Advice columnists are usually detestable on principle. So often they dish out finger-wagging judgment rather than empathy and a nuanced understanding of the complexities of human nature. TheRumpus.net’s Dear Sugar column — which was revealed earlier this year to be penned by author Cheryl Strayed — is beloved by readers for this very reason. It’s an advice column, but feels like therapy, church and your mother’s loving arms all at once. Whether you’re lovesick, drowning in debt, or riddled with professional jealousy, Dear Sugar understands and she wants to help. [$10.17, Amazon]
Guys, not only is reading FUNdemental — it can also be super sexy. Personally, I do almost all of my reading in bed, which is not as titillating as it sounds, because I’m usually wearing ratty pajamas and some kind of disgusting face mask. But you get the idea. Which is why the ladies of The Gloss would like you to send them a picture of yourself — sexily reading a book. Keep reading »
I might be a little too into the young adult novel Matilda than is suitable for a grown woman … right down to squee-ing when I saw the blog College Fashion did a how-to on how to get Matilda’s look. If Matilda’s now your type, they also show you how to get Miss Honey’s sweet and ladylike style, as well as vaguely dominatrix-inspired Miss Trunchbull look. The only thing they forgot with Matilda is a pile of library books! [College Fashion]
Last week, we showed you ours and asked you to show us yours. Nightstands, that is. And the books you keep on them, specifically. Click through to find out which books Frisky readers keep next to their beds…
I am somewhat of a walking dichotomy: I enjoy literature and consider myself a “reader,” but my attention span maxes out at 30 seconds. Unless a book really grabs me, and I mean seriously grabs me, it’s a lost cause. I write even the most popular, best-loved books off as “boring,” and for that, I am the worst. As such, I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of novels that are really, truly captivating, whether it’s due to an intricate plot, a particularly thrilling mystery, or fascinating characters. Here are five authors whose works will reel you in and keep you on the line …
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 »