If warmer weather has you feeling wistful about sunny Summer memories, why not channel that nostalgia into your seasonal reading list with a few YA books? Since "Blumesday" — a holiday dedicated to Judy Blume — is this week, we're taking a look at the celebrated author's most famous work, plus more of the best YA books on the market. With a mix of timeless coming-of-age novels, must-read sci-fi books, and contemporary classics, here is a range of sweet, funny, and inspiring reads you can bring to the beach and beyond. Take a look at these must-read YA books, old and new!
A circus love story, common dating rules debunked, a couple steamy memoirs, and some light romances make up our picks for the June books you've got to check out. Temps are rising, so grab an erotic novel or behind-the-scenes peek at the history of burlesque while you're soaking in the rays at a beach, pool, or park to really heat things up. Click through the Summer reading we can't wait to dive into now!
The stars of the Sundance series Push Girls — Tiphany Adams, Auti Angel, Angela Rockwood, Mia Schaikewitz, and Chelsie Hill — are a group of kickass friends who happen to be in wheelchairs. The award-winning reality TV show (on its second season) follows the paralyzed women as they bravely help others struggling with disabilities and face their own hurdles in life, career, and relationships. And when it comes to sex, the ladies have found people have a lot of questions but are too shy to ask. So they're releasing a "sex guide," written by Paula Froelich, titled The Push Girls' Guide to Getting Your Groove On. We got a sneak peek of the first few chapters and are sharing some of the most intriguing insight into what sex is like on two wheels. Here's what we learned:
You Can Still Have an Orgasm
"I think people can figure out that you can have sex, but what I think they're asking is, 'do you enjoy it and can you have an orgasm?'" Mia said. Angela, a quadriplegic and enthusiastic sexer adds: "I can feel all up inside there and left labia and clitoris and yeah, I can feel it."
You Don't Just Date People in Wheelchairs
"Before the first season of the show aired, I think a lot more people were wondering like, 'Hmmm. Can they go on dates? If they go on dates, it's probably with people in wheelchairs?" Tiphany laughed. "Please. I'm like, if you have blue eyes does that mean you only date people with blue eyes?"
Self-Love Can Be Complicated
"I was my best friend," Auti says. "I had shower heads, fingers, tub faucets . . ." But for Angela, masturbation is not so much a solo venture. "Can I masturbate?" Angela asks, "Put it this way: I can do anything that I put my little heart to — but there's gonna be some assistance involved. Maybe prop me up, put some pillows behind me, give me the toy — whatever."
Suitors Have Used Some Horrible Pick-Up Lines
If you'd like to see a Push Girl evaporate before your eyes, just utter one of these awful lines:
"Can I Have a Ride?"
"Flashy chair — you have sex in that thing?"
"You're so pretty, it sucks that you're in a wheelchair."
For even more eye-opening revelations into the lives of these very cool women, be sure to check out the first three chapters of the guide tonight on SundanceChannel.com! Push Girls airs Monday nights at 10pm ET/PT on Sundance Channel.
This Father's Day, we're thinking about books with riveting father-daughter stories. To our surprise, we've read and loved quite a lot of them. The literary world offers some truly stunning examples of the dad-and-daughter bond, and they'd even make great gifts for your pop anytime of the year. Here are 10 of our favorite books about fathers and daughters, and please chime in with your own, too.
If you're racking your brain for a good Father's Day gift and can't seem to come up with anything, don't worry — we've collected a range of books to suit all kinds of dads. This year, skip the standard tie routine and buy him the perfect book instead. With thoughtful options for cooks, sports fans, history buffs, and more, these popular titles are a great way to say "I love you" on June 16. Before you're tempted to procrastinate, take a look to find a book your dad will love. And if you need more ideas, there's still time to order the POPSUGAR Must Have Summer Edition for Him by June 6 in time for Father's Day delivery!
Need a last-minute Father's Day gift? We have three books that fit the bill! We rounded up titles on a variety of dad-approved topics, like sports, politics, the 1950s, or man's best friend. Just watch now for our picks!
Today is the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, and what better way to pay homage to the film than with a book about the stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's real-life relationship? Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century follows the famous pair's relational ups and downs, but it's just one of the many books that are inspired by real-life love. Get romantically inspired with some of the most famous love stories in history. It doesn't matter if you're single or coupled up, no one can resist a juicy story of passion, glamour, and tragedy — especially if it's true! So here are some of the books we recommend you dive into to learn more about history's most fascinating love stories.
This Summer, use your downtime to dive into all the books that will soon be adapted for the big screen. Breezy beach reads, irresistible young-adult books, action-packed thrillers — there's a wide variety of books heading to Hollywood, so be sure to take a look before the movies are made. See some of the most popular reads with upcoming film adaptations, plus who's been cast in the starring roles.
What do you get when you mix overdramatic romance novels with Archie comic strips? Romance comics! Before teenage girls and young women could watch an episode of Gossip Girl or go online for all their pressing relationship questions like, "Was I too young for love?" they could pick up one of these juicy love-story-filled comic books for advice and entertainment.
Romance comics had their glory days during the Cold War in the US, from 1947 to 1977, and they tackled everything from marriage, jealousy, betrayal, and heartache. See some of your own love dilemmas — and some thankfully out-of-date ones! — sensationally illustrated on the covers of Sweethearts, My Story, Young Romantics, True Life Romance, My Secret Life, and more. Check out these vintage romance comics!
Board books are your baby's first introduction to the world of reading, so why not make sure their initiation is a beautiful one? We tracked down 11 of the best-designed board books for babies and toddlers. From BabyLit's awesome collection of classic novels made baby-friendly to books both inspired and created by midcentury and modern designers and artists like Andy Warhol and Orla Kiely, these are books that both moms and babies can get on board (wink, wink) with!