Bookish News

Classic Fantasy Read-Alikes

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Colorful book covers laid out over grass


As with any genre, there are a number of books fantasy fans swear by.  This lauded literary canon, however, is far from the only way to enjoy this sprawling and diverse genre.  If you've already ready the classics of fantasy, or find they just aren't to your taste, here are a few alternatives to try!

Check them out

Historical Fiction Beyond WWII

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

A collage of partial cover art from upcoming romance novels


The many facets of WWII have made it one of the most popular time periods for historical fiction, but that very popularity has led to one of our most frequent requests from the Brilliant Books Monthly subscribers who prefer this genre: No books set in WWII! 

If you, too, have found yourself looking to explore historical fiction beyond this era, here are a few recommendations to get you started.


Exploring Traverse City

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

A collage of six images of Traverse City.  Top row includes a picture of a rocky beach with a wave rolling in, the Traverse City Opera House exterior in downtown Traverse City, and the marquee sign of the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.  The bottom row includes red cherries on a tree, a white woman in a straw hat and her daughter sitting on a bench in downtown Traverse City and a white man, white woman, and white child biking on the TART trail along Grand Traverse Bay with sailboats in the background.



Though the event schedule for the National Cherry Festival has been greatly reduced this year, that doesn't mean there aren't still lots of things to do and see in the Grand Traverse area.  We've assembled a few books and guides (for all ages!) that provide a little more insight into local history, architecture, wildlife, and more.

See Them All


Independent Publishing Houses

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

The logo for Coffeehouse Press (a stylized book with steam rising above it, all in white on a crimson background)



While the "Big Five" publishers—Penguin/Random House, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Macmillan—make up much of the what you see on the shelves, smaller, more concentrated independent publishers not only bring different voices to the world, but their books tend to be more experimental, nuanced, and less formula driven.  Bookseller Mike gives us a tour of titles from some of his favorite independent publishers.