Arts & Culture

The Best Books of 2016

Our choice novels, non-fiction reads, and memoirs from the last year. 

Best Gifts for Book-Lovers

On the hunt for a novel holiday idea? Friends and relatives would love to receive these gifts even after the holidays.

22 Affordable Gifts for Readers

These novel products will delight all of the book-lovers and avid readers in your life. See more unique gifts for the book lovers on your list.

7 Books to Get Your Adrenaline Pumping This Halloween

Halloween is a time to embrace the scary. After all, it’s when haunted houses, spooky jack-o-lanterns, and menacing costumes all make their grand annual appearance. If the cobwebs and skeletons adorning your neighbors’ homes aren’t quite putting you into the Halloween spirit, here are seven books to get you ready for the frightful holiday. From psychological thrillers to flat out horror novels, these books will get your heart racing as you tear through the pages. And really, what’s better than a book that you cannot put down? A seemingly perfect husband reveals his psychopathic dark side in B.A. Paris’ horrifying Behind Closed Doors. An old friend resurfaces and gets too close (in a Single White Female sort of way) in Watching Edie, by British author Camilla Way. Thanks to Keith Donohue’s The Motion of Puppets, you may never look at a toy store the same way. And crumbling old homes reveal their haunted histories in Arrowood and The Witch on Persimmon Point. Crime novelist extraordinaire Tana French is back with the sixth installment of her Dublin Murder Squad series, one that is getting lots of attention this month. French’s The Trespasser follows detective Antoinette Conway as she struggles to solve a murder case as her colleagues do everything they can to get in her way. These books may not feature ghouls and goblins (check out 7 Creepy Books That Might Give You Nightmares for more seasonal reads), but they are guaranteed to make the hair on your neck stand up. Happy Halloween and happy reading!

Stop Everything and Watch This Breathtaking Trailer for Planet Earth II

The BBC nature documentary series is coming back, and it looks epic.

How One Author’s Real Estate Obsession Turned Into a Novel

Author Ann Leary joined Real Simple editor Kristin Van Ogtrop on Facebook Live to chat about her new book The Children, how she learned the banjo, and what it takes to become a writer.

45 Books to Get Kids Through Life’s Trickiest Transitions

When words fail you—or your teenager tunes them out—it’s helpful to have someone else’s. “The beauty of books is that kids can be self-reflective, without the anxiety they might feel talking about their own situation,” says Pauline Jordan, Ph.D., a child psychologist in Greenwich, Connecticut. Consider this expert-recommended list a learning library for every age and stage.

Crayola Is Launching a Coloring Line for Teens and Tweens

Because the coloring craze isn’t dying out anytime soon.

8 Soon-to-Be-Classic Children’s Books

These great works of kid lit are destined to be read out loud, or under the covers with a flashlight, for years to come. (And your children will love them, too.)

10 Pieces of Dorm Room Wall Art That Aren’t Cheesy Posters

Ditch the usual Andy Warhol print or Breakfast at Tiffany’s poster for some unique (and affordable) artwork.