Book like the Pros

Let’s talk all things books. In additional to posting general book news and culture, we share topics in three main categories:

Monthly Conquer Books Choice Read: Read a pre-selected book along with us. We’ll post a video discussion on the book mid-month and ask for your comments and thoughts. The September book is The Outsider by Stephen King.

The Close Up: A detailed look at a speculative fiction author, series, or book with lots of interesting trivia, useful content, and book nerd love.

The Speculative in Fiction: What is it that makes our favorite, science fiction and fantasy novels speculative. We’ll discuss popular tropes and themes across the genres.


Monthly Conquer Books Choice Read

Video content about our monthly book selection.

Fire and Blood Review – George R.R. Martin: a history of Westeros by George RR Martin.

Tomorrow Factory – November Choice Read: a collection of science fiction short stories by Rich Larson.

The Bear & The Nightingale – October Choice Read: a Russian fantasy tale by Katherine Arden.

The Outsider by Stephen King – September Choice Read: a horror novel by Stephen King.

The Three Body Problem: August Conquer Books Choice Read: A science fiction novel by Liu Cixin.

Annihilation: July Conquer Books Choice Read A science fiction movie and book by Jeff VanderMeer.


The Close Up

Read about the best of science fiction and fantasy authors, series, and books.

Outlander: How I finally read a romance series is about the series that snares science fiction, fantasy, romance, and adventure.

The Brandon Sanderson Lectures Brandon Sanderson is the prolific contemporary fantasy author that you need to read now.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Legacy will inspire you to pick up the series.

Jim Butcher: Determined, Funny, and Highly Skilled The Dresden Files author hasn’t always had a huge writing career and the story is way too interesting to miss.


The Speculative in Fiction

The something about speculative science fiction and fantasy that pulls you in. We’ll talk about what that is here.

The Shire: And Other Gateways to Adventure What is it about that cozy little town that our hero wakes up in the day before adventure comes.

Excellent Alien Invasion Reads An extra-terrestrial book list to inspire.

The Future of the World Via Science Fiction A science fiction literature timetable of our future.

Fantasy: The Concept Machine What does the fantasy genre do that no other can replicate?


Good Reads

15 Highly Anticipated SFF Books for 2019 get the lowdown on the most exciting SFF books in 2019.

13 Scary Books for Halloween has the best thrillers and chillers for Halloween or anytime of the year.

Recent Reads Guide 2.0 has info on 10 new books to read.

Find your next book with our Recent Reads Guide 14 new books for you to fall in love with.

New Book by Appleton Author, David McGlynn One Day You’ll Thank Me for all the parents and children out there.

Anthony Bourdain Mattered Discover or revisit Bourdain’s work in this tribute.

The Book Life

The Illustrated Guide to Decorating Your Bookshelf tips and tricks on how to make sure your bookshelves looks superb.

The Write Life: Word Counts and Work Places about what motivates writers, their goals, and where they work. Photos galore!

The Fuel Behind the Passion Discover what keeps Nicole’s bookish heart ticking and why literature is so important in our society.

In A Different Life + Signed Book Giveaway written by Rebecca about her life and blog as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland.

Go ahead, read my diary, see if I care all about Rebecca’s childhood journals and their impact on her writing career. Take a peek inside.

Craft Talks

The Brandon Sanderson Lectures Get the low-down on writer Brandon Sanderson and tune into his entertaining videos on world building and more.

Depth of Character details some of Nicole’s character building process and gives relevant tips and resources suggestions.

Build a Dynamic Plot Using a Beat Sheet is a guest blog post by Rebecca on Pepper Writes. Learn how to use a Beat Sheet to make your storytelling stronger.

Plotting at the Desk of Genre is where Nicole talks about breaking expectations in what we read and write. Genre can be restricting while life can be messy – they don’t always mesh.

First Things First provides a linke to a guest blog post Rebecca wrote on first drafts. The post appears on a French writer’s workshop, L’atelier des écrivains (the post is in English).

You can find links to Nicole and Rebecca‘s original writing on their bio pages.