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‘The Great American Read’ Premieres in PBS in May

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What book changed you the moment you read it? Maybe it’s a book like Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, where you fell in love with her ability to create witty banter; or maybe, that book is something of a shocking, gripping tale, full of anger that draws you back in like Richard Wright’s Native Son. Either way, books play a fair part in helping us shape who we are – and, if we re lucky, they can change us for the better. Thankfully, PBS seems to get that. This spring, PBS will premiere their 8-part television and online series, The Great American Read, which explores 100 of the most beloved books in America, and how they’ve inspired and changed social life. The first show airs…

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9 Summer Reads We’re Taking to the Beach!

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Summer is finally here and we are hyped. Beach days, cookouts, camping, long afternoons devouring a good book – after the endless days of winter, we can’t wait to get out into the sun. Plus it’s finally time to start planning our summer reading list. For us, summer is all about the beach read: light-hearted romance, books that make us laugh, and a few juicy tell-alls for good measure. Here are 9 reads we’re more than ready to bring to the beach this summer: The Identicals, Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown and Company, June 13, 2017) Hilderbrand is the queen of the beach read, which is why we can’t wait to dive into The Identicals, all about twin sisters with a long-standing…

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Summer Reading Redemption: English Class Reads that Deserve Second Chances

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High school sucked, right? Totally. Anyway, remember all those books you had to read? Turns out some of them were pretty good! Overcome your pimply PTSD and revisit some classics you may have overlooked back in the day. Matt’s Take Hey, who remembers high school? Because I sure don’t. My terrible bouts of awkwardness and raging hormones made sure I blocked out the majority of those four years. But some memories just stick, like assigned readings, and getting rejected by cheerleading captain Joanna Michaels*. Damn, she was ice cold. If you were at all like me in high school, there were some books you enjoyed and some you flat-out hated. We enjoy doing things on our own time, not when…

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Enter to Win A Thriller-Filled Labor Day Book Giveaway!

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Labor Day weekend is the one weekend a year that workers from around the country are officially honored and thanked for their service and contribution. So we’re taking that appreciation and going one step further, offering this awesomely-thrilling stack of new releases to one lucky winner. Don’t hesitate to enter if you want this stack of books sitting on your bookshelf soon! ENTER HERE to WIN this awesome pile of books!                                     ENTER NOW!

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Summer Reading: Books for Firefly Evenings

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that fireflies are one of the best things about summer. They’re the beautiful glowy harbingers of lazy evenings that you stay outside to watch, even if the mosquitoes are getting at your ankles.    So, as summer dwindles down, let’s take a moment to appreciate one of nature’s most hypnotizing and lovely creatures! Well, actually, we’ll need more than a few moments, because we’ve picked out the perfect firefly-themed books for you to read during summer evenings before the season ends. Firefly Summer, Nan Rossiter (Kensington, July 26, 2016) This moving novel of love and loss is a really contemplative read that’s perfect for peaceful summer evenings. It tells the story of the four…

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Summer Reading Extravaganza: WIN 15 Fabulous Books!

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Do we really need an excuse to give away a big pile of books? We definitely do not! So since we’re overflowing with books in the BookTrib office, we wanted to share the wealth and keep your summer reading going strong. From Young Adult, to thriller, to historical romance and everything in between we’ve got you covered! So ENTER HERE to WIN this awesome pile of books!                                                     ENTER TO WIN!

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‘Stranger Things’ is Your New Summer Must-Watch — Plus, a Companion Book List

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If you’ve watched the trailer for Netflix’s new show Stranger Things eight times like we have, you’re definitely able to see why it’s so magnetic. Also, you might be a little crazy. The E.T. with a super-dark twist vibe is giving us major ’80s nostalgia, and is not something to be missed. And with Winona Ryder, who is herself “strange and unusual,” how can this show be anything but awesome? Ryder plays Joyce, single mom of two growing up in small-town Indiana during the 1980s. When her youngest, Will, suddenly disappears, the local police aren’t getting very far due to top-secret government experiments. Will’s buddies take the lead on their bikes to find their missing friend (*cough cough, Goonies, cough,…

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Shelfie Picks: Blue Bicycle Books goes around the world

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Summer is a time for trips, unplanned treks and exploring the unknown. To celebrate all this warm weather activity, our Shelfie Picks this week have an adventurous tinge. In fact, we went out of this world with one of the books. These selections come courtesy of Blue Bicycle Books, a bookseller in Charleston, South Carolina that offers new, used and even rare books. Manager Sarah Peck was good enough to offer three creatively inspired books that inspired adventure and intrigue. We weren’t looking for a generic Indiana Jones-style action-adventure story; we wanted something a little different, and that’s exactly what we got. These three choices will allow you to explore far and wide: From the outrageous and often self-destructive punk rock…

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Need some inspiration to help your youngster finish their summer reading?

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You know the drill. It is two weeks until school starts and your young reader still hasn’t finished even one book. Even worse, your school requires that kids complete a certain amount of reading. For some children summertime reading is as simple as a trip to the library. For others, the mere word “reading” elicits groans. Parents stock their children’s shelves with good books. Librarians and teachers put together lists of books to make the process easier. But how do you get the reading done when nothing seems to appeal to the young reader? Well, I like the old adage: everyone is a reader; you just have to find something interesting to read. Think non-fiction! In my years working with…

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