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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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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In Defense of the Rom-Com

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

It's no secret that I love a good rom-com. From Casey McQuiston's Red White and Royal Blue to Emily Henry's Beach Read, and even Emma Lord's Tweet Cute, there's always at least one that makes its way into my favorite books of the year. Sometimes, there's nothing I want to read more than a quick, relatively lighthearted story knowing that regardless of what drama ensues, it's almost guaranteed to have a happy ending.

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On Power and Protest

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

My family has been diving deep this week into discussions of the first amendment and what a healthy protest looks like. There has been a lot to unpack for all of us, and these aren't straightforward conversations, especially for young people.  That makes them all the more important, however.  There is so much responsibility in being a good citizen.  We need to understand our rights and how our actions affect those around us.

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What's in a Genre?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

When you walk into a bookstore, chances are the shelves are marked with signs denoting genres.  But what happens when a book isn't so easy to categorize?  Caitlin explores the pros and cons of this particular system of classification.

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Finding Different Joys

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We're living in "unprecedented times."  How often have we heard that phrase recently?  Or perhaps its close cousin "difficult times."  Both have started to feel pretty meaningless, a pretty platitude that glosses over the truth:

None of us signed up for this.

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