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Just in Time for Books Week: A New Intro and Awesome Excerpt from THE HOST!

By Chelsea DaggerJune 14, 2012
DUDES: I have a sneaking suspicion that Stephenie Meyer has hacked into the SparkLife mainframe (which is actually just a cardboard box painted to look like a computer and filled with Snickers wrappers, Harry Potter stickers, and my various failed attempts at hand-whittled wands) and... More  →
Just in Time for Books Week: A New Intro and Awesome Excerpt from THE HOST!

The Best-Sellers of All Time

By Brandon SpecktorJune 14, 2012
If you Google "best-selling books of all time" (as I did before writing this post) you will discover a frustrating lack of hard data or consistency, and soon find yourself (as I did) flicking spoonfuls of sausage gravy at your monitor. Why is it so hard... More  →
The Best-Sellers of All Time

The Book That Changed My Life: A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears

By Brandon SpecktorJune 14, 2012
Jules Feiffer titled his 1995 masterpiece of madcap fantasy all too perfectly. In "The Night of the Frogs"—the book's fake fifth chapter, which is slipped discretely into the narrative to trick a shady hunter who "refused to leave this book when he should have" at the... More  →
The Book That Changed My Life: A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears

The 5 Graphic Novels That Changed My Life

By Eric GarneauJune 14, 2012
Being that it's Book Week, a lot of the SparkNotes and MindHut crew are talking about books they've read that have changed their lives. Since I typically write about comics on these blogs, I thought it'd be appropriate for me to pay tribute to a... More  →
The 5 Graphic Novels That Changed My Life

Can a Child Be a Psychopath? (Tom Riddle, We're Looking at You.)

By Melissa AlbertJune 13, 2012
A New York Times article that made us want to remain childless forever recently asked a scary question: can a child be considered a psychopath? The article answered in the affirmative, but we already knew kids could be psychos—just look at... More  →
Can a Child Be a Psychopath? (Tom Riddle, We're Looking at You.)

Book Review: Clockwork Angel

By ContributorJune 13, 2012
Who's ready for another B&N.com must read? Book: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Synopsis: Following the death of her loving aunt, Tessa Gray travels from New York to London to live with her wayward brother. Once she arrives, however, she finds herself drawn into London’s... More  →
Book Review: Clockwork Angel

Why You Should All Read (and Love) Enid Blyton

By ContributorJune 13, 2012
We Sparklers love to read (you don’t say). I, too, have always had a passion for reading almost equivalent to Matilda Wormwood’s. And that passion was initiated by none other than Enid Blyton. For those of you who haven’t heard of Enid Blyton (what's it like... More  →
Why You Should All Read (and Love) Enid Blyton

Literary Mash-Ups We Want to Read

By Molly HoranJune 13, 2012
Sometimes mixing stuff up that doesn't normally go together gets awesome results. Captain Crunch and Coco Puffs in one bowl? Culinary masterpiece. Mixing The Great Gatsby trailer with My Little Ponies? Genius. Here are some literary mash-ups that throw some of your favorite classic... More  →
Literary Mash-Ups We Want to Read

6 Books That Changed My Life

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJune 13, 2012
Finding just the right book is an amazing feeling. I'm sure most of you have been there: you don't want to stop reading it, but you don't want to finish the book because you'll never be able read it for the first time again. But... More  →
6 Books That Changed My Life

Fun Facts About Books and Their Authors

By Jennifer GrudzieckiJune 12, 2012
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic was originally known by the title "Incident at West Egg," which sounds like a strange book about chickens, if you ask us. More  →
Fun Facts About Books and Their Authors