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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


Tsundoku

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!


Train Your Brain

Sunday, April 17, 2022.A Brilliant Crossword

We talk a lot about how crossword puzzles and other games are great for your brain.  But we've never made a crossword of our own—and let us tell you, that's a whole other exercise!  Test your literary knowledge with our Brilliant Crossword Puzzle, or peruse the puzzles below for some recommended brain games!

Train Your Brain


Reading Month Bingo Challenge

Tuesdady, March 1st, 2022.

Reading Month Bingo

March is Reading Month, which means it's time for one of our favorite bookish traditions: the Bingo Challenge.

Designed especially for young readers (both kids and teens), this Bingo Challenge is meant to encourage readers to try something new!  Children ages 5-16 can also submit their completed Bingo sheet to be entered into a drawing for cool bookish prizes like gift certificates, tote bags, and other cool bookish swag.

Learn More


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