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Black Friday Deals: Affordable eBooks and Gift Ideas

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It’s Black Friday, which means everybody is on the hunt for shopping deals. Here’s a list of great eBook deals, all under $10, that will make perfect gifts. Not Exactly Love, Betty Hafner Who doesn’t love a good memoir? With that being said, you and your loved ones will surely enjoy Not Exactly Love, a memoir that takes place in the late 60s and follows a woman named Betty who met a hippie from Woodstock at the school where she teaches. Sadly, their love life is not what it seems and, when married, quickly becomes physically abusive. Betty faced many of the same decisions that others in abusive relationships experience everyday, from wondering who she should tell to risking confrontation with the…

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10 Authors Share the Magic J.K. Rowling Brought to Their Lives

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content, including this article. J.K. Rowling is one of the most influential writers of our time. The Harry Potter series continues to inspire readers and writers around the globe. In honor of J.K. Rowling’s birthday, Bookish asked ten authors to share how Rowling has inspired, influenced, and enchanted them. Want to share your own magical memories? Add them in the comments or on social using #owlsforJK. “Before I ever thought of becoming a writer, J.K. Rowling made me a reader. Her books were the first to make me forget where I was, who I was. The pages disappeared and I was somewhere else, someone else, and that love of escapism has never left me.”  —V.E. Schwab, author of A…

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The Roaring ’20s and Wizards in America Set up the Awesomeness of Fantastic Beasts

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is finally out in theaters this Friday, November 18, and we’re so excited that we can barely eat or sleep. It has been way too long since we last had a Harry Potter film gracing our screens. And this prequel looks just as awesome as the originals: from magical creatures to bumbling British wizards, it feels like the good old days of Harry vs. Voldemort.   The screenplay was written by Rowling herself, which means Fantastic Beasts is going to be amazing. Based (very, very loosely) on her textbook-style tome of the same name, the film tells the story of Newt Scamander, a wizard who traveled the world finding and documenting all of its magical…

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The Top 10 November Books To Snuggle Up with on a Cold Night

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November always feels like a month of anticipation: anticipation for that first snow, for the holiday season to officially arrive and for that pumpkin pie to finally be done baking. This is the month where we want to cuddle up in a cozy sweater with a warm cup of hot chocolate and our favorite new books. But while we have to wait for winter and snow and roast turkey, we don’t have to wait for some awesome books to devour. November is filled with great new releases, from young adult novels to sexy vampires to romances that are bound to heat you up on a cold day. Here are the top 10 November books that we can’t wait to dive…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Bob Dylan Shocks with Nobel Win; Elena Ferrante’s Secret Identity is Revealed; Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle Book; Dumbledore and Fantastic Beasts

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The past few weeks have been pretty exciting in the world of books, filled with shock, awe and secret identities. Here are those stories and more in this week’s book news roundup: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, indeed. Much to everyone’s surprise, Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, October 13. The choice has sparked a hot debate among literary circles. After all, Dylan is a songwriter, and many don’t believe that lyrics should count as poetry. Others are throwing their support behind Dylan, pointing out that his lyrics are poetry, and that he more than deserves the award. Dylan also beat out hopefuls and literary giants Don DeLillo and…

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5 Puzzle-Themed Novels Inspired by Popular Escape Rooms

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After watching Leonard and the gang conquer an escape room on The Big Bang Theory, I knew I had to check it out. I also knew there was no possible way I’d be as fast as them (I mean, they’re ridiculously good):   Regardless, it still looked like fun. So when I heard about an escape room opening near me, I jumped at the chance to go. Guys, let me tell you: it was SO. FUN. I was locked in a room with five other people and we had to solve our way out of it. Like The Big Bang Theory, we had a premise — ours was that we’d been kidnapped — and there were a series of clues set…

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The Perfect Book Boyfriends We Wish Existed in Real Life

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Let’s face it: if book boyfriends were like real boyfriends, then I would be a little fast, as my grandmother likes to put it. I have so many book boys that I’ve fallen for over the years, and so many more that I continue to fall for with every new book I read. I’ve even shared some of them here on BookTrib, including my love for Jace Herondale (swoon) and Jamie Fraser (all the swooning). But since then I’ve read a bunch more books and fallen for a bunch more guys. These are those characters who are hot and caring, strong and sensitive, charming but still gruff. If only book boyfriends existed in real life, amiright? Without further ado, here are…

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2016 Book-To-Movie Adaptations that Lived Up to its Literary Counterpart

