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15 Books Like Crime and Punishment

Collage of 15 Classic and Contemporary Books Like Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a classic novel about a young man, Raskolnikov, who plans and executes a murder in order to obtain money he feels his victim does not deserve, and about his subsequent psychological downward spiral when he is not caught. First published in 1866 as a serial story in The Russian Messenger, a literary periodical that was also publishing War and Peace around the same time — and would go on to also publish Dostoevsky’s novels The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov — the installments were subsequently published as a novel. Continue Reading

19 Books Like Red, White & Royal Blue

Collage of book covers of books like Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Casey McQuiston started writing their debut novel, the 2019 bestseller Red, White & Royal Blue, in early 2016 as a “Veep-esque affectionate send-up of American liberal politics,” according to this interview with the Los Angeles Public Library. The tone of the book changed, they explain, after the election, becoming more hopeful. Since its release, readers have been scrambling to find books that hit the same notes, because once you’ve read RWRB, you just need more. While some of us (ahem) read it a dozen times before moving on, other readers are looking for books like Red, White & Royal Blue after their first — and I’ve got some great reads for all of us!Continue Reading

13 Authors Like Colleen Hoover

Collage of book cover of books from authors like Colleen Hoover Colleen Hoover is a name you might recognize, whether it’s from BookTok, your local Barnes & Noble, or the New York Times Best Seller list. Her books have leapt in popularity in the last year or so, and nearly everyone is reading them, talking about them, and Bookstagramming them. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, you might be wondering what the draw is. If you’ve read Colleen Hoover books, you know why they’re so popular. Either way, once you’ve read all of her backlist, you might be looking for authors like Colleen Hoover. I’ve got 13 of them for you below — read on for more about Hoover’s books, or skip down to see the recs!Continue Reading

8 Authors Like Cormac McCarthy

Collage of book covers of books from authors like Cormac McCarthy Cormac McCarthy, who died on June 13, 2023, is widely considered one of the great American writers. His body of work, which includes 12 novels, two plays, five screenplays, and short stories, is primarily in the genres of Southern Gothic, western, and dystopian. Loved this author? Keep reading for our list of more authors like Cormac McCarthy. Continue Reading

8 Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow Book Club Questions

Book cover of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin Runaway hit novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, is a popular book club choice. You’ve likely already heard of this New York Times and IndieBound bestseller, which also made their list of notable 2022 books and was named a best book of the year by Time, Glamour, Amazon, and Goodreads — among other accolades — but if you haven’t, you’re in for a great read. It’s the perfect choice for book club discussion, and we’re here to help! Read on for our Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow book club questions, themes, and ideas for your next meeting!Continue Reading

20 of the Best Book Club Books of 2023

collage of book covers from 20 of the best book club books of 2023 2022 was an amazing year for book club books, and 2023 is shaping up to be just as great, if not even better! If you’re looking to scope out some of the best picks for your book club reads for 2023 (or maybe you want to start your own book club and are looking for books to excite and inspire), you need look no further than the best book club books 2023 has to offer (plus one from late 2022) that are sure to be hits with your book club members! These are the most anticipated book club books of the year, along with a few that might not be on your radar.Continue Reading

13 of the Best New Literary Fiction Reads

Collage of book covers of 13 of the best literary fiction books Literary fiction is the category of fiction with the most slippery, “I know it when I see it” definition. For this list of 13 of the best new literary fiction books, I’ve focused on beautiful writing, universal themes of the human condition, and just plain old good books, regardless of genre. These are literary fiction titles from the last few years, with a focus on newer books. Looking to read these books with others? Check out our guide to running your own book club.Continue Reading

10 New Historical Fiction Books

collage of 10 New Historical Fiction Books Historical fiction is popular across genres, from historical romance to historical mystery and crime, among many other sub-genres. So far 2023 is shaping up to be a stellar year for new historical fiction books, and we’ve got ten of the most highly anticipated titles for you! Ranging from World War spy stories to Regency romance, with heiresses, queens, and Rockettes as heroines, these ten new historical fiction books coming out in the first half of 2023 should hit the spot for your historical fiction cravings!Continue Reading

8 Romantic Books Like BOOK LOVERS

collage of 8 romantic books like BOOK LOVERS read alikes If you loved Emily Henry’s third romance novel, Book Lovers, you might be on the lookout for Book Lovers read-alikes. Whether you enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers romance, reading about city people in a small town setting, the gentle exploration of the ways grief can shape us, or the sweet familial love story alongside the steamy romance, we’ve got books for you. Here are eight romantic books like Book Lovers for you to enjoy while you wait for Henry’s next novel, Happy Place, out April 25.Continue Reading