Friday Five – 300th Edition
It’s our 300th Friday Five! To celebrate, we’ve gathered 300 of our favorite media hits from the past few years. We are also giving away 300 books to 5 lucky winners (each winner will receive 60 books each!). Click here to enter.
Lena Dunham sat down with Sour Heart author Jenny Zhang to discuss sharing immigrant stories, finding mentors, and her poetry. Sour Heart is being published by Lenny, an imprint of Random House that’s led by Lena Dunham.
Model and actress Molly Sims picked 3 of our #SRC2017 books for her summer reading list: Into The Waterby Paula Hawkins, Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid!
The New York Times featured Sour Heart by #SRC2017 guest author Jenny Zhang and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty in this article about the books celebrities are loving.
ENTERTAINMENT & TRAVEL
Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang was picked by Entertainment Weekly’s must list (see below). Entertainment Weekly also named Sour Heart a must-read August book. And Harper’s Bazaar shared the love for Sour Heart in their August reading round-up.
Southern Living featured Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang and The Leavers by Lisa Ko in their summer reading round-up. Southern Living also named #SRC2017 book Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka one of the best new fall books of 2017.
Southern Living Magazine selected the best new books of summer 2017 featuring #SRC2017 books Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylorand more!s
Condé Nast Traveler features 8 summer reads that will transport you across the globe, including The Goddesses by Swan Huntley.
Marie Claire selected Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka as a must-read thriller for this summer.
PEOPLE magazine loves The People We Hate at the Wedding and featured it as a best new book of the summer!
Real Simple said “I DO” to The People We Hate at the Wedding.
The People We Hate at the Wedding was #3 on Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List” in its May Issue and featured the week before in EW’s summer book guide.
Redbook named The People We Hate at the Wedding as one the books you HAVE to read this summer.
Departures magazine highlighted The People We Hate at the Wedding in their list of best summer beach reads.
Working Mother featured The People We Hate at the Wedding in “Hot New Summer Reads.”
Redbook shared 10 books to pack for Memorial Day weekend, featuring even more #SRC2017 reads!
Andrea Lochen’s The Repeat Year is chosen as one of Working Mother’s summer books for working moms.
Andrea Bonior, Ph.D., (The Friendship Fix) shares six reasons why friendships are good for your health on Glamour.
Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s Girl Unmoored is one of SHAPE’s five great summer reads.
Working Mother names Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn, Dana Bate’s The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs and Jane Porter’s The Good Daughter in their five spring books for working moms.
The Salt God’s Daughter author Ilie Ruby writes about bullying of women and girls for SHAPE.
Girls’ Life names Elise Allen’s Populazzi one of its summer hits.
SHAPE picks Andrea Lochen’s The Repeat Year as a best summer beach read.
Redbook features The Love Wars author L. Alison Heller’s piece on how her mid-life crisis involved Lady Gaga heels.
Elise Allen shares her dream Populazzi movie casting choices with TV Guide.
Sara DiVello’s Where in the OM Am I? is selected as one of SHAPE’s best beach reads.
Kristyn Kusek Lewis (How Lucky You Are) discusses making friendships work on Glamour.
Girls’ Life says Jennifer Jabaley’s Lipstick Apology is a summer reading must.
Entertainment Weekly calls Jennifer Gooch Hummer’s Girl Unmoored the “undiscovered young adult novel of the summer.”
Working Mother picks Joy Castro’s Hell or High Water as a great beach read for moms and kids.
SHAPE picks Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow as a book to take to the beach.
Cosmopolitan features The Friendship Fix author Dr. Andrea Bonior’s “15 things to do on a ladies night.”
Redbook calls Allison Winn Scotch (The Song Remains the Same) “A mom with the right stuff.”
Oprah.com picks Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn as their book of the week.
Entertainment Weekly reviews Meg Mitchell Moore’s The Arrivals.
NATIONAL NEWS OUTLETS
The TODAY Show’s 17 summer beach reads you won’t want to put down featured It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Goddesses by Swan Huntley and more!
The TODAY Show featured Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land, A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish, Perfectly Undone by Jamie Raintree, and I’m The One Who Got Away by Andrea Jarrell in their fall reading round-up.
Good Morning America featured a bunch of BookSparks books in a summer reading round-up including Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins and more!
Hazel Gaynor, author of The Cottingley Secret, shared the story of how a fascinating fairy hoax captivated Britain in the early 1900’s with Time.
The Guardian did an in-depth interview with Jenny Zhang about her inspiration and what it’s like having Lena as her “fairy godmother.”
