Books We’re Looking Forward to in November!

Reading Materials for the Autumn Season

“There is a book for ever reader and a reader for every book” is a phrase you’ll often hear bandied about by booksellers. People who work with books are matchmakers of sorts; we are always prepared to set someone up with the book that is meant for them. Are you looking for a new literary soulmate? Whether your ideal book is sci fi, adventure, comedy, or mystery, we hope you will find what you are looking for among November’s new releases: continue reading >>

Is There Such a Thing as Unique Fiction?

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Recently, on a train to Portland, I had a long discussion with my friend, Michael, about his feeling that the most creative and unique plots hitting the book market today are in young adult and middle-grade fiction titles. Although I would say he was painting the situation with too broad a brush, his point is well taken. I would dare to proclaim, in fact, that the vast majority of literary novels (and for sure, genre fiction) are essentially the same plot/idea/drama wrapped up in different packaging with different colored ribbons and bows. continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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Literary Moments in Star Trek: The Next Generation (BookRiot)

Inevitable Fates of Beloved Children’s Book Characters (The Toast­­­­­­­­­­­­­)

Robots are generating their own literary fiction—and it’s not terrible (Daily Dot)

10 best historical novels (Publisher’s Weekly)

Authors Share Their Best Writing Tips with NYPL (NYPL)


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Halloween Costumes for Bibliophiles

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The scariest part of Halloween is not spirits crossing over from the underworld in order to steal our souls. It’s not werewolves and vampires hunting for succulent human flesh and blood. It’s not even running out of candy and enduring eggings and TPings at the hands of vengeful children.

No, the most stressful part of Halloween is choosing a costume, especially since there is only one week left. You want your costume to be clever but not smug, recognizable but not obvious. If it feels as though you’ll never come up with one cool enough to make you the talk of the haunted house, never fear! Choose one of these iconic authors as your costume, and no one will doubt your real identity as a true bibliophile! continue reading >>

Cuffing Season: Dating Guides for Cold Months

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It’s cuffing season! Oh, you’re not familiar with cuffing season? It’s that time of year when people couple up for the long, cold winter months (only to break up before Memorial Day in order to be single for the sultry summer months). If you listen closely, you can hear the clock tick-tocking away…you only have a couple of months left to be firmly cuffed to someone for the romantic holiday duo of New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Here are guides to dating, improving your relationship, and, yes, being content in your singledom: continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using (mental_floss)

South Asian YA: 5 Titles to Read (BookRiot)

All the Lovely Bad Ones: Creepy Children in Scary Books (NYPL)

How To Tell If You Are In An Alexandre Dumas Novel (The Toast)

The Most Important Books Around the World, According to Facebook (Mic)

Bat Boy, Hillary Clinton’s Alien Baby, and a Tabloid’s Glorious Legacy (The Atlantic)

Oh My Goth: A Roundup of Modern Gothic Literature (Quirk Books)

The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State (Brooklyn Magazine)


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Perfect Parties

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It’s that time of year—the holidays are here! Beginning with Halloween and continuing through Valentine’s Day, the autumn and winter months are an excuse to party nonstop! Unfortunately, there are many aspects to consider when throwing a party. From food and drinks to themes and decorations, the choices can be overwhelming. Before you give up and cover your table with newspaper and serve your guests cough syrup cocktails and leftover meatloaf, check out one of these fun party guides: continue reading >>

Literary Ladies

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It’s that terribly busy time of year again. With school starting and business at the bookstore picking up due to school starting, it’s hard to find the time or energy to read much for pleasure. I’m also an English major, which means slogging through a lot of dusty texts written by dead white guys. With that in mind, here’s a list of kickass lady authors who you should know about and why they rule. continue reading >>

Duck Links!

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has published his first illustrated children’s book (Library of Congress)

10 YA Fantasy/Science Fiction Novels About Latino Characters (Diversity in YA)

The 430 Books in Marilyn Monroe’s Library: How Many Have You Read? (Open Culture) continue reading >>

Silly, Spooky Books for Halloween Ducklings!

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Halloween is a wonderful time for kids and adults alike. We give over fully to our imaginations at Halloween because we know that spooky can be fun and spooky can be silly! If you are looking for some spooky, silly, fun books to put in your ducklings’ trick or treat bags, look no further: continue reading >>