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5 of the all-time greatest novels you haven't read

Many die-hard readers consider their favorite novels more than mere entertainment. But while curling up with a beloved work of literature might seem a loftier pursuit than guffawing at “Family Guy,” it’s still ultimately a diversion.<p>And now that summer’s arrived, grabbing a novel to immerse oneself …


10 of the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018

It’s undeniably good to curl up with a book when the weather is spiteful, as it is to tote one along to the beach—but what about spring book season? Is spring the underdog of reading periods, not yet the subject of clichés and best-of lists but yet arguably the best time to get into a new title? …


Creamy Cold Coconut Cake

<i>It is a perfect cake for all coconut lovers! You will adore this creamy dessert – especially if you are a fan of the popular Italian cookies:</i> …

Our 25 Favorite Oprah's Book Club and Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Picks

From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail<p>In her early 20s, Cheryl Strayed was mourning the premature death of her mother. She drifted for a while, unable to cope with her grief. Strayed decided to take herself away from everything by hiking the Pacific Coast Trail, which runs from Southern …


Chef John's Sourdough Bread Recipe

"Making your own sourdough bread does take a while, but the amount of actual work is minimal--and the bread you'll get is spectacular! See the …


19 Books To Read Before The Movie Comes Out In 2018

Another year of awesome movie adaptations!


The 10 Best Books of 2017, According to Barack Obama |

What has former president Barack Obama been doing since leaving office in January 2017? There was jury duty, a few speeches, kitesurfing with Richard Branson, and of course some golf, but it looks like our last president still had plenty of time to kill last year.<p>"With some extra time on my hands …


Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Stir together first 2 ingredients and 1 tsp. granulated sugar in a glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.<p>Step 2<p>Beat 1/2 cup …


19 Protein-Packed Dinners That You'll Actually Want To Eat

So your stomach isn't making a fuss while you're trying to go to bed.<p>Okay, go for it!<p><i>All nutritional information was calculated using this calculator at Very Well.</i>

20 Protein-Packed Meals That Don't Contain a Single Piece of Meat

"But how do you get enough protein?" is easily the most common (and often annoying) question posed to vegans and vegetarians, especially those who are highly active. But new converts need not be alarmed — as it turns out, there are tons of protein-packed options available to meatless athletes, from …

Healthy Eating

The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup

The Rift by Nina Allan; Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer; Our Memory Like Dust by Gavin Chait; The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts<p>Nina Allan excels at creating subtle, shifting narratives straddling the mundane and the bizarre, the real and the unreal. In her second novel, <b>The Rift</b> (Titan, …


Next-Level Banana Bread, Courtesy of One Basic Ingredient

Banana bread plays an important role in most home baking repertoires. It holds sway in our minds as a delicious comfort food. It’s a staple of bakery counters; you can find it everywhere easily. But despite all that, it’s so ordinary. So simple. No one swoons over banana bread they way they do over …

Here’s a pot of chili you won’t get tired of eating

With this warming recipe comes the realization that, yes, a meatless chili that takes less than an hour to make can offer a satisfying chew and deep flavor. Make a batch on the stove top or in the slow cooker on a Sunday, and I bet you'll find various ways to eat it during the week — with roasted …

Slow Cookers

Angel Biscuits Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Stir together warm water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar in a small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.<p>Step 2<p>Stir together flour, …


8 banned books you won’t believe were censored

Attention, all literary rebels out there. This week is Banned Books Week, and we’re celebrating the titles that have been censored. You might not …

22 Classic Novels That Won't Bore You To Death

Fifty Shades versus the book she told you not to worry about.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.</i>


Books You Should Read Before the Movies Come Out

Coming soon to theaters (and bookshelves) near you.<p>You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it: “The book was so much better than the movie. You have to read …

Timothée Chalamet

The six must-read novels on this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist

If you’re searching for a new book to lose yourself in, this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is the place to look.<p>The award’s judging panel narrowed this year’s selection down to just six finalists this morning (Sept. 13), with just four weeks to go until the latest winner is announced.<p><i>Lincoln in</i> …


One Bowl, No Measurements: Chocolate Cake, As Easy As Can Be

At first glance, this bare bones recipe may look like something from a technical challenge on Great British Bake Off, but the absence of measurements <i>is</i> intentional. This is what I like to call a “no-measure cake” (as in, no measuring spoons or cups needed), and the recipe is so foolproof it’ll turn …

'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

<i>Editor's note: In the 1950s, the U.S. poultry industry began adopting a new process: Acronizing. Ads that ran in women's magazines pictured crisp-skinned whole chicken that tasted "fresh," "wholesome" and "country sweet" thanks to a "revolutionary process which helps maintain freshness in</i> …


60 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Curl up with #12 this weekend.<p>When you've had your fill of beach reads, broaden your horizons with a selection from this list of literary masterpieces that range from moving memoirs to hilarious essays. (And okay, okay — we have some "beach" reads in here too.)

Books Coming Out in the Fall That We Can’t Wait to Read

Add these novels to your fall reading list.<p>We’re only halfway through our summer reading lists, but we’re already looking forward to fall. Every …


28 Exciting New Books You Need To Read This Fall

New books by Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Egan, Jesmyn Ward, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and John Green, oh my!


Top 20 most reviewed books of all time from Amazon

One of the many reasons we love Amazon is because of their stellar customer review section. Having the ability to read thousands of opinions from customers before hitting the purchase button is super useful, especially when it comes to picking out a book. From cult classics such as Harry Potter to …


Top 10 twists in fiction

Court dramas, classic mysteries and bloody crimes ... from Du Maurier to Lehane, Sophie Hannah chooses her favourite twists in novels (or does she?)<p>There are no spoilers in this article, but we can’t guarantee the comments<p>The word “twist” exerts a strange power over crime fiction addicts like me. …


The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter; The Late Show by Michael Connelly; My Name Is Nobody by Matthew Richardson; The Child by Fiona Barton; Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre; The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen<p>Karin Slaughter’s books have been accused of being too dark and violent; her …


The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter is the monster mashup we need

Swashbuckling adventure crossed with literary criticism<p>In Theodora Goss’ debut novel, the daughter of Doctor Jekyll discovers that her father was part of a secret society of mad scientists. This being a gothic fantasy novel, she naturally befriends their dangerous and beautiful creations. In a …


11 Brand New Books You Should Read This July

We’re all for trying out this summer’s hottest trends (spiced rosé lattes and <i>Baywatch</i>-inspired swimsuits are definitely all over our Pinterest boards), but we’re also super excited to sit back and relax with some classic summertime reading too. If you’re anything like us, you’ve already read …


11 Classic Books You Must Keep on Your Bookshelf

Complete your library this Prime Day.<p>It's Prime Day, which means deals abound all over While you're filling your cart, add these classics to your bookshelf or Kindle library—the BAZAAR editors tell you why they return to them time after time below. Plus, score the best tech deals for …


21 Crime Novels That Will Definitely Turn You Into Sherlock Holmes

Will you be able to get to the bottom of these?<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>