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The Basic Bitch Exists in Books and We Have Five Favorites

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Fall is the season of basic bitches: pumpkin spice everything, infinity scarves, knee-high boots and scented candles that smell like “Autumn Wreath.” A basic bitch devours these things, or at least Instagrams herself with them on the regular: #lovingfall #pumpkins #uggsarewarm. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, let me educate you: a basic bitch is a girl with no real distinct personality, who loves anything that’s popular and paints her life as an endless stream of duck-face selfies while clutching a Starbucks latte. We all know a basic bitch—hell, sometimes we are basic bitches (pumpkin spice just tastes sooo good!). And basic bitches have been around a lot longer than you’d think: they’ve been cropping up in our books for…

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Dearly Departed: Boys Who Need to Bounce

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I’m a big fan of romance. My motto is: the more kissing, the better. And for the most part, I’m willing to give characters the benefit of the doubt. For example, her old flame just showed up and he’s wreaking havoc in her life? No problem. Her new co-worker keeps giving her the eye? Let’s see what happens. But every once in a while I run into a couple that just doesn’t work. Their love is too needy, too filled with lies and cheating, or just plain boring. So, armed with a vivid imagination and the power of the Internet, I’ve decided to “fix” these broken couples, even though it may result in a “ship” war. Here are two relationships I…

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Horror with a smile for your next watching (and reading!) binge

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I’m kind of a horror wimp. If we’re ever watching a slasher film together, expect a lot of squealing, a lot of covering my eyes, and maybe some nail gouging during the particularly gory parts. This is why I like my horror served up with a healthy side of comedy—if I’m going to watch someone get chased by monsters, I might as well be laughing, too. Funny, campy horror has a long history on television: I still remember the plots to old episodes of The Munsters and The Addams Family I watched as kid. And even now there are some great shows out there that regularly mix their fake blood with a few jokes. So if you’re looking for the…

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11 Ways to book your Christmas tree

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If you’re anything like my mother, you’ll be busy decorating your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Can you really blame her? With stores blaring holiday music in October, it’s no wonder she’s ready for her tree before the turkey has totally cooled. This year I’m hoping to talk her out of the Popsicle-stick ornaments I made when I was 8 and into a more fashionable tree. And by fashionable, I mean literary. Novels are the best and so are Christmas trees, so why not blend the two? Here are some ideas for your own literary-inspired tree: Actual Book Trees This year skip the greenery and get right to the point. Stacked novels make a perfect tree, whether you go…

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Ten awesome literary-themed wedding cakes

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Now that summer is in full swing, so is wedding season. You can’t even open up Facebook these days without getting bombarded by pictures of white dresses and perfectly tiered cakes. Well—maybe not totally perfect. Because why would you pick a traditional wedding cake when you can have one with golden snitches or Hobbits hanging out in the Shire? Maybe we’re just a little nerdy here at BookTrib (OK, a lot nerdy), but we all agree that wedding cakes are infinitely better when they’re book themed.   Don’t believe us? Here are 10 awesome literary wedding cakes that just might change your mind:   1. Jane Austen   The classiest lady in history certainly deserves a classy cake. Love how…

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Need a date (or want to stay single)? Open a book.

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Literature is rife with romantic prospects, as well as those people your mother would tell you to avoid at all costs. When you’re sitting at home, staring at your bookshelf this Valentine’s Day, consider these fictional characters who would arguably make a better (or infinitely worse) date than that one you’re either preparing (or wishing) for. There’s someone here for everyone. Let’s start with the ones in the plus column.     Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy (Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice): Everyone’s (or at least most people’s) favorite eligible Austen man, Mr. Darcy is the one you want if you’re into hate-at-first-sight that eventually blossoms into love.         Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula): A less obvious choice, but…

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