The Globe and Mail shared praise for The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: “With this riveting novel, Jenkins Reid has created an exceptional character with the wherewithal to take on the patriarchy, a character I would be delighted to see dominate the real-life silver screen in the future.“
Bloomberg Business Week gave The People We Hate at the Wedding a stellar review and called it, “a saucy beach read”, one of the “juiciest books of summer” and “the summer’s most compelling fictional exploration of affluence and envy, it skillfully mingles the introspective ways of a domestic novel with the juicy stratagems of a page turner.”
The New York Post named The People We Hate at the Wedding one of the “Best Books of the Summer.
Forbes featured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo author Taylor Jenkins Reid in a Q&A that discusses how to embrace your imperfections to boost your confidence! Also get the scoop on the TV and movie adaptations based on Taylor’s novels!
Jon Reiner’s The Man Who Couldn’t Eat was named one of The Daily Beast’s Hot Reads.
The Advocate calls Michael Lowenthal’s The Paternity Test a real “page-turner.”
The New York Times features Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn as a book to give your mother.
The Love Wars’ L. Alison Heller’s writes about her “chicky-ness” for USA Today.
The Huffington Post covers L. Alison Heller’s The Love Wars.
CBS’ Live from the Couch features Wineocology’s Caitlin Stansbury and her recipe for the perfect shamrock shake.
CNN.com talks to This is How I Save My Life author Amy Scher.
The New York Daily News covers Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow.
The Huffington Post can’t put down Joy Castro’s Hell or High Water.
USA Today features author Kathleen Shoop’s advice on walking the entrepreneurial tightrope (Love and Other Subjects, After the Fog, The Last Letter).
The Advocate names Amy B. Scher (This Is How I Save My Life) to their Top 40 Under 40 list.
REGIONAL/LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS
Annette Gendler, author of Jumping Over Shadows, wrote a piece for Jewish Journal on what to do when family members boycott your wedding. Jumping Over Shadows also received a great review from Washington Independent Review, which called the book “An exquisitely written conversion story which expounds upon personal and collective identity.” You can read the full review here.
WBUR 90.9, which ran on 290 NPR stations, shared the hottest summer reads of 2017 including The Leaversby Lisa Ko, Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Deseret News features Kristin Hodson (Real Intimacy) and her article on whether infidelity is the new norm.
Chris Hicks sits down with Deseret News to talk about Has Hollywood Lost Its Mind?
Carson Boss (Your Wife Has Cancer, Now What?) speaks with Salt Lake Magazine about his real-life inspiration.
Joy Castro chats with the Lincoln Journal Star about Hell Or High Water.
The San Francisco Chronicle calls Meg Mitchell Moore’s The Arrivals “entertaining and expansive.”
OnMilwaukee.com interviews The Repeat Year author Andrea Lochen.
Caitlin Stansbury’s Wineocology is named a great holiday book by LA Weekly.
Mermaid of Brooklyn author Amy Shearn participates in a Q&A with Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The Jewish Book Council calls Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow “gripping.”
The Boston Globe says Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn is “Funny, fearless and unexpectedly moving.”
The San Francisco Chronicle calls Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow “an arresting portrait of bygone America.”
The Chicago Tribune interviews Dude to Dad author Hugh Weber about becoming a good father.
The Boston Globe calls Caroline Leavitt’s Is This Tomorrow “an eminently satisfying read.”
Los Angeles Magazine selects Caitlin Stansbury’s Wineocology as a best pick for fall cooking.
The Jewish Daily Forward features an article by Is This Tomorrow author Caroline Leavitt.
The Chicago Tribune includes Jane Porter’s The Good Woman in their romance roundup.
Meg McGuire, author of Blinded by Hope, wrote about the courage it takes to write a deeply personal memoir on We Heart Writing.
Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Captain’s Daughter, wrote a guest column for Signature Reads on the power of returning home and how it inspires her writing.
Stuck inside? BookBub put together 22 books to read on a rainy day and featured The People We Hate at The Wedding by Grant Ginder, Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave and more!
Rebecca Whitehead Munn, author of The Gift of Goodbye wrote a emotional piece for MindBodyGreen on how the practice of yoga has changed her life. Rebecca was also featured in an interview with Soul Sciences.
PopSugar also listed 18 books every mom needs in her beach bag this summer including Lying To Children by Alex Shahla and Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.
Hazel Gaynor, author of The Cottingley Secret, wrote a guest blog for Writer’s Digest where she shares her advice for getting published. The Cottingley Secret was also featured in BookBub’s list of historical fiction books to read with your book club.
Blogger Jordan D’Amico featured tons of #SRC2017 books in his essential beach reads list, including The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and more!
