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10x10: The Best Books of the Decade

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Thriller/Mystery

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • December 20, 2019

Here's our fourth installment for the best books of the past decade. Each week for five weeks, we are presenting top ten lists of the best books of the past decade in two different genres. A total of ten lists of ten: 10 x 10 equals 100! This week's lists are SciFi/Fantasy and Thriller/Mystery. Here are our picks for the top ten of each.

Literary Kryptonite

10 Unputdownable Books

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • November 27, 2019

The holidays can be so hectic, but the wintry weather just makes us want to hunker down with a good book. As we head into hibernation season, we crave captivating reads that make us want to call in sick to work. (Not that we're suggesting you do that!) Here's a list of ten yummy unputdownable books with affordable price tags.

The Keys to the Fandom

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 25, 2019

From Potterheads to Twihards to Ringers, fandoms have become an identifying feature for many ardent fans. As we near the end of our monthlong celebration of what may be the most popular book series ever written, we break down the key components of what it takes to create such a fervent fan base.

Warrior Women: Epic Adventures with Tough Heroines

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 19, 2019

What is chick lit? Stories about women? Should it be funny? Romantic? Exciting? We think it's all of the above and more! Read on to explore a particularly fun subcategory of the genre. These five books feature fierce female protagonists who take on monumental challenges.

Five Bestselling Author Handoffs and Collaborations

By Beth Clark • January 31, 2019

Did you know that Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, also wrote book #6 in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams? Or that David Foster Wallace's editor finished writing The Pale King? True story. Turns out, there have been other handoffs and collaborations, so here are five of the best and the stories behind them.

Frosty Authors Who Make Being Snowed in a Good Thing

By Beth Clark • January 28, 2019

Between Jack Frost, Robert Frost, Mark Frost, and a blizzard of other Frosts, the literary world is as Frosty as a snowman. Below are a few Frosts that you can enjoy during the depths of winter without having to put mittens on. In fact, it kinda works better if you don't so you can turn the pages.

Normal Shmormal, Celebrate Peculiar People Day!

By Beth Clark • January 10, 2019

Peculiar People Day is a time to celebrate the quirky, eccentric, silly, weird, curious, colorful, irreverent, and intriguing oddballs in your life. You know the ones...they see the world a little—or a lot—differently, have a unique style that's all their own, and/or make you laugh when you least expect it by saying the things most people only think. If you're the peculiar one, lucky you! Embrace your wonderfully brilliant uniqueness in all its splendor and let your freak flag fly. (Your way, of course.) Keep reading for ten of our favorite peculiar literary characters.

The Science of A Wrinkle in Time

By Beth Clark • November 29, 2018

You don't have to be an expert in theoretical cosomology or quantum physics to love Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, but if your sense of wonder or insatiable curiosity is fascinated by the science of it, we're about to make your inner nerd very happy.

6 Famous Author and Illustrator Duos

By Beth Clark • November 26, 2018

When authors like Roald Dahl and Jon Scieszka pair up with illustrators like Quentin Blake and Lane Smith, the result is nothing short of magic that both parents and kids love to read over and over and over! (And over…)

The Countdown to Christopher Paolini's "The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm" Has Begun!

By Beth Clark • November 21, 2018

If you're as excited as we are about the upcoming publication of Christopher Paolini's "The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm," then this blog is for you! (And if you're not as excited as we are, you should be, so it's still for you.) Subtitled "Tales from Alagaësia Volume 1: Eragon" the book is the first in a new series and written as three short stories set in the world of Eragon's current adventures in Alagaësia. Read on for more on Christopher Paolini and a refresher on where we last left our hero and heroine in the Inheritance Cycle.
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