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The Top 100 Bestselling Books of All Time

The good news: The Guardian’s list of Top 100 Bestselling Books of All-Time (in the UK) is interesting, and full of unexpected titles. The not so good news is that it may depress you a little – there is a whole lot of Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey and Da Vinci Code type stuff […]

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Best Books for August 2012

Once again our good friends over at Amazon books have chosen 10 amazing books to read this month. It’s a good list so don’t delay in picking up your copy. From post-apocalyptic fiction to dog co-pilots to the science of sleep and a new novel from actress Molly Ringwald, find these titles and more. 1. […]

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Mourning Maeve Binchy

Beloved and well-known Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a brief illness, according to The Guardian.  Binchy was celebrated for her humor, and her vivid depiction of life in Ireland, as well as the warmth in her writing around friendship and family. One of her best-known books, Circle of Friends, was […]

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A Glimpse of Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey

Picture using image-composite technology. But instead of using it for police purposes to track down a criminal, it is instead to titillate and engage millions of lust-crazed fans of the bestselling erotica phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey (you can read my review of 50 Shades of Grey here). How? By creating your very own image […]

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Skagboys: Irvine Welsh’s Prequel to Trainspotting

I guess I’d better start boning up on my Scottish dialect – fitba means football, right? – gritty novelist Irvine Welsh has a new book out. Skagboys is the prequel to his 1993 darkly hilarious (yet horribly depressing) novel Trainspotting, made into a hugely successful 1996 film starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Kelly MacDonald. […]

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Teaser Trailer

It’s been 11 years since the publication of Yann Martel’s book of mystery, metaphor and magical realism, Life of Pi, was published. At long last, there is a snippet available – albeit very brief – of the upcoming film adaptation to stoke our excitement. The film is due for release in the United States in […]

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On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves: A Preview

Move over Fifty Shades of Grey, there just might be a new sexy book in town, going viral and breaking the usual publishing rules. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves was rejected by 14 traditional publishers and 40 different book agents. But Garvis-Graves, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa, persevered, published it as an e-book, […]

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7 Upcoming Movies from Books I’m Excited About

I’m a big fan of films adapted from books. There are always a fair number of doozies that they get horribly wrong, a lot of decent adaptations, and if we’re lucky, a few shining gems that really do justice to the book and its fans. Some of the upcoming movies from books I’m most curious […]

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50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – An Honest Book Review (and a Bonus Peek at Christian Grey’s Condo)

I just finished reading E.L. James’ wildly-buzzed-about-and-speculated-upon erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Look, don’t judge me, it was for book club. And I only reread a few specific passages. No more than three or four times. The truth is, the book is completely, almost inarguably ridiculous. The main male character is a perpetually-single, unattainable, […]

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AbeBooks bestsellers April 2012

Top 10 bestselling signed books on AbeBooks 1. City of Bohane by Kevin Barry 2. Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore 3. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan 4. Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow 5. The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler 6. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 7. Game of Thrones by […]

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