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Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, witches, fractured families, and gangstas, oh my! Adrian Liang: This weekend I’m reading Liane Moriarty’s Truly Madly Guilty.

Listen Up: New Audiobooks from Audible

School’s out, vacations are looming, and it's time to pack the Skylark to the roof and hit the road. So you have a choice to make: Play that scratchy old Van Halen II CD on repeat all the way to Disneyland (the one that always skips halfway through "Dance the Night Away"), capitulate to your kids and their Compleat Justin Bieber Collection, or pass the time by catching up on your "reading" with audiobooks.

High Exposure: Brendan Leonard on "Sixty Meters to Anywhere"

Is it more foolish to risk your life or risk wasting your life? Before he was climbing the peaks of the American West and writing for CNN, Outside, and Men's Journal (among others), Brendan Leonard found himself at a crux.

YA Wednesday: Best Books of July

It's the midpoint of summer and the perfect time to lay around and read something you don't want to put down--like our July YA Spotlight pick, This Savage Song.  The first book in a new series by Victoria Schwab, I immediately fell in love with the world she's created--a city divided between humans and monsters, the light and the dark.  It reminds me a bit of Laini Taylor or Holly Black's Cold Town.

From AbeBooks: Is Harry Potter Still Relevant?

Wherein our friends at the AbeBooks Reading Copy blog ask the most inflammatory question ever. Submit your opinion in the comments section below.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of July: Our Top 5 Picks

Okay, I lied. I'm going to spend this post telling you about seven titles that I enjoyed reading so much that I refuse to rein myself in and talk about only five.

Stephanie Meyer Announces New Book: "The Chemist"

Stephanie Meyer, creator of the groundbreaking Twilight series (and responsible for bajilions of T-shirts proclaiming "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob"), as well as the author of the adult novel The Host, will publish her next book for adults, titled The Chemist, on November 15, 2016.

Recipe Road Test: Hot Deviled Eggs from "Nashville Eats"

The Nashville Eats cookbook has a multitude of good things to make and I'm especially enamored with their hot & spicy dishes like the Hot Fried Chicken (and the Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich) and this one, the Hot Deviled Eggs.  Deviled eggs are as welcome at a backyard picnic as a high brow restaurant, depending on the filling, and I like trying new variations of this classic both in restaurants and in my kitchen.  Unfortunately, I have yet to peel my own hard boiled eggs without inflicting some divots into nature's perfect shape but when they're really good no one seems to care if they aren't perfectly smooth on the bottom.   I made my first batch of Hot Deviled Eggs for a barbecue last weekend and I'm not kidding, they were gone in 15 minutes.  The first person to try them immediately ate three and asked if I'd brought more.  The secret is a noticeable but not overpowering heat in the filling and the dusting of toasted cayenne-brown sugar-bread crumbs* on the top (along with a tiny dill pickle wedge) that adds something special.  Below is the recipe, and above is how mine looked right before the last ones disappeared (and seriously, I had set them down less than ten minutes before I took this picture).  I still need to buy one of those platters with the ice layer but somehow I think the Hot Deviled Egg looks perfectly at home on a foil-covered paper plate.  I will warn you though--make some extra and eat them before you go or you may not get any once you set that plate down...

The RITA Awards for the Best in Romance

Over the weekend, a warm—but not too warm—San Diego welcomed the Romance Writers of America for their annual conference and their awards ceremony.

The Best Business Books of July

Business books and July go together like sand and bed sheets. Or warm weather and mittens. What I'm trying to say is business books are not traditional summer reading.

Weekend Reading

In this edition of Weekend Reading, the stories behind some of your favorite songs, a ragtag band of brothers rescue treasured horses, and other heroics of a fantastical kind...

Puppy Love

Ah, puppies... so cute, especially in photographs and in this case, poolside.  Seth Casteel (Underwater Dogs) has a knack for capturing some pretty great examples of man's best friend.

Are You Not Entertained?

A look at a few of our selections for the Best Books of the Year So Far in Humor & Entertainment. Maybe you've heard of Hamilton, the groundbreaking, overwhelmingly successful musical that even people who don't like musicals want to see.

The Best History Books of July

Summer is considered a time for Beach Reads—which generally means big thrillers and summer romances—but this month offers some exciting history books that should not be overlooked.

The Best Romances of July

Is there a better month than July? A long holiday weekend, more daylight, and a general sense that time has slowed down all conspire to help you do one thing: read more books!

July's Celebrity Picks: Ken Burns

Ken Burns is the go-to guy when it comes to smart, engaging documentary films and this month he's translated that into book form by making nonfiction fascinating to kids.  Grover Cleveland, Again!

It's Time to Go

If you are reading this, you are wasting your life. Hold that commentary for a moment. July: Summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, and nearly summer in Seattle.

Amazon's Best Books of July: Today's Releases

With the exception of a highly entertaining biography of a trailblazing feminist and cultural icon, the Best of the Month selections released today share something in common: they're all a bit on the dark side.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Thriller Awards

This weekend at New York's Grand Hyatt, the International Thriller Writers announced the winners of the 2016 Thriller Awards.

On Betrayals and Deceits: An Interview with Delia Ephron

Delia Ephron’s Siracusa is a page turner about love, marriage, motherhood, friendship and travel; it’s also a bit of a mystery, as in: which of these deeply humanly flawed individuals will do what and to whom?