January 2022 | TBR

15 Books to Read Before You Die

Collage of 14 book covers to read before you die, including: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, 1984 by George Orwell, Collected Works of William Shakespeare, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates, The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Circe by Madeleine Miller, and Beloved by Toni Morrison. What are the top books to read in your life? Well, the answer to that will depend on who you ask. There are millions of books in the world, and narrowing down the list to just a handful of books is an impossible task. Do you stick to classics of the canon? Most influential books throughout history? Most relevant texts? The possibilities are endless, and the reality is that throughout your life you should read the books you love, and try to read diversely and across genres, eras, and cultures. But if you’re a reader of English and are wondering where to start, here are 15 great books our expert Bibliologists recommend to read before you die!Continue Reading

10 THE ROSE CODE Book Club Questions

Book cover for THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn Kate Quinn is known for her historical fiction that integrates some of the most significant events in the first half of the 20th century, with a particular focus on post-WWII life and recovery. Her latest, The Rose Code, takes readers to the highly secret Bletchley Park, where code breakers worked tirelessly to decode Nazi codes and save lives. Bletchley Park has been made famous in recent years thanks to the prominence of stories about Alan Turing, who worked in Bletchley Park and is credited with inventing the first computer. But Quinn shows us Bletchley Park from the point of view of the women who worked there, and how their friendship was made—and broken—by the pressures of war. It’s a great pick if your book club likes historical fiction, dual timelines, multiple points of view, friendship, betrayal, and more, so check out this The Rose Code book club questions and summary ahead of your next meeting!Continue Reading


If you like your fantasy with a side of steamy romance (or vice versa!) then chances are you’ve read and loved Jennifer Armentrout’s From Blood and Ash and its sequels. The books follow Poppy, a Maiden who has been chosen from birth to save her nation. As a Maiden, she’s expected to deny herself and all her yearnings in order to prepare for her Ascension, so she can be found worthy of the gods. But when she begins to fall for one of her guards, she discovers there is much more to her destiny than she initially thought. This fantasy series is steamy, sexy, and full of breathtaking adventure that involves magic, the gods, and fantastical worlds. Read on for 10 recommendations of books like From Blood and Ash!Continue Reading

12 MALIBU RISING Book Club Questions

Book cover for MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid Taylor Jenkins Reid has taken the book world by storm with her readable, fascinating books about the lives and dramas of the fictional rich and famous—and they’re never what you think. In her latest novel, Malibu Rising, she focuses on the four children of famous singer Mick Riva (whom readers may remember as a minor but no less important husband in The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo). Fans of TJR’s previous books will no doubt be eager to pick up this latest offering, and with so many characters and drama unfolding, there will be plenty to talk about! Check out our Malibu Rising book club questions and summary to get ready for your next meeting!Continue Reading

20 New Fantasy Books to Read in 2022

Collage of four new fantasy books to read in 2022, including Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan, A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin, When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill, and Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James If fantasy is your jam, then there’s no shortage of wonderful, otherworldly novels hitting shelves in 2022 for both YA and adult audiences! Titles range from innovative fantasy worlds to real-world settings infused with magic, drawing upon mythologies and inspiration from all over the world. Whether you’re eagerly awaiting a sequel or a new release from your favorite author, or just looking for your next new fantasy obsession, then check out this list of 20 new fantasy books to read in 2022!Continue Reading