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14 Books to End Your Reading Slump

Friday, January 27, 2023.

Woman smiling with books

    Reading is such an incredible pastime.  Books can whisk you off to other worlds and inspire you with knew knowledge and new experiences.

But even the most avid readers are susceptible to that dreaded chapter of the book lover's life: the reading slump.

Check out three tips for getting back into reading — plus 14 page-turning books sure to end your reading slump!

Get Back Into Reading

The Birds of Kids Literature

Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Bird in branch

January 5th is a day to celebrate our winged friends.  Birds play an essential part in ecosystems around the world — plus they're fascinating (and beautiful) to watch from the window.

Introduce young readers to the joy of birds with some of our favorite bird-themed reads!  Take an aerial tour of children's literature to find feathery facts, avian adventures, and more.

Bird Books! 

The Bookseller's Guide to Fall Beverages

Monday, October 10, 2022.

Book and steaming mug

It's fall, the season of colorful leaves, cozy sweaters, and curling up with a good book and a nice, warm drink.  But which book — and what drink?

Whether you drink tea, coffee, or something stronger, take a tour through some of our booksellers' favorite fall drink pairings.  Discover some of our team's favorite autumn reads and the drink pairings that make them shine.

Read the Article

Banned Books BINGO

Monday, September 19, 2022.

banned books bingo

Welcome to Banned Books Week!   What banned books are you and your family reading — and what are your thoughts on book censorship?

 Explore Banned books Week at Brilliant Books to:

 • Learn more about book bans
• Find the top 10 banned books of last year
• And play our very own Banned Books Bingo for Young Readers!

Banned Books Bingo & More


Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

Colorful book pile

Tsundoku is a Japanese word that means acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up on one's bookshelf without reading them. This “anti-library” can sit and build for months, years, and, gulp, decades. Why are these books unread and why are you keeping them around?! 

Read Mike's article about the value of unread books, and explore some of the unopened books on his shelf!

Dive In!

Book Lovers' Day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Stack of books

Happy Book Lovers' Day!

This is a day for the readers, the writers, the shelf-fillers, and the page-sniffers.  It's for the library-goers, the bookstore explorers, and the people with strong opinions about breaking spines.

Explore our Book Lovers collection below to find brilliant books about books, plus stylish accessories to broadcast your love for reading!

Book Lovers' Day

A Literary Road Trip

Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Faded map

Books can take you all kinds of places — across borders, oceans, and even galaxies!  So today, in honor of summer vacation (or dreams of summer vacation), we're taking you on a literary road trip!

From classics to new releases, explore books set across the United States.  Where are you headed next?

Go On a Literary Road Trip

Reading With Google Maps

Friday, July 1, 2022.

Mike smiling

What does Google Maps have to do with reading?  For Mike, it is a great tool to add visuals to book scenes and explore the various locations through which a book brings you.

Join Mike and jump into the sceneries of literature, from Hobbiton to Green Gables to the castle of Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Dracula!

Read with Google Maps

Weird and Wonderful

Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Weird booksHave you ever finished a book and immediately thought to yourself "what did I just read?!"  Well we certainly have!

Explore some of our favorite books that are curious, mystifying, extraordinary, and just plain weird.  These books will definitely have you thinking long after the final page.

Get Weird!