One of the most colorful and intriguing families in English history, the Tudors ruled from 1485 until 1603 and produced rulers both infamous and beloved. They’ve been a popular subject for historical fiction novels, plays, movies, and tv shows since their own time. Here is a selection of 10 great novels about the Tudors and their time:
Just in time for Christmas 2014, there are summer blockbusters and cult classics alike coming out on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time! Here are our picks for the top 10 DVDs that will be released in December 2014:
Although stories about man-made or natural climate change are nothing new, there has been an explosion of them in recent years as concerns about global warming have grown more pressing, so many that activist Dan Bloom coined the term “cli-fi” (short for climate fiction) to represent the genre. Climate fiction is commonly dystopian or post-apocalyptic, but the genre also includes thrillers, adventure novels, young adult fiction, literary fiction, and more. Here are 10 great cli-fi novels from a variety of genres:
Remember how much fun it was to build a blanket fort in the living room? So do I! Although you don’t really need anything more than some blankets and something to hold them up to create a classic blanket fort, here are 10 toys and accessories that can take your blanket fort to the next level of AWESOME.
People have long understood that making a dramatic but temporary change to your daily routine can help you open your mind, broaden your experiences, and examine your normal life with new eyes, without being hampered by the fear that is common in the face of more permanent life changes. This is one of the purposes behind such religious observances as Lent and Ramadan, among others.
Here are 10 books by people who’ve done something interesting, different, or just plain weird for a whole year:
Have you ever drooled over the food descriptions in your favorite books? I know I have! Here are ten cool cookbooks that will help you taste the culinary delights of Westeros, Hogwarts, and more:
With the ebola outbreak in Africa in the news, many people are interested in learning more about pandemics in general and ebola in particular. Here are 10 books that can help you become more knowledgeable both about the viruses involved in pandemics and what you can do to help protect your family, your community, and the world from another outbreak:
The modern fantasy genre grew out of medieval European folklore and legends such as the tales of King Arthur, so it’s not surprising that the vast majority of fantasy literature is set in a world that closely resembles Western Europe during the Middle Ages. In recent years, however, a growing number of fantasy authors have looked to the myths and legends of other cultures for their inspiration. Here is a selection of 10 great fantasy novels set in or inspired by non-European cultures:
The fantasy genre was once dominated by male authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Howard, but over the last 30 or 40 years, a growing number of female fantasy authors have also made a name for themselves in the genre, and fantasy has also become increasingly popular among female readers. If you have a budding young fantasy fan, here are some of the best fantasy novels for girls:
Whether you need something to help keep your high-energy kids from bouncing off the walls or you’d like to increase the amount of exercise your kids get, these 10 great toys can help keep any child physically active and entertained!