7 Best Christmas-Themed Novels To Read This Month

Looking for the best Christmas-themed novels to read this month? Check out the following list of Christmas reads that are sure to get you in the mood for the Holiday season!

After all, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to put on some flannel, curl up with a hot cup of cocoa, and dive into a Christmas-themed novel. 

Below, you’ll find our list of the 7 Best Christmas-themed novels to check out this holiday season. 

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

There just wouldn’t be a Christmas-themed novel list without A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

Visited late on Christmas Eve by ghosts and supernatural figures from throughout his lifetime, Ebenezer Scrooge is in for a rough night.

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Taken on a journey of self-discovery, Scrooge eventually transforms from a miserly old man to a joyful old soul, full of Christmas spirit. 

You certainly won’t be saying ‘bah humbug!’ after reading this Christmas classic!

The Twelve Birds Of Christmas By Stephen Moss

Beloved by birdwatchers and book enthusiasts alike, The Twelve Birds of Christmas will turn your own backyard into a winter wonderland. 

In The Twelve Birds of Christmas, Steven Moss uses a carol-like structure to identify 12 different British birds.

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Throughout this book, Moss uses history, landscape, bird behaviours, folklore, and culture to create a compelling Christmas-themed narrative. 

This is a great book to share with your children or to enjoy on your own. 

The Nutcracker By E.T.A. Hoffmann

Written in 1816, The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffmann is yet another excellent Christmas classic to add to your reading list this month!

A young girl named Marie is given a nutcracker from her uncle for Christmas.

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That night, the nutcracker comes alive, and whisks Marie off into a magical world filled with living dolls, adventure, and even an evil mouse king. 

Will Marie make it back home to her family? You’ll have to read this Christmas-themed novel to find out!

Death Comes At Christmas By Gladys Mitchell

If you prefer a murder mystery, Death Comes at Christmas by Gladys Mitchell is certainly worth the read. 

On Christmas Eve the body of a local solicitor is found by the river in Oxfordshire. While local authorities believe he died of natural causes, Mrs. Bradley isn’t so sure.

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A series of clues make her suspect that he’s been murdered, and she’s convinced that the murderer will strike again… 

Compared to other mystery greats like Agatha Christie, Mitchell doesn’t disappoint with this thrilling Christmas-themed novel. 

An Almost Perfect Christmas By Nina Stibbe

If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud, honest view of Christmas, pick up An Almost Perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe.

This Christmas-themed book is chock full of essays on holiday-themed traditions and memories.

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Some of these essay topics include a tragically decorated Christmas tree and the annual quest to roast the perfect turkey. 

Equal parts maddening and magical, An Almost Perfect Christmas manages to capture all the best parts of the Christmas season in a way that’s fun and engaging to read!

The Snow Queen By Hans Christian Anderson

Full of wonder and magic, this Christmas-themed story will transport you to a world of ice and snow.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson is a fairy tale, initially published in December of 1844. It follows two children, Kai and Gerda, who would do anything for each other. 

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One day Gerda notices that Kai is acting strange and cruel. Then, he disappears. Determined to find her friend, Gerda sets off on an epic adventure to find him. 

A beautiful take of friendship, bravery, and love, The Snow Queen is a delightful winter read.  

A Christmas Story By Jean Shepherd

If this Christmas-themed novel sounds familiar, you might’ve seen the movie adaptation. It’s a classic!

A Christmas Story, by Jean Shepherd, paints a realistic picture of a Christmas celebrated by an American family living in a small town in Depression-era Indiana. 

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Equal parts funny and relatable, you’ll feel right at home with Ralphie and his all-consuming desire for Santa (or somebody) to deliver what he wants more than anything in the world; a Red Ryder, carbon action 200-shot range model air rifle. 

He doesn’t even care that he might just shoot his eye out… 

If you loved A Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story is definitely worth your time. 

Read Your Way Into The Holiday Spirit!

Well, there you have it! A list of 7 of the best Christmas-themed novels to check out this year. 

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Whether you love a good mystery, fairy tale, drama, or comedy, there’s a little something for everyone. 

So pick up one (or all) of these great reads. There’s truly no better way to get in the spirit for this year’s holiday season. 

Best Autumn-Themed Novels To Check Out This Month

Need a few new books to add to your reading list this fall? Check out our list of the top 4 best autumn-themed novels to check out this month!

Fall has officially arrived!

And with shorter days and cooler weather now upon us, what else is there to do but get warm and cozy? 

For book-lovers, I think it’s pretty safe to say that there’s no better way to get comfortable around this time of year than to curl up with a great autumn-themed book. 

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So if you’re seeking a few great fall read, we’ve got you covered! Below, you’ll find this month’s list of the best autumn-themed books to check out this month. 

Let The Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist

Searching for something creepy to read this Halloween? Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist might be exactly what you’re looking for! 

A dead body has been found in a quiet suburb of Stockholm. Drained of blood, officials just can’t figure out the motive behind the crime. 