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You know the saying, “never judge a book by its cover?” Well, I’m going to shake it up a bit and throw this one out to you: how about never judge a book by its movie adaptation. For most people, the book is almost always better than the movie—typically you prefer to read a book before seeing the story in its movie form and that’s usually the case for most movie goers. But, every so often you stumble upon some hidden gems in the entertainment world that don’t totally screw up its literary counterpart. They’re just as good, if not better, than the book it’s based off of. Now, I’m not saying that every single movie on this list knocked it…

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The Top 10 July Books We’re Bringing to the Beach

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There’s nothing like laying out beside a pool on a 90 degree day and enjoying a good book. Or maybe blasting the air conditioner and lounging on the couch is more your summer scene. Either way, we’re officially in the heart of summer, and that means barbecues and boat rides, long vacations where you get more burned than tanned, and a few good books to lazily read by the beach. July is one of the best months to discover new books, as publishers work to put out their best summer beach reads — and we’re more than happy to help you pick through all their offerings. Here are the top 10 new releases you should definitely be bringing to the beach this…

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Book Romances That Would be Your Perfect Summer Fling!

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Summer is officially here! Teens and college students are home from school and they’re looking for fun and exciting things to spend their time doing every day. Some will go on road trips, others will most definitely go to the beach, while some will certainly fall in love. Ahh, summer flings. So, you’ve just bumped into someone who’s home for a few months and you start thinking they’re pretty cute and totally your type. You both make some memories that you’ll hold dear forever, even if you go your separate ways come September. Then it’s back to reality. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But if you’re looking to make that summer fling as memorable as you can, you’ll want to take some…

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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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5 YA Movies We Can’t Wait to See in 2016

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It’s always thrilling—and a little scary!—to see your favorite book adapted for the big screen. Will the filmmakers be able to capture the intricacies of the plot? Will the actors capture the true awesomeness of the characters? For me as a big lover of young adult novels, the pressure is even greater: lately it seems like almost every popular YA book is getting turned into a blockbuster movie. Whether they turn out to be great adaptations, or real missteps, here are five YA books-to-movies to watch out for in 2016: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Written by J.K. Rowling in 2001, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a user’s guide (or textbook) to magical beasts in…

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5 of TV’s Most Lackluster Kisses & the Books that Did it Better

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Any romance lover knows that it’s all about the kiss. Maybe the couple is standing in the rain. Maybe one person is stroking the other’s face. Maybe they’re already tearing each other’s clothes off on the way to the nearest bed. Or, in a perfect world, it’s all three at once. (Hellloooo, Notebook.) But sometimes the kiss is just not good. The lips are getting jammed together awkwardly. There’s just no chemistry. You’re not always sure why, but a bad kiss is kind of like pornography: you know it when you see it. Regardless of the reason, here are the top five worst TV kisses and the books that did it better: Carrie & Big in an Elevator, Sex and…

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Staff Stacks: Accio Harry Potter Sequel!

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I can’t say I passed Divination with flying colors, but…is that a sequel I see in the tea leaves? Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, recently expressed his interest in directing a Harry Potter sequel. According to Entertainment Weekly, Columbus dreamed of directing all of the Harry Potter films originally, but it didn’t work out because of the time it took away from his family (he’s a stand-up guy). In the interview he was quoted saying that he would love to direct a Harry Potter film separate from Fantastic Beasts. Specifically, he wants to work with the characters of Harry, Ron and Hermione again. He also emphasized that the final film ends 19 years in the…

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5 Magical Things we’d love to see at the American Hogwarts

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This week, J.K. Rowling has been strongly hinting that an American version of Hogwarts will show up in the new Harry Potter prequel film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Needless to say, her reveal kind of broke the Internet, with everyone from TIME to Entertainment Weekly guessing where this magical school might be located. But here at BookTrib we’re less concerned with location and more concerned with just how “American” the wizarding school is going to be. Will there be red-white-and-blue flags plastered on every castle wall? Will amber waves of grain be wafting in the background? Here are our five suggestions for how to milk the ‘murica out of a states-side Hogwarts: 1. Correspondence by Bald Eagle…

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Harry Potter: The Creature Vault reveals the origins of J.K. Rowling’s fantastic beasts

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(Beware: Ahead spoilers be!) Ladies and gents, it’s honesty hour. I am a fraud of a Potterhead. Dobby forgive me, I watched the movies before I read the books. In fact, I did not see the light until very late, like Deathly Hallows Part I late. Do not judge me. I did not endure the heartbreak that was the Battle of the Department of Mysteries for you to judge me. A great part of the allure of the world of Harry Potter is its mystical, majestic and sometimes menacing creatures. Dame J.K. Rowling painted vivid images of creatures like the grindylows and their fellow lake dwellers the merpeople.  The books’ illustrations gave us just a glimpse into the magnificence of…

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