So You Think You're a Literary Critic? 19 Books for Understanding Literature

Understanding and critiquing the books that line the bookshelves of the world's readers is no easy task. Some of the greatest minds in academia and literary criticism, as well as writers themselves, have attempted to define what makes good literature, or just what makes literature. Theory, philosophy and critique - it's all here, and a great place to start.

Coming Soon: Go Set A Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

From the author of To Kill A Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman hits shelves in July. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List

What If? by Randall Munroe

This isn't the first time that billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shared his reading suggestions - last December we talked about his five favorite reads of 2014. This time, he's taken to his blog to recommend some summer reading, from comics to statistics to whether or not humans should eat meat.

50 Essential Young Adult Novels

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Don't let the label limit you - young adult or 'YA' fiction has plenty to offer seasoned readers, as well. With relatable situations and dynamic characters, some of the most riveting novels going are YA. We've chosen 50 not to miss.

Housebreaking by Dan Pope

Housebreaking by Dan Pope

As both an author and a bookseller, Dan Pope is a true bibliophile. He's been selling books on AbeBooks for over 10 years, and in that time he's written two novels. His new book, Housebreaking, is out now. The New York Times calls it a "heartfelt chamber piece of flawed personalities, calamitous decisions and unexpected moments of grace."