In the Manor of Shirley Jackson

by Emily Z. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt the urge to look up the release date for the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The short answer is, it is unclear. However, the very next day, the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award were announced. It was all a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous SFF: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Emily Z. It’s the end of the month and time to check in and pack up Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy, or as I like to say to myself (very loudly) “HSFF!” After all I read and learned leading up to this month I can now confidently state that I am a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction & Fantasy

by Emily Z. For those of you keeping score at home, this is our 10th Beyond Bestsellers month. If you’re just joining us, check out the Original Post explaining how to play along. We still love seeing your own personal lists of recommendations and encourage you to sign up so you can get notifications about this […]

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LibraryReads List April 2018

by Lindsey A. Spring is finally here, and with this rebirth we have a crop of exciting new publications! At the top of the list is one of the books I voted for, Circe by Madeline Miller. Miller’s debut novel, The Song of Achilles, is one of my favorite books, and she continues in that vein […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, the Final Chapter

by Kimberly P.  Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite day of the year and (sadly) the last official day of our Beyond Bestsellers: Horror theme. What horror subgenre were you surprised you liked? What book did you read that really got under your skin? I Put A Spell On You . . . I’m a sucker […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Sinister Speculations of Science Fiction

by Emily Z. I happen to think science fiction (and his close friend, speculative fiction) is the future of horror. No, not exclusively and certainly not just recently, but increasingly. Science fiction is about uncomfortable questions. What if the robots we create become so sophisticated they overthrow us? What if virtual reality becomes so commonplace […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, Part Two

by Kimberly P.  Welcome back, my creatures of the night. It’s mid-October and only sixteen days separate us from Halloween. How goes your Beyond Bestsellers: Horror reading challenge? Did you discover a book that wiggled beneath your skin? My fascination with the darker half of life started at a young age. In a Dark, Dark […]

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‘Cause these are thrillers!

By Kaley C. I’ve always had trouble with thrillers, a genre marked by feelings of suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to piece the plots together well before it’s over. This makes me a joy​ to watch movies with. Since it ’tis the season to consume creepy stuff, I’ve started to incorporate paranormal elements to the thriller I read. Are the characters possessed? Are they hunting the […]

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LibraryReads List October 2017

by Lindsey A. October – one of the best months ever – is upon us and with it comes all the cozy trappings of autumn. It’s one of my favorite times to read. I like to curl up on my love seat with a flannel blanket and a candle burning, and completely lose myself in […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror

by Kimberly P.   A chill of the grave taints the air. Trees rattle, shuddering off dry leaves that crunch underfoot. An ever-present gloom settles over the horizon, concealing a menace that waits. And hungers. You’ve guessed it, participants, it’s October and we’ve reached our fourth Beyond Bestsellers theme: Horror! Horror fiction explores mankind’s darkest […]

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