• What to Read Next if You Liked The Book of Life, The Mockingbird Next Door, The Signature of All Things, The Alliance or Factory Man

    What to Read Next if You Liked The Book of Life, The Mockingbird Next Door, The Signature of All Things, The Alliance or Factory Man

    By now you’ve no doubt torn through The Book of Life, the concluding volume in Deborah Harkness’ trilogy about a historian whose discovery of an ancient manuscript clues her in to a reality of witches, vampires, time travel, and a whole hidden world […]

  • 5 Reasons July Is an Amazing Month for YA

    5 Reasons July Is an Amazing Month for YA

    This month’s most exciting young adult titles have it all—ghosts, superpowers, epidemics, and love in all its forms (star-crossed, triangular, requited, un…). Here are 5 great books hitting YA shelves now: Sinner, by Maggie Stiefvater A new Stiefvater book is […]

  • Brandon Sanderson on Why We Still Read Books In the Internet Era

    Brandon Sanderson on Why We Still Read Books In the Internet Era

      #GetPopCultured kicks off today with Preview Weekend! Come on in to your local B&N, where we’ll be featuring the works of many authors—including Brandon Sanderson, who joins us on the blog today to talk about why books are still […]

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DATING

8 Female Characters Who Need a Relationship Intervention

8 Female Characters Who Need a Relationship Intervention

Clearly, not every fictional relationship is straight out of the lusty pages of a bodice-ripper. Similarly, many of literature’s most storied unions lack the progressivism one might wish for. To spell it out: sometimes your favorite heroine brings home a real clunker. […]

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ROMANCE ROUNDUPS

Romance Roundup: A Lonesome Princess, a Reformed Bad Boy, and a Trip to Sydney

Romance Roundup: A Lonesome Princess, a Reformed Bad Boy, and a Trip to Sydney

This month’s romance roundup features jet setting, Southern comfort, and a sexy stowaway. Fast Track, by Julie Garwood Book twelve in Garwood’s Buchanan-Renard series has it all—and by “it all” I mean an adventurous trip to Australia on the company jet […]

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THE B&N BOOKSHELF

4 Heartwarming New Books About Family, Togetherness, and Other Hazards

4 Heartwarming New Books About Family, Togetherness, and Other Hazards

We read for pleasure of course, but also to help us understand the world around us—and what subject is more nuanced, complicated, and—ok, downright frustrating—than family? Summer may be the perfect time for fun, frivolous trips to the beach, but […]

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MAYA BANKS

Giving In Author Maya Banks Shares Her Favorite Romance Trope

Giving In Author Maya Banks Shares Her Favorite Romance Trope

Maya Banks is the bestselling author of numerous impossible to put down contemporary romance novels and series, including the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI Series, and the Breathless Trilogy. She also writes Scottish historical romance and romantic suspense. The long-awaited third […]

by × July 28, 2014 ×

ADVENTURE

4 Books About Adventures Abroad

4 Books About Adventures Abroad

Faraway lands filled with exotic accents and mysterious strangers—one of the pleasures of reading is that it takes us places we might never see otherwise. While in real life I’ve only managed to see Europe twice, “armchair traveling” has let […]

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THE READING LIFE

Your Weirdest Fictional Crushes

Your Weirdest Fictional Crushes

Last week we asked about your weirdest fictional crushes, and the responses were just as strange and delightful as we hoped. Two things we learned: 1) Anybody can become a crush object, and 2) All it takes is one sexy […]

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CHARACTERS WE LOVE

Our Favorite Fictional Feminists

Our Favorite Fictional Feminists

From Jane Eyre to Janie Crawford, strong female characters make literature go round. All of the best authors seem to concur on their importance. They elevate and add more resonance to dystopian tales like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger […]

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THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

6 Book-Based Apps We Wish Existed

6 Book-Based Apps We Wish Existed

Just try to name a day-to-day problem that an app can’t fix. Forgot where you’re going and need directions? There’s an app for that. Too lazy to blow out your own birthday candles? No, seriously, there’s an app. Apps run […]

by × July 25, 2014 ×

NEW RELEASES

Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter Is an Up-All-Night Whodunit

Elizabeth Little’s Dear Daughter Is an Up-All-Night Whodunit

I was kneeling in the proofs section of a local used bookshop, ripping titles down with that animal angst you get when you’ve just turned the last page of something deadly and the gimme-more-nows are taking you out at the […]

by × July 25, 2014 ×