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The Dearly Beloved is a luminous debut novel. It's the story of 2 ministers and their wives, but it's about people, not religion. A beautiful must-read.

The Dearly Beloved - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Dearly Beloved is a luminous debut novel. It's the story of 2 ministers and their wives, but it's about people, not religion. A beautiful must-read.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is one of the best and most famous Greek myth retellings out there right now. Find out what I thought of it in my book review. #whatshotblog #bookreview #booklovers #bookblogger #bookblog

Book Review: The Song of Achilles By Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is a surprisingly poignant and romantic tale that follows the story of Greek hero Achilles and his best friend Patroclus.

The River by Peter Heller - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Catherine on Instagram: “I never would have thought a novel about young men on a canoe trip in Canada would knock me over with its beauty and depth, but The River…”

102 Likes, 33 Comments - Catherine (@gilmoreguide) on Instagram: “I never would have thought a novel about young men on a canoe trip in Canada would knock me over…”

Imagine that the Queen decides she wants to read fiction instead of matters of state. This witty, small novel is the perfect antidote to the reading blues.

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Uncommon Reader is about what happens when Queen Elizabeth decides to read for pleasure and not work is the antidote for whatever ails you. Fabulous!

I adored this novel about food, ancient Persia, love, and a little bit of magic. A literary journey I didn't want to end. #bookreview

The Pasha of Cuisine - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Pasha of Cuisine is a delight of a novel. Set in Constantinople during the Ottoman Empire it is the story of one gifted young cook. A wondrous tale.

You don't need to know anything about Greek mythology to love this novel about a 'woman' who comes into her own in the world of gods. #bookreview

Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Whether you know something or nothing about Greek mythology the novel Circe is gripping and brilliant storytelling on an epic scale. No one does drama like the Greek gods.

A poetic and powerful novel about one of the first published female poets in modern day Iran. #bookreview #bookblogger

Song of a Captive Bird - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzhad fought for the right to be heard and to have her poems published in Iran. Song of a Captive Bird is a lyrical novel of her life.

Literary Fiction

Cygnet is a touching novel about a teenager left by her parents on an island of senior citizens. Through her eyes we see what it's like to be forgotten. #bookreview #fiction #bookblog

Cygnet by Season Butler - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Cygnet is a touching novel about a teenager left by her parents on an island of senior citizens. Through her eyes we see what it's like to be forgotten.

Subversive, politically incorrect, wildly creative, and funny. This satire was just what my dark heart needed. #bookreview #satire

Riots I Have Known

You might not think a prison riot would make for great satire, but Riots I Have Known will prove you wrong. It's incisive, wildly creative, and hilarious.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, Review: Accepting imperfection

A Place for Us Book Review: Fatima Mirza's debut does not offer answers, but shows if we all broadened our thinking we might find ourselves closer to them.

Intense, mesmerizing novel about two sisters and the dysfunctional family they live in. #bookreview

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is a stunning novel about family dysfunction. Stylistically innovative, it hooks the reader from the first page.

Intense, mesmerizing novel about two sisters and the dysfunctional family they live in. #bookreview

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is a stunning novel about family dysfunction. Stylistically innovative, it hooks the reader from the first page.

Intelligent and readable

Intelligent and readable

A mystery set in a bookstore using books to solve it? Yes, Please!

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore - The Gilmore Guide to Books

A novel set in a bookstore in Denver?! Count me in. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is mysteries and puzzles whose answers are found in books.

A uniquely formatted novel The Lucky Ones is the fractured stories of a variety of Colombians living through  decades of political and drug wars.

The Lucky Ones: A Novel - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Lucky Ones is a fractured novel of political and social upheaval in Colombia. A powerfully creative view of life where the only constant is violence.

Oh, the Places You'll Read!

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16 Ways to Create a Cozy Reading Nook | StyleCaster

16 Ways to Create a Reading Nook That’s so Cozy, You’ll Wish for Cold Weather

Soft, fuzzy, furry fabrics go a long way toward making you feel like a regular living room or den is a place you actually want to lounge for hours. Check out these 16 cozy spaces and products to create your own reading nook.

