Reviews & Recommendations

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.

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Back to School

Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Elementary students

The beginning of the school year can be a tough time for students.  Summer is over, and it's time to head back indoors to sit & study.  Plus, heading into a new school or a new grade level can be quite scary!

If you know any young readers who are reluctant (or apprehensive) about the school year, check out our Back to School collection.  Picked out by our kids' section experts Sam & Rachel, these books will help your students get ready — and get excited — for the new school year!

Get Ready for School!

Horror vs. Dark Fantasy--What's the Difference?

Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Dark photos

Genres divisions are wonderful for a lot of reasons.  They help readers distinguish and summarize what kinds of stories they like — and they help bookstores and libraries sort books into similar sections. But sometimes, the lines between genres can be hard to distinguish.

Today, Caitlin's diving into horror, dark fantasy, and the division between the two.  Where is the line between these two genres, where is the crossover, and why does it matter?

Horror vs. Dark Fantasy

Kids Books About Dogs

Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Dog reading book

It's no secret that the Brilliant Books team is fond of dogs.  We absolutely love to meet our customers' canine companions — and we're known for our Brilliant dog bowls out in front of the store (currently in safe-keeping during construction).  Plus, we just got in a whole bunch of signed books from W. Bruce Cameron, full of stories of precious pups!

But today we're sharing a very special category of canine chronicles: Brilliant dog books for young readers.

Jump Into the Dog Days of Summer

Human Sexuality

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Couple at PrideLGBTQ+ Pride Month is a time of celebration, of protest, of community, and also of education—about identity, sexuality, intersectionality, and so much more

This month, our bookseller Periwinkle is delving into the field of human sexuality, a somewhat off-limit topic in our society (and the subject of Peri's current degree).  In a series of articles, they will guide people of all ages and sexual orientations through many complex (and often taboo) topics included under the umbrella of human sexuality.

First up, Periwinkle's top recommendations for covering the basics, including those you never learned about in school.

Peri's Introduction to Human Sexuality

It's Audiobook Month!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Cassette tapeIn honor of Audiobook Month, we're taking a moment to celebrate one of the fastest growing ways to enjoy a book. Thanks to the rise of digital audio, it no longer takes a stack of cassettes or a sleeve of CDs to listen to even the longest of books.  And with so many talented narrators lending their voices to books both new and old, audiobooks are more diverse and accessible than ever!

Looking for a great new read to enjoy in audio?  Today Caitlin, our audiobook selector for Brilliant Books Monthly, is sharing some of her favorite audiobooks!

Caitlin's Top Audiobooks

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

AAPI books

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

This is a month to celebrate the diverse people, communities, and stories that fall under the AAPI umbrella.  It's also a great time to look at the media we consume and ask ourselves: what AAPI stories have I been reading recently?

And if you're looking to diversify your bookshelf this spring, explore some of our favorite books by Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian authors!  We've got literature, memoirs, poetry, science fiction, and more.

See the AAPI Collection