Julieverse Reads: Exploring Culture in Modern Literature

modern novels that introduce readers to societies different from our own. In learning how others think, live and believe, we enrich our understanding of others. Another great list of book club books at Julieverse

When I first created the Julieverse Reads series, offering an opportunity for readers and authors to share their favorite books, I was hopeful I'd have a very special author guest post, Janie Lam Meyers. I consider myself very fortunate to have so much in common with my mom. To start, we both share a love for reading and writing. This week's Julieverse Reads guest post highlights books that focus on cultures other than our own. Mom and I both enjoy reading cultural books -- ironically, I have … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Unforgettable Books and Characters for Book Clubs

Julieverse Reads Unforgettable books & characters for book club

The Julieverse Reads series is fast becoming a go-to resource for book clubs and book lovers across the internet. This week, I'm excited to share author Laura Nicole Diamond's list of unforgettable books and characters for book clubs. Laura's debut novel, Shelter Us, was published in paperback this summer. With a laundry list of recommendations, Library Journal says of Shelter Us, "Recommended for book groups interested in discussing issues relating to women, the loss of a child, and family … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Pam Jenoff’s list of the best World War II Historical Fiction

Novels set during World War 2: a Julieverse exclusive by author Pam Jenoff

In July, Pam Jenoff published The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, an historical novel based in the 1940's. Today on Julieverse, she curated a selection of other books based in the same fascinating time period. (This post contains affiliate links to some of the best novels based on the World War 2 time period. Enjoy... and thank you!) One of the many things I love best about writing historical fiction is the chance to learn about wonderful historical novels, especially those set during the … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Books with settings so incredible, they become characters

Julieverse Reads: A curation of books where the settings are so rich they become characters in the book

Author Judith Keim recommended a selection of books for Julieverse Reads that focus on more than their beautiful stories, they highlight a setting so prevalent in a story that the setting becomes a prevalent character. Her recommended selections are books written in beautiful, descriptive prose. Books that focus so deeply they make you feel like you're living within the story. Judith's newest book, Fat Fridays, will be available on August 12! Pre-Order it now. A story is held together by … [Read more...]

Best of Beauty Update: Beauty products I’m using this summer

daily beauty favorites - listing the skincare products a beauty and fashion blogger really uses

This Spring, I forayed into beauty writing at The Centsible Life and, while I've taken a step back for the summer and I'm not currently writing my beauty column over there, I'm still really enjoying testing out products and finding new ones to love. The ironic aspect of beauty writing is that, in beauty, it's not actually the first impression that matters. So, here are my tried and true favorite beauty products that I'm continuing to use through the summer. (some links contain affiliate … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Terrible Things Happen: A list of novels about forgiveness

julieverse reads Novels About Forgiveness and Forgiving

This week's Julieverse Reads list focuses on forgiveness and is curated by Molly Campbell, author of Keep the Ends Loose, which appeared on my Summer 2015 reading list. Looking for your next book club selection? Choose one of these three for a meaingful, exploratory discussion. Forgiveness is something we all think we understand. But most of us don’t. It doesn’t mean “ok.” It doesn’t mean “I absolve you of all evil.” It doesn’t mean “All is forgotten.” It is a letting go, a realization that … [Read more...]

5 Books That Will Make You Cry the Ugly Cry: Best Tear-Jerker Books

Julieverse Read Best tear-jerker books, curated by Colleen Oakley

I am so excited to share today's book list with you, curated by Colleen Oakley whose tearjerker Before I Go is being released in paperback today. You know those people who look all sweet and pretty when they cry? I’m not one of them. My face gets blotchy, my nose runs like Niagara Falls and I very ungracefully honk and blubber all over the place. I’m pretty much a spectacle. That’s why, in public, I often try to stuff all those sad feelings deep, deep down where they can’t ruin my mascara or … [Read more...]

7 Books for Your Beach Bag

7 books for your beach bag: hot summer reading books you'll definitely want at the pool or beach to read this summer

Howdy! I’m T from Traveling With T, a book lover and book blogger, and Julie has been so sweet to let me guest post today. We’re going to be chatting it up about beach reads for the summer - some I’ve read and loved and some that are actually in my beach bag awaiting to be read! Below are my recommendations for the best books to read on the beach this summer. If you are like me, the moment the days start to get a bit longer- you begin to dream of the upcoming months of summer reading. The … [Read more...]

The Best Novels in Time Travel

Julieverse Reads lists the 8 best time travel novels, curated by Melissa of Chick Lit Central for Julieverse

This week's installment of Julieverse Reads features the best time travel-themed novels, and is curated by Melissa Amster of the blog, Chick Lit Central. I've read several of her recommended books and agree that time travel is one of my favorite topics for reading any time of the year. Read Melissa's recommendations, below. Ever since I saw Back to the Future in 1985, I've been obsessed with anything time travel related. I even wrote some time travel short stories for my personal blog … [Read more...]

Top 5 Summer Beach Reads

Julieverse reads: top 5 summer beach reads, a list curated by author Emily Liebert

As promised, this week begins Julieverse Reads: a bi-weekly series of book lists, curated by book lovers, authors, publishers and publicists. A perfect start for June and for this new series at Julieverse, this week, author Emily Liebert, whose Those Secrets We Keep debuts today (June 2, 2015) in stores, shares her list of best beach reads to read this summer. ... and, suddenly, my to-read list is getting longer. Read Emily's recommendations, below. I’m a sucker for an enthralling … [Read more...]