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George R.R. Martin and More Thrilling Reads

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ThrillerFest, the thirteenth annual gathering of the crème de la crème, debut and aspiring thriller writers, took place last week and throughout the weekend in New York City. There’s only one event where you can find New York Times bestselling authors lurking around every single corner, literary agents actually appearing in broad daylight and fans openly plotting and conspiring with the most feared and revered names of the thriller genre. The beloved Strand Bookstore, famous for possessing 18 miles of books, was the event’s bookseller, and a popular hangout for authors, publishers, and fans alike. Juicy panels featuring the expertise of bestselling authors were highly anticipated and the rooms were brimming with hopeful upcoming writers, eager to learn.  Each year at the…

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Cassandra Clare Signs Seven-Figure Book Deal for New Series

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Cassandra Clare, New York Times best-selling author of the wildly popular Young Adult urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and  The Dark Artifices, has just signed a seven-figure book deal with Del Rey Books to launch a new series in the same genre, but with an adult audience as the focus. Sword Catcher, the first book in this new series is currently in progress, and a publication date will be announced shortly. Readers should expect the books to be high fantasy novels, dealing with “criminals, princes, magicians, and warriors,” a step away from the New York City set of The City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare tweeted the big news yesterday:   While not much has been reported…

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Feminists Unite: Literary Costumes Inspired by 6 Badass Women!

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Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s time to finally decide on a costume. We’ve been rolling around ideas for weeks, but still haven’t been able to land on the perfect choice. Not only do we want something clever and fun, but we also want to show off our feminist side by going as a strong female character who inspires and empowers us. Here at Booktrib, we like to turn to books for inspiration. And why not? There are tons of smart, strong women in literature to emulate this year. We’ve wracked our brains to round up some original ideas that we’re sure are going to be the hit of any party. Here they are, 6 of our favorite…

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Game of Thrones Fans Could Get Two New Reads in 2018

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Game of Thrones fans rejoice! Well, maybe. Last month, George R. R. Martin announced that even though he’s still “months away” from finishing the 6th book in his epic fantasy series, it looks like it might finally be hitting shelves in 2018. In a blog post on July 22nd, Martin wrote, “I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream…” We’d pretty much die on the spot if we got two new Song of Ice and Fire novels in a year, but at this point we’d be more than happy with just one. It’s been 6 years since we’ve read a new Westeros novel, and we’re clamoring…

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These Emmy Award Nominees Exist Thanks to 6 Amazing Books!

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The 68th Emmy Awards are right around the corner! Television is pretty easy to love, but it’s even easier to love when it comes attached to a little reading material. Plus, you know that here at BookTrib, we are completely obligated to only root for shows that are based on books (sorry Mr. Robot). So, without further ado, here are our favorite shows up for an Emmy (and the books they’re based on)!   A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (Bantam Reprint, 2011) This first one is no secret. In fact, the divergences between HBO’s hit show and Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series have caused alternating bouts of outrage and curiosity from fans of the…

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And Now Our Watch is Ended: The Five Biggest Bombshells from HBO’s Game of Thrones Finale

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The sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series, was momentous for several reasons: totally predictable resurrections, huge CGI battles, and adorably sarcastic little girls have rounded out a truly fantastic 10-week-long binge of hard-edged fantasy television. The main reason why this season is particularly exciting is that it’s the first one to venture into territory not yet covered in Martin’s book series (the last book he published was A Dance with Dragons, back in 2011). After one of the most epic episodes in broadcast history last week, Game of Thrones managed to top itself in this week’s finale episode, The Winds of Winter, presumably named after Martin’s forthcoming…

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4 of the Best Fictional Places to Go on a Date — and the Real Life Alternatives!

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Romance is hard. It’s difficult enough finding somebody you like, and it’s even tougher to convince that person to get into your car and let you take them someplace that you swear is nice. However, dating shouldn’t be stressful — it should just be a pleasant time between two people who may or may not kiss at the end of the date. So, in the spirit of helping you put a little spring into your dating life, here’s a collection of the best fictional places from books we’d like to plan a date at, plus a real life alternative you might be able to pull off! Window Shopping in Hogsmeade A little town so perfect that it “looks like a…

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Spring Clean Your Body and Soul: 4 Yoga Poses for Book Readers

