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How to Run a Book Club

The only thing better than reading great books is talking about great books, and that’s why book clubs are the best. If you’ve looked around your communities and not found a book club that you can join, then why not start your own? You don’t need any prior experience, and the only prerequisites are a love of books, and maybe some organizational skills! In this article, we’ll walk you through all of the considerations and expectations of how to run a book club!Continue Reading

8 of the Best Winter Books

collage of winter books over a snowy background Winter is coming here, and with it comes the urge to be cozy with a warm beverage and a good book. What could be better than to curl up with a book that is itself wintery? There are many ways to interpret that, of course, and I’ve gone with the most literal: books that take place in winter and/or in snowy locations. Many of these winter books will warm you from within, countering the weather outside. There’s variety in genre and tone, but all of these choices are among the best winter books from the last few years.Continue Reading

8 Romance Books Like THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS

Book cover for The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood Since its release in September 2021, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood has been a runaway bestseller, appeared on favorites lists all over the place, and been a darling of BookTok. If you loved it, too, you’re probably looking for more romance books like The Love Hypothesis to scratch the itch. Look no further! I’ve found eight romance novels that will give you the same things you loved about The Love Hypothesis — fake dating, science, academia, and so much pining — while also giving you something different to keep your reading fresh and exciting!Continue Reading

10 Verity Book Club Questions

Book cover of VERITY by Colleen Hoover BookTok favorite Verity by Colleen Hoover is the perfect choice for any book club. You’ve likely already heard of this number one New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller, and Publishers Weeky bestseller — among other accolades — but if you haven’t, you’re in for a treat and a wild ride. Found on every TikTok table in bookstores across the USA, this novel is a perfect blend of romance and thriller, as many readers have come to expect from Hoover. Originally self-published in 2018, Verity was rereleased in 2021 by Grand Central Publishing. It’s a great choice for book club discussion, and we’re here to help! Read on for our Verity book club questions and ideas for your next meeting!Continue Reading

9 of the Best Winter Holiday Books

A collage of book covers of the best winter holiday books Late fall and early winter arguably have the most dense concentration of holidays, which of course is why we refer to this time of year as “the holidays.” From Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to the Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and finally the New Year, there are many holidays to be celebrated! And of course, there are books that take place on all of them. I’ve assembled nine of the best winter holiday books from the last few years, and it should come as no surprise that many of them are romance! The holidays are, of course, also known as cuffing season.Continue Reading

5 Easy Last-Minute Book Gift Ideas

Looking for some last-minute book gift ideas? Whether it’s the holidays or an upcoming birthday, we all want the same thing: to give our loved ones a thoughtful, personal gift that they will actually enjoy! For some people, this is easy; some of us are naturals at gift-giving, and some people are easy to shop for. For other people, this is a challenge; some people are harder to shop for, and some of us either don’t enjoy shopping or put it off for other reasons, ranging from perfectionism to lack of funds.Continue Reading

8 FELIX EVER AFTER Book Club Questions

Book cover of Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender The perfect read for young adult book clubs, LGBTQ+ book clubs, and any other book club looking for a fun book with serious themes is Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender! This YA novel is a Stonewall Book Award Honor title, one of Time’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time, a Booklist Editor’s Choice selection, and a Book Riot favorite. To get ready for your next book club meeting, check out our guide for how to run a book club, and then look over the Felix Ever After book club discussion questions we’ve prepared to help your discussion run smoothly!Continue Reading

10 WEST WITH GIRAFFES Book Club Questions

Book cover for West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge Lynda Rutledge’s novel West with Giraffes is a new book club favorite! This historical coming-of-age novel is a best-seller and critically acclaimed, and it’s the perfect book club read. To get ready for your next book club meeting, check out our guide for how to run a book club, and then look over the West with Giraffes book club discussion questions we’ve prepared to help your discussion run smoothly!Continue Reading

Our Favorite Celebrity Book Recommendations

Collage of book covers of our favorite celebrity book clubs Celebrities might seem like they live in a different world than the rest of us — and indeed, in many ways they do! — but it all evens out when it comes to reading materials: the same books are available for movie stars to read as the rest of us can pick up at our local bookstore or library! That’s what makes celebrity book recommendations so fun! In fact, one of my favorite celebrities, Chris Pine, is frequently photographed shopping at his local bookstore!Continue Reading

New Women’s Fiction for 2023

Collage of book covers for the best women's fiction books What is women’s fiction? This genre marker can be confusing, because so many titles that are considered women’s fiction would just be considered fiction if they were written by (or about) men. Like most genres, it is really a marketing term, but it can be helpful to understand what is generally mean by the term, especially if you tend to enjoy books that fall under the women’s fiction umbrella!Continue Reading

8 Authors Like Elin Hilderbrand

collage of books from authors similar to Elin Hilderbrand Is there any feeling as a reader more heart-stopping than the moment when we realize that we’ve exhausted an author’s catalogue? If Elin Hilderbrand is your go-to author for both contemporary and historical women’s fiction and beach reads, you may find yourself looking for read-alike authors to keep you busy while you wait for her next novel to hit the shelves of your local library. Continue Reading