A young boy named Oskar is hopeful that the murder will stop his local schoolyard bullies from picking on him. But that’s not all that’s on his mind…

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A new girl has also just moved in next door. Oskar finds this girl strange, and her ever-peculiar behavior strikes him as odd and uneven… Almost unnatural. 

Fondly called “Sweden’s Steven King,” John Ajvide Lindqvist is the author of many horror novels and short stories. Let the Right One In was Lindqvist’s debut novel, one that has since been adapted for film in Sweden (2008) and the United States (Let Me In, 2010). 

My October – Claire Holden Rothman

If you’re looking for an autumn-themed novel based on true events, try My October by Claire Holden Rothman. 

My October weaves together the stories of a father, mother, and son living in Montreal, Canada. This modern family unit is deeply affected by the weight of their past, and the shocking consequences of words left unsaid.

Set in the early 2000s, this novel offers flashbacks to Canada’s October Crisis, that happened in Quebec during fall 1971. 

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The October Crisis is an event where the separatist, often referred to as terrorist organization, Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British diplomat, James Cross, and the province’s Deputy Premier, Pierre Laporte. 

According to Publisher’s Weekly, “This novel about power, language and acceptance should resonate with those who have felt torn between languages and cultures, as well as those who have felt like outsiders in their own city or country.” 

Canadian author Claire Holden Rothman has published several novels and short stories. Her fiction has won many awards, including the 2019 Vine Award for Jewish Canadian Fiction. She currently lives in Montreal, Canada with her husband. 

Lovecraft Country – Matt Ruff

New York Times Bestseller, Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff, will take you on a journey of hope, freedom, power, and magic that touches the members of two black families. 

Set against the USA’s backdrop in the 1950s, this autumn-themed book twists Lovecraftian tropes to shine a light on the horrors of racism in the country at the time.

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According to the Seattle Times: “Lovecraft Country is bound to appeal to any reader who wants to delve into the strangeness of our land’s racial legacy.”

American science fiction, and thriller author, Matt Ruff has written seven novels. Nominated for the World Fantasy Award in 2017, HBO has recently adapted Lovecraft Country into a television series. 

The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield 

Next up, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Settefield offers up the perfect combination of a thriller novel that meets family drama. 

In fact, this novel’s gothic atmosphere and tone are bound to have you curling up on the couch for hours these coming fall months. 

In the book, Vida Winters hires a young biographer, Margaret Lea, to tell her own story’s complete truth. Having made a career telling beautiful but fictionalized tales of her own life, she reveals a story full of ghosts and a devastating fire. 

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Vida’s tale, however, makes Margaret suspicious as the story unfolds. 

To confront their past, these two women must face what haunts them. And only then can the truth transform them both for the better.  

Diane Setterfield is a British author who studied French Literature at the University of Bristol. 

She continued to study and then teach literature until 1990, when she began to pursue writing full time. Published in 38 countries with over 3 million copies sold, The Thirteenth Tale was Setterfield’s debut novel.

4 Best Fall Reads November 2020

Whether you’re fond of the autumn months or not, this time of year is a great reminder of how beautiful change really can be.

After all, the leaves are changing colors and falling, the weather is getting colder, and we’re all spending a bit more time inside. 

Therefore, why not make the most of your time this month by checking out one of our top picks for the best autumn-themed books for November 2020. 

5 Best Self-Development Books To Read This Month

Need some help finding motivation, ambition, or a more positive outlook on life? Check out our list of the 5 best self-development books to add to your reading list this year.

I think it’s safe to say that we all get down on ourselves from time to time.

Whether it’s due to the weather getting colder; troubles in our family lives; or simply because things just don’t seem to be going right in any way shape or form, we could all use a boost of confidence and inspiration from time to time.

With that said, I’d thought it might be a great idea to create this month’s book round-up on the best self-help, motivational, or inspirational authors and books.

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While none of these books are going to do any of the work involved in your own self-improvement, their authors are world-famous for knowing how to inspire people, how to communicate properly, and simply how to live happier, more wholesome lives, with better relationships.

Dale Carnegie – How To Win Friends And Influence People

I’ve personally read this book multiple times, so I might be biased in saying it, but How To Win Friends And Influence People is an absolute must-read for anyone looking to improve their intrapersonal relations and learn to be a more effective speaker.

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This book has been around for well-on 100 years and today, it continues to inspire and improve the lives of millions of people around the world.

In the book, Carnegie discusses the many common communication flaws found in the way that most of us communicate with one another. He then addresses them by imposing powerful, yet extremely simple, principles that we can implement into our lives.

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

As an eccentric wanderer for most of his life, Paulo Coelho didn’t sit down to write his first book, The Alchemist until he was nearly 40 years old.

In fact, it took him years of not knowing what he was meant to do with his life to find the courage to author his novel. But eventually, a pilgrimage in Spain led him to the realization that he’d always wanted to write a book. And that’s exactly what he set out to do.

After its initially released, the book completely flopped.

But, determined to market and sell it himself, Coelho went door to door, trying to persuade people to read his story.

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Eventually, he stumbled upon a publisher who was really to take a chance on him, and today’s Paulo Coelho’s first book, The Alchemist is known as one of the most fundamental books there is about finding yourself and your true purpose in life.

