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International Women’s Day: Celebrate Six of Our Favorite International Female Authors

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Today is International Women’s History Day! Read this piece from March 8, 2016 that celebrates six of your favorite, must-read female authors whose books tell the stories of women and girls around the world. March 8 is International Women’s Day, which means we’re celebrating all those women from around the globe who inspire and entertain us. It’s easy to keep yourself in an Americanized bubble, only reading stories from the familiar authors we know and love. But the international book community is vast and vibrant, filled with writers from all different cultures and nationalities. In honor of all the talented women across the world, here are six international female authors (and their most recent books!) that you should be reading immediately: Lone Star, Paullina…

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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.   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. When it comes to Arrow, Oliver and Felicity…

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If You Like Starz’ Outlander, You’ll Fall in Love with These 10 Books

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As a self-proclaimed Outlander junkie, I’m always on the lookout for different books that are just as romantic and compelling as my favorite series. Claire and Jamie are a force to be reckoned with, and it’s not easy to live up to that kind of love. Not to mention the historical details that Diana Gabaldon brings to the narrative, or her unique touches of fantasy and mystery. But over the years, I have found a few books that come close. Here they are, along with this guarantee: if you like Outlander, you’ll love these 10 books. Promise. Outlander Book Recommendations Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati (Delta, 2008) This is the first book in a series that Gabaldon herself recommends to readers — and…

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Wedded Bliss: The Best Book and TV Marriages that Prove Love Always Wins

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We’re in full swing of the biggest month of the year for weddings: June! And when you think of weddings, you almost always think of love, romance and happily ever afters. As a long time romance reader, I’m used to books that have a happy ending. But here’s the thing: we rarely see what comes next. Usually our couple kisses or gets married and then rides off into the sunset. The drama is over, and we’re left to imagine what the rest of their lives look like. Sometimes it’s nice to imagine that idyllic life, trusting that a couple’s future will be free from angst or hardship. But it’s also not very realistic. Because in reality, marriage isn’t an ending, it’s…

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International Women’s Day: Highlighting Six of Our Favorite Female Authors

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March 8 is International Women’s Day, which means we’re celebrating all those women from around the globe who inspire and entertain us. It’s easy to keep yourself in an Americanized bubble, only reading stories from the familiar authors we know and love. But the international book community is vast and vibrant, filled with writers from all different cultures and nationalities. In honor of all the talented women across the world, here are six international female authors (and their most recent books!) that you should be reading immediately: Lone Star, Paullina Simons (William Morrow, November 2015) I fell hard for Simons’ Bronze Horseman series, about an epic romance that starts in communist Russia during World War II and spans decades and continents. Since…

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The “Dear Santa” Letter Every Book Lover is Writing This Christmas

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Dear Santa, It’s been a while since I’ve written to you. Twenty years or so, at least. But I feel like we still have a pretty solid connection, and I’m not gonna lie — I might be in my 30s, but sometimes I still lie awake on Christmas Eve staring at the ceiling and wondering if that scratching sound I hear is actually a reindeer and not just the cat crawling around on the roof. Ahem. Since the magic of Christmas is still pretty tied up in you, Santa, I’m finally giving into it this year. With nothing left to lose, here’s my Christmas List. Please don’t be stingy with that wrapping paper. A Book Boyfriend Come to Life I…

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