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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: August 2015

Here we are again – time for the book editors at Amazon to give us their ten best bets for the books to read this month. I’m excited, because this month, there isn’t a single author I’ve ever read before. All fresh meat for me! Huzzah! Here are the 10 books recommended by Amazon book […]

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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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2015 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s here, it’s here! My bookish little heart is going pitter-pat with joy. The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced. Many of my favorite books throughout the years have been Booker nominees or winners, so I trust the committee’s selections implicitly. Since its inception in 1969, the Booker prize has been awarded to […]

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Bookish Yoga Poses

I think there’s a widespread belief that bookishness and athleticism are much like oil and water, and rarely mix well. Bookworms have oft been portrayed as pale obsessives with one-track minds, who eschew the outside world and any activity other than delving into their next read. …Come to think of it, that might not be […]

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The Appeal of Post-Apocalyptic Reading

A few years ago, we put together a list of the best post-apocalyptic fiction. But I’ve been reading more and more of it, and there have been some excellent selections since then, so wanted to look into it again. What is it that so attracts me to post-apocalyptic fiction as a genre? I’m not sure […]

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Movies for Booklovers – When the Silver Screen Goes Literary

Look, even the most devout and voracious reader has to come up for air sometimes to prevent our eyes from crossing. And when we do, surely we must dip a toe into the waters of other hobbies. What’s nice, though, is how many of those hobbies can still sneakily support our bibliohabits. Film-watching, of course, […]

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Ali Smith Wins 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Big congratulations to Ali Smith, whose sixth novel How to Be Both has been announced the winner of this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The book has been called eloquent and lyrical, unusual and magical, and a modern revelation. This year marks 20 years of the prize, which was formerly known as the Orange Prize for […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: June 2015

It’s that time again. Every month, members of the Books team at Amazon feverishly read, rate and vote on the best books of the month, and release a list of their top 10 recommended best books. If you missed last month, you can still see May’s Top 10 here. And of course, here’s this month’s […]

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Bill Gates’ Summer Read Suggestions

This isn’t the first time that billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates has shared his reading suggestions – last December we talked about his five favorite reads of 2014. It’s interesting to see the far reach and impact it has when someone so powerful and successful recommends something with their stamp of approval, as when Gates […]

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Miles Franklin Award Shortlist 2015

The Miles Franklin Award Shortlist for 2015 has been announced, and the contending authors consist of a man and four women, one of whom, Christine Piper, is in the running with her debut novel. No small feat. The Miles Franklin Award is an annual literary prize awarded for the best example of a novel or […]

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