Although it’s a completely fictional story, the book follows its main character, Santiago, as he leads his way through his own journey to find his Personal Legend.

The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

To date, the Power of Positive Thinking has helped countless people achieve happiness by fostering a positive mindset.

This bestseller by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale is filled with practical advice and techniques aimed at helping the reader lead a life of fulfillment. Since its publication in 1952, it has helped show a person needs only the right mindset to achieve both success and happiness.

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Throughout its pages, Peale expresses an unequivocal belief in the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity.

The lessons in this book help one to control their “inner voice” that plays an important role in determining our moods and overall disposition. The more one is able to control their “inner voice” the more they are able to bring about the results they want and the life they desire.

You will learn how to be energized, how to follow-through on your ambitions, and most importantly, how to believe in yourself.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People caused a big stir upon its publication in 1989. It helped people see they are actually in far more control of their lives than it seems.

Even better, author Stephen R. Covey was able to show simple and effective techniques that anyone can use to put their lives back on the right track.

Covey’s lessons are based on timeless and universal principles that stay static even as the world around us changes.

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The book presents seven habits and fundamental principles adhered to by the world’s most successful and entrepreneurial people. When put into practice, these habits help foster happiness and a more balanced life.

This book won’t automatically transport you to a life of wealth and success but it will teach lessons on communication and personal development that can take you there.

The lessons learned here must be practiced every day, however, or else success will not be achieved. Happiness, success, and well-being are all habits we must form after all and failure is the habit we must break.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins is a master at helping people reach their peak performance.

His work has helped countless individuals learn the importance of self-mastery and taking control of their own lives. When Awaken the Giant Within was published in 1991, it was so successful that it launched its author to superstardom.

In fact, many consider Tony Robbins to be the most well-known and revered life coach on the planet. He has been sought out by celebrities, world leaders, and the world’s most successful people for his teachings.

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The lessons in Awaken the Giant Within can help anyone learn to take pleasure from actions that will benefit them and pain from those that will not.

This conditioning then provides the foundation needed to go out and achieve the life you want by doing the things you need to in order to foster it.

They apply to finance, physical health, and emotional well-being. Your ideal life is there for you to have and this book provides the step-by-step techniques necessary to achieve it.

Best Self-Development Books To Read 2020

Whether you’ve simply been feeling a bit low lately, or you’ve felt stuck in a rut for some time, there’s no doubt in my mind that the words in these books can help set you straight.

The one thing all of these books have in common is that they’re specifically designed to help you improve your own personal well-being, which in turn, will help improve your interpersonal relations, as well as your overal outlook on life.

So what are you waiting for?

Pick up one of these awesome inspirational books from your local book store or check out www.textbooknova.com to browse cheap, affordable books today.

5 Best Story Writers From Throughout History

Have you ever wondered who the best story writers of all time truly are? Below, we’ll go over 5 of the most well-known, influential writers of all starting.

Since the dawn of time, men and women have been passing stories on to each other. At first, this was only done orally, passing stories from one generation to another while sitting around camp fires.

However, in 1440 along came the invention of the printing press. With it, authors were now able to create stories, have them printed, and then distributed with ease.

But there is a prevalence of news and social media in today’s modern culture. Therefore, people aren’t often as interested in a good story as they once were.

So with that in mind, I would be a good idea to review some of the best, most prolific story writers from all throughout history.

Below, we’ll dive into our top 5 best story writers of all time, starting with Aesop. Who was writing as far back as about 600 years before Jesus Christ.

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Aesop

There is, unfortunately, much uncertainty surrounding Aesop. But most believe he was a born in Greece sometime between 560 B.C. and 620 B.C.

However, even today, Aesop’s collection of stories and fables are known as true works of literary art.

Aesop is best known for fables his such as “The Tortoise and the Hare”, and “The Goose Who Laid the Golden Eggs”. These stories use powerful imaginary and ordinary animals placed in bizarre situations.

Which, in the end, always reveals an invaluable truth or moral lesson.

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Although Aesop’s fables are mainly targeted at children, they are no doubt an excellent addition to any book lover’s reading list.

Check out The Classic Treasury Of Aesop Fables

The Brother’s Grimm

Also known as Children’s And Household Tales, Grimm’s Fairy Tales was first published in December 1812.

Written by brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, Grimm’s Fairy Tales was originally a collection of about 86 short fairy tale stories.

However, by the time the 7th edition of the collection was published, Grimm’s Fairy Tales contained a total of 210 uniquely written fairy tales.

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You’ve most certainly heard some of the Grimm brothers’ tales, such as Hansel And Gretel or Rapunzel. But with several hundred unique stories in the collection, there are sure to be many more stories, which will easily captivate your attention.

So, for the best look at the brothers Grimm’s stories, make sure to check out the full collection of stories in Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Edgar Allan Poe

Known for his macabre short stories, Edgar Allan Poe is often noted as one of the most influential, evocative writers in American history.

He’s mainly known for his dark, twisted stories.

