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Be Still My Heart: 10 Love Stories Totally Worth the Wait!

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Be still my heart! Between the new episodes of Outlander and Arrow, this has been a pretty great week for romance. And not just any standard romance either, but love stories that we have been pining over, desperately waiting for our favorite couples to reunite. Gif via Giphy.com On Outlander, we finally got our Print Shop Scene, with Claire and Jamie reuniting after spending 20 years – and technically a couple of centuries – apart. As a longtime Outlander fan (of both the show and the books!), it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Awkward, sweet, and crazy romantic. Don’t even get me started on the basically 45 minute sex scene that followed. Gif via jvmiefraser.tumblr.com When it comes…

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To Be a Kid Again: Your Favorite Childhood Stories Get a Reboot

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No matter our age, we can all remember those childhood books that touched and moved us. These are the stories we return to again and again, reveling in the tales that helped inform us as we grew. Personally, I remember devouring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and rereading Anne of Green Gables so many times that my paperback fell apart. Even as an adult, I would do anything to get more of those books, or any continuations of my favorite childhood stories. If I found out that there was a long-lost sequel to The Secret Garden, for example, I’m pretty sure I would squeal out loud (who cares if I’m in my 30s?). So when I realized that…

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Review of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: Does J.K. Rowling Break New Ground?

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Well, here we are. The “last” tale of the Harry Potter saga from J.K. Rowling and this time it hits the stage on London’s West End. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child (Arthur A. Levine Books, July 31, 2016) penned by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, continues the story of The Boy Who Lived and his friends now all grown up, approaching middle age with more adventures awaiting them, and their children. With Cursed Child being the first of the Potter series to break from the novel structure, I was interested to see how the Wizarding World would translate to the stage. But I guess I’m going to have to stay interested for a while because there’s just no way I can afford…

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Remembering Alan Rickman in His Best Literary Film Roles

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It’s been a rough week for art and culture. Alan Rickman, beloved veteran of the stage and screen, passed away early January 14, 2016, just days after the similarly shocking passing of rock god David Bowie. Rickman, whose trademark sonorous voice was scientifically proven to be one of the most perfect voices on the planet, was known for a multitude of film roles, most notably Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies. Other well-known characters he played include Die Hard’s snarky villain Hans Gruber, Love Actually‘s Harry, who it was just recently revealed, did in fact have an affair with his secretary (boooo!), Galaxy Quest’s sarcastic Shakespearean-trained sci-fi actor Alexander Dane, and ghost-boyfriend Jamie from Truly Madly Deeply. However, some of…

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Scary Stories: 3 Books for When the Halloween Candy Disappears

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As the moon rises on another Halloween night, candy is the thing. But as the festivities wind down – and the sugar rush is in full swing – you’ll want to settle down with a deliciously scary book. That’s when R.J. Julia Booksellers and general manager Lori Fazio step in to satisfy your craving. Going strong for over a quarter-century and winner of several major awards, including Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore, R.J. Julia previously helped us out with some fantastic Y.A. titles. Now, they’re back with three diverse Halloween goodies: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, October 6, 2015) “What is Halloween…

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J.K. Rowling Drops Harry Potter Play Details and My Potterhead Self is Freaking Out

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In the Most. Exciting. News. EVER., J.K. Rowling has officially released the synopsis and poster for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II (It’s most definitely NOT a prequel, people!) which is hitting the stage July 2016, and the Potterhead in me is jumping for freaking joy. Previews for the play will begin in late May 2016 (Ugh, that’s SO far away!), and sadly it’s only debuting in London. I mean, I get it. Harry Potter = London. It’s the obvious fit to debut the play, but my heart may not be able to handle it. Our hearts are all a flutter, though, thanks to the synopsis that was just released, and we’ll take what we can get until we can afford a…

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Authors Reveal Their Canine Muses for National Dog Day

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Ernest Hemingway might have had his cats but here at BookTrib HQ we know the truth–dogs rule. In fact,we have two of them on our staff, acting as furry muses and occasionally distracting us with their cuteness.   That made us wonder about the canine friends of famous writers. As it turns out, we’re not alone in enjoying a dog’s company. E.B. White of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little fame had a dachshund named Minnie, who the New York ASPCA mistakenly claimed was unlicensed. Ironically, Minnie was licensed — in Maine. When the association demanded her vital information White took the liberty to respond for her: “You asked about Minnie’s name, sex, breed, and phone number. She doesn’t answer the…

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