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The Monster Mash Bookshelf We’re Imagining on Halloween!

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For me, Halloween means costumes, candy, pumpkins, and — of course — The Monster Mash. There’s no other song that’s as iconic this time of year, and even though I’ve heard it a hundred times (or maybe even a thousand), it’s still insanely catchy. Plus, I love the thought of imagining an actual monster mash taking place, with all those monsters partying together into the night.   Since it’s Halloween, let’s take it one step farther and actually imagine the Monster Mash characters sharing scary stories and maybe even their favorite book recommendations. Can’t you just picture Dracula lounging around on a daybed, diving into a good book? Or Wolfman perusing his bookshelf for the perfect scary read? On that note, here…

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The Top 10 September Books to Read as You Wait for Fall to Arrive

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Are you watching the leaves start to change colors? Are you suddenly craving pumpkin spice lattes? Do you feel that slight chill in the air? Yeah, me neither. But despite the 80 degree heat and the lingering lethargy of summer, it’s officially September. Which means back-to-school season, country fair time, and the slow start of fall. While we all wait for those crisp autumn days to show up, here are the 10 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in September: Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 27, 2016) Bardugo follows up last year’s young adult fantasy heist novel, Six of Crows, with this action-packed sequel. What will become of Kaz, the gang, and the…

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Man Crush Monday! Book Boyfriends That Have us Swooning

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We heard you and by popular demand the book boyfriends are back in honor of Man Crush Monday (#MCM)! When I first wrote about my book boyfriends, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to narrow it down to only five. I’ve been voraciously reading since I was a kid, and at this point my book-crushes are a little out of control. How could I have skipped Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre or, as one reader pointed out, Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster? And while those two are definitely high up on the list, they aren’t quite in my top 10. Like I said before, a book boyfriend goes beyond a simple appreciation. It’s an all-consuming love, an obsession that continues…

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