However, Poe was a truly prolific writer, critic, poet, and editor. And he has written dozens of well-known short stories in many different genres of literature.

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Poe has a unique writing style that’s somewhat elaborate and hard to read for younger readers.

However, his use of the English language combined with his own personal flair is what truly make reading his short stories worth all the work.

For one of the best looks into Poe’s diverse writing styles and genres, make sure to check out the complete collection of Poe stories and poems.

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James Joyce

As of the more modern short story author on today’s list, James Joyce’s works were published at the onset of the 20th century.

However, his collection of short stories, known as Dubliners is the masterpiece that really skyrocketed his career into stardom.

First published over a hundred years ago in 1914, Dubliners is a collection of short stories. Each story is aimed at depicting the life of Middle class Irish citizens living in Dublin at the beginning of the century.

Most of the stories in the collection focus on their main characters having a epiphany. Joyce described this as a life-changing realization or illumination about one’s self.

The first few stories are narrated by younger protagonists. But as the stories continue, they progressively deal with the lives of gradually older characters.

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Among his other masterpieces, Joyce is also known for the epic novel titled Ulysses. What’s unique about Ulysses is that it mirrors the happenings and story line of Homer’s The Odyssey.

Stephen King

Who doesn’t love a good horror story?

Back in 1973, Stephen King sold his first novel, Carrie. This first book became so successful King has become one of the most famous and prolific of the 20th century.

In fact, Carrie, as well as dozens of other King stories, such as Pet Semetary, It, have been made into Hollywood films. Which have achieved the same level of success, if not more, than the novels.

More recently, however, King has recently a new collections of stories, titled If It Bleeds. Which is a must-have collection for any true Stephen King or horror fans.

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If It Bleeds is a collection of 4 short stories, which are all guaranteed to have your heart beating out of your chest by the time you’re done reading them.

5 Best Story Writers From Throughout History

Some of the story collections we’ve discussed today are fairy tales or fables mainly targeted at children. However, their authors are no doubt extremely influential writers, whose masterpieces have endured through of years.

That’s why, if you’ve truly a book lover, word nerd, reader, writer, short story enthusiast, or poet, you’ve come to right place. And absolutely must add these 5 authors and collections to your reading list this summer.

Top 6 Best Books To Read This Summer 2020

Are you wondering what books you should add to your reading list for this summer? Make sure to check out these Best Books To Read This Summer 2020.

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As a student, summer break can be a ton of fun.

But for some students, the summer can be long, and it can be hard to find ways to stay productive.

So with that in mind, I’ve put together the following blog post on the best books to add to your reading list this summer 2020.

Not only are these books from some of the best, up-and-coming authors of the year. But by reading them, you’ll be able to use your summer vacation in a way that’s meaningful and productive.

Florida Man By Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper, the author of The Marauders is back at it again with his new, dark thriller, Florida Man.

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Set in the 1980s, Florida Man follows an aging beachgoer. As he untangles a mind-boggling plot that involves underwater artifacts, deadly assassins, and even a couple of sea monsters.

If you’re into darker-themed thriller novels, then Florida Man is definitely worth checking out this summer.

All Adults Here By Emma Straub

As the follow-up to her bestselling novel, Modern Lovers, All Adults Here is about the problems that we all face in life. And the ways that we can go about becoming the people we’ve always been meant to be.

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The novel follows 68-year old, Astrid Strick, and her three adult children through their issues. It’s about all the problems they face that prevent them from becoming the people they’re meant to be.

According to Emma Straub’s All Adults Here, the solutions aren’t always as farfetched as you might think.

How Much Of These Hills Is Gold By C Pam Zhang

According to critics, this novel is one of the absolute best literary debuts of 2020.

The author, C Pam Zhang, spins a tale of immigration so vivid, raw, and bold, that it’s guaranteed to stay with readers for years to come.

The story follows two newly orphaned children, Lucy and Sam, as their father slowly dies.

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With their mother absent from their lives, Lucy and Sam desperately seek to bury their father. But in order to do so, they must cross through a foreign land where they end up encountering all sorts of terror.

As they make their journey, both children are put under intense mental and physical strain. They also wind up encountering a sense of racism they’d never experienced before.

For anyone who’s ever felt out of place in the world, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold is a must-read for summer 2020.

Deacon King Kong By James McBride

Known for his National Book Award-winning novel, The Good Lord Bird, James McBride is back at it again. And with his new work, Deacon King Kong, he certainly does not disappoint.

Set in 1969, the book starts out with a shooting committed by a miserable preacher in South Brooklyn. It then follows somewhat of a free-wheeling, bittersweet, yet comical story of the City of New York lost in its own turmoil.

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Coming at a time when most people around the world are unsure if it’s safe to venture outside, Deacon King Kong is like a wry, witty, and poignant look at New York during an eerily similar era.

Full of moral clarity and plenty of sharp humor, this novel is another must-read for summer 2020.

If It Bleeds By Stephen King

Whether you’re a Stephen King fan or not, If It Bleeds is definitely one of the best books to have on your reading list this summer.

