• 7 Easy Ways to Creatively Wrap Books

    7 Easy Ways to Creatively Wrap Books

    This holiday season, thank goodness for books! Not only are they the greatest, most thoughtful gift you can give, but they’re also pretty easy to wrap. Sometimes, though, you want to kick it up a notch. It’s not enough to just bind […]

  • How to Throw a Bookish Holiday Party

    How to Throw a Bookish Holiday Party

    So you want to throw a book-fueled ho-ho-holiday blowout? What a great idea! Nothing says holiday spirit like curling up with your favorite tome—and then inviting others to join you in the experience. (Without the others part, it’s really just another […]

  • The Book Lover’s Countdown to Christmas

    The Book Lover’s Countdown to Christmas

    Christmas is coming, and an advent calendar is a fun way to build anticipation. It’s like watching the ball drop in Times Square, but in December! There are about 1,390,689 ways to make an advent calendar, but if you love books […]

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GIFT GUIDES

8 Female Sleuths to Add to Your Favorite Mystery Reader’s Stocking

8 Female Sleuths to Add to Your Favorite Mystery Reader’s Stocking

There’s a slew of excellent mystery novels out this season featuring some of our favorite female detectives, from the whip-smart Agent O’Hare to to the brilliant Temperance Brennan. Why not make the mystery lovers in your life happy with a heart-racing new […]

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GIFT GUIDES

A Book for (Nearly) Every Kind of Sibling

A Book for (Nearly) Every Kind of Sibling

Very few relationships exist from day one, and part of the fun of being an adult is the fact that your siblings have become adults, too. Somehow you all magically turned into real, live human people with opinions and dreams […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

TRUE CRIME

14 Books to Read if You’re Hooked on “Serial”

14 Books to Read if You’re Hooked on “Serial”

Since it first aired in October, Sarah Koenig’s “Serial” podcast has been drawing people to their radios (okay, computers) to listen to the story of Adnan Syed, currently sitting in jail for the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

HOLIDAY STORIES

11 Books That Make You Feel All Christmassy Inside

11 Books That Make You Feel All Christmassy Inside

The holidays go by way too fast—you’re so busy shopping, traveling, and baking cookies that it’s sometimes hard to live in the moment and enjoy the spirit of the season. That’s why we go totally nuts with all that garlanding. […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

BAH HUMBUG!

The 8 Grinchiest Characters in Literature

The 8 Grinchiest Characters in Literature

The holidays usually bring out the best in people, but every so often you witness the worst. That woman who had a tantrum in the checkout line? The parents fighting over the last toy on the shelf? In most cases, it’s […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

CHRISTMAS

The 5 Greatest Christmas Moments in Literature

The 5 Greatest Christmas Moments in Literature

While Christmas in literature is nearly synonymous with A Christmas Carol and Little Women—and, to be fair, I’m an avid rereader of each mot holiday seasons—to neglect the equally powerful holiday scenes sprinkled elsewhere throughout literature is to miss myriad wryly observed, bittersweet, and […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

HOLIDAY CLASSICS

The Christmas IQ Quiz: Can You Name Which Books These Quotes Come From?

The Christmas IQ Quiz: Can You Name Which Books These Quotes Come From?

In our house, Christmas isn’t complete without some cozy nights spent by the fire, reading aloud. We look forward to rereading our favorites and discovering new classics each year.  The best stories are unforgettable and positively glow with Christmas spirit. Think […]

by × December 18, 2014 ×

GIFT GUIDES

Hook Your Favorite Mystery Reader on a Series this Season

Hook Your Favorite Mystery Reader on a Series this Season

The only thing better than a great mystery book is a great mystery series. Following a detective through a whole set of adventures, seeing him or her change and grow, coming to feel like you’re spending time with an old friend—whose life is far more filled with […]

by × December 17, 2014 ×

ASK A LITERARY LADY

What Books Should I Read to Impress People?

What Books Should I Read to Impress People?

Dear Literary Lady, What are some books that are guaranteed to impress people who see me reading them? I have a lot of people to impress this holiday season … –T.S., Evanston, IL. Dear T.S., I got your back. What? […]

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