Living Room Lounger - Interior Design Ideas & Home Decorating Inspiration - moercar

Living Room Lounger - Interior Design Ideas & Home Decorating Inspiration - moercar

The living room is the core of your house in theory. After all, it should be the life of the house. If you want to redo your complete living space, you might need to purchase one of our complete living… Continue Reading →

10 Timeless Home Decorating Trends That Never Go Out Of Style

If you are planning to decorate your home, you may have noticed that decorating trends seem to change almost every decade. It is estimated that homeowners

Book nook, reading nook, reading chair, reading room, bookworm's dream

book nooks

Book nook - 17 of the internet's coziest, cushiest and most inviting spots to sit and read.

A cozy, overstuffed chair and foot stool for reading

15 Small Home Libraries That Make a Big Impact

A little creativity goes a long way.

My favorite reading spot for the day... Where is your favorite reading spot? What are you reading?  “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” — Henry David Thoreau~  Source: Christine's on FB

My favorite reading spot for the day... Where is your favorite reading spot? What are you reading? “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” — Henry David Thoreau~ Source: Christine's on FB

window library

window library

Seat and drawers under the stairs.

Seat and drawers under the stairs.

From monasteries to royal reading rooms, get lost within these majestic libraries.

See 23 of the world’s most enchanting libraries

From monasteries to royal reading rooms, get lost within these majestic libraries.

Book Lists

All your summer reading needs are taken care of with Sarah's 2020 Summer Reading List.

2020 Summer Reading List

My 2020 Summer Reading List is full of books that you will get easily engrossed in and don't take a ton of concentration (something light, fast-paced, substantive, or different).

Six great new reading options to help break the winter doldrums! #books #reading

What I'm Reading in March - The Gilmore Guide to Books

February was a really disappointing month for my reading, but I've got high hopes for these 6 books coming out this month.

12 Most Anticipated New Release Books of 2020 | Book Lovers Pizza

12 Most-Anticipated Books Coming Out in 2020

Book Lovers Pizza | 12 Most Anticipated New Release Books of 2020

It's a new year and time for another round-up of books I'm ready to read. Here are the 10 books I'm looking forward to coming out this winter. #books #reading #lists

10 Winter 2020 Books I'm Ready to Read - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's a new year and time for another round-up of books I'm ready to read. Here are the 10 books I'm looking forward to coming out this winter.

Eight debut books that were fabulous. Must reads for book lovers looking for new authors. #bookreviews #booklove

Eight Best Debuts of 2019 - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's that time of year when best of lists crop everywhere. Here's my list of my eight favorite debut novels of 2019. Lots of great reading ahead.

The ten books I loved most this year. Fiction and nonfiction- these were the reading that made 2019 a great year for books. #bookreviews #bookblog #booklove

Ten Best Books of 2019 - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's almost Christmas and I'm wrapping up a gift of my ten favorite books from 2019. It was a great year of reading including 2 nonfiction books!

Novel Visits' DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019

DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019

DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019 - A full third of my reading this year was from debut authors, and they've been good. Very good. My top nine debuts of 2019.

Love book to movie adaptions? This list is your guide for news and information on all the books becoming movies & tv shows in 2020.

The Definitive Guide To All The Books Becoming Movies In 2020

Love book to movie adaptions? This list is your guide for news and information on all the books becoming movies & tv shows in 2020.

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2019 | Time.com

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2019

From page-turning fiction to conversation-starting nonfiction and poetry, here are 100 books from 2019 that are worth reading.

43 libros de los que no serás capaz de dejar de hablar. #Pontealeer #BibliotecaCAAV

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing

Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing (The Ardent Biblio)

Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing, a film music books post from the blog The Ardent Biblio, written by Rikki & Michaela on Bloglovin’

5 New Books You Can Read in a Weekend

Five New Books You Can Read in a Weekend

I've been on a short books kick recently and get really excited when I find tiny books that still pack

The Summer Bucket List Book Tag // Beachy Reads and Starry Nights - Another Book in the Wall

The Summer Bucket List Book Tag // Beachy Reads and Starry Nights - Another Book in the Wall

Hey dolls! I think I’m due for an award for Best At Procrastinating Tags! *cue applause* This is honestly such a cute tag, and it radiates lovely summer vibes! I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to finally do it! Thank you Kay for tagging me in this one, and Tiffany for creating it! …

Want summer fun reading that won't tax your brain too much, but will pass the time quickly while on vacation or by the pool? Here are 3 quick options.

