In February of this year, we launched a new Radical Romance book club as a place to read and celebrate romance books with representation. Seasoned romance readers and those new to the genre alike have dropped in on the second Monday of every month to talk about our selections.
We asked the group to talk about our favorite romance reads of all time – here are some highlights:
At the Black Ink Book Festival, bestselling romance author Beverly Jenkins commented on the rise of the genre and its broadening representation: "The crumbs of before have become a banquet."
August is right around the corner and what better way to spend it than by reading a poetry collection every single day? That’s right, 31 poetry books in one month. Nicole Sealey, poet, professor, and the namesake, in 2017, invented the seemingly impossible -- but completely doable! -- challenge to read a book every single day for the whole month of August.
How can this be done?
You may have heard of BTS (or not! That’s okay too!). They are currently the biggest band in the world, all the way from South Korea. There are many reasons for their fame – incredible music, cool dance moves, and each of the 7 members have their own unique, shining personalities. One of these shining personalities is Kim Namjoon, also known as RM, BTS’s leader. Any BTS fan knows his love for songwriting, museums, and most importantly, BOOKS! In honor of his impeccable taste in books, here is a list of Namjoon’s recommendations to get you reading this summer!
Listen - I *like* the Beatles. I watched all 8+ hours of the Get Back documentary over a course of two weekends and took meticulous notes on every outfit George Harrison wore while strutting into Apple Studios (that rainbow lilac pinstripe! that pilgrim hat! his little bright red jumper!), and converted into a temporary Paul fan after years of scowling every time his face popped up. Their influence on music cannot be denied, even to this day.
I don't want to alarm you but you have approximately 77 days. That is 77 days until the end of the world or the end of Book Bingo which is basically the same thing. Put on by Seattle Arts & Lectures and the Seattle Public Library, every year you are given 25 squares (+ one free space!) to help guide your summer reading. Read a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line and get a bingo for a chance to win a gift card from an independent bookstore like us!
We're well past poetry month now, but I am here to remind you: poetry knows no such thing as calendars. Poems are for the rainy Spring Tuesdays, for the slow drives to work, for the warm, crepuscular nights that mean summer has finally arrived. Poetry is forever!
In honor of Pride month, I asked Third Place booksellers to recommend some of their recent favorite LGBTQIA+ reads.
Here’s the thing. There are so many recommendations out there for what you should read based on your favorite Shakespeare play. And since Shakespeare is one of the most well-known playwrights, as well as being credited with the invention of over 1,700 words, it makes total sense! In fact, we just put out a blog post about some fantastic Shakespeare adaptations that you should check out. But what if none of those recommendations hit home for you? Maybe you need a break from Shakespeare’s tropes and are looking for something that’s the complete opposite.
As book readers, there are a lot of common problems we universally run into: our ever growing and (dangerously) tilting TBR pile, using scraps of trash and old receipts as makeshift bookmarks, going into Third Place Books to buy one book and leaving with seven... we've all been there!