Articles by: Maurie Backman

LITERARY VACATIONS

6 Books That Should Have Inspired Their Own Theme Parks

6 Books That Should Have Inspired Their Own Theme Parks

First there was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which continues to draw countless visitors to Universal Orlando, and this week, we learned that Disney is building a Star Wars theme park for fans who have been longing to immerse […]

by × August 18, 2014 ×

SCARY STORIES

6 Great Books to Read on a Dark and Stormy Night

6 Great Books to Read on a Dark and Stormy Night

You’re home alone, the wind is howling, and a steady rain is beating down heavily against your window. You put on your most comfortable pair of pajamas, pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate, and prepare to cozy up on […]

by × August 15, 2014 ×

COLLABORATIONS

14 Writers Who Would Have Been Great Collaborators

14 Writers Who Would Have Been Great Collaborators

We literary enthusiasts tend to have our favorite writers, both classic and contemporary—and yes, that’s “writers,” as in plural, because as most of us will openly admit, it’s hard to choose just one. Now, imagine two of your favorites pairing […]

by × August 13, 2014 ×

MASHUPS

See the Classics in a Whole New Light with These Literary Mashups

See the Classics in a Whole New Light with These Literary Mashups

If you’re a book nerd, you know there’s nothing like revisiting classic novels to gain new perspective. While we’re certainly fans of rereading, sometimes the same old stories can get a little tired over time. So we thought we’d introduce […]

by × July 31, 2014 ×

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 ×

HA!

What if These Classic Literary Characters Were on Facebook?

What if These Classic Literary Characters Were on Facebook?

Love it or hate it, Facebook, in its addictive glory, is a force so captivating it causes many of us to forego life’s responsibilities in favor of reading and posting status updates. And while there are those who take the […]

by × July 17, 2014 ×