• The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 45, and 10 Other Timeless Children’s Classics

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 45, and 10 Other Timeless Children’s Classics

    This year, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle’s epic tale of an insect who tries and tries but cannot quench the insatiable hunger that drives him, turns 45, which is coincidentally the number of times I have read it out […]

  • What to Read Next if You Liked Grain Brain, S., I Am Malala, The Great Gatsby, or Dr. Sleep

    What to Read Next if You Liked Grain Brain, S., I Am Malala, The Great Gatsby, or Dr. Sleep

    If you’ve already terrified yourself discovering what bread is doing to your body in David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain, by David Perlmutter, then there’s more where that came from. Sugar, Salt, Fat, by Michael Moss, explores exactly why it is that you […]

  • YA Author Sara Benincasa Revamps The Great Gatsby with a Same-Sex Relationship

    YA Author Sara Benincasa Revamps The Great Gatsby with a Same-Sex Relationship

    We should all want to be Sara Benincasa when/if we grow up: The hilarious and thoughtful writer has mastered standup comedy, radio, blogging, and vlogging, and today she comes out with her first novel, Great. Great is a teen adaptation […]

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BOOK LOVE

6 Bookstore Sections That Should Exist

6 Bookstore Sections That Should Exist

I remember the first time I noticed the “Teen Paranormal Romance” section while shlepping my haul through the bookstore. It felt as if a new age was upon us, a classification born where before there was none. I waited for […]

by × April 23, 2014 ×

CLEANSE YOUR BOOK PALATE

5 Books to Cleanse Your Palate

5 Books to Cleanse Your Palate

Have you just finished a book that left you feeling wiped out? Was it marathon-length? Heartbreaking? Heavy on advice? As deep and dense as the Bavarian forest? Or just plain terrifying? Well, then: here are some antidotes to your condition. […]

by × April 23, 2014 ×

SHAKESPEARE

Quiz: Are You Rosencrantz or Guildenstern?

Quiz: Are You Rosencrantz or Guildenstern?

Are you always a courtier and never a Hamlet? Are you destined to play the fool, submitting ignorantly to your own destiny before being hung by pirates? We can’t all be heroes, and not all fools are alike! In honor […]

by × April 23, 2014 ×

ROMANCE ROUNDUPS

Romance Roundup: Rogues, Earls & Inmates

Romance Roundup: Rogues, Earls & Inmates

It’s a great time to be a romance reader—there are wonderful new books coming out every time you turn around. But how can you keep track of them all? Fortunately, the Barnes & Noble Book Blog’s Romance Roundup is at […]

by × April 22, 2014 ×

NEW RELEASES

4 Books Proving Witches Are the New Vampires

4 Books Proving Witches Are the New Vampires

When vampires slithered out of the literary spotlight and back to the darker crevices of the bookstore, apocalyptic fiction rushed in to fill the gap. While we loved watching Katniss and the gang claw their way to the top of […]

by × April 22, 2014 ×

HISTORICAL FICTION

6 Bad Girls of Historical Fiction

6 Bad Girls of Historical Fiction

Though the genre may suggest narratives covered in a fine layer of dust, rooted as they are in ancient artifacts like crinkled letters and age-dark paintings, historical fiction is actually pretty sensational, often brought to life by quirky casts of […]

by × April 21, 2014 ×

THE READING LIFE

99 Book Nerd Problems

99 Book Nerd Problems

Cause we’ve got 99 problems, but having nothing to read ain’t one. 1. You’ll never get to read your favorite book again for the first time. 2. The weird look your coworkers give you when they find out your “awesome […]

by × April 21, 2014 ×

FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

6 of Our Favorite Redheads in Literature

6 of Our Favorite Redheads in Literature

Only four percent of the global population rocks naturally red hair, but their representation in literature is way higher. After all, endowing a character with a mop of ginger locks is basically a shorthand way of saying, “Hey reader—this person […]

by × April 21, 2014 ×

THE READING LIFE

The 12 Stages of Literary Matchmaking

The 12 Stages of Literary Matchmaking

If you’re a bibliophile, being asked to recommend a book is similar to the harrowing experience of setting up two of your friends. Sure, it’s a great honor and a great responsibility, but playing cupid is playing with fire. You’re […]

by × April 18, 2014 ×