Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

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Your email inbox can be an especially nutty place—especially around this time of year. It seems like every new email is an alert about a sale or a travel site offering (barely) discounted flights. But what about an email you’d actually WANT to read?

Well, ICYMI, Read It Forward has a weekly eNewsletter called What We’re Reading—we send you weekly book recommendations straight from our TBR piles in hopes you’ll enjoy them as well. Every Tuesday, our picks rotate around a different theme, but the one constant is that all of the books are awesome reads.

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Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

RIF’s Favorite Reads of November

Ahh November—time to savor delectable foods, gather with family and, of course, read. We can’t think of anything else we’d rather do with a few days off than settle in with a delicious new read. But with so many books being published every month, it’s hard to know which titles are worth purchasing from your local bookstore, downloading on your eReader, or waiting for at the library. Read It Forward to the rescue! We’ve collected ten of our favorite books—a healthy mix of fiction, non-fiction and memoir—all of which we devoured in the past month.

So, if you’re stumped about what to read while you’re diving into Thanksgiving leftovers, see the heaping platefuls of books we’ve been loving this month—and click on the images to shop our picks. Then let us know in the comments what you’ve been reading and why you’re enjoying it!

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

The Things I’m Thankful For

The wonderful thing about Thanksgiving—apart from the delicious food and time with family—is having a few days off to reflect on the things I’m thankful for. Often, it’s not until I deviate from the breakneck pace of my everyday schedule that the blessings in my life crystallize and come into focus and I’m able to slow down enough to remember not to take them for granted—to savor each one and appreciate it, as if holding a Hershey’s Kiss in the hollow of my cheek and letting it slowly melt.

My father died six weeks ago in early October. He had been battling cancer valiantly for four years, and so, while it wasn’t unexpected, it was sudden—it seemed as if he was at home picking up my lunchtime phone call one day, and gone the next. My heart is heavy with grief and I keep trying to swallow the lump in my throat that emerges every time I think about him. I feel like I’ve spent the past month in a daze, my sadness hanging on me like an invisible backpack filled with rocks—unseen by the casual passerby, but felt acutely and constantly, deep within my muscles and bones.

In the days that followed my father’s death, two friends, who had each dealt with their own devastating losses in the past year, gave me books that had helped them during their grieving processes. One, titled Good Grief, and the other, Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief, were thrust in my hands almost like a life ring tossed to the flailing arms of someone who’s just fallen overboard. These books had acted as floatation devices for my friends as they sunk into their own bottomless chasms of grief, and they wanted the wisdom from the pages to help me float as well.

Giveaway: Prize Pack of What We’re Reading

This week, we’re hosting a special giveaway: Enter to win the books that Team Read It Forward is reading (and loving) right now!

Similar to the staff picks at a bookstore, these seven books represent our varied tastes. There’s a healthy mix of genres as well as new titles and old favorites. The one thing these books all have in common? They’re amazing reads. Good luck!

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

For Neil Gaiman fans: Eleanor by Jason Gurley

“Jason Gurley is the kind of storyteller that makes you excited to sit down and spend a day reading.” —Ted Kosmatka, author of Prophet of Bones

Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.

Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

Our Favorite Bookish Tweets

With the rise of social media, and especially Twitter, reading has become even more performative. We use hashtags like #amreading, #FridayReads and #BookNerdConfessions to talk about our own habits, and start movements with #ReadWomen2014 and #WeNeedDiverseBooks. The new weekly chat on Thursdays with librarians (#AskALibrarian) has filled our TBR piles to overflowing. Furthermore, Twitter brings us closer to our favorite authors and famous readers. We’re always retweeting and favoriting the bon mots from literary heavyweights, clever cultural commentators, and even fellow readers who attain brief fame when they hit a book-related nerve.

Here we’ve rounded up 42 of our favorite bookish tweets that made us laugh, nod furiously in agreement and click *retweet.*

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

The Best Literary Decor Ever

All of us know that true book lovers love to be surrounded by books. But sometimes, when money is tight and you can’t buy more books, or you’ve run out of shelf-space, or your apartment is small, or your roommates are seriously weird and don’t let you keep books anywhere but in your room… well, if any of that is true, you still need to figure out a way to have books around you in some form or another. So here at Read It Forward, we’ve gathered some of the best DIY or buy decor for your enthusiastically bookish personal space.

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Enter to Win New Fiction from Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn’s Edgar Award-winning homage to the classic ghost story, published for the first time as a standalone.

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.