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Where Is Your Reading Nook?

When you’re diving into an amazing read, location matters. Every book-lover has a special reading nook; their favorite place to read in the entire world.

While I love my childhood home in Marin County, it was lacking in two crucial features: a proper backyard, and any sort of reading nook. We didn’t have window seats or dusty attic crawl spaces. It was a house with few hiding spots, yet my sister and I still found a small respite.

Every Christmas, my mom would pull down from the garage a tipi and set it up in our living room. We would drag in blankets and pillows and create our own little space where we talked, or napped, or read. I distinctly remember reading Jack London’s White Fang, though I’m sure I went through many books in there.

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Armada by Ernest Cline

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

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Literary Fiction Giveaway: A Cure for Suicide

From the author of Silence Once Begun, a beguiling new novel about a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory.

A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an “examiner,” the man, her “claimant.” The examiner is both doctor and guide, charged with teaching the claimant a series of simple functions: this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. She makes notes in her journal about his progress: he is showing improvement yet his dreams are troubling. One day the examiner brings the claimant to a party, where he meets Hilda, a charismatic but volatile woman whose surprising assertions throw everything the claimant has learned into question. What is this village? Why is he here? And who is Hilda? A fascinating novel of love, illness, despair, and betrayal, A Cure for Suicide is the most captivating novel yet from one of our most audacious and original young writers.

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The Rocks Excerpt

“Irresistibly sunny… Set in the brightly lit Mediterranean amid old olive trees and sexual intrigue, music and wine and beautiful women… Propulsive.” –The New York Times Book Review

Start Reading The Rocks:

Luc couldn’t read. He couldn’t possibly sleep. He got out of his bunk and left his cabin barefoot.

On deck, the yacht was moving slowly but steadily. The sea surface was still flat but now stippled with breeze. The wind was southerly and warm—from Morocco maybe. Luc walked forward, on the windward side of the taut staysail, the deck beneath him so stable that he didn’t need to hold on to anything.

He stopped at the very apex of the bow beside the long bowsprit that projected twelve feet over the water forward of the hull. It was an exposed position: the wire handrail that ran along the edge of the deck stopped six feet behind him for ease of sail handling at this concentrated spot; for security he held onto the staysail’s wire forestay that rose from the deck to the mast crosstrees. This was his favorite place on the boat. Here, on a small triangle of teak planking, the water below rushing past him on both sides, he seemed to be flying at bird height and speed over the sea.

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Loved That? Read This!

Did you just finish a book and think to yourself, “Gee, I sure would like to read another book just like this one!” You’re in luck!

We all know that feeling: in the absence of a sequel, immediately searching for another book that has similar qualities to the one we just finished.

Read It Forward has your back. We’ve picked five popular reads we’ve seen everywhere this summer and paired them with books that read similarly. From funny essays to realistic family stories and thrilling plots — let us know what strikes you as your next choice!

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Our Favorite Book Podcast

This bookish podcast, lovingly produced by two publishing veterans is a book-lover’s dream. Recommendations, behind-the-scenes info, all combined with all-out enthusiasm and excitement for the written word.

Books on the Nightstand is a long-standing podcast. The 335 episode was posted this past Tuesday. Imagine 335 episodes of all books, all the time. It’s a beautiful thing.

The podcast is run by two publishing veterans who also happen to be two of the most well-read people we’ve encountered. They bring a passion and excitement to their book recommendations that make us feel downright giddy as we mentally stack each book mentioned onto our already-teetering TBR pile.

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Finding Your Fiction Alter Ego

We all want to be the Lizzie Bennets and the Katniss Everdeens–the stars of their stories, archetypes in their own right.

But as much as we like to self-flatter, really we’re more likely one of the other, less spunky Bennet sisters, or hapless Peeta Mellark. So, how do you accurately assess your literary alter ego while being realistic about your strengths and shortcomings?

There’s the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the psychological Sorting Hat before J.K. Rowling created the four houses of Hogwarts. In fact, the first fictional character I found myself matched to was James Potter, the ENTJ (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Judging) or “Maverick” of the Harry Potter Myers-Briggs spectrum. My type (the Rational) has also been called the “Field Marshall” and the “Executive”–not exactly titles I would claim in daily life. But the MBTI pegged me in all four categories.

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Mystery and Suspense: The Captive Condition

From a thrilling new voice in fiction comes a chilling and deliciously dark novel about an idyllic Midwestern college town that turns out to be a panorama of depravity and a nexus of horror.

For years Normandy Falls has been haunted by its strange history and the aggrieved spirits said to roam its graveyards. Despite warnings, Edmund Campion is determined to pursue an advanced degree there. But Edmund soon learns he isn’t immune to the impersonal trappings of fate: his girlfriend, Morgan Fey, smashes his heart; his adviser, Professor Martin Kingsley, crushes him with frivolous assignments; and his dead-end job begins to take a toll on his physical and mental health. One night he stumbles upon the body of Emily Ryan, an unapologetic townie, drowned in her family pool. Was it suicide or murder?