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November 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: My Heart is an Autumn Sunset

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The question on everyone's mind this Throwback Thursday is whether or not there's a non-cheesy way to post a picture of the sun setting over the city to the Internet. Well, friends, I may have found history's greatest loophole! There's nothing that inspires nostalgia quite like a lovely, late-autumn sunset, and today's was no exception. So enjoy our short and sweet** throwback as the sun goes down here and wherever you may be. And enjoy my picture of the setting sun, and try to pretend I'm not a dork.  **Loosely defined
The release of Ender’s Game (based on Orson Scott Card’s 1985 novel of the same name) on November 1st brought another big-budget sci-fi flick to the big screen. As excited as I am about this movie (and I am very excited about this movie), it’s still only one facet of the reactor core lithium-ion crystal that is the genre of science fiction.
November 7, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Bittersweet Books (Without Almonds)

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Happy National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day! That's as much of a thing as I think it is, right? Either way, we've decided to dedicate this TBT to our favorite bittersweet books (hold the almonds --- we may be nuts, but we're not that nuts). Thankfully, our YA reading through the years has been filled with plenty of sweet and sad books that have marked us indelibly. Whether they were about discovering love, finding out what you're passionate about, or even confronting death, these books had us alternately smiling and sobbing --- and always, always expanding our horizons. I could expand my "horizons" with some bittersweet chocolate just thinking about it. 
October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

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Happy Halloween! It feels like we've been celebrating for weeks already, but the spooky fun is only just about to start. This week's Throwback is an equal-opportunity shocker, filled with un-scary scary books and scary un-scary books --- and, of course, books that are just plain scary. So before you start painting your faces sexy-zombie gray (or just regular zombie gray, if that's the kind of thing you're into) check out our last 20SomethingReads Halloween hurrah, and remember to eat, drink and be scary!
If you’ve been on Twitter on a Tuesday evening, you’ve probably seen more than a few confusing hashtags with capital “A’s” in them. Last night, for example, #hAlloween was on the list of trending topics for a few hours, both in the US and globally. That’s because on Tuesday nights, Twitter essentially belongs to the viewership of “Pretty Little Liars,” ABC Family’s mystery-drama golden child loosely based on the young adult book series by Sara Shepard.
I’m sure you 20Somethings recognize that first line from the title. Well, if you don’t, then shame on you! There must have been some point when you were a kid, around Halloween time, when you watched the 1993 movie, Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Disney Channel would basically show it religiously when October came, and now you can count on ABC Family to show it repeatedly, too.
October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Are YOU Afraid of the Dark?

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Welcome back, boys and ghouls! Halloween is in the air (and every pop-up costume shop up and down Manhattan), and we're so excited we couldn't wait until next week to do our special, spooky Halloween-themed Throwback. The 20SomethingReads staff was eerily eager to revisit the books and stories that scared our bedroom lights on when we were kids (and, let's face it, adults). So consider yourself warned: From classic horror stories to bone-chilling book covers to buried biblical allegories, this week's TBT is not for the timid or the faint of heart. If you're brave enough, join us as we walk (um, race) through the dark, haunted corridors of our memories. 
October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Oh Baby You, You Got What I Need

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This week's Throwback Thursday is a little underwhelming in terms of quantity --- but certainly not in terms of content! Everyone gets a little out of their respective comfort zones this week: Nikki's all about sex, Emily's all about romance and Austin's about children's fantasy. Just kidding! We're not out of our comfort zones at all. Join us, once again, for a nostalgic trip down the lanes we know best.
It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. New York Comic Con is upon us. The celebration of comics, television, film and books from all corners of the nerd spectrum takes over Javits Center in Manhattan this weekend. Although not quite as large as its San Diego cousin, NYCC still brings in a huge number of actors, creators, artists and fans of all kinds. While the scope of the convention has widened to include almost everything pop culture related, it still focuses on comic books at its heart. And comic books mean superheroes.
October 10, 2013

Throwback Thirsty, Anyone?

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This week we're throwing back...a shot or two?...in honor of our most favorite famous literary drunks. Just kidding, we're not really taking shots, but we are celebrating the writers who liked their drinks alcoholic and often. So join us this Throwback Thirsty Thursday in honoring those stumbling men of letters who managed --- between swigs of whiskey --- to create some of the best and most unforgettable literature. Throw back this throwback any way you want, because --- as Nikki is constantly reminding us --- it's always five o'clock somewhere.  (Photo credit Joshua R. Mallory)