Brit + Co has 7 thrilling summer reads with strong female leads for everyone who loved Wonder Woman. This list features The Guineveres by Sarah Domet, The Goddesses by Swan Huntley, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty and more!
HelloGiggles featured Into The Water by Paula Hawkins as one of the most nerve-jangling summer thrillers you need to read.
Ms. Career Girl shared 7 inspiring summer reads including: The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan and many more!
SheKnows put The People We Hate at the Wedding in their summer beach reading guide, along with tons of #SRC2017 books!
Bookstr shared the love for The People We Hate at the Wedding in their ultimate summer reading guide.
PopSugar highlighted The People We Hate at the Wedding in their round-up: “11 Books Every Dad Will Love This Father’s Day”.
Brit + Co picked The People We Hate at the Wedding in “7 Must-Read Books to Bring on Your Next Road Trip”.
PureWow featured The People We Hate at the Wedding as 1 of 7 books to read in June.
Buzzfeed included The People We Hate at the Wedding in their picks for best June reads.
Culturalist selected The People We Hate at the Wedding #1 in their “Top 10 Summer Must-Reads For Millennials.”
If you loved Gone Girl, check out these 15 books from BookBub featuring #SRC2017 books It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell, Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica, and Into The Water by #SRC2017 host Paula Hawkins.
Mystery Tribune named It’s Always The Husband by Michele Campbell as one of the “Top 7 Bestselling Mystery and Thriller Books Featuring Female Protagonists.”
BookBub has the “Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2017” including #SRC2017 books Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica and more!
BuzzFeed picked Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang as one of “22 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Summer.“
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka was picked as one of 50 “Amazing New Books You Need To Read This Summer” by blogger Parchment Girl.
If you’re like us and constantly daydreaming about days at the beach, check out this great list from PopSugar. It pairs the best books of the summer with beautiful beaches, so all you have to do is book a flight to one of these destinations! Featuring BookSparks clients Georgia Clark and Taylor Jenkins Reid.
PopSugar featured this summer’s most cinematic releases to read while you wait for all of the summer blockbusters to hit theaters. Their list features #SRC2017 books A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly, The Rules of Half by Jenna Patrick and more!
Hugh Weber (Dude to Dad) discusses fatherhood with Pregnancy & Newborn.
Ilie Ruby discusses her editorial process for The Salt God’s Daughter with Writer’s Unboxed.
Jane Porter’s The Good Woman is called “smart, thought-provoking and satisfying” by SheKnows.com.
Dr. Mark McKee (Raising a Successful Child) talks to AllParenting.com about a child’s emotional wish list.
Parenting.com features 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom author Meg Akabas.
Fresh Fiction Review.com calls Sarah Castille’s Legal Heat a fast-paced and mysterious thrill-ride.
Alison Heller’s The Love Wars is chosen as a Smart Girl’s Steamy Summer Read by Refinery29.
The Nervous Breakdown covers Jon Reiner’s The Man Who Couldn’t Eat.
The Daily Meal shares Gluten-Free on a Shoestring author Nicole Hunn’s recipe for gluten-free hot cross buns.
SheKnows.com features Gluten-Free on a Shoestring’s Nicole Hunn’s recipe for gluten-free chocolate cake.
TheMillions.com includes Amy Shearn’s The Mermaid of Brooklyn in their “new this week” list.
TribLive.com covers author Kathleen Shoop’s book signing for After the Fog.
Menstuff.com shares a chapter from Tim J. Meyers’ Glad to Be Dad.
A recipe from Rachel Khanna’s Live, Eat, Cook Healthy is featured on The Gracious Pantry.com.
SheKnows.com features Live Eat Cook Healthy author Rachel Khanna’s tips for healthy eating.
SheKnows.com says Jon Reiner’s The Man Who Couldn’t Eat will “give you a new appreciation for the importance food and eating have in all our lives.”
The Historical Novel Society called Evelyn, “a big, juicy read” and said “Reid expertly captures the hothouse nature of Hollywood, where a vicious gossip columnist could destroy a career and a star was only as good as the grosses of her last film.”
The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs author Dana Bate is called a “smart and compelling” writer by Publishers Weekly.
Joy Castro’s Hell Or High Water wins a spot on Kirkus Reviews‘ 2012 best fiction of the year list.
Kirkus Reviews covers Andrea Lochen’s The Repeat Year.
Kirkus Reviews calls Between Two Fires author Christopher Buehlman “an author to watch.”
Kirkus Reviews calls Sara DiVello’s Where in the OM Am I? a “must read.”