CTC Book Club

Children have a natural aptitude for stretching reality and letting their imaginations go free.  It can never be too early (or too late) to introduce your ...

At the age of six, most kids are starting to embrace independent reading. However, experts still suggest that you continue to read out loud to your little one ...

Parents, let’s be honest; there’s no tougher book format to pick for your little one than picture books. That’s partly because toddlers — the biggest fans of ...

Introducing your child to the beautiful habit of reading is the most meaningful gift you can give your preschooler. What’s more, reading a good book aloud to a ...

Are you on the hunt for the best books for 4-year-olds? As we all know, four is a pretty fun and interesting age for a growing child. It’s a highly ...

Five is an interesting age for a child as there’s so much happening with them. Your little one is probably ready to ride a bike, tinkering with simple art ...

Between the highly developmental ages of three and five — or preschool age in school lingo — is when most kids are starting to crack open books. For some ...

Experts say there are numerous benefits of starting early to read the best baby books to your little one. In fact, one study published in 2018 in the Journal ...

Looking for the best books on spiritual enlightenment? It’s true; your spiritual life is somewhat personal, but most books that center on spirituality have one ...

What is marketing in 2021? At base, marketing is the battle companies wage for their share of the consumer’s mind and money. However, as the massive shift in ...

The best mystery books keep us guessing. They unfurl like infernal machines, devious in their internal logic. No magic or deus ex machina will send the plot ...

Does your child love to read? Getting your little one interested in reading is the best gift that’ll keep giving long into their adult life. Picking up a good ...

Is there a better marriage than the medical profession and the romance genre? The drama practically comes baked in. Hospitals are where babies are born, people ...

Zombie books and movies come in and out of fashion, but like the roving flesh-eaters themselves, they will never die completely. Zombies have a unique power ...

Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, famously recorded the hit song that declared, “Chicago is my kind of town!” He’s not the only one to have fallen in love ...

There’s nothing quite like burying yourself in a well-written fantasy novel. It provides you with much-needed respite and escape from reality, shipping you off ...

Do you find yourself watching romantic comedy movies and TV shows (aka rom-coms) repeatedly? Perhaps you have been eagerly waiting for the classic ‘90s ...

Murder mystery books take many forms. Some are intricate puzzles that stimulate the mind and invite readers to perform their own deductive reasoning—maybe they ...

Science fiction books for kids can be much more than good literature or a diversion from video games. At their best, middle-grade and young adult sci fi books ...

There are fantasy books, and there are assassin books, and then there are fantasy assassin books, a beguiling genre that has taken on a life of its own. Rooted ...

Vampires are dark, brooding, mysterious, and dangerous. They’re definitely a little scary but, let’s be honest, their allure is sexy too. This mix of sexy and ...

When most people think of fantasy books, they usually think of castles and swords and far-off lands. That is not the case with urban fantasy. These books take ...

Book genres such as mystery, action and adventure, romance, and suspense have been around for almost as long as authors have been writing books. Other ...

Heart pounding? Palms getting sweaty? Feeling nervous, maybe scared? That’s what the most outstanding thriller or suspense novels can do to you! Even though ...

Writers of Fantasy and SF need to create the world in which they are to write, design the entire environment in which the characters will live and fight, the ...

Hi, me again, this time with a few tips on how to write a villain. A great villain. A memorable one. Are you interested? Then read along! Check Mark's book ...

Most genre stories are either Fantasy, with wizards and magic swords, or Science Fiction, with space ships and ray guns.  Very rarely do you ever find ...

Hi, my name is Mark Anthony Tierno, and I've written quite a lot of fantasy and SF over the years (my Maldene series alone is 13 books, and 5.2 million ...

Space opera books are a wonderful subgenre of science fiction beloved by all different types of readers. These books aren’t La Boheme in space. They have ...

Everyone knows that baseball players and football players have coaches … but writers? The romantic stereotype of a writer is of a solitary creature, ...

The science fiction genre is like a big tent. There are many sub-genres within the category. Among them are action/ adventure, romance, time travel, and even ...

What makes a book a classic? Some books speak the truth about the human condition. Others speak truth to power. Still others make marginalized people feel less ...

Human beings, like all living organisms, are made up of DNA. These tiny strands of genetic code make us who we are. We know that over time, as it is passed ...

In some ways, sci-fi is a genre that screams to be illustrated. A perennial favorite subject of film starting with Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon, science ...

Some sci fi is scarcely distinguishable from fantasy. In fact, some of it is fantasy, just set in space or set in the future. Plot points like telepathy, ...

If you are a sci-fi fan or are trying to figure out where to start reading in the genre, you may already have an inkling of how many niches are included within ...

Mark Twain was one of a kind. An icon in his own time, everything about his life smacked of the tall tales he frequently told. Born with the appearance of ...

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Well, when that picture is in an action-packed graphic novel, it might as well be worth a million words. For action ...

Dystopia has taken over the world of young adult (YA) fiction by storm. This genre dating back to Tudor England has made a huge comeback in literature, film, ...

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss. It is passages like this that ...

Cool Things Chicago
Logo