Composed of 4 short novellas, each with its own characters, settings, and moods, If It Bleeds is yet another awe-inspiring work from the world-famous author, Stephen King.

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And as per usual, King made sure to weave a connective trail of breadcrumbs throughout his stories. This includes the character of Holly Gibney, the paranormal investigator from the HBO series, The Outsider.

So if you’re up for a few good horror shorts, make sure to add If It Bleeds to your list.

Pizza Girl By Jean Kyoung Frazier

As Jean Kyoung Frazier’s literary debut, Pizza Girl has been described as a subversive and darkly funny look into suburban Los Angeles. A place where well-kempt front yards and white picket fences disguise new and radical forms of love.

Pizza Girl follows an eighteen-year-old delivery girl, who’s pregnant and grieving the loss of her father. As the story unfolds, the novel’s protagonist becomes obsessed with one of her customers. This catch is that the customer is a middle-aged mother who routinely orders a pickle pizza for her precocious son.

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For a semi-dark story about love in strange places, make sure to check out Pizza Girl this summer. At the very least, you might end up with a craving to try a pickle-topped pizza.

Top Books To Read Summer 2020

If summertime boredom is getting you down, why not check out some of the books we’ve talked about today to fill your time in a fun, and productive way.

From tales of personal growth and overcoming one’s challenges to dark thrillers and the Wild West, these 6 awesome novels are sure to keep you entertained in a productive way during the hotter months of the year.

Top 5 Upcoming Authors To Check Out This Month

Looking for something new to sate your literary taste buds this month? Then, make sure to check the following list of our top 5 upcoming authors for 2020

Shakespeare, Poe, Dickens… These are all names of famous authors that virtually anybody who likes to read knows about. That’s because when you pick up anything written by them, you can be sure that you’re reading a masterpiece that’s been read by thousands of people before you.

But what about today’s modern authors? The ones who are single-handedly shaping the future of the literary world?

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These works might not be world-renown or deemed as literary masterpieces. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be in 50 or 100 years from now. In fact, many authors don’t gain worldwide notoriety until well-after their deaths (unfortunately).

So with that in mind, I’ve put together the following list of the top 5 best up-and-coming authors to check out in 2020.

Paul Mendez – Author of Rainbow Milk

As the number one up-and-coming author on our list, Paul Mendez’s debut novel, Rainbow Milk, is about the true hardships of life, the ups and downs of it, and all other aspects of growth and self-discovery.

Although fictional, Mendez’s novel is based on his real-life experiences.

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According to him, “There were times when to write something directly autobiographical would have simply been to bleed my heart out on to the page. There are things that happened to me in it, but the details are far different.”

Just like the story’s protagonist, Mendez grew up in Black Country, an area of the West Midlands in England.

After being raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and then being “disfellowshipped” at a young age, Mendez, as well as the story’s hero become sex workers. This leads them through the trials and tribulations of growing up.

Rainbow Milk is being published by Dialogue Books. Currently, Mendez lives in Hampstead, England, and is studying towards his MA in black British writing.

Deepa Anappara – Author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line 

Born and raised in India, Anappara has worked for more than 12 years as a journalist, reporting on the impacts of poverty and religious violence against children’s education in the country.

In 2008, she moved to the U.K. where she began studying creative writing at the University of East Anglia. And it was right about then that she started working on her debut novel, Djinn Patrol On the Purple Line.

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Since then, the book has become a literary sensation and has been sold in 20 international territories. It’s even received praise and recognition from some of the world’s most notable literary figures, such as Ian McEwan and Anne Enright.

The story focuses on the life of a young boy who wants to be a detective. In the book, the young protagonist tries to figure out why children keep disappearing from his neighborhood.

It explores coming-of-age, the impact of horrific tragedies on small communities around the world, and the intimate bonds that help people survive through the most difficult times.

Abi Daré – Author of The Girl With The Louding Voice

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Daré originally planned on studying french at the local university. But when that never worked out, she turned to blogging as a creative outlet. Eventually, her blog became so popular that she realized she has a knack for fictional writing.

Daré’s debut novel, The Girl With The Louding Voice started out as a thesis for the Master’s Degree but has since ended up winning the Bath novel award for new and emerging authors.

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The book follows the life of 14-year old Adunni, a young girl who yearns for her education. But instead, Adunni is sold into a brutal marriage, which she goes on to escape, only to become a domestic servant, haunted by her predecessor’s disappearance.

Today, The Girl With The Louding Voice has been chosen for BBC Radio 2’s Book Club, and Daré hopes that it will shine a light on the real-life exploitation of young women in Africa.

Elaine Feeney – Author of As You Were

Elaine Feeney is an Irish poet, who has recently written her debut novel, As You Were.

The story occurs over the course of a single week in a chaotic hospital ward setting. Although the story is rich in tragedy, Feeney also imbued it with plenty of comedy as well.

The inspiration for the story came from Feeney’s real-life experience in hospitals. This was after experiencing complications during the birth of her second son.

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To date, Feeney has published three collections of poetry and has written many novels that never saw the light of day. According to Feeny, “There was anxiety around writing a novel that I didn’t feel around writing poetry, weirdly.”

