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Spend Christmas Eve in Cozy Pajamas with a Box of Chocolates and a New Book with Book Flood
Spend Christmas Eve in Cozy Pajamas with a Box of Chocolates and a New Book with Book Flood
The island nation of Iceland has much to recommend it: breathtaking scenery, the creamiest yogurt, friendly inhabitants, amazing seafood, and a charming holiday tradition: the Christmas Book Flood called Jólabókaflóðið.
Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup Inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Roasted Carrot-Caraway Soup Inspired by 'Where the Wild Things Are'
Being crowned king of the wild things and dancing at the wild rumpus can be exhausting. This comforting soup will fill your kitchen with a delicious aroma to restore your spirits and make you happy to be at home.
Treat Yourself to the Ultimate Bookish Staycation: Plan a 'Reading Day'
Treat Yourself to the Ultimate Bookish Staycation: Plan a 'Reading Day'
Imagine it: a day devoted to reading one great book. Squishy clothes, comfort food, and page after page of an utterly involving story. You can make it happen with just a little prep work; we'll show you how.
Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December
Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a beautiful bookish poem, writing for 'The Paris Review,' the ways English is a funny language, nautical phrases, and more.
Head to Vermont and meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Inn at Lake Devine'
Head to Vermont and meet the Remarkable Heroine of 'The Inn at Lake Devine'
This weekend, we recommend a getaway to a lake-side resort in Vermont... where you'll find yourself right smack in the middle of a romantic comedy with real, messy people who make real, messy mistakes.
Sweet & Briny Shrimp Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Death By Water'
Sweet & Briny Shrimp Salad Inspired by the Novel 'Death By Water'
It's never smooth sailing when the Honorable Phyrne Fisher is involved — but it is always a lot of dangerous and delicious fun. Dine on this delightful shrimp salad while catching up on Phryne's high seas adventures.
Cruising Around the World on Cunard's Luxury Liner RMS Laconia
Cruising Around the World on Cunard's Luxury Liner RMS Laconia
On 21 November 1922, a luxury liner embarked on a 130-day cruise around the world to 22 ports: Yokohoma and Shanghai, Rangoon and Bombay, Egypt, Cuba, and Naples. This is the true story of that grand adventure.
Spectacular Ceilings, Typewriter Art, Capitals Quiz & More: Endnotes 29 November
Spectacular Ceilings, Typewriter Art, Capitals Quiz & More: Endnotes 29 November
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, why books in translation matter, spectacular ceilings, IRL locations from The Crown, snowy vocab, paper sculptures made from books, and more.
Take a Chilling Trip to the Near Future with Rob Hart's 'The Warehouse'
Take a Chilling Trip to the Near Future with Rob Hart's 'The Warehouse'
This weekend, peek inside Cloud, the work-live space of the not-too-distant future. Sure, the pay is borderline and that wrist gadget tracks your every move, but it's cool in here, and Hey! We have cheeseburgers!
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, Scotland Will Steal Your Bookish Heart
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh, Scotland Will Steal Your Bookish Heart
Typewronger Books in Edinburgh is the bookish retreat of our dreams: a cozy shop that only has the good stuff with a literary magician behind the counter. He looks into your soul and gives you the right book.
Vanilla-Maple Shortbread Inspired by 'The House Between Tides'
Vanilla-Maple Shortbread Inspired by 'The House Between Tides'
Every character in this vividly rendered historical novel needs a restorative cup of tea and homemade shortbread to help them chill out. Here's a killer recipe for shortbread, in case you need a sweet treat, too.
The Thoroughly Charming and Possibly Unreliable Story of the Lewis Chessmen
The Thoroughly Charming and Possibly Unreliable Story of the Lewis Chessmen
The Lewis Chessmen are 12th-century chess pieces carved from walrus ivory, and their origin story is shrouded in conjecture, academic rivalry, and murder. One undisputed fact: They are ridiculously cute.
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