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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? 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)
As one of’s more mobile interns (I work remotely and live on the West Coast), I get access to a whole other side of the country. This past weekend, I visited Wordstock, a cleverly-titled (unfortunately the comparison is lost on us darn millennials) literary convention in Portland, Oregon. Much like the city that houses it, Wordstock is enthusiastic, very indie and a tad strange...but always in a good way.
The government might be shut down, but Throwback Thursday most certainly isn't! Unlike the American Battle Monuments Commission, or the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, we're up and running over here at 20SomethingReads, and throwing back despite losing some of our most precious civil liberties --- like visiting Yellowstone Park, or accessing the National Zoo's panda cam. I know. We're heroes. So go ahead and indulge in your weekly nostalgia --- it's your right as an American, nay, as a human. 
Now that we’ve mastered the basic steps to dealing with hipsterdom, we must now learn how to shop like a book hipster. This is the easiest and the most fun of all the things that make us book hipsters what we are. And, even better, we get to take some cues from Macklemore.
October 1, 2013

I’m a Slave 4 revU

Marisha Pessl’s paradigm-shifting new novel, NIGHT FILM, was all the rage late this summer. It’s part noir thriller, part psychological mystery and part meta-commentary on the way people relate to art and the artists who make it. Obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it, so when a copy arrived at our office, I played it super cool so no one would suspect anything and slipped it stealthily into my bag (in a move that even Liesel Meminger would’ve been proud of! BOOK THIEF jokes!