But irregardless of her trepidation, As You Were is definitely worth checking out!

Beth Morrey – Author of Saving Missy 

Morrey studied English at Cambridge. Then, she left her education behind to become a comedy writer. But instead, she found a career in factual television, working for a production company.

However, during maternity leave, Morrey decided that she wanted to embrace her life-long dream to write a novel. And the result was Saving Missy.

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According to Morrey, “I wanted to write a book about hope that would make people cry in a happy way.”

It’s a book about loneliness, community, unexpected friendships, and to date, her debut novel has sold in 16 international territories

Why Read Upcoming Authors

Everybody loves a classic novel simply because you know they’ve been read by hundreds of thousands of people before you. And simply because it’s a classic, you can be sure that you’re reading something well worth the time and effort.

But at the same time, it’s always important to push your own personal boundaries and limitation. So try new things and learn about what else the literary world has to offer.

So by checking out these 5 up-and-coming authors of 2020, you can be sure to gain a new perspective on modern life.

5 Books To Read During Self-Quarantine

If you’re having trouble getting your mind off the decade’s biggest news story, then you’re sure to love the following list of the absolute best books to read during self-quarantine.  

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve felt the same stress and anxiety as we all have. We’ve all been wide-eyed surrounding the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

And while there’s still so much uncertainty in the air, there’s always a silver lining to be found. For instance, there are fewer cars on the road. Fewer crowds in shopping malls and stores. And less pollution is being generated than we’ve seen in decades.

Plus, many of us are finding that we have more time on our hands than ever before. So, what better way is there to spend some of this time than reading?

Today, we’re going over 5 of the best books to read during self-quarantine.

How To Do Nothing By Jenny Odell

There’s no doubt that many of us have trouble sitting still and doing nothing. Especially when we’re being told to stay at home and not going anywhere. So for those of you who are having trouble sitting still, check out Jenny Odell’s How To Do Nothing.

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According to Odell, our attention is one of the most important resources we have as human beings.

And by learning how to focus this attention properly, we’re able to take one of the boldest forms of action. How To Do Nothing helps redefine our role in the environment. And leads to a better understanding of progress and happiness.

The Splendid And The Vile: A Saga Of Churchill, Family, And Defiance During The Blitz By Erik Larson

Looking for a bit of inspiration during these hard times? Then look no further than this exciting novel, based on real events, written by award-winning indie author, Erik Larson.

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The book follows Winston Churchill through his early years as British prime minister, taking you into his personal family life. All while he’s dealing with the London Blitz at the onset of the Second World War.

The Splendid And The Vile is an epic saga, filled with fascinating facts and details of a different time than today. But still, it was a time when people were looking for a tinge of hope in some of the darkest days.

The Fifth Season By N.K. Jemisin

As the first installment of a Hugo award-winning trilogy, The Fifth Season is an insightful look at a doomsday, apocalyptical situation.

The novel starts with a “great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun”. Then, the story follows three women trying to survive during the end of the world.

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It is both a tragic and thrilling story of people being at odds with the limitations of the natural world. Not to mention the sometimes daring ways that we’re willing to escape it by.

Anagrams By Lorrie Moore

Praised as being “a revelatory tale of love gained and lost, from a master of contemporary American fiction”. Anagrams is a must-read for anyone finding themselves confined to their home in recent times.

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The story starts out with Gerard, sitting fully-clothed in his bathtub, as he listens attentively for his neighbor, Benna, to flush the toilet. He’s in love with Benna, and as the story progresses, Benna starts to love him back, at least, until she doesn’t.

In the novel Anagrams, Moore takes you into the real and imaginative lives of Gerard and Benna as their relationship gradually intertwines. According to McNally Jackson Booksellers, it’s a “captivating, innovative portrait of men and women in love and not in love.

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

I should warn you that this next read isn’t for the faint of heart. And it’s eerily similar to what’s currently happening in the world. But, I’m sure that some of you are horror lovers, so I felt this would be the perfect book to top off this month’s list.

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In the award-winning Station Eleven, Mandel takes us into a world devastated by the “Georgia Flu”, a fictional pandemic, which has killed most of the world’s population.

Although the book might be a bit too realistic for some people, upon publication in 2014, it was well-received by critics everywhere and has since won the Arthur C. Clarke award. It’s also been featured on many end-of-year reading lists.

Best Books To Read During Self-Isolation

Being alone during self-isolation can be challenging to deal with for anyone. However, there are important lessons we can learn. For example, during these trying times, even though we may be isolated, we’re all isolated together.

And when times get tough, it’s important to always find the positives in life.

So if you’ve found yourself confined to your home in the past couple of months, it’s crucial to find beneficial ways to spend your time. Instead of staring at a TV screen or wasting your time on social media.

And with that said, these 5 books by the millennium’s brightest up-and-coming authors are sure to keep you entertained during all the extra time you might be finding yourself with lately.

4 Classic Authors To Check Out This Month

Tired of reading the same old stories from contemporary authors? Then, keep reading and we’ll go over 4 of the best classic authors of all time.

