Wanderlust is notoriously difficult to manage. Once you’ve tasted the adrenaline rush of travel, it can feel unbearable to sit at home, knowing that adventure is out there waiting to be had.

But if you can’t always get out and explore, then it’s best to let a book do it for you. The wanderlust-quenching adventures below aren’t the same titles you’ll find on run-of-the-mill lists of “beach reads.” Instead, they’re a collection of tales – both quippy and dense – that’ll take you from the beach to a mountaintop to the outback to Paris, all in a matter of pages. Read up!

See all 23 books here. 

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
—  Maya Angelou

Top image via Emily Bogle/NPR

Leona Francombe was a classically-trained concert pianist before she turned to fiction – specifically, to the tale (see what I did there?) of a group of bunnies living on the historic farm that was once the site of the battle of Waterloo. “There are no human voices in it, and, for that matter, little in the way of what anyone would consider traditional action,” says our reviewer Jason Sheehan. 

Her rabbits are thoughtful, considerate, talkative and deep. They spend their time on the page thinking about leaves and grass, occasionally scurrying around, thinking about food, discussing the details of the Battle of Waterloo, worrying about hawks, and sleeping.

No, you read that right. A large portion of the book’s meandering (and oddly rabbit-like) narrative concerns these particular rabbits’ obsession with the 1815 battle where Napoleon met his final defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington.

Read the rest of Jason’s review here. (And if you’re like me and you’re wondering where General Woundwort was when all this was going down, I guess it’s time to revisit Watership Down!)

– Petra



Witches Of Moonlight Falls (Season 4): Part 76}

- A Mothers Luck -

Hell hath no fury like a demons scorn: “Middle witch, middle sisters, middle senses. Belinda!” Mists of the skies are unfaithful! The demon scorns Belinda’s choice to leave her daughter unattended. She mixes a potion scattering rare herbs and the ‘blood from a beating heart of a pig’ only to be tricked by the demonic energies that have bewildered her into forgetting her most precious jewel -all that she lives for… Barbara! The dark magic separated her from her baby.
Belinda’s Thoughts: {Ok, a beating pigs heart is in, now for the lambs eye… *splosh* And thats done it! this elixir is ready to vanquish the last of Chthon’s slaves! His minions will feel the wrath of a Crumplebottom witch!}
A curse has landed full throttle from the full moon itself, the moonlight infiltrates the manor like a witches scorn and destroy’s Belinda’s good magic…. Scorned again by fate!
As the Chthon demon reaches out it’s hands it can feel it’s red skin coldly burning from Belinda’s spell upstairs. Her hex is effecting the demon but her magic is failing as luck isn’t in her favour! Bad luck! A witches luck! A mothers luck! “Be damed o’mighty witch you can’t forsake an elixir for the protection of your daughter! Fool!” The demons scorn breaks the forcefeild around Barbara! *crash* it shatters like glass, Belinda should have heeded Bianca’s warning. The demon makes contact with the baby girl. Bethany Crumplebottom from 1754 had her baby stolen from her and she never recovered! Witches must learn from the past or face consequence!
                  –Barbara is in the arms of a Chthon demon, hell hath no fury like a demons scorn!


TODAY’S THE DAY! PENGUINS WITH PEOPLE PROBLEMS is officially for sale everywhere you buy books! 

Enormous huggy-squeezy thanks to everyone at Tumblr staff & books for all their support and for a super badass two-part launch last week in New York and last night at parnassusbooks in Nashville! rachelfershleiser is a magical wizardress made of dynamite and sugar.

Special thanks to everyone at perigeebooks and penguinrandomhouse, especially John, Amanda, Meg, Brianna, Jillian, the Beaks & Geeks gang, and everyone who worked the Penguin Book Truck last week. Also to Oleg the Magician and Kristyn the wonder-agent.

The roadshow continues, but here are some snaps from the first few days. THANK YOU.


“When I’m running I don’t have to talk to anybody and don’t have to listen to anybody. This is a part of my day I can’t do without.” ― Haruki MurakamiWhat I Talk About When I Talk About Running

In honor of National Running Day, here are six books from the practical to the inspirational.

80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower by Matt Fitzgerald 
Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler with Jessica Lee
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich
The Running Revolution by Nicholas Romanov
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami