Even though we’ve got two months to go—a whole sixth of the year, even!—Christmas decorations are already on sale. And with ridiculously early Christmas decorations come the ridiculously early Best Books of 2016 lists—so far, I’ve only spotted Publishers Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar, though now that the season has begun, I’m sure they’ll start popping up like mushrooms. With them will come the Looking Forward to 2017 chatter, all of which works together to leave all of the November ...
BOOK REPORT for This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Palette CleanserBFF Charm:
The Fun Never EndsBonus Factors:
Awesome Grownups, FandomRelationship Status:
We’ll Go To Very Distant Lands
Cover Story: Palette Cleanser
This is such a pretty cover—the blues and greens, the stars, the thick swaths of paint that practically beg to be touched. You don’t have to know what the book is about to want to touch this cover ...
The only thing better than reading books is reading books about books. And if you find books about books that are also about the power of story and language and books, well, that’s three layers of joy, and pretty much the epitome of Reading Bliss.
But what to do once you’ve read and re-read Roald Dahl’s Matilda and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series and Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books for the eighty-seventh time? Here are a few fantasies I’ve got my ...
This she gets: that “first time” meeting with your parents. When they tell you they love you, but you no longer feel like the girl they thought you were or want you to be. The soccer star and perfect student, happy and “killing it” at college. Now past tense, and the new you reflected in their voices, in their eyes. Their disappointment and pain like gasoline poured on your personal pyre. It was hard for her, what must this be ...
Patel is the most common Indian surname in the U.S. The name comes from a caste of village leaders and landowners in the state of Gujarat, many of whom moved to North America in the 1970s, buying hotels and shops to support their families. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a lot of stereotypes about what it means to be a Patel: first and foremost is an intense focus on family.
But what happens when that dynamic curdles? This is the ...
BOOK REPORT for Iron Man: The Gauntlet by Eoin Colfer
Stand BackBFF Charm:
Tony SnarkBonus Factors:
Other Marvel MentionsRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Stand Back
If you’ve ever seen a Marvel movie with Iron Man in it, you know that when he fires up one of his palm repulsor beams, you might not want to be standing in the line of fire.
Tony Stark is ...
Every October, in addition to rewatching Twin Peaks and watching as many horror movies as I can cram into thirty-one days, I read a lot of horror, dark fantasy, and Gothic fiction. I do it because I love it, and I do it because it feels right for the season.
I also do it to celebrate Ray Bradbury—and more specifically, I do it to celebrate Ray Bradbury’s The October Country, which has been my favorite collection of short stories for ...
BOOK REPORT for Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Into the WoodsBFF Charm:
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Straight UpAnti-Bonus Factor:
Mustache-Twirling VillainRelationship Status:
Nancy Drew Is Here For You
Cover Story: Into the Woods
I love this cover—the title intertwined with the dark tree branches, and the girl’s silhouette, definitely gives off a “mystery/thriller” vibe without being cheesy.
January, Flynn’s gorgeous and rich girlfriend, has disappeared—right after they got ...