Fiction

Previous celebrity readers include Robin Williams and Kirk Douglas

Read Across America on Doctor Seuss’s Birthday

Did you know it takes less than ten minutes to read a Doctor Seuss book from cover to cover?I know this because there are dozens, if not hundreds, of student readings of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! on Youtube, all in honor of 2015’s celebration of Read Across America. The[…]

by × March 2, 2015 ×

Quirk Publishing Spotlight (and a Chance to Win a Free Book)

Quirk Publishing Spotlight (and a Chance to Win a Free Book)

Quirk Mash Up Books…or You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter Mash-up books have become a popular trend and I believe nobody does it better than Quirk Publishing.  You take a classic novel like Pride and Prejudice or Anna Karenina, and you add in Zombies or Androids, and you[…]

by × February 20, 2015 ×

Newbery Award-winner Kwame Alexander

Newbery Award Winner Kwame: Get a Peek Inside 2014’s Best Children’s Book

When you think of poetry books for children, maybe you think of Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstine. But Kwame Alexander has written a book entirely in verse about, of all things, basketball. And guess what? It’s the best children’s book of 2014. I wouldn’t be so bold as to make[…]

by × February 18, 2015 ×

Amanda Diehl of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books your guide to the best romance books of all time

The Top Ten Best Romance Novels of All Time

Not everyone is spending Valentine’s day waiting in long lines to be ushered to tables at expensive but nicely lit restaurants, hoping for a night worthy of gushing about on Tumblr. Some of us just want to curl up with a trashy romance novel. And I’d not deny you that[…]

by × February 13, 2015 ×

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction at its Best

Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction at its Best

From the 1940s through the 1960s, readers loved to read cheap paperback crime fiction novels. From its earliest days, hard-boiled crime fiction was published in and closely associated with so-called pulp magazines and inexpensive dime novels.  Books by well-known authors like Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, and Mickey Spillane, as well as by[…]

by × February 5, 2015 ×