Ten Books to Relax with This Weekend

Thursday, August 12, 2021

10 Books for your brain at Brilliant Books



Happy Friday, everyone, even if it is a Friday the 13th!  At least there's the weekend to look forward to.  If you need a few ideas for books to enjoy this Saturday and Sunday, look no further.  We asked Caitlin to share a few picks for books that will help you kick back, relax, and enjoy yourself!

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Narrator Feature: Xe Sands

Thursday, August 5, 2021

a pair of purple headphones on a green and purple background

When you listen to as many audiobooks as I do, you get familiar with some of the voices.  Some audiobook performers are incredibly prolific, and you might even recognize some of them from film or television work, too!  My favorite narrators, though, are the performers whose voices and mannerisms seem perfectly suited to the works that they read.  One such narrator is Xe Sands.


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A Guide to Your Pen

Fountain pens are awesome, but admittedly a little intimidating.  There are lots of myths about them (that they're leaky, scratchy, hard-to-use, etc), but in actuality, they're a ton of fun and provide a beautiful result.  If you've ever thought about picking up a starter pen for yourself, but thought maybe you weren't ready, this is for you: a walk through what you're looking for in a fountain pen, and how to use it once you find it!

The Problem with Exclusives

Thursday, April 8th, 2021


Caitlin knows a thing or two about audiobooks.  She's our designated audiobook selector for Brilliant Books Monthly's audio edition, and listens to two or three books a week just for fun.  But as much as she loves audiobooks, there are a few things about them really make her mad.  The biggest one is Audible Exclusives.


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Unexpectedly Thought Provoking

Tuesday, March 18th, 2021



There are some books that you pick up knowing that you're going to have to think about them, and that they're probably going to stick with you in some way.  There are others, though, that you pick up expecting one thing and before long find yourself down some kind of existential rabbit hole wondering whether everything is just a simulation.  Okay, maybe these books don't go quite that far, but nonetheless, each of them ended up being thought-provoking in ways I hadn't expected. 

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Gearing Up for Gardening

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

If you ever talk to me for more than about five minutes, chances are, I will pull out my phone and start showing you pictures of my garden.  Or my seedlings.  Or the awesome head of broccoli I grew this one time (seriously, it was gorgeous...and delicious).  Or the patch of dirt that will, someday, be home to a riot of colorful blooms.  Gardening is second only to my pets as the primary subject of my camera roll, and it's definitely primary occupation of my free time as soon as the weather breaks until everything is put to bed in the fall...

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Where Have the Unicorns Gone?

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

It started with a discussion of Unicorn Day.

For years, we've been meaning to put together something fun to celebrate Unicorn Day (April 9th, in case you need to mark your calendar), and as we were brainstorming recently, we were listing our favorite unicorn books for young readers.  Slowly, we began to notice an unexpected trend...

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How to Write a Love Letter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Ah, Valentine's Day: a holiday often derided as a "Hallmark Holiday" created as a saccharine commercial venture to capitalize on starry-eyed romantics.  I think it's actually quite an interesting holiday, personally, because at its heart—at least, according to legend—is a letter.

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