Reading your class textbook isn’t always the most exciting form of literature. But that doesn’t mean that reading has to be bland or boring. 

In fact, there’s a reason that millions of people all around the world love reading books every day.

It’s because literature allows you to escape from reality, diving into fanciful worlds, where fiction and fact intertwine, and pretty much anything becomes possible. 

With that said, in today’s blog post, we’ll be going over 4 of the best classic authors and some of their most popular works. All of which are all must-reads if you ever want to be able to say you’ve read a good book. 

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James Joyce

Born in Dublin, Ireland, James Joyce is infamous for being one of the world’s most ingenious authors.

Although he is primarily known for his masterpiece works, Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, and Dubliners, Joyce was also a very talented poet. His works have been printed in countless publications and translated into dozens of languages. 

Some of his writing, such as in Ulysses, tends to be a bit harder to read simply because of the language he uses.

But if you can get through his use of Ireland’s vernacular of the time, you’ll love the book’s use of multiple languages, and subtle, yet clever humor. Which are sure to keep you intrigued right until the very end. 

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For an easier read, you might want to check out Joyce’s work titled, Dubliners.

The book is a compilation of short stories, focusing on the life of average people in Dublin a century ago. 

According to many, Dubliners is a stark and bleak look at Ireland in the early 1900s. But critics, and Joyce fans worldwide, know Dubliners as brilliant, honest, subtle, and very real. 

 

Charles Bukowski

For another realistic, but sometimes, dark and drunken view of the world, check out Charles Bukowski.

Bukowski is another world-renown author, famous for his novels like Ham On Rye and Post-Office. Aside, he was also a prolific poet and has published at least 13 novels.

In many of his poems and books, the main character is Henry Chinaski, a drunken gambler, who represents of vivid representation of the author himself. 

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In his novel, Post Office, you’ll follow the life of Henri Chinaski, who “accidentally” spends more than a decade working at the post office.

Although this might sound like a boring trailer, the book is actually filled with a ton of satire, wit, and humor, that you’re guaranteed to love reading the whole way through. 

Lastly, many of Bukowski’s books have even been made into Hollywood movies.

So even if you’re not in the mood to read, you can always check out classic films Barfly or Factotum.

 

William Shakespeare

How could we write a blog post about classic authors and not mention the great bard, William Shakespeare himself?

“To be or not to be, that is the question!”

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Now, you’re probably saying that Shakespearean English is simply too hard to read. 

But the truth is that William Shakespeare was a literary genius. And his works deserve all the lauds that he receives today.

Although the language may be hard to understand, there are study guides available to help you get through his greatest works. 

So if you’re looking for a great story to read this month, make sure to check out Hamlet or Macbeth, and see what the “greatest bard of all time” is all about.

 

Edgar Allen Poe

If you’re interested in crime, horror, and thrills, you’ll love reading anything written by the macabre genius, Edgar Allen Poe. 

Popularly known for poems like The Raven, Poe also wrote countless volumes of horror and satirical short stories. As well as a whole bunch of 17th-century poetry, which will keep you reading well into next year. 

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For a gruesome tale of vengeance, check out The Cask of Amontillado. In the story, the author walks you through his plans of burying his enemy alive.

 

Top 4 Classic Authors Of The Month

If you love reading, it’s important to always be on the lookout for new (or old) authors. This can help you expand your literary horizons. 

Not only because it allows you to get a better feel for different forms and styles of writing. But because it’ll allow you to see the world in different ways, from differing perspectives. 

Maybe you’re fed up with modern society and want nothing more than to escape to simpler times. Maybe you’re just tired of reading contemporary literature.

Either way, if you’re unsure of what to read next, dive into these works written by 4 awesome classic authors.

Best Reads for Young Adults – Spring 2020

Looking for some of the best reads for this year? Then, look no further because we’ve got you covered! Learn about some of the best reads for young adults for this spring 2020.

We know that you might be busy with your classes and studying for your exams, but there’ nothing that beats sitting down with a good book to help you escape from reality for an hour or two.

In the following blog post, we’ll go over 6 awesome books that are must-reads for young adults this year.

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Girl, Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis

There’s a reason we put this one at the top of the list. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis is a book that every young woman (and man) should read in 2020.

One thing that’s great about this book is that Rachel doesn’t hold back or sugarcoat anything that she’s talking about.

Rachel is famous for telling things exactly how they are. But at the same time, she also provides invaluable insight to help you set yourself up for success.

So if you’re broadening the scope of your dreams and looking for insight on exactly how to achieve your goals, definitely give this book a read!

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One Of Us Is Next – Karen M. Mcmanus 

It’s a year after Simon died, and the void of gossip has been left open. Now, the situation becomes a life-altering game of truth or dare. And in turn, things quickly turn deadly for Phoebe, Knox, and Maeve, three of the book’s main characters.

So if you’re a fan of suspenseful thrillers, make sure to add this gossip-infused page-turner to your list of books to read in the coming months. One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus will keep you on the edge of your seat and is sure not to disappoint.

