Julieverse Reads: Fall and Winter Book List Giving You Permission to Cuddle Up Under a Cozy Blanket by the Fire

A list of books to get lost in during the cold, winter months

I hit rock bottom this summer in my reading. I had so much trouble finding books I loved that I resorted to either hating books and forcing myself to keep reading or quitting and - gulp - playing Frozen Free Fall. I know. It got really bad, didn't it? This Fall, and into Winter, I'm getting back to what I love -- books that force me into other cultures and books that help me to envision my life within their pages. This is a smaller list, so I have the best of intentions to read, and, fingers … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: 5 Gripping Reads About How People React to a Crisis from best-selling novelist Catherine McKenzie

Characters in Crisis gripping novels about characters in dangerous situations

Bestselling author Catherine McKenzie debuts her new book, Smoke, later this month (which is currently available for pre-order and linked below.) I've always felt books about crisis and how a character responds to a disaster sets up for a gripping and compelling story, and usually makes for an excellent book discussion. This week, Catherine's submission to the Julieverse Reads series introduces 5 books featuring protagonists under incredible tension. [Post includes affiliate links. Thank … [Read more...]

5 Non-Fiction Books That Will Inspire You Today

Julieverse Reads A list of non-fiction books that will inspire readers

We're taking a break from fiction this week for Julieverse Reads. This post, curated by publicist and La Jolla Writer's Conference director, Jared Kuritz, highlights non fiction books that will fill you with inspiration.  The Power of Legacy We hear and read all the time about the selfless things certain individuals do for others. From Make-A-Wish to Wounded Warriors to Animal Rescue and so many more—all of these wonderful organizations were the vision of one individual. But do you ever … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]