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2023 National Book Awards Longlist

Every book nominated for the prestigious literary prize this year

By Amanda Cleveland • September 17, 2023

Presented by the National Book Foundation, the National Book Awards celebrate the best writing in America. Every year, a winner is chosen in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, literature in translation, and young people’s literature from 10 finalists. Here are this year’s nominated titles.

Top 10 Stephen King Adaptations

& where to watch them

By Amanda Cleveland • August 31, 2023

With more than fifty shows, over sixty movies, plus nine unnecessary Children of the Corn sequels, Stephen King has nearly as ubiquitous an appearance on screen as in print. Here are the internet's definitive Top 10 Stephen King adaptations. Read more to see if you agree.

Sink Into a Series™ for Sleuths

12 Great Mystery Book Series to Read Now

By Amanda Cleveland • August 27, 2023

Looking for a new crime to solve? Full of twists, turns, surprises—and a few cats—these twelve beloved detectives and amateur-sleuths will have you binge-reading all night. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about them to pick the perfect next mystery series to sink into.

The Cottagecore Aesthetic

Books, films, and more to give your life that cozy forest feeling

By Amanda Cleveland • June 11, 2023

In current online vernacular, your aesthetic is your personal style amped way up. Today, we explore one of the most popular, Cottagecore. If you are looking for books and films that encapsulate a romantic, simple life of harmony with nature, like Little House or Beatrix Potter, this is the aesthetic for you.

The 2023 PEN America Literary Award Winners

Salman Rushdie, Tina Fey, and more receive honors

By Amanda Cleveland • May 21, 2023

Since 1963, PEN America has honored writers of the US and across the world with grants and prizes. PEN America strives to celebrate the power writing has to change the world. Celebrating works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, science fiction, history, and more, here are this year’s winners of their major honors.

At Home in the Sea

Some favorite mermaids of page and screen

By Amanda Cleveland • May 16, 2023

The magic, whimsy, and wonder of mermaids have always enchanted young minds. If you have a little mermaid in your life, or might be a grown one yourself, these books and films will keep you splashing all summer long.

2023 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Check out the winning books

By Amanda Cleveland • May 09, 2023

Often considered the most prestigious award an author can receive, Pulitzer winners each year in the books category offer up a fantastic reading list for those interested in literary fiction and history. Here are the 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners in books and drama.

Staff Picks: The Best Reads of 2022

Is the best book of the year your favorite read?

By Amanda Cleveland • December 28, 2022

While there was a clear winner for "The Best Book of 2022" after asking our staff (and we'll tell you what it is!), surprisingly when we asked our staff their favorite reads of the year too, we got different answers from all across the time stream. Check out what we read and loved this year, you might just find your next favorite!

Mini Gift Guide

Our 10 Favorite Non-Book Gifts for Book Lovers

By Amanda Cleveland • November 27, 2022

Our mini gift guides are targeted lists specific to all the unique people in our lives. Today, we handle my personal favorite type of person: Book Lovers! Here are 10 things besides books to get the bibliophile you know. With calendars, games, puzzles, and more, there is something here at every price point to make a bookworm squeal with delight.

Mini Gift Guide

30 Books Perfect for Science Lovers

By Amanda Cleveland • November 20, 2022

Our mini gift guides are targeted lists specific to all the unique people in our lives. Today, gifts for the science lovers and knowledge seekers in your life. From space to medicine to history to psychology, these top picks will be the perfect gift for anyone who is naturally curious.

Winter Books to Screen

Book Adaptations in the Fall/Winter of 2022

By Amanda Cleveland • November 17, 2022

If you are the kind of reader who gets excited about seeing the story come to life on screen, this year has been such a treat, with so many great adaptations already out and more on the way. Here are all of the recent and upcoming book to screen adaptations you'll want to have on your radar so you can read it first.

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