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Sarah MacLean on Wickedly Weaving Scandal & Privilege

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. If you’re looking for an addicting summer read, you can’t go wrong with Sarah MacLean’s Wicked and the Wallflower, the first book in her Bareknuckle Bastards series. The story follows the electric romance between Lady Felicity Faircloth, who is trying to recover from a recent scandal, and Devil, who hopes to use Felicity to get revenge on his brother. This is one of our top romance picks of the season, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to sit down with MacLean to talk about this exciting new series. Here MacLean shares how James Joyce inspired the book’s theme of consent, and her plans for smuggling booze into 19th-century London. Bookish: Lady Felicity Faircloth appeared in The Day…

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30 Books Perfect for Summer Reading

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Summer holds a special place in the heart of book readers: yes, fall and winter are both excellent for cozying up with the latest thriller, novel, or romance, but summer brings with it the heat that just makes you want to lie down on a beach somewhere with your sunglasses and the latest bestseller that just hit the bookshelves. The only problem? Finding the perfect book. We’ve compiled together a list of 30 books that we think are perfect summer reads. With publication dates ranging from April through July, your reading shelf is covered all summer long. Take a look at the books down below, and with a mix of everything from literary fiction and romance to thrillers and memoirs,…

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The Top 10 July Books Making Lazy Summer Days More Productive

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Summer is officially here, so it’s time to bust out the sunscreen and spend some lazy days in the July sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to invest in some good books to bring to the beach or indulge in while you’re lying poolside. Thankfully, there are some awesome new reads this month that are guaranteed to make your summer even brighter. Here are the top 10 July books that we can’t wait to get our hands on: Everything All At Once, Bill Nye (Rodale Books, July 11, 2017) America’s favorite scientist is back with a brand new book, and this time he’s talking about how to find your inner nerd. Nye reveals his “everything all at once” theory, teaching…

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The 5 Most Captivating Books of the Summer by (and about!) Women

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From thrillers to romance, there are so many amazing books coming out this summer – and a ton of them just happen to be written by women. We’re not surprised. With Wonder Woman dominating theaters, girls seem to be kicking ass everywhere we look these days. Which is why it’s the perfect time to curl up with a great female-centric read. Here are five awesome books coming out this summer written by (and about!) women: The Duchess, Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press, June 27, 2017) Steel is the master of the thought-provoking romance, usually featuring a strong and interesting woman at the center of her stories. The Duchess is no exception. Set in the 1800s, it tells the story of a…

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It’s Not Over! Extend Your Summer with These Beachy Novels

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Even though it’s still sunny out, tree leaves are still green and the beaches are still open, autumn is clearly rearing its head. It’s just a little bit cooler in early mornings and kids have gone back to school — but never fear! Instead of lamenting summer’s death throes, do what people have always done since the dawn of time: completely deny something is happening until it’s here! We intend to keep reading beachy, summery reads until most of the leaves are off the trees, anyway. So, in honor of endless summers, here’s a book list to help you keep the feeling of these long, warm days!   Love Her Madly: A Novel, M. Elizabeth Lee (Atria Books, August 16, 2016)…

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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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Review: Dive Into Psychological Mystery on Peregrine Island

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Tolstoy said that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Diane B. Saxton, the debut author of Peregrine Island (She Writes Press, August 2, 2016), would probably agree. Her new novel dives into a memorably dysfunctional family, the Peregrines, living on the titular private island on Long Island Sound. Three generations of women live there: Winter, the calculating matriarch, her rebellious adult daughter, Elsie, and her child daughter, Peda. The novel alternates between these three very distinct viewpoints – giving readers the impression of an isolated family wrapped up in years of internal angst. This serves to heighten the sense of mystery when the main story comes into play. It’s hard to describe what’s going on in Peregrine…

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Tackling the To-Be-Read Pile: 4 Authors We’re Discovering This Month

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Like any voracious reader, my to-be-read pile is at least a mile high. I mean this literally: I have novels stacked in teetering columns around my living room and at the side of my bed. And that doesn’t even include all the new titles on my iPad just waiting for me to click on their little icons. This month I finally decided to put aside those well-worn reads I return to again and again and try out a new author or two. Or four, it turns out. Here are the authors I’m discovering this month, and the books that are making me fall hard for them: Paper Princess, Erin Watt (EverAfter Romance, April 4, 2016) Any book that’s described as…

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The 25 Beach Bag Books You Should be Reading — WIN a Bag FULL of Books!

