The Mystery of The Berensta(e)in Bears Books (which happen to be 40% off at BookBar right now!)

BookBar Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:43am

There has been a slowly dawning phenomena over the past several years, most specifically as Millennials have come of age and begun their phase of existential introspection. The time for nostalgic remembrance, the longing for the “simpler” times–that stage of life when one can, for the first time, begin to appreciate the breadth of time, and both how much and how little time has truly passed.

7 Time-Travel Books for Falling Back, and Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

BookBar Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:26pm

It’s once again time to fall back which is exciting for the sake of more sleep, but more importantly, that means it’s time to post think-pieces on why daylight savings time is an ancient useless relic of the past and we should rid ourselves of it posthaste. It also marks the beginning of the season when you can be mean and grumpy to everyone and have a reasonable excuse for it. 

Scary Stories for the Spooky Season

BookBar Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:57pm

This time of year always revives the same old questions: When’s it gonna snow? What are you gonna be for Halloween? Will anyone remember to vote when presidential candidates aren’t on the ballot? Will Halloween finally fall on Friday the 13th this year? Why has that still never happened? All great questions if you ask me. This year is unique however, in that we can all agree that no scary story or movie comes anywhere near the daily reality we live in. Horror has become an escape–a reminder of a more comfortable time when these stories actually did scare us.

The Reader’s Guide to America’s Gun Debate

BookBar Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:54am

To call this subject a “sensitive” one might be appropriate, if a little lackluster. Calling it a “goddamn minefield” might be a little more honest. Nevertheless, it rises up again and again, in think pieces, blogs, non-sequitur tweets, and worst of all–hundreds-long comment chains on Facebook. No matter how dormant your social media presence might be, post an opinion on this topic and you’re suddenly wearing a suit of stale bread at the beach. Read More...

Griffin Reviews ‘Wishtree’ by Katherine Applegate

BookBar Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:56pm

Our own Bookworm Griffin wrote his review for Wishtree below, but for the more visual types, he was kind enough to do a video review as well! 

Spoiler alert. You shouldn’t read this book unless you’re prepared to cry a little. Read More...

How Starfish: Her Infinite Impact is Working to Make Illiteracy a Distant Memory in Guatemala

BookBar Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:12pm

Shhh. Don’t tell Nicole this, but my favorite bookstore in all the world is Libros del Lago, a tiny bookstore along Calle Santander in Panajachel, Guatemala. It’s sandwiched between an ice cream shop and street vendors, and is my go-to store for books to develop my Spanish fluency and literacy. In Guatemala, independent bookstores don’t compete against big chains and online retailers, they compete against literacy rates among the worst in the hemisphere.

What is Labor Day, How Can I Celebrate it, and When Should I Be Wearing White?

BookBar Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:41am

Labor Day was invented back in the early 1920s to by the fashion industry to convince rich white-collar workers to buy more expensive, colorful clothes. It’s a little-known fact that white-collar workers used to wear exclusively white clothes to work until Labor Day was popularized. It was later co-opted by the poor working class in the 1880s as a means of fighting for better working conditions. By 1894, it became a federal holiday, and it wasn’t long before everyone forgot why it was started in the first place.

Sandhya Menon is Coming to BookBar and the BookWorms Are in Love

BookBar Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:54pm

I, Emma the BookWorm, a young woman who refuses to do anything but hide in her room and read stories about Jack the Ripper while drinking tea, a girl who has only ever read two romances in her entire life (three if you count The Scarlet Letter) declare that a romantic comedy was an excellent read. Read More...

September's BookBar BookClub Review: 'Marked Men' by Joseph Hutchison

BookBar Tue, 08/08/2017 - 8:03pm

It's difficult not to wonder if this story is more poignant today than it might have been say, six months ago. That isn't to suggest this story stood any less strong when published in 2013, but it's a cogent reminder that progress attained is never permanent. Progress doesn't preclude regression, and a regression feels a little less like a morbid fantasy daily.... Read More

9 Books for the Kids to Read (Without Walls) This Summer

BookBar Sun, 07/02/2017 - 11:49am

Hannah, BookBar’s summer intern, has some great recommendations for kids to fill out their Reading Without Walls Summer Reading Bingo Challenge this summer! Grab a card at BookBar and mark your calendars for our end-of-summer scavenger hunt party with Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, author of The Book Scavenger and The Unbreakable Code!

Grown Ups! We Dare You to Read Without Walls

BookBar Wed, 06/28/2017 - 7:42am

A few months ago, I sat with a group of four nine-year-olds on tiny chairs. Most of them were meeting for the first time with the intention of picking out new books and takling about the books they had read...  READ MORE


Reading Deficiency: I Made it Through Fifty Pages of Alan Moore’s ‘Jerusalem’

BookBar Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:19pm

I have a propensity for reading mere portions of a book, sometimes because I’ve grown bored with it, other times because I’m just lazy. I’ll often find nearly any excuse to not read, even when I want to. One more Twitter refresh to see what horrifying news story just broke. I don’t understand, and generally once I’m reading, I always regret not starting earlier. Such is life.

Staff Review: 'Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore' by Matthew Sullivan

BookBar Mon, 06/12/2017 - 3:17pm

Imagine this: a juggler has three red balls, a bowling pin, his left shoe, a lit candle, and a full glass of beer in the air. How's he going to catch it all without either burning himself or spilling any of his beer. This juggler is Matthew Sullivan and throughout his novel, he has multiple plots points in the air. He tricks you throughout the book by making you think he's going to drop that bowling pin or a drop of that beer is going to spill, but Sullivan doesn't drop a single thing. He catches everything flawlessly in front of an amazed and mystified audience.