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All the Feels: The First Book That Made You Cry

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Whether or not you’re an easy crier, there’s usually one book that manages to hit you straight in the feels. For some of us at Early Bird Books, The Fault in Our Stars was the first to bring on serious waterworks (we’ll never read John Green on the subway again). For others, it was Bridge to Terabithia or Philip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass. As for our awesome readers, The Red Fern Grows seems to have broken the majority of your little-kid hearts. In fact, other than tragic relationship stories like The Notebook, most of your first-time tearjerkers featured animals of some sort—Charlotte the spider and Old Yeller the dog, for example. And while you probably can’t say you enjoyed mourning…

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Movie ‘New Life’ Brings on the Tears — and So Do These 5 Novels

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Sometimes I want to read joyful books or uplifting ones or tales of true love and happy endings. But other times I just want to bawl my eyes out, soaking the pages with my tears and reveling in the way the story makes my heart ache. It sounds strange, but it’s true: there’s something undeniably cathartic about giving yourself over to a true tearjerker. Which is why I can’t wait for the release of New Life, a new film releasing in theaters on October 28. Watch the trailer and you’ll see what I mean: Not only does is James Marsters in it (Hellllooo, Spike!), it looks like one of those movies that’s bound to completely rip you apart emotionally; in the…

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Books Capturing the Romance and Heartbreak of ‘The Light Between Oceans’

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The Light Between Oceans comes out in theaters Friday, September 2 and We. Can’t. Wait. And not just because it stars Michael Fassbender (though, yum). Originally a book written by M.L. Stedman in 2012, The Light Between Oceans is one of those heart-wrenching stories that stays with you long after you finish it. If you haven’t read the novel, get yourself to a bookstore ASAP. But in the meantime, here’s the movie’s lusciously-beautiful trailer: Doesn’t it look so good? Fassbender stars as Tom Sherbourne, a WWI soldier who returns from war and falls madly in love with Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander). The two move out to a remote lighthouse where they live in near-isolation. After a few failed pregnancies, Isabel is desperate…

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Why We’re Running to See Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice

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I think we can all agree that The Notebook is the best movie of all time. Not only is it romantic and touching, but it introduced America to the perfection that is Ryan Gosling. Remember life pre-Ryan? Yeah, I don’t want to either. The Notebook also marked a pretty important cultural milestone: the Nicholas Sparks movie trend. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of Sparks’ writing. I’m probably in the minority here (even in the BookTrib offices!), but it doesn’t matter. Regardless of how I feel about the books, I am deeply, deeply in love with the movie adaptations. No one does cheese like Sparks. Somehow his storylines are the perfect combination of…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Tug at Your Heartstrings

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I’m pretty crazy about every book in our Heat Index this week, which explains why I’m starting the temperature at 90 for the first book. From strong, kick-ass heroines, to love, suspense, intrigue and folklore, these books will have you feeling ALL of the feels! These stories of lost love, new love, the kind of love that scares you and the love you one day wish to find, will not only pull at the heartstrings, they’ll tear your heart out and then, by the end, replace it with a heart that’s content, full and blissfully happy. From my heart to yours, enjoy these five damn good reads. The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller (Mariner Books, November 3, 2015) “Miller offers an impressively…

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Must Watch: ABC Family and its Lineup of Underrated TV Shows

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When did ABC Family (soon to be Freeform) become the go-to channel for cutting-edge dramas? From pregnancies to foster families to abandoned kids, every show seems to be pushing as many boundaries as it can. But somehow the channel still seems to fly under the radar. Sure, they have a few shows that became overly popular—like Pretty Little Liars, or The Secret Life of the American Teenager—but most of their programs never really hit it big in mainstream media. Which is a shame, as they have some of the best, most heartfelt programs on TV. In order to raise awareness, here are three underrated ABC Family gems (and one book!) that you should definitely be binging: The Fosters   If you…

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Dear The CW: These Moments Must Be Included in ‘The Notebook’ TV Series

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I saw The Notebook at least five times when it came out in theaters back in 2004. And no, I have absolutely no shame attached to that statement. The movie may have become synonymous with sappy romances over the years, but it’s still a damn good flick that basically introduced the world to the ungodly hotness that is Ryan Gosling. #hatersgonnahate Which is why I was so excited to hear that The CW is developing a series based on the movie and Nicholas Sparks’ original book (Hachette Book Group, 2004). Apparently, the network is even going to skip the present-day Alzheimer’s storyline – which, let’s face it, most of us fast-forward through anyway – and keep the TV show a historical…

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The star wore Prada: How great fashion can save a lackluster film

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Any book lover has had the unique experience of watching one of your favorite novels come to life on the big screen. It’s a moment filled with fear that the story will be butchered, forever tainting your view of the book, and awe that you’re finally seeing something you’ve only ever pictured in your mind. I’ve watched some truly awful adaptations of my favorite books (I’m looking at you, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and some truly amazing ones (hello, Princess Bride). But sometimes the beauty of a movie can triumph regardless of what’s happening in the story. A character will put on a certain dress or suit and make a scene pop in a way that didn’t seem possible in…

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