A BLOG ABOUT BOOKS & THE LITERARY LIFESTYLE

The FictionMatters Blog

Subscribe

holiday

lifestyle

recommendations

book lists

Categories

Read With Me!

Search

Follow Along

Hello! I’m Sara Hildreth: a reader, writer, and lifelong learner dedicated to putting great books into the hands of great people.

 But around here, the reading life goes beyond books! So grab a cup of something cozy & find the resources, products, and recommendations you need to live your best literary life.

Book Lists

Every month I share a Ranked Reading Recap with my Patreon subscribers. It’s a solo podcast where I chat casually and candidly about the books I read that month and rank them from the worst to the best. Since we’re now halfway through 2021, I wanted to share my favorite reads of the year so […]

Best Books of 2021 (So Far) – Ranked

Sara's Summer Reading Guide

Favorite Things

It’s been a busy couple of months filled with travel, family time, baby prep, seeing friends again, summer book guide writing and, yes, a little bit of reading in there too. In other words, summer is in full force! And today I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the last few months. From the […]

May and June Favorites

books with engrossing structures that will keep you turning pages

Book Lists

There are many components of a great read that can keep me glued to a book. Sometimes it’s a mystery I need to solve or a need-to-know-what-happens-now kind of plot. Sometimes I just don’t want to leave the characters’ sides for a minute or the author’s writing is so spectacular I lose track of time. […]

6 books with engrossing structures that will keep you turning pages

Book Lists

There’s nothing quite like summer reading. Even when we no longer get three months “off” from our responsibilities or prizes from the library for pages read, the magical feeling of summer reading sticks with us. For me, it tends to be the season when I let go of thoughts of what I should be reading and indulge in exactly what I want to read. And that means more backlist titles–the paperbacks I’ve been meaning to get around to forever that I can throw in a tote and cart with me wherever I go, ready to be opened whenever I have a few uninterrupted minutes.

The 2021 Paperback Summer Reading Guide

Palm Springs

Favorite Things

As of mid-April, my husband and I were both fully vaccinated, which made for a great month. We haven’t changed our lifestyle much (although we did take a wonderful and safe road trip!), but it just feels like a weight has been lifted. We won’t be rushing off to indoor gatherings anytime soon, but I […]

April Favorites

Book Lists

It’s no secret that I love Greek mythology. I referred to myself as a “mythology girl” on our Odyssey episode of Novel Pairings and shared my love for my tattered copy of Edith Hamilton’s book of myths. As an adult reader, I can’t resist a mythological retelling. Most of the retellings I’ve encountered recently have […]

Five clever contemporary mythology retellings

holiday

lifestyle

recommendations

book lists

Categories

Read With Me!

Search

Follow Along

Hello! I’m Sara Hildreth: a reader, writer, and lifelong learner dedicated to putting great books into the hands of great people.

 But around here, the reading life goes beyond books! So grab a cup of something cozy & find the resources, products, and recommendations you need to live your best literary life.