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There’s nothing quite like being at the beach. Picture it, you’re lying in the warm sun, listening to the waves crash in front of you as the beautiful breeze keeps you cool; it’s pretty much every person’s dream day. The only thing that can make it even better is having the perfect beach read to really help you kick back and relax. Well, get ready because we’ve got the perfect list for all of those gorgeous summer beach days coming up. Here are 25 of the perfect books (in no particular order) that you definitely NEED to have in your beach bag. WIN 12 of the 25 amazing books below and a BookTrib Tote Bag!  Click the bag to ENTER: The Girls In The Garden…

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Shelfies with Skylight Books: Summer Adventures with a Coming-of-Age Twist

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Ah, summer. There’s just something about the warmer days that invoke feelings of love and adventure. It’s a season that makes us all feel young again; with that wistful, melancholy irony, we look back at our developing years during the carefree days of summer. We all wish we’d had wisdom beyond our years, the foresight to appreciate those days as they were happening. “If only I could go back…” we dreamily inform the waves. But at your side are several books that take you away and perhaps, take you back. That’s because Skylight Books has graciously provided you with three brand new, wonderfully inspired titles that will keep the pages turning while the sun rises high over a picturesque beach.…

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5 Audiobooks Perfect for Your Long Summer Drives

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As you pull out of the driveway, everyone is excited. You’re heading out for one of those meticulously planned, ideally memorable vacations that you’ll talk about for years. You will return refreshed and energized, carrying smartphones and digital cameras chock full of memories. This vacation will go down in history as one of the greatest ever! But you have to get there first. Once you hit the highway, everyone in the car starts to realize that many hours must pass before the memories can begin. Well, good memories, at any rate. Who enjoys memories from an eight-hour car ride? Amidst all the planning, you’ve overlooked the critical travel element, which is all too common. Don’t despair, though; there’s a cure for the…

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Independence Day Shelfies from Written Words Bookstore: Honoring our roots

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When you’re firing up the barbecue on Saturday, dismissing everyone’s advice and recommendations because you are the grill master, you should take some time to consider. The meat needs proper time to cook, anyway. Perhaps you could cast a reflective eye on the holiday in question, and wonder about this country’s history. If you’re a novice when it comes to your American past, have no fear: This week’s Shelfie Picks consist of entertaining, accessible reads that will put you in touch with your roots. We went to Written Words Bookstore (please note their new address in Shelton, CT!) for these Independence Day recommendations and owner Dorothy Broder was nice enough to deliver three absolute winners. Here they are: 1. The War That…

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Heat Index: 5 hot new books that bring the drama

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It’s no surprise that our must-read lists multiply every day. But what does one do when there’s just TOO many books in the “Need to Read” pile? We make even more piles! This summer our most exciting stack at BookTrib is The Heat Index. We’ve already told you what page-turners to bring poolside, so this week we’ve decided to share our top five drama-packed, female-friendly reads that will fill any guilty-pleasure void. The Mountain Story, Lori Lansens (Simon & Schuster, June 30) “Lansens has written a colorful, adventurous wilderness survival novel…The realistic details, such as the traditional herbal medicine used to fight Nola’s broken-bone infection, provides the narrative’s raw edge.” —Publishers Weekly Heat Index: This novel offers a unique look at…

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Summer lovin’ Shelfie Picks from McLean and Eakin Booksellers

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They say spring is the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love. If that’s the case, what happens in summer? Oh, we’re not talking about the standard trashy romance. We’re talking about great stories that just so happen to feature a compelling romance, which makes for perfect summer reading. To satisfy our desire for such fun, captivating books, we went to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey, Michigan. The store opened in 1992 and it was the setting for a future romance: That’s where two employees met and eventually became husband and wife. In a further twist of fate, they ended up owning the store. Now, Matthew Norcross and his wife Jessilynn cater to book lovers on the…

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Heat Index: 5 hot new books to take poolside

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Is it just us or is it hot in here? A cool blue swimming pool is calling us and there’s no better time to sink our teeth into a new book, especially when it means diving into a world of secrets, mysteries and intrigue. We’ve got five hot new reads on deck for our first post in this steamy new section. So what’s hot, hot, hot, and what’s just—not? Check out the thermometer next to each book and see how we rated the latest and greatest. Accidents of Marriage, Randy Susan Meyers (Simon & Schuster, June 9) “A deft exploration of the borders of abuse and the aftermath of tragedy, the triumphs and disappointments of recovery, and the possibilities of…

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Live Interview with Elin Hilderbrand, the Queen of the Summer Novel

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If you’re lounging on the beach this summer, there’s one author that needs a place in your picnic basket: Elin Hilderbrand. Her books are perfect for the vacationer, which is why she has earned the appropriate title, “the “Queen of the Summer Novel.” As it says on her website (linked above), she “loves longhand” is a “good cook and a terrible gardener,” and continues to fight breast cancer. Her latest book, The Rumor (Little, Brown and Company), will be available on June 16 and it’s bound to deliver the warm-weather goods. It’s about a Nantucket writer who hits the dreaded writer’s block wall at the worst time. We won’t ruin the story for you, but let’s just say that “summer’s explosive events come to…

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