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Book Club Food Ideas for Hearty Discussions


book club food ideas for hearty discussions
Is your book club in need of some fresh food ideas? In our most recent annual survey, we asked subscribers what snacks or meals their book groups prefer for their meetings. Below, we'll share with you some of the most popular responses, along with suggestions and resources that you can use for cooking up fun, food-filled sessions with your club in the future. [More]

8 Recent Books by Native Authors That We Recommend


8 Recent Books by Native Authors That We Recommend
While still underrepresented, Native authors — including many emerging writers — have been behind an exciting variety of interesting literature from both major and small publishers as of late. As we at BookBrowse have been working to consciously build up the books featured in our Native and Indigenous category, we would like to take the opportunity to share with you some of our recently reviewed books by Native writers. [More]

How to Pronounce 700 Author Names


How to Pronounce 700 Author Names
In addition to thousands of author bios and interviews, BookBrowse also contains pronunciation guides for 700 authors' names. For example, these are a handful that you might be getting wrong:

Looking for a Fun Name for Your Book Club? Be Inspired by 50+ Real Ones


Fun ideas for naming your book club
In the market for a name to give your book group? Why not look over some real book club names for inspiration? Earlier this year, we sent out a question with our annual book club survey asking about the names of subscribers' book clubs. We received more than 500 answers — ranging from straightforward and sincere to witty and laugh-out-loud entertaining — and we thoroughly enjoyed sifting through all of them. Thank you to everyone who submitted responses!

Below, we've highlighted common themes and categories we came across in hopes of sparking inspiration for those looking to name their own clubs. [More]

1700+ Free Reading Guides for Book Clubs


1700+ Free Reading Guides for Book Clubs
In BookBrowse's book club section, you'll find more than 1,700 free reading guides covering many of the best fiction and nonfiction titles published in the past 20 years. So, whatever your book group's reading interest, start your search at BookBrowse to find books that will generate interesting and invigorating discussions. [More]

Creating a World by Maria Tureaud


When a sudden, mandatory two-week vacation turned into a worldwide lockdown that sent so many into a spiral of despair, I had a thought. It was born from a bored re-watch of the 1994 movie Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. I looked at the character of Claudia—the unfortunate child-turned-vampire—and wondered if she could […]

Cover Reveal: I’m an American by Darshana Khiani


I’m an American, my second book, launches on May 2nd, 2023. I’m excited to be revealing the cover to this wonderful, inclusive, thoughtful book-loving community. I’m an American features a classroom of diverse students exploring the question: what does it mean to be an American? My writing is inspired by the questions I wonder and […]

Cover Reveal: IT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY by Sydney Dunlap


Hi everyone! It is such an honor to have a chance to introduce myself and my book, IT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY. This story began a long time ago when I was teaching elementary school in Virginia and used to flip through TV channels at night before going to sleep. One evening, I landed on a […]

This Party Is for You by Jamie Michalak


Real talk. I’ve been staring at this screen for hours, trying to find just the right words for a Nerdy Book Club post. But the truth is, inspiration for me never strikes when I’m trying to think of something to write. It hits out of the blue, when my mind is wandering, when I’m bored, […]

Finding Inspiration, Atmosphere, and Mood for Odd Occurrences by Andrew Nance


Imagine you’re in a car parked outside a dilapidated cabin deep in the woods. It’s around midnight, there’s no moon and no nearby streetlights, so it’s as dark as a night can get. Some friends are with you, one of whom says in a hoarse whisper, “There’s someone sitting on a log behind us.” You all can see the person on such a dark night because the figure is softly glowing. An […]

Science is Story, Too by Christina Couch


I didn’t like science as a kid, or rather, I thought it didn’t like me. I was curious about the world around me, but back in the 80s and early 90s, science classes felt like spaces for someone else—places ruled by math and methodology where sensitive people who loved literature and theater and all things […]

A Bat That’s Afraid of the Dark? How I used “fear itself” to connect readers to my beloved creatures of the night – by Dan Riskin


Think back to the last time you discovered something special, and how much you wanted to share it with the world. Maybe it was a piece of music that you really connected to, or a new book you just couldn’t stop thinking about. Or maybe it was something even bigger –  a new person you’d […]

World Travelers and the Smallness of Censorship by Tanya Lee Stone


(Author’s Note: *these referenced books have been banned.) I am so near-sighted my driver’s license used to include a warning label on the back that said “legally blind.” My sister and parents all have perfect eyesight, so my family teases that my bad eyesight stemmed from my face being buried in books since the moment […]

A Return to Book Love by Dow Phumiruk


I arrived in the United States from Thailand at a very young age, accompanied by my dad and brother. My mom waited for us at the terminal. We had been apart for six months, but my tiny toddler mind knew her immediately. The four of us became a family again.  I didn’t speak for a […]

Cover Reveal: Elf Dog and Owl Head by M. T. Anderson, Illustration by Junyi Wu


Elf Dog and Owl Head by M.T. Anderson Illustrated by Junyi Wu Publication Date: 4/11/23 From the singular imagination of National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson comes a magical adventure about a boy and his dog—or a dog and her boy—and a forest of wonders hidden in plain sight. Clay has had his fill […]


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