Slip-Cased Book Editions: Great Gifts for the Holidays

Posted December 13, 2017

Check out a sampling of our collection of slip-cased titles from Arcturus Publishing.

Fun Literary-Themed Gifts to Give for the Holidays (Not Just Books!)

Posted December 01, 2017

Here’s a list of some fun literary-themed gifts to give for the holidays.

Air Fry Genius: Newest Release from Best-Selling Cookbook Author Meredith Laurence

Posted November 17, 2017

Air Fry Genius is the must-have cookbook for anyone using an air fryer this holiday season.

Brain-Boosting Books for Kids

Posted November 15, 2017

These brain-boosting books for kids make great gifts for young readers!

Ways to Get More Out of the Next Book You Read

August 21, 2017

For book lovers, one of the best feelings is reading a “can’t put down” book: escaping into the pages and immersing themselves in the story. To some, that experience is already perfect. However, there are plenty of ways to get even more out of a book you’re reading. Here are a few of our ideas:


As you’re reading, keep a pen or pencil in hand and write down whatever thoughts or emotions come to mind in the margin of the book or in a separate notebook. Doing so is useful for those in book clubs or book discussion groups, but it can also enhance the overall reading experience and allow you to personally connect with the book on a deeper level. This can be done as you read or within specific timeframes, such as after you’ve completed each chapter.

Do outside research on the topic

There are plenty of stories within any story, you just have to be on the lookout for them. Whenever you come across anything or anyone with which you aren’t familiar, jot it down and make a point to research it later. It could be something as simple as the occupation of a character in a novel. Maybe it isn’t a big plot point, but doing some research could help you better understand that character and their motivations. It also expands your knowledge set.

Use the dictionary

When we come across a word we can’t easily define in a book, it’s easy to assume what the definition is based on context and continue on. A better approach is to actually take the time to look up the word in the dictionary. Not only will this help you better understand what’s happening in the story, it will also expand your vocabulary.

Reread the first chapter after you finish the book

Once you know how the book ends, it can be interesting to revisit how it started. This is especially interesting when it’s taken a longer period of time to read the book (a few months rather than a few days). It’s possible to forget what happened in the beginning!

Read reviews

Whether you read reviews before you read a book or not, it’s interesting to go back and read them after you’ve read the book to compare your thoughts to the thoughts of reviewers. You can also leave your own reviews on websites like Goodreads and peruse what the community is saying there – not only are you sharing your thoughts for other readers, but authors and publishers appreciate the commentary, too.

If you prefer to simply read a book and escape reality for a little while, there’s nothing wrong with that. However, doing these things while reading can enhance the experience and improve your own knowledge set, which is especially useful if you’re a writer yourself.