Woven In Moonlight – Isabel Ibanez 

In this fantasy novel, Isabel Ibanez takes you into a fictional world known as Inkasisa, which closely resembles the country of Bolivia, its culture, and its Bolivian politics.

Woven In Moonlight embodies an abundance of immersive prose, rich characters, and a wholly unique tale of revenge, following Ximena, the story’s main character.

Ximena has been seeking revenge against Atoc, who took over the land she was sworn to protect by using an ancient relic. And when she is presented with an opportunity to get her revenge, she takes her chance.

But when a fellow vigilante challenges the heroine to overthrow Atoc without declaring war, the storyline starts to get a bit more interesting. And in turn, Ximena is forced to go to war against what she swore to protect.

This gripping novel from an up-and-coming author is definitely one to immerse yourself into. 

We Used To Be Friends – Amy Spalding 

In We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding, you’ll be taken into an incredible, yet heartbreaking journey told through two separate timelines.

The first storyline follows James, preparing for her future studies in college while, reflecting on how her friendship with Kat came to a screeching halt.

And the other, follows Kat, during her first year of college, as she befriends a girl named James.

This interestingly twisty narrative makes for an excellent, gripping read, and is sure to keep you turning the pages right until the end.

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Not So Pure And Simple – Lamar Giles 

In an attempt to get closer to his childhood crush, Kiera, Del embarks on joining a purity ring club. But what he ends up getting from the club is something that he least expected; learning about what it means to be a man.

Not So Pure And Simple is a story of self-realization. You’ll be empowered as you follow Del through the highs and lows of chasing love and becoming a better man.

It is a story of masculinity in today’s modern society, which is something that anyone can benefit from learning about.

Yes No Maybe So – Becky Arbertalli And Aisha Saeed

Maya and Jamie meet while they are out canvassing the area during an upcoming election. As the polls get increasingly closer, so do the two of them.

But if local activism is something they have both mastered, their romance should be a sure-thing, shouldn’t it?

Written by two incredible young authors, Arbertalli and Saeed created this timely story of modern life and politics. The story even has that added touch of romance that anyone can related to. 

So if you’re interested in political activism or falling in love, make sure to add Yes No Maybe So to the top of your list.

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Best Reads For Young Adults

Attending your classes and studying are both extremely important. But it’s equally important to schedule a bit of time for yourself every once in a while.

So what better way is there to relax other than immersing yourself in a good book to help you escape from the stresses of life?

Check out these best reads for young adults from these up-and-coming authors, and you’re sure to be intrigued, entertained, and thrilled until you turn over the very last page.

The six best travel books

This may nоt be уоur typical list of travel books but these books inspired me to расk my bags and visit distant lаndѕ. Whеnеvеr you are in need of inspiration, you can pick any of these books uр аnd get mоtіvаtеd to travel and explore all over again!

Travels by Michael Crichton

The ассlаіmеd author chronicles his travels as a young student as he battled the mаnу сhаllеngеѕ travellers today don’t have to contend wіth. Hіѕ jоurnеу takes him up Kilimanjaro and around the world with both laughter and tears.

Eat, Pray, Lоvе bу Elizabeth Gilbert

Before it was an inspiring movie this was аn іnѕріrіng book. You can literally taste the delicious Italian food аnd fееl thе spirituality as the protagonist seeks “the meaning of life” on a jоurnеу through Italy, Indіа аnd Bаlі. The book hаѕ great descriptions of the foods she tries and the cultures ѕhе еnсоuntеrѕ.

 

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

This іѕ juѕt оnе оf Bill Bryson’s entertaining travel books. It’s one of those books whеrе уоu find yourself laughing out loud, even if you’re reading on the bus! The аuthоr has a hilarious sense of humor and always ѕееѕ the funnу ѕіdе of foreign cultures and sites. Anоthеr of Bryson’s great books іѕ Smаll Island which takes a quirky look at Britain.

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway

I wonder hоw mаnу trаvеlеrѕ have gone to the Pamplona’s running of the bulls because of this book. I certainly would wаnt to. Hemingway’s classic tale of the bullfighting aficionados conjured up the ѕоundѕ, ѕmеllѕ and spirit of this unique Spanish festival.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

Having bееn forced tо read Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast at university, which put me off ever trаvеllіng tо Cеntrаl America, I then discovered his other nоvеlѕ. Theroux travelled by train from the UK to Japan and his account of this jоurnеу became a сlаѕѕіс travel book. His 4 month trip took him on many of thе mоѕt famous rail routes in the world including the Trаnѕ-Sіbеrіаn Railway. He went on to write оthеr grеаt train journey books.

Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen

OK so thіѕ іѕn’t аn obvious travel book choice, as it focuses on food, but the setting and the dеlісіоuѕ Frеnсh fооd described in the book inspired me to visit Dеnmаrk. Bаbеttе arrives as a refugee in a remote village on Jutlаnd, Denmark. 14 уеаrѕ later she wins the lоttеrу and dесіdеѕ to spend all her winnings on preparing a French fеаѕt fоr the аuѕtеrе and modest community. Incredible French flavors and austere Danish lаndѕсареѕ ѕееm like a world away.