First-Time Scares | The Reader’s Shelf

As we creep closer to Halloween, celebrate with some fresh and frightening tales. Stretching across a range of genres and styles and presenting different levels of terror, these debuts will satisfy a variety of readers looking for a scare.

Finding the Literary Limelight | The Reader’s Shelf

Fame in this industry can happen in many ways. Debuts can act as lightning strikes, making authors instantly celebrated. Often the already notable become writers on the side, carrying their star power onto the page.

Writing Wildlife | The Reader’s Shelf

Readers expect novels full of human characters, but fiction is populated with wildlife, too—from the fantastic to the real, the endangered to the extinct, and from companions to subjects and protagonists themselves.

Books for Thought | The Reader’s Shelf

Some of the best novels are those that get people talking. By introducing a new perspective, featuring gripping plots, and tackling ethical dilemmas, they become perfect catalysts for discussion among bibliophiles.

Reading Through Time | The Reader’s Shelf

There are many ways to travel in time once inside a book—from those set in the past or future to those that are not satisfied with just one temporal plane. These six books explore the many threads of time.

Light from Shadow: Books on Eclipses | The Reader’s Shelf

On August 21, a wide swath of the United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse…. A host of books awaits those seeking to enrich the viewing experience by learning the lore of this rare spectacle.

Well Read for the Summer | The Reader’s Shelf

As June heats up, new summer reading opportunities unfold. Those in search of a great story and wide-ranging delights might consider an array of popular genres.

Thicker Than Water: Family Stories | The Reader’s Shelf

Family dynamics drive these six novels, exploring how relations act upon one another, from the way a mother binds a daughter—or sets her free—to the complexities of marriage to how siblings become mutual anchors.

Early Scares: Halfway to Halloween | The Reader’s Shelf

Short stories are alive and kicking when it comes to tales of terror. Here are some recent anthologies that will deliver just the right amount of chills and thrills.

Waxing Poetic | The Reader’s Shelf

Author Colum McCann wrote in the Guardian that “poets have their fingers on a different pulse.” The creators of the following novels skillfully position poetry at the center of their tales, putting their own fingers on that very beat.