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 »
Earlier this week, we asked a bunch of guys on our IM what they want and do not want to see on the bookshelves of the women they date. Their answers were interesting and varied (Hide your copy of The Notebook! Books about soccer are sexy!) and so we decided to turn the question, somewhat, around on ourselves: do we judge guys who either don’t read or by what they read? Our conflicting views are after the jump — plus, share your thoughts in the comments! Keep reading »
Artist Massimo Bartolini created this beautiful open air library in Ghent, Belgium, stocked with secondhand books visitors can browse, borrow, or buy as part of the TRACK art festival. Unfortunately it’s only a temporary installation, but alas, how we yearn to peruse those shelves on a sunny day! [Flavorwire]
One of my favorite genres is what I like to call the “Hey, my life’s not actually that bad!” memoir, in which the author recounts the true(ish) story of their severe drug addiction, homelessness, crazy affairs, horrifically bad parents, accidental murder, or some combination of all of the above. Whatever the content matter, these books have one thing in common: by the end, I feel like my life is going pretty well in comparison. In honor of Rad Reads Week, I’ve compiled a list of 10 memoirs that will help you appreciate your life for a variety of different reasons. Click through to check ‘em out…
Whatever the reason, there often comes a time in our lives when reading takes a back seat to, you know, everything else. Maybe your crazy schedule leaves you no time to go to the library, let alone relax with a good book. Maybe Twitter has ruined your ability to read anything longer than 140 characters. Maybe you were so traumatized by the endless assigned readings in college that you can’t remember what it’s like to read for fun (seriously, I didn’t voluntarily pick up a book for at least a year after graduation). We’re celebrating Rad Reads Week here at The Frisky, which just happens to be the perfect time to rediscover the magic of a good book. Wondering how to get back in the habit? Check out our 10 tips, after the jump! Keep reading »
Beep, beep! Happy Rad Reads Week! All week we’ll be going off on books we love, books we don’t love, books we love to see dudes reading, books that dudes like to see us reading, books books books boooooooks! To kick things off, we’re sharing the books we currently have sitting on our nightstands. And we want to see yours next! Send photos of your nightstand, with a little bit about the books sitting there, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “My Nightstand!” and we’ll run a slideshow of them at the end of the week! For now, here are the books chillin’ next to our beds right now…