Esquire Releases a New (and Better) List of Books Everyone Should Read

Esquire Releases a New (and Better) List of Books Everyone Should Read

A few years ago, Esquire published a list of “80 Books Every Man Should Read.” It wasn’t received well. Now they’re back with a new and improved list called “80 Books Every Person Should Read,” and the results should be much better. “We messed up,” Esquire explains in the new piece. The original list was dominated by male authors, most of them white, and the magazine caught a lot of flack for their one-dimensional tastes. Esquire decided to right the wrongs of their old piece by turning to a panel of eight “female literary powerhouses,” including women writers and critics, to …

8 Books About Gratitude to Read This Thanksgiving

8 Books About Gratitude to Read This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, which means that’s it’s time to reflect on everything that we’re grateful for. To mark to occasion, we’ve put together this list of eight fantastic books about gratitude. Everyone expresses gratitude in different ways, so our list is full of diverse options, from self-help books to poetry collections. Choose one to read on Thanksgiving!   Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay Ross Gay is one of our most important modern poets. In Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, he uses themes of nature and the personal to explore beauty and, as the title implies, gratitude. Gay’s superb poetry deserves a …

The Best Literary Halloween Costumes of 2015

The Best Literary Halloween Costumes of 2015

Halloween is the one night a year when it’s socially acceptable to dress up and pretend to be your favorite book character. These awesome social media users took full advantage of their opportunity. We’re celebrating their creativity with this list of the best literary Halloween costumes that we saw on Twitter and Instagram this year. Check out our picks below! If you also celebrated Halloween with a literary costume this year, then be sure to share it with us. Give us a follow on Twitter, and keep the creativity coming!   I’ll eat you up, I love you so. Let …

10 Books That Scared Us As Children

10 Books That Scared Us As Children

It’s October, which means there’s a chill in the air – and down your spine, too. Halloween was never spookier than when we were kids, so take this October to revisit some of the books that kept you wide awake all night. They’re scary good reads.   Beware the Shopping Mall by Betsy Haynes Sure, we all knew that Betsy Haynes’ Bonechillers series owed a pretty serious debt to R.L. Stine’s more popular Goosebumps series, but that didn’t make novels like this one any less fun. Beware the Shopping Mall was the first of 23 Bonechillers books. The series, like Goosebumps, even got the TV show treatment.   Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe …

A Time and a Place: The 7 Coolest Literary Scenes of All Time

A Time and a Place: The 7 Coolest Literary Scenes of All Time

Great writers can come from anywhere, but some places and times just seem to produce more than others. For lovers of literature, places like London, New York, and San Francisco immediately call to mind certain writers and iconic eras. Here are our picks for the greatest literary scenes of all time – add your own in the comments!   1910s and 1920s Bloomsbury, London, England A nervous breakdown by the great writer Virginia Woolf gave us one of the greatest little literary scenes in history. When after a nervous episode and the death of her father, Virginia and her brother moved …