Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Bethany Chase on ‘Books I Ritually Re-Read’

I like to be happy, and I will shamelessly defend my fondness for books that tend to make me that way.

“Like most bookworms,” says Bethany Chase, author of The One That Got Away, “I have an important list of criteria for the books I ritually reread.”

“The book must be funny, romantic, with characters I miss when I’m away from them. It definitely can’t be depressing, offer any dreary meditations on human nature. I have a lot of re-reads I dearly love, but here are my tippity-toppity five.”

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Fans of Psychological Suspense! You Could Win a Copy of What You Left Behind

“Delightfully disturbing psychological suspense that fans of John Connolly, Lisa Gardner, and Sophie Hannah won’t be able to put down.” —Library Journal (starred review)

A mesmerizing new thriller from the author of Until You’re Mine. Wicked, intense, and utterly compulsive, What You Left Behind confirms Samantha Hayes as a top thriller writer.

Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win a Bag o’ Romance Books (+ BookPage Tote)

You’ll be smitten with the books in our Bag ‘o Romance books giveaway!

Read It Forward is delighted to partner with our friends at BookPage to bring you a Bag o’ Romance Books – all in a super-cute book tote bag!

There’s something here for everyone – including readers who don’t usually go for romance. Historical romance, sweeping sagas, erotica, romance that’ll make you laugh out loud, and romance that’ll make you swoon.

We’ve included some big bestsellers and a debut that everyone’s going to be talking about.

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

9 Beautiful Libraries with the Best Reading Rooms

Libraries and book shops are a Book Geek’s favorites places on earth.

(Librarians and booksellers are our favorite people on earth – but we’ll save that for another discussion.)

Books make any room beautiful, and some libraries take that beauty to the next level. And the smell of old books? Ahhh. You know what we’re talking about. We want to bring our favorite book to these reading rooms and spend the afternoon.

To celebrate literary oases, we’ve collected photos of some of the most gorgeous libraries in the world. Sleek and modern or intricate and classic – we love them all. We want to hear about your favorite library – join us in the comments!

Author Essays Good for Book Clubs

Start Reading “Sweetness” by Toni Morrison

It’s not my fault. So you can’t blame me. I didn’t do it and have no idea how it happened.

Toni Morrison’s short story “Sweetness” appeared in The New Yorker in advance of the publication of her new novel God Help the Child, which hits the shelves on April 21, 2015. This new novel is the first by her to be set in our current moment, and it confirms that Toni Morrison has changed American fiction forever with her matchless literary voice.

“A chilling oracle and a lively storyteller, Nobel winner Morrison continues the work she began 45 years ago with The Bluest Eye,” says Kirkus. Have you read a novel by Toni Morrison? Let’s share our favorites in the comments!

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

Reader Spotlight: Hissing Cousins

Alice collected vices: smoking, gambling, gossiping, sleeping past noon: she was like a Girl Scout in reverse, gathering demerit badges.

“A wonderful read and a very interesting look inside the Hyde Park and Oyster Bay Roosevelt families, represented by Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice (Princess Alice) Roosevelt Longworth,” reviews RIFer Lisa. “They were two of America’s most famous and politically astute women, also known as Mrs. Democrat and Mrs. Republican.

Eleanor is the better remembered of the two for all her humanitarian work, My Day columns, speaking ability, and ‘everyman’ touch. Alice not so much. She whispered in the background, displayed her cutting wit and sometimes cruel opinions at Washington dinners.”

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

The Best Literary Themed Cocktails for Your Next Night Out

Confession time: we not only love books, we LIVE books.

Even when we gather for Happy Hour.

Our friends at PUNCH have shared some literary-themed cocktails that help us feel well-read while we’re out for a night on the town.

From the Boo Radley (named, of course, for the mysterious neighbor in Harper Lee’s great Southern novel, To Kill a Mockingbird) to the Oxford Comma (you get bonus points as a stickler for proper grammar while drinking this delicious gin-based cocktail), there’s something for your every mood, literary and otherwise. Cheers!

Giveaways Good for Book Clubs

Be Among the First to Read Toni Morrison’s New Novel God Help the Child

A fierce and provocative novel that adds a new dimension to the matchless oeuvre of Toni Morrison.

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love.

There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”