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Reading Bingo: 9 Books With a Blue Cover

  This post is for everyone participating in Reading Bingo. (Or those of you who only read books with blue covers.) Some of the squares in Reading Bingo might seem a little strange when taken out of context. Like this one for instance; “A Book With a Blue Cover.” When making the card we thought [...]

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Guest Post: Claire Battershill Celebrates Circus with Letterpress Bookmarks

  Claire Battershill stopped by Retreat to share a look at creating letterpress printing. She created unique bookmarks to celebrate her new book, Circus. A dazzling collection of award-winning stories with the emotional punch, sharp wit, and disarming charm of Rebecca Lee, Karen Russell, Neil Smith, and Jessica Grant. We’re giving away 10 homemade bookmarks [...]

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Hey Marshmallows! You Can Win A Copy of the Veronica Mars Book

  This post is being written by a marshmallow AKA¬† a die-hard Veronica Mars fan, so I’m restraining to use a lot of exclamation points and refraining from writing the word ‘yay’ after every sentence. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that the creator of the show, Rob Thomas, had decided to create [...]

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Authors in the House: March Giveaway

  Talk about March Madness! We has a ton of fantastic authors come by the office this month and are excited to share their books with you! Enter to win a fantastic prize pack, made up of a signed copy of each of the following books. From sports to memoirs, fiction to fitness this month’s [...]

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Giveaway: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

  “My maternal grandmother, Emilienne Adou Solange Roux, fell in love three times before the eve of her nineteenth birthday.” With a great starting sentence like that to chapter one, how can you resist curling up in a comfy chair to dive into the world of Ava Lavender? Foolish love appears to be the Roux [...]

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Spring Break: Books for Your Beach Bag

We know it’s cold and dreary out, but for some of you, the sunshine isn’t too long away. March Break is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re picturing your toes in the sand and a book by your side. Here are some great book suggestions that we think make the perfect [...]

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9 Books That Will Require Kleenex

  A good book can sometimes lead to a good cathartic cry. This was the definitely the case when I picked up Anna Hope’s debut novel, Wake. I don’t know if I’ve cried that hard ever. It’s included in the list below, along with eight other books that will require a whole box of Kleenex. [...]

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30 Books by Authors Under 30

  Youth is fleeting, but these 30 authors have made good use of theirs. All these books were written by authors under 30! Settle in with these books and marvel at what some people are capable of at quite a young age. Bonus: You might be able to use one of these books to fill [...]

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Step by Step Guide to Dating Your Books

  Whether your status is ‘single’ or ‘it’s complicated’, we know one partner that will always have your back… BOOKS! Sure, they can make you cry every once in awhile, but they also make you smile and laugh out loud. After reading our helpful guide on how to successfully date your books, you can forever [...]

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7 Child Narrators in Adult Fiction

  Books with child narrators have become more frequent and with good reason. A child’s innocence woven into the plot can make some of the best and the most intriguing fiction. Here are a list of seven child narrators in adult fiction worth checking out, 1. The Bear by Claire Cameron Told from the point [...]

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