Subscription Boxes You’ll Want to Gift (or Receive) This Holiday

the best subscription boxes to gift

Subscription boxes are growing in popularity and, therefore, growing in availability. A quick Google Search for "Subscription Boxes" overwhelms you with choices. Here are 5 of our favorite boxes (some with discounts) to make your holiday shopping easier. Click on either the links or the images to take advantage of the listed discounts. (Links are affililate or promotional links. Thanks!) Love Goodly What will you find in your LOVE GOODLY Box? Every other month receive 5-7 full-size … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: Books with Courageous Characters Who Learn to Celebrate Who Their Selves

A list of books with characters who learn courage, bravery and celebrate themselves - another great list of books for book club

This week's installment of Julieverse Reads shares some of author Jennifer Handford's favorite books that celebrate the process of learning who you are, and celebrating your self. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winning author of Daughters for a Time published her third novel, The Light of Hidden Flowers, today, November 10, 2015. Congratulations, Jennifer!  [This post contains affiliate links. Thank you.] There’s no hiding my personality when it comes to the types of books I read. I … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: A Collection of Favorites for Food Lovers (Great books for you or as a gift!)

A list of books a food-lover needs on her bookshelf -- fiction and non-fiction and (surprse!) no cookbooks

This week's Julieverse Reads post was written by Jessica Tom, who gets huge kudos and congratulations for debuting her first novel, Food Whore, today. (Yay Jessica!) A food lover herself, and former restaurant critic for the Yale Daily News Magazine, Jessica is sharing a list of books for food lovers. These books may be great for you, or someone on your holiday gift list. What a great time to learn about the restaurant world. You have TV shows, chef memoirs, splashy magazine spreads, … [Read more...]

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...]

younique make-up line: the vavavoom intensity you’d expect from the company that makes lashes viral

Younique make-up is so much more than lashes. Wait until you hear about their shadow palettes

With so much hype to their lashes, I was surprised to learn, recently, that Younique offers not only lashes but an entire line of make-up. [Younique product was provided as samples for the purpose of this sponsored post. And for me to beautify.] Younique's make-up line The make-up line includes eyelining pencils, lipstains, eye shadow collections, mascaras and more, and I was sent samples of some of the product. The packaging is sturdy and sophisticated. The beauty brand has a … [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...]