Summer Fun Reading: Mini-Reviews - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Want summer fun reading that won't tax your brain too much, but will pass the time quickly while on vacation or by the pool? Here are 3 quick options.

50 States Reading List. Up for an epic American Reading Challenge? Our 50 States Reading list has the best books set in every state to satisfy the best of bookworms. Check out all of these books set in 50 states to see how many you have read.

50 States Reading List: Best Books Set in Every State

Up for an epic American Reading Challenge? The 50 States Reading list has the best books set in every state to satisfy the best of bookworms.

Don't miss the five exciting thrillers featured in this month's Quick Look Books! Each of these stories is filled with suspense, mystery, and drama to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. #bookreview #bookrecommendation #quicklookbooks #awellreadtart #bookblog #amreading #bookblogger #thrillers #suspense #mystery #truecrime #lisaunger #joshmalerman #laurenwillig #louisamayalcott #mailemeloy

5 Thrillers You NEED to Read

These five book recommendations for engrossing suspense thrillers will get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing!

Best Books of 2019 So Far - Sarah's Book Shelves

Best Books of 2019 So Far

My Best Books of 2019 So Far includes seven 5 star reads, two heartfelt memoirs, and some engrossing character-driven novels!

Books by Women you must read #books #booksrecommendation #bookstagram

Sushma Manava | Bookstagram on Instagram: “Back with a post on #femmemarch / #femmemarchfest this Monday. Today I want to share some books written by women I love. Some of these…”

360 Likes, 42 Comments - Sushma Manava | Bookstagram (@spunkyreads) on Instagram: “Back with a post on #femmemarch / #femmemarchfest this Monday. Today I want to share some books…”

Looking for a great book to add to your summer reading list? These 9 books are our top picks for the 2019 summer season and we can't wait to start reading! We are featuring a variety of historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, literary fiction, history, and more. Via @honeyandpineco

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It’s summer reading season! We’ve been spending a lot of time by the pool over the last couple of weeks and I’ve learned that all I really need to be happy is a pool, a summer cocktail, and a good...

Books That Make You Think Differently About The World Book List. Are you looking for books to make you think? Check out this book list with over 20 titles, including YA, nonfiction, and adult fiction.

26 Powerful Books That Make You Think | The Uncorked Librarian

Looking for powerful books that make you think differently about the world? Check out some of the best books that will make you think outside the box.

My 2019 Summer Reading List (for adults) is full of books that you will get easily engrossed in and don\'t take a ton of concentration. I\'ve got you covered for something light, fast-paced, substantive, or different. PLUS: a printable cheatsheet you can take to the bookstore or library! #reading #summerreading

2019 Summer Reading List

My 2019 Summer Reading List is full of books that you will get easily engrossed in and don't take a ton of concentration. I've got you covered for light, fast-paced, substantive, and different books.

Most anticipated new releases in May 2019

Most Anticipated New Releases of May 2019 - The Books Across

The Books Across is a book blog that brings you all the new releases of 2019. Check out the best new release books coming out in May 2019.

Summer 2019 Reading Preview (Part 2)

Summer 2019 Reading Preview (Part 2) - The Gilmore Guide to Books

Part 2 of my summer reading preview. I have 6 releases you probably haven't heard about AND 4 biggies from authors we all know. So much to look forward to!

Looking to start reading again after dropping the hobby? We've gathered more than a dozen books in seven different genres to kick start your reading career!

14 Books to Get You Back into Reading - Beyond the Bookends

This past week we had a question from a friend asking for some book recommendations. She had gone “off the reading path” so to speak and needed a recommendation for a book to get her excited about reading again. I remember different periods of my life when it felt like Read More

Time to think about what to read this summer! I have 4 options you probably haven't heard about, but which look really good. #reading #books

Summer 2019 Reading Preview (Part 1) - The Gilmore Guide to Books

There are so many great books coming out this summer I've had to split this post into two parts! Up today, the four books you need for June and July.

2018 chilled us to the bone with some amazing thriller books. From creepy kids to terrifying neighbors to being unable to trust your own mind, these are the psychological thrillers we couldn't put down this year.

