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June 18, 2019

Under the radar, underrated, or simply missed: 7 books from 2019’s first half that deserve more attention

As we approach the longest day of the year later this week, one could certainly take advantage of the extra daylight and warm weather and spend some time outside. Drink a drink on a porch, take a boat out on a body of water, or even just go for a walk. Or—but really, and—one could use the extra daylight to read,…

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June 8, 2019

Ars To-Be-Read: Our most anticipated books for the second half of 2019

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Authors, publishers, and book nerds converge on New York City at the end of May each year for Book Expo America, and this year Ars was there to scope out some stories. The convention showcases books of all kinds—fiction, nonfiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, YA, graphic novels, comics, and everything in between—making it an excellent opportunity to learn more about already anticipated titles and discover new releases debuting in the coming months.

After talking to numerous publishers and hearing a few authors speak (including Star Trek’s George Takei—check out the first [...]

 
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May 23, 2019

Staffsource: Ars staffers share their favorite books to get lost in this summer

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Summer is the perfect time to catch up on all the things you’ve been meaning to do—like get your to-be-read (TBR) pile down to a manageable size (if that’s even possible). As the longer days with better weather beg you to venture outside and crack open your current read, we at Ars considered our recent favorite reads to compile this makeshift summer 2019 reading list.

These titles may not be what most would consider “summer reads.” Scant few white-sand beaches and picture-perfect resorts fill these pages—but that doesn’t make them any less escape-worthy. [...]

 
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May 21, 2019

Why This Character’s Game of Thrones Ending Was the Most Satisfying

The final episode of Game of Thrones gave us closure for many beloved characters, with some of them getting to fulfill a destiny they may not have even known they had. None of them stood out more than the person who started out as a child, but became a champion.

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