November 2021 | TBR

15 Of The Best Historical Fiction Novels

Black and white image of the shelves of a library in the 1930s with women browsing for books and sitting at tables reading Historical fiction novels sweep us away to different time periods and offer a deeper look into the lives of people who lived before us. It goes beyond dates and events to offer a deeper human context to historical movements, and it can be pretty entertaining as well. If you love historical fiction that offers an intriguing viewpoint, especially those not normally covered in history books, then you’ll appreciate this list of fifteen amazing historical fiction novels from the past few years!Continue Reading


Book cover for THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY The Midnight Library by Matt Haig took the book world by storm when it first released in 2020, winning a Goodreads Choice Award from readers and getting picked at the best book of the year by multiple outlets. It’s no surprise to find the novel making its way through book clubs, as it’s full of rich themes and big ideas that are perfect for book group discussions. If your book club has picked this title as its next read, then here are some The Midnight Library book club questions to get your conversation started!Continue Reading

Our Favorites: The Top 20 Books of 2021

Collage of books covers containing GOLD DIGGERS by Sanjena Sathian, REMOTE CONTROL by Nnedi Okorafor, and DETRANSITION, BABY by Torrey Peters It can be a pretty tricky thing to narrow down hundreds of releases in any given year to a short list of the the top books! Luckily for you, just as our expert Bibliologists hand-pick recommendations for readers based on their personal reading tastes, they also have helped narrow down the best books of 2021. This list was developed by looking at our Bibliologists’ favorite books of the year, and the most recommended in our hardcover recommendations tier! With this many real readers recommending these books, you know they’ve got to be good!Continue Reading


Book cover for PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION Emily Henry’s Beach Read was her debut adult novel and a breakout hit! Since then, it’s no surprise that people are clamoring to read her next adult book, People We Meet on Vacation. If your book club wants to see what all the hype is about, have no fear! Here is a reading guide to the book, plus some People We Meet on Vacation book club questions to get your conversation rolling!Continue Reading

5 of The Best Subscription Boxes for Readers

A towering stack of brown boxes outside of a purple door. No matter what the occasion—holidays, birthdays, celebrations, or just self-care—everyone loves a good subscription box. It’s a fun surprise each month and a gift that keeps on giving! If you have an adult reader in your life, perhaps you want to give them a subscription that will enrich and enhance their reading life…but maybe you’re not exactly certain of their reading tastes, or you’re unsure of what they’ve already read! Never fear—we have some ideas, and we’ve rounded up five of the best subscription boxes for readers that are full of bookish adjacent goodies, or book subscriptions that are flexible enough that they’re sure to satisfy every reader!Continue Reading

Types of Horror Genres

black and white photo of a hand pressed against a window pane When it comes to the horror genre, readers tend to get a certain image in their heads about what kind of book constitutes a horror. Maybe they think of haunted houses, or a maniacal killer on the loose. Maybe they think of gore or zombies. The point is, horror isn’t just one thing. The essence of the genre is books that scare you, and that can happen in a lot of different ways. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the most popular types of horror genres and subgenres along with some recommendations. Just keep in mind that when it comes to types of horror genres, it’s best to remember that a book can (and often does) overlap genres, and not every book will perfectly fit in each genre category—and some books may fit in more than one. The point of these horror subgenres is to help you discover more books you love, not limit books and their stories!Continue Reading


book cover of WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart Ever since its publication in 2014, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart has generated a massive amount of buzz among readers for its unreliable protagonist, swanky private island setting, and complex backstory involving a wealthy privileged family and their secrets. Not to mention that big twist! If you loved We Were Liars, we recommend that you check out Lockhart’s other mind-bending and unconventional mystery, Genuine Fraud. If you still want more, here are ten books like We Were Liars that we recommend that are great readalikes!Continue Reading

The 5 Best Goodreads Alternatives

a row of books with the pages facing the viewer Goodreads is one of the most popular bookish sites around, and millions of readers use it for a lot of different reasons: to track reading, to connect with friends, discover new books, and find information on their favorite authors or series. But Goodreads also has its limitations, and occasionally its drama. If you’re looking for a good alternative (or a few alternatives) to what Goodreads has to offer, we have a few recommendations for the best Goodreads alternatives!Continue Reading

How to Read Faster: 10 Tips + Hacks

a man wearing a gray sweatshirt sitting outside reading a book The old adage “so many books, so little time” never seems more real than when you’re staring at a teetering TBR stack. While it’s true that you won’t be able to get through everything you want to read—it’s just the reader’s curse in life—you may want to pick up a few skills to help you read faster so you can get through more books you love! We’ve rounded up a list of ten tips and suggestions to get you reading quickly!Continue Reading

The Best New Fantasy Romance Books

closeup photo of castle with mist Magic. Romance. Kissing. What could be better? If you’ve often thought that the fantasy book you’re reading could be improved upon with some smoldering looks and make out sessions, or that the romance novel you’re enjoying could be even more perfect with some magical powers or supernatural creatures, then you’re in luck! Here are fifteen of the best new fantasy romance books that will sweep you off your feet and spark your imagination!Continue Reading