19 Psychological Thrillers We Couldn't Put Down This Year

Get ready for some chilling, twisted books you won't be able to put down! These are the best psychological thrillers 2018 had to offer — each guaranteed to shock you. Including books from A. J. Finn, Ruth Ware, Aimee Molloy, and more.

30 Highly Anticipated Books Releasing in May 2019 to look out for, sorted in genres. #bookreleaes #youngadult #romance #thriller #booklists

30 Highly Anticipated Books Releasing in May 2019 | My Bookish Blog

A list of 30 highly anticipated books releasing in May 2019 sorted in genres - YA/Fantasy, Romance/Fiction and Thriller/Mystery.

The 32 Most Exciting Books Coming in 2017

The 32 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2017

Here are the books we can’t wait to read in 2017! (Ranked in no particular order.)

Life Changers: 15 of the Most Inspirational Books For Entrepreneurs

Life Changers: 15 of the Most Inspirational Books For Entrepreneurs

Our expert contributors share the books that inspired and jump-started their careers.

Eight of the most underrated gems of 2016

Eight of the Most Underrated Gems of 2016

I’m linking up at with the lovely ladies at The Broke and The Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday! Yep, I'm throwing in

My favorite list of the year to compile...

A Month of Favorites: Five 2016 Books That Deserved the Hype…and Five That Didn’t

One of my favorite annual lists to put together: 2016 books that deserved the hype and those that didn't.

The Best Nonfiction Audiobooks I\'ve Listened to Lately: these nonfiction audiobooks for adults will captivate your ears. #books  #audiobooks

The Best Nonfiction Audiobooks I’ve Listened to Lately

The best nonfiction audiobooks I've listened to lately: Columbine, Helter Skelter, Operating Instructions, Save Me the Plums, This Will Only Hurt a Little.

December Library Checkout

December Library Checkout - The Gilmore Guide to Books

I'm happy to wave goodbye to 2016- a year that ended far more dreadfully than it began. These is my December library reading.

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2016 - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's been a difficult year for my reading, with reality interfering with my ability to enjoy books. Still, here are my top ten favorite books for 2016.

My Best All-Around, Go-To Book Recommendations

My Best All-Around, Go-To Book Recommendations

I find myself recommending the same books over and over again...here are my best all-around, go-to book recommendations that will appeal to lots of readers.

Historical

Find your next historical fiction read on this book list. These novels are set around the world and across time, from World War II England to Paris in World War I, to the American South of the early 20th century.

The Best Historical Fiction Books to Read This Winter | Penguin Random House

Find a cozy reading spot, and go back in time! Find your next historical fiction read on this book list, from beloved tales now in paperback to the latest...

I loved everything about this fabulous novel. A story for all women- funny, sharp, touching. #bookreview #historicalfiction #bookblogger

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert - The Gilmore Guide to Books

A genre defying novel, City of Girls is wildly entertaining reading. Vivian is 19 and loving life in 1940s NYC right up until her actions have consequences.

Little Library: Best Historical Fiction Books About 1940's Europe - Beyond the Bookends

Little Library: Best Historical Fiction Books About 1940's Europe - Beyond the Bookends

Enjoy our "Little Library" of the Best Historical Fiction Books About 1940's Europe. A very popular segment for fiction writers, here are our favorites.

Creepy

How to Be a Good Wife is a psychological thriller by Emma Chapman about a wife and mother dealing wi... - Provided by POPSUGAR

10 Marriage Thrillers For Gone Girl Fans

"I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?" This seemingly innocuous quote from Gone Girl takes on a much more chilling undertone once you've read the book or, now, seen the movie. In fact, throngs of movie theater goers took to Twitter this week to voice their fear of marriage after seeing the film, and Jezebel even went so far as to say that "Gone Girl's biggest…

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Non-Fiction

A dishy book about the history of Hollywood's iconic Chateau Marmont. #bookreview #Hollywood

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont

The Castle on Sunset is a juicy, dishy history of one of America's most iconic hotels, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This book is packed with details.

Glamorous reading about all the bling. #jewelry #bookreviews

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World - The Gilmore Guide to Books % %

Stoned is a look at our obsession with gems and their role in world history. The best part? It's not boring, it's wicked, funny and informative.

Monthly Wrap-ups

February Reading Wrap-Up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

February Reading Wrap-Up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

My January roller-coaster reading slammed to a stop in February. I read the same amount, but most were uninspiring and a few left me really cranky.

