and action! Here are some ideas and nonfiction book club questions to get you started!Continue Reading

The Four Winds Book Club Questions

Kristin Hannah is known for her sweeping, emotional books that focus on women and their relationships with their families, often set against fascinating time periods throughout history. In her latest book, she takes on the years spanning the American Great Depression, which makes for an engrossing and bittersweet saga about loss and starting over…and would a great pick for your next book club meeting! These are some The Four Winds book club questions to get started with!Continue Reading

Klara and the Sun Book Club Questions

Kazuo Ishiguro is a talented writer whose books have been bestsellers, award-winners, and beloved by book clubs, and his newest release is no exception! Klara and the Sun has been picked as Good Morning America’s book club choice, and it even made an appearance on President Obama’s 2021 reading list! If your book club decides to jump on the bandwagon, here is a reading guide and Klara and the Sun book club questions for your next meeting!Continue Reading

The Best Nordic Noir Book Series

There’s something so atmospheric and intriguing about a good Nordic Noir book. The term, which has its origins going back to the 1990’s, describes mystery novels set in Scandinavian countries that tend to be written in a plain, straightforward style and feature protagonists that are often members of law enforcement or detectives of some kind. Bleak landscapes, brutal crimes, and morally grey areas are also recognizable elements of the sub-genre, and in recent years Nordic Noir book series have found a wide American audience thanks to the popularity of work by authors such as Henning Mankel and Stieg Larsson. If you want to explore this subgenre and you love series, here are essential Nordic noir book series to check out!Continue Reading

Do Romance Novels Ruin Relationships? Quite the Opposite

It seems like every time we turn around, there are half a dozen new voices proclaiming all of the reasons why reading and enjoying romance novels is “bad” for women. Upon closer analysis, the reasoning given is often misogynistic, not based in science, or just downright bizarre. The romance genre—and its readers—have been much maligned since the invention of romantic novels, but we are of the opinion that romance novels, particularly those being published now and in recent years, are some of the most empowering and uplifting entertainment someone of any gender can consume. So, do romance novels ruin relationships? Absolutely not. Here’s why. Continue Reading


Murder, betrayal, dark secrets…all before the bell. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus helped facilitate an explosion of new twisty murder mysteries that are set against the backdrop of social circles and high school life, and now there’s going to be a TV series on Peacock that you can stream if you can’t get enough! But in the meantime, get your fill of all things dark and twisty with these books like One of Us is Lying, from old favorites to the newest releases, all featuring twisty mysteries, dark secrets, and social groups or high school settings! They’ll make your high school experience look like a walk in the park!Continue Reading

Must-Read New Military History Books

War is messy. Oftentimes, it’s easy to talk about conflict in terms of one side vs. the other, of the good guys vs. the bad guys, but the truth is a lot more complicated than that. And some wars, such as World War II, saw so many different players and so much action that hundreds, if not thousands, of books have been written about the conflict that spanned the globe. If you find the concept of certain wars overwhelming, or want to dig into the history a bit more, we recommend picking up any one of these new military history books to help you make sense of various wars and conflicts that have unfolded in both the distant and near past.Continue Reading