6 Must-Read Books of 2017


By Casey Rose Frank

2017 is likely to be another roller coaster year as we navigate a new political landscape. But as we move forward, let’s celebrate all the good that has yet to happen, including another year of great books. The first third of the year promises some great new books that I have had the pleasure to read in advance of their US publication and highly recommend.

My personal preference for mystery and YA is definitely evident in this list, so you’re in luck if you like unreliable narrators and young characters tackling new paths. Continue reading

Five Book Series with a Kick-Ass Female Lead


By Joanna Grey Talbot

MI-5 agent. Psychologist and investigator. Private detective. Author and amateur sleuth. Sherlock Holmes’s apprentice-in-crime. All intelligent. All fearless. All women.

You know a series is excellent when it hooks you with the first book and you cannot stop until you have read them all. The five series listed below, all written by women, are that and so much more. Each lead character is so well developed that they become your friends and you miss them when you reach the end of the series. Do not start book one unless you are ready to take a journey that will leave you wanting more. Continue reading

6 Amazing Books About Time Travel


By Casey Rose Frank

At Thirty on Tap, we are all about arbitrary holidays that celebrate the imagination, so we’re pretty psyched about the fact that December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day!

Books have forever taken us to different lands. So if you’re looking to play fast and loose with the time/space continuum sans Delorean, here are some excellent choices for your literary excursions. Continue reading

8 Books to Help You Get Your Feminism On


By Casey Rose Frank

If you’re anything like me the post-election world we live in is one that has not only instigated a feeling of wanting to create actual change, but has required it.

When I want to raise my voice louder but don’t know where to begin, or rather how to make sure that in my insistence to be heard that my message is clear, coherent, and one that I can be proud of, I want to hear from women who have already done an amazing job. I also want to learn what I don’t know. Continue reading

Five Lessons I Learned From Participating In NaNoWriMo


By Jillian Stacia

Last year, I participated in National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Despite being incredibly difficult, it was by far one of the highlights of my year. I learned a lot about myself, about writing, and about what it takes to be a successful author.

And even though I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, I’d highly recommend the experience to someone else, because it taught me so many invaluable lessons that I still use today. Continue reading

So You Want To Write A Novel? Here Are Some Tips For Success


By Casey Rose Frank

According to a 2011 poll, 81% of Americans aspire to write a novel one day.

That means that people of all walks of life, all career paths, and ages, regardless of their lack of any “traditional training” have a desire to write a book. Storytelling is part of our evolution as humans. From era to era and culture to culture, human beings want to share their pasts and dream of their futures. Continue reading

5 Expert Tips To Prep For A Readathon


By Casey Rose Frank

If you’ve been looking for the perfect excuse to finally catch up on your TBR pile, then Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon tomorrow is exactly what you need.

Reading can be a solitary experience, and a welcome one at that, but with Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, there is a social and communal aspect to the day that can be a welcome addition to the typical reading/writing experiences. Readers are invited to keep track and announce the books they plan to read, share their progress, and participate in giveaways and mini-challenges on their blogs/websites and social media throughout the day. Continue reading