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Yoga on a mat, yoga in a hot room, yoga on a paddle board, the possibilities and places to practice yoga is endless! Practicing yoga not only changes your physical being but opens up your mind as well. In a world where we are tweeting what we’re eating and snapping while we’re sleeping, there is simply no chance of slowing down. And since April is the time for spring cleaning, why not consider spring cleaning your mind and body, too?! Cleaning your mind, body and soul through strategic yoga poses can help you relax in ways one may have never been aware of. We like to consult Kathryn Budig’s Aim True: Love Your Body, Eat Without Fear, Nourish Your Spirit, Discover True Balance! (William Morrow Paperbacks,…

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Video: 4 Important Predictions from the Game of Thrones Season 6 Trailer

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OK, it’s time to stop hyperventilating. At long last, HBO has dropped the Game of Thrones Season 6 trailer. With the show being essentially caught up to George R.R. Martin’s books, and no press receiving episodes to review ahead of the rest of us, all fans are equally in the dark about what twists and turns this new season holds. Well, most fans are in the dark, except for those of us with foil helmets on our heads, life-size replicas of the Iron Throne in our mom’s basement, and fan theories stronger than valyrian steel to keep us company. Some fans are refusing to watch the latest season to avoid spoiling The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited continuation of the A Song…

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All We Want for Christmas: The BookTrib Wishlist

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Like Santa’s elves, the BookTrib team has been spending their days helping book lovers gift loved ones with the book of their dreams. But what secret yearnings hide deep in our hearts for Christmas? Our eclectic choices might inspire your giving—or even your own wishlist. We know you’ve been very, very good this year. Why not treat yourself? So grab a pencil and paper. Here we go: Andrew: For this Christmas I definitely want The Flash jacket which I think looks really cool and I’m a big fan of The CW show. The jacket would make me look a little cooler, and I always imagined what it would be like to be a superhero who is saving people from evil. A…

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End of Summer: What to Watch During the Hiatus

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It’s that time of year again: the end of summer. Our favorite TV shows are long finished and we are caught in that awkward and frustrating hiatus period between the summer finales and the long-awaited October premieres. This suspenseful time usually consists of trolling fan pages, seeking the company of fellow post-season grievers and rewatching our favorite episodes from last season. Some of us are still crying about Grey’s Anatomy‘s Derek Shepherd (I know I am!); Some of us lie awake at night wondering about the rumors of Jon Snow’s resurrection in the next season of Game of Thrones; And some of us are still coping with the end of an era: Mad Men. To keep yourself sane during this unstable and…

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Top 5 Heroines We Want to be our Bestie

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As much as I love my book boyfriends, I also have a soft spot for the ladies. I might not want to make out with them in quite the same way, but I definitely want to hang out, watch Netflix, drink tea and complain about our love lives. You know, typical girls’ night activities. I call these women my book BFFs; those characters I know I’d be best friends with if we were to ever meet in real life. And they were, you know, real. So in honor of those endlessly interesting female characters, here are my top five book besties, in no particular order. Hazel Grace: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green Diagnosed with terminal cancer and placed…

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Game of Thrones Casting Reveals Season 6 Plot Details

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Variety reports that Max von Sydow of The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, Star Wars and Minority Report fame has been cast to play the Three-Eyed Raven in Season 6 of Game of Thrones. Here’s why this matters: Arya was not the only Stark to find a master. It’s easy to think that’s true, especially considering the way House Stark is treated by both George R.R. Martin and the showrunners. Let us not forget that there are still two, yes two, living male Starks. When we last saw Bran (in Season 4), he lost Jojen Reed and finally made his way to the Three-Eyed Raven. The Three-Eyed Raven is supposed to be the Morpheus to Bran’s Neo. Granted, there is no canon plot…

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Game of Thrones fans know less than Jon Snow

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In this world, you are either one of us or one of them—one of us being a fan of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and the HBO series born of that called Game of Thrones. And if you are a fan, you already know where this is headed. A wise Bookish Diva might have said (or screamed) that she has no words for what is happening on Game of Thrones and neither did George because he didn’t write them.  It has been days since the most recent episode of Game of Thrones aired. However, I am no Spoiler Sue. All you will get here is a fan’s frustrations, hopes, dreams and nightmares. For those that have…

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Long time, no publish? Authors who are worth the wait

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When Lorrie Moore released Bark: Stories (Knopf) in February of this year, it was with much ballyhoo. After all, 15 years had passed since her last collection of short stories—Birds of America, which garnered wide praise for its insight and humor, and was named a New York Times bestseller. If anyone expected Moore to miss a step after a long hiatus, that misguided reader was surely disappointed. It’s not uncommon for authors to go years between book releases. The creative process may account for some delay, and then there’s the business of selling a book: copyediting, jacket design, the sale of foreign rights, and the slow drumbeat of social media. That said, certain writers take more time than others. Here’s…

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