The highs and lows of my January reading

January Reading Wrap-up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

My January reading was as unpredictable as the weather here in Ann Arbor. I had my first 5-star book of the year, but had other novels that didn't pan out.

Books reviewed in July 2019, including The Snakes, After the End, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, The Islanders, The Blue Bistro, Silver Girl, and Normal People. #books #bookreviews #2019books #booklist #bookstoread #reading #amreading #readinglist

Mini Reviews of Recent Reads: July 2019 | Mind Joggle

July 2019 book reviews of The Snakes, After the End, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, The Islanders, The Blue Bistro, Silver Girl, and Normal People.

Other Pins

All your summer reading needs are taken care of with Sarah's 2020 Summer Reading List.

2020 Summer Reading List

My 2020 Summer Reading List is full of books that you will get easily engrossed in and don't take a ton of concentration (something light, fast-paced, substantive, or different).

Six great new reading options to help break the winter doldrums! #books #reading

What I'm Reading in March - The Gilmore Guide to Books

February was a really disappointing month for my reading, but I've got high hopes for these 6 books coming out this month.

February Reading Wrap-Up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

February Reading Wrap-Up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

My January roller-coaster reading slammed to a stop in February. I read the same amount, but most were uninspiring and a few left me really cranky.

The highs and lows of my January reading

January Reading Wrap-up - The Gilmore Guide to Books

My January reading was as unpredictable as the weather here in Ann Arbor. I had my first 5-star book of the year, but had other novels that didn't pan out.

12 Most Anticipated New Release Books of 2020 | Book Lovers Pizza

12 Most-Anticipated Books Coming Out in 2020

Book Lovers Pizza | 12 Most Anticipated New Release Books of 2020

It's a new year and time for another round-up of books I'm ready to read. Here are the 10 books I'm looking forward to coming out this winter. #books #reading #lists

10 Winter 2020 Books I'm Ready to Read - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's a new year and time for another round-up of books I'm ready to read. Here are the 10 books I'm looking forward to coming out this winter.

Eight debut books that were fabulous. Must reads for book lovers looking for new authors. #bookreviews #booklove

Eight Best Debuts of 2019 - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's that time of year when best of lists crop everywhere. Here's my list of my eight favorite debut novels of 2019. Lots of great reading ahead.

The ten books I loved most this year. Fiction and nonfiction- these were the reading that made 2019 a great year for books. #bookreviews #bookblog #booklove

Ten Best Books of 2019 - The Gilmore Guide to Books

It's almost Christmas and I'm wrapping up a gift of my ten favorite books from 2019. It was a great year of reading including 2 nonfiction books!

Novel Visits' DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019

DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019

DEBUTS - My Favorites of 2019 - A full third of my reading this year was from debut authors, and they've been good. Very good. My top nine debuts of 2019.

Love book to movie adaptions? This list is your guide for news and information on all the books becoming movies & tv shows in 2020.

The Definitive Guide To All The Books Becoming Movies In 2020

Love book to movie adaptions? This list is your guide for news and information on all the books becoming movies & tv shows in 2020.

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2019 | Time.com

The 100 Must-Read Books of 2019

From page-turning fiction to conversation-starting nonfiction and poetry, here are 100 books from 2019 that are worth reading.

The Dearly Beloved is a luminous debut novel. It's the story of 2 ministers and their wives, but it's about people, not religion. A beautiful must-read.

The Dearly Beloved - The Gilmore Guide to Books

The Dearly Beloved is a luminous debut novel. It's the story of 2 ministers and their wives, but it's about people, not religion. A beautiful must-read.

43 libros de los que no serás capaz de dejar de hablar. #Pontealeer #BibliotecaCAAV

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

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Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing

Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing (The Ardent Biblio)

Best Books For Foodies & Lovers of Food Writing, a film music books post from the blog The Ardent Biblio, written by Rikki & Michaela on Bloglovin’

Find your next historical fiction read on this book list. These novels are set around the world and across time, from World War II England to Paris in World War I, to the American South of the early 20th century.

The Best Historical Fiction Books to Read This Winter | Penguin Random House

Find a cozy reading spot, and go back in time! Find your next historical fiction read on this book list, from beloved tales now in paperback to the latest...

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