1 Year Anniversary

Happy Halloween Month! We both love Autumn and Halloween, but October has another distinction as well. It’s the month we started this blog! Yes, as of this month, Bathtub Book Club is officially 1 year old! We can say a few words and take some wobbly steps, but before you know it we’ll be knocking…

A Trick of Light

On September 17th, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt released the first book of Alliances, a new series by Kat Rosenfeld and the late Stan Lee. If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might wonder about some of the weird "National Days" we spotlight. Truth is, we sometimes need help to narrow down which books we want to review, so we use the good old internet to find theme ideas. When I saw that today was National Comic Book Day, I knew I wanted to cover one of Stan Lee's last projects before he died. It meant I only had a week between the release date and this review, but it was worth it.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Okay readers, before we get started on this review, one small caveat: We have not watched...any...of Mindy Kaling’s TV comedy. (Bethany has seen No Strings Attached, and Kaling’s character was the only one she actually liked in that movie.) We did know that the commercials for her self-titled TV series, The Mindy Project, were funny, but unfortunately neither of us spend much of our scarce free time watching comedy.

Sizzle

Today is Patriot Day in the United States, so I knew I wanted to review a contemporary romantic suspense novel with an FBI or CIA agent as a character. When I saw Sizzle, by Julie Garwood, in the queue of books I have crowding up my Kindle app, I knew it was the one. Julie Garwood always engages me with her strong protagonists - both male and female - and the unlikely events that she puts them through.

Bookface Friday!

Today's National Read-a-Book Day and we're celebrating by not only reading, but posing with our books! Have you seen the bookface trend going around? We have, and we knew we had to jump on the bandwagon. Here's Jeriann with her next Isabel Allende read: And here's Bethany! This Lisa Gardner book cover definitely called for…

The Best Items for Makeshift Bookmarks

You know, no matter how many free bookmarks we get from libraries and bookstores, there never seems to be one handy. But luckily, it’s not hard to find something relatively flat to save your space in a book. Here are the 10 items we’re most likely to use as bookmarks when there are no glossy cardstock cutouts to be found.

American Historical Fiction You’re Not Sick of Yet

If you’re in the United States, chances are you’re recovering from Independence Day - whether from celebrating yourself or from keeping your pets/kids/self from getting stressed by others’ shenanigans. We thought it’d be fun to cover a few American Historical Fiction novels for the holiday, but we didn’t want this to become a Senior English Lit Syllabus. Here are 6 Historical American Fiction novels that aren’t part of “the canon” and take a different look at historical events than you might be used to.

Book Spine Poetry

We’ve been seeing book spine poetry recently on twitter, so we thought we’d jump in the fray and put together a few book poems of our own!  Jeriann: It helps that I’ve been cataloguing my books (so that I have a list of what I own to consult at bookstores), so I was pretty excited…

Earth Bound

Today we are celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space! In honor of her awesome achievement, I thought I'd review a book about another woman in science and engineering (although this one is fictional). Earth Bound by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner is inspired by the women of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and their contributions to the space race - with romance thrown in for good measure.