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by Jules Buono

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Hi Reader, It's officially graduation season! Last week, we celebrated my brother-in-law's graduate degree in education, and I also started getting some reader questions about books for grads and teacher gifts. I have a few posts to help you! First, these are my top 10 books for graduates, which I updated heavily for 2024. They also work for anyone looking to start the summer with a self-help read. Second, I simply *must* share details on the books referenced in Rory Gilmore's graduation...

7 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Happy Friday! Want to know how I decompress when the weekend hits? (Besides wine) My Friday night happy hour routine is pairing an audiobook or book adaptation with an at-home mani. Right now, I'm finishing up A Gentleman in Moscow on Paramount Plus. It's one of my all-time favorite books and the adaptation is exactly how I pictured everything. This week, my transition into the weekend is extra special because Olive & June's Summer 2024 collection has been released! The nautical...

9 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, I'm about to start updating all my summer reading blog posts, which got me thinking about reading during this seasonal transition time. Abby Jimenez's latest bestselling book is my top summer beach read so far: The GMA Book Club pick Just for the Summer is light, quirky, and romantic. It's also not too spicy, and the characters still deal with some real-life stuff (it's not just fluff). The good news is that her backlist contains similar novels with many character crossovers. So,...

12 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Recently, I spoke with Home & Gardens about storing books. I shared about: how I stored books in my prior tiny Philly row home how I store my abundance of books now book storage trends I'm seeing on social media Looking for inspiration to solve your own book storage problems? Then check out the article! How to Store Your Books Remember, it's a good day to read a book. -Jules

16 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Today, Oprah and Good Morning America announced their newest book club picks! Oprah's is a follow-up to a popular 2009 book and movie, and GMA's is a time travel romance novel that bends genres. This follows up last week's celebrity book club announcements from Reese Witherspoon (a spicy romance novel getting a lot of buzz) and Read with Jenna (a book on my list that many are calling a book of the year). Get the scoop on all four new picks on The Literary Lifestyle. Show Me the...

19 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, It's one week from Mother's Day, and I've got literary ideas for you! Whether you're gifting a mom or you want to drop some hints for yourself, you'll love: The Best Books for Mother's Day Gifts 2024 and The Most Relaxing Gifts for Women (my most popular gift guide!) This year, there's an extra special exclusive deal in there for readers of The Literary Lifestyle: Naked Wines: A fun wine subscription with a smart algorithm is offering 6 bottles for $39.99 or 12 bottles for $79.99...

22 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, This May, in my book club, The Rory Gilmore Book Club, we are reading "popular" books from the Gilmore Girls book list. This prompt was a reader request, and I think it’s a great one. Part of what inspired me to take the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge myself was to read all the popular books I had missed out on when the show aired and I was busy with schoolwork. I want to understand all the references! On the blog are ten books popular generally AND with members of our book club...

25 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Happy Independent Bookstore Day! Independent bookstores are vital to your local economy. In fact, I'm scheduled to attend an author event at one today! This has been a great way for me to make like-minded events as an adult. But, your indie bookstores often struggle to compete with big box stores, particularly online. (For example, Amazon can take losses on books because they make up the profits elsewhere. Your local indie cannot.) To celebrate this holiday, learn more about why...

29 days ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, Google has reported that Patti Smith is being more Google searched than ever before. The 2010 National Book Award Winner was referenced both subtly and not so subtly on Taylor Swift's new album. I break down all the references (including Patti's famous book) and how Patti Smith responded in this new article on The Literary Lifestyle. Check it out for the full scoop! All About Taylor and Patti Remember, it's a good day to read a book. -Jules

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi Reader, When Emily Henry releases a new contemporary romance novel, it's practically guaranteed to be a #1 bestseller. Today's release of Funny Story should be no different. I fully expect it to be one of the top "it" books of the season. I read an advanced copy recently, and I found it to have some of her best quippy dialogue as well as fun romantic leads. (She's kind of a modern Nora Ephron.) Head to The Literary Lifestyle for my full review of Funny Story plus rankings of all Emily...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read
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