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READING LISTS

7 Books that Belong on Your Social Media–Obsessed Friend’s Shelf

7 Books that Belong on Your Social Media–Obsessed Friend’s Shelf

We all have that friend who is all over the place every time we log on. Whether it’s a picture of their iced coffee or neighbor’s welcome mat or a pigeon, you see what they see. ALL. DAY. LONG. If […]

by × July 7, 2014 ×

CATS

The Best Names in Literature to Give Your Cat

The Best Names in Literature to Give Your Cat

When a sweet orange stray cat wandered into our lives recently (and our hearts, and also all over my laptop keyboard whenever I sit at my desk), my husband took him to the vet to get him checked out—and when […]

by × January 22, 2014 ×

BOY MEETS GIRL

5 Fictional Tropes We’ll Never Get Tired Of

5 Fictional Tropes We’ll Never Get Tired Of

Clichés get a bad rap these days, but is it really deserved? After all, in a complicated world, where good doesn’t always triumph over evil, isn’t it nice to read a story in which boy wins girl, girl wins Hunger […]

by × January 16, 2014 ×

TRENDS

What’s Up With All the Animals in Bestselling Mystery Titles?

What’s Up With All the Animals in Bestselling Mystery Titles?

If you read a lot of mysteries and thrillers, you may have noticed that a string of recent bestsellers have animals in their titles: The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith; Bad Monkey, by Carl Hiaasen; The Bat, by Jo Nesbo; […]

by × September 24, 2013 ×

TRENDS

The Rise of Ordinal Numbers in Book Titles

The Rise of Ordinal Numbers in Book Titles

The use of ordinal numbers (first, second, third, etc.) in book titles in certainly nothing new— think of books like The Fourth Turning, by Strauss and Howe, The Fifth Discipline, by Peter M. Senge, Seventh Son, by Orson Scott Card, […]

by × September 11, 2013 ×

BOOK NERDS

How to Take a Bookshelfie (The Book Nerd’s Selfie)

How to Take a Bookshelfie (The Book Nerd’s Selfie)

Bless the internet, for it has given us a new way to share our awesome/pretentious/embarrassing book recommendations while also taking a selfie. Yup, that would be a bookshelfie—the “latest internet trend,” as The Huffington Post has deemed it. By “internet […]

by × August 23, 2013 ×

CATFISH

6 Characters Who Created Fake Profiles

6 Characters Who Created Fake Profiles

“Catfish” (someone who creates a fake online profile to find love or friendship) are all over our screens, from the 2010 documentary to MTV’s undercover-lover reality series to Notre Dame footballer Manti Te’o, who was reportedly bamboozled by an online […]

by × July 31, 2013 ×

TRENDS

Allen displaying his LOTR-inspired ink.

What’s Your Ideal Literature-Inspired Tattoo?

You can tell a lot about a person from his tattoos. Generally, if someone has gone through the process of choosing a tattoo and actually getting inked, the image he committed to displaying permanently on his skin must be pretty […]

by × July 5, 2013 ×

TRENDS

Is Farm Lit the New Chick Lit?

Is Farm Lit the New Chick Lit?

The term “chick lit” makes me want to burn a bra, with its demeaning label and insinuation that literature written for and about women must be (so sloppily) qualified as its own genre. Nevertheless, there’s no denying a type of […]

by × May 23, 2013 ×