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Should You Join an Online Book Club? Hell, Yes.

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 01.19.2015 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Why would anyone do this? I mean, book clubs are supposed to be about sitting around with your girlfriends and drinking wine, right?

5 Great Reads for Your Bookclub

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 01.04.2015 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

I've come to appreciate reading a book along with a group. The things some people love that others hate. The parts others pick up on that you missed. Appreciating a well-written line together. I've learned that reading in tandem enhances the reading experience.

5 Books You Might Have Missed This Summer (But Must Read This Fall)

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Wow, it's fall! How did that happen? If you're like me, you read a lot of books this summer. But now's not the time to stop, especially when there are so many fabulous books to read. And so, if you're looking for your next great read, why not try one of these?

5 Books You Might Have Missed in 2013 (But You Should Really Read in 2014)

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 03.07.2014 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

As some of you know, I've spent the last year reading a bestseller a week. I'm still trying to digest what, if anything, I've learned from my year of reading bestsellers. But one thing I do know is that some of the books that stayed with me the most last year weren't on the list at all.

The Best of 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

A million years ago I started this project to read 52 bestsellers in 52 weeks. Along the way, I've had a great group of readers reading along with me on Facebook and Goodreads. Recently, I asked them to let me know what their favorite reads this year were, and here are the results.

52 Books in 52 Weeks, Week 26: The Halfway Mark

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 09.06.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Twenty-six weeks ago I set myself a task: I would read a New York Times Bestseller a week and blog about it in the hopes of re-connecting myself to popular book culture and (hopefully) read some great books. It hasn't quite worked out as I planned.

I Know What You Should Be Reading This Summer

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 08.15.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Ah, summer. I believe it is finally here, and so I thought I'd put together a list of books I'd be reading this summer if I hadn't already read them. Trust me, each of these books is a pure, page-turning pleasure and beautifully written to boot. Not to be missed.

52 books, 52 weeks, Week 19: Beautiful Ruins

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Beautiful Ruins is a set of interweaving stories about a young actress who gets sick while working on the set of the movie Cleopatra, which was shot in Italy in the 1960s.

How Does Word of Mouth Work, Anyway?

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Te idea of how people choose the books they read, and what role word of mouth (in whatever form) plays in that has been on my mind. And that got me thinking: what does word of mouth mean, really? And, more importantly, how does it work?

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 16: A River to Come Back To

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 06.22.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Harrison's book is proof of something that's becoming more and more evident: that quality books can succeed solely through reader -- rather than traditional publisher -- support, these days.

52 Books, 52 Weeks, Week 15: A Roaring Zelda

Catherine McKenzie | Posted 06.15.2013 | Books
Catherine McKenzie

Zelda and Fitzgerald meet at a country club dance in her hometown in Alabama 1918 when she's just seventeen years old. He's a young army officer full of ambition to become a famous writer, and she's a restless and slightly spoiled girl with an overwhelming sense of fun.