It’s easy to get so wrapped up in a book that you start thinking the characters are real. And it’s especially fun to do so when the characters seem like ideal dudes. That’s why we’ve collected an assortment of fictional male characters we’ve harbored crushes on, for your reading pleasure. Tell us if you share any of our affections, and let us know who you’re crushed out on — literarily speaking — in the comments.
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Our recipe for an ideal summer weekend is pretty simple. In fact, it only requires two ingredients: a beach and a book. But what exactly are the components of a truly great beach read? Let’s break it down…
If you look back, chances are you can probably think of a few times when you read the perfect book at the absolutely perfect moment. Whether it’s reading Judy Blume as a teen or Virginia Woolf in your early 20s, there are certain books that are ideal reads for certain moments in your life. We’ve selected a ton of books that are great reading at different ages. Take a look at our list and tell us what books you recommend in the comments!
In honor of Rad Reads Week, we thought a literary weekend project was in order. How about these adorable DIY book earrings? Craft yourself a pair that resembles your favorite book or make some with a sweet inscription for your bookworm BFF. Either way, they’d be a welcome addition to any book lover’s library–er, jewelry box. [WikiHow]
In case we haven’t made it perfectly clear during Rad Reads Week; we love books. More importantly, we love men who love books. There’s nothing sexier than a hunk curled up with a good book. Well, the only thing better is if he’s reading it naked. Viggo Mortensen is fully clothed, yes. But this picture of him reading The Lord of the Rings is just … no words. Keep on clicking for more book porn.
There are book clubs and then there are book clubs. The first is when you and a huge group of women, who may or may not have read the month’s assigned book, gather at someone’s house for margaritas, hummus and, oh, two hours of gossiping. Maybe 20 minutes at the end, those of you who actually read the book have a quick chat, but mostly this is a “big night out” for suburban types.
Then there are the book clubs. My beloved book club is filled with smartypants English majors from Williams. When it’s my month to pick a book, it is difficult to do so because they’ve read every book imaginable. We are ruled with an iron fist by a girl friend of mine who works in publishing and eats, lives, and breathes books. I am sincerely scared to not read the book each month or, worse, not attend the meeting. If we gossip, it’s way towards the end, long after I have gotten my ass handed to me on a platter, intellectually speaking. But you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’ve been in both types of book clubs and I’d like to think I know a thing or two about ‘em. After the jump, here’s rules for a book club — I mean, a book club — that actually reads. Keep reading »