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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: May 2015

The first day of the month is always dangerous. Not only have I been paid the day before, but our friends at Amazon.com release their Top 10 Book Picks for the month, and it somehow always seems to be a list curated exactly for me. This month, for example, includes a true story of a […]

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To Fall in Love with a Reader, Do This:

By now, you’ve likely seen the list of questions published in the New York Times in January 2015. The 36 questions, designed to accelerate intimacy between two strangers in an effort to bring on quick love, has made its rounds to most corners of the internet. The Millions blog put out their own spin on […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Picks for April

Every month the Amazon Book Editors select the biggest and brightest books of the month, and we have to hand it to them – they know how to pick ’em.  Without fail, they anticipate the award-winners, the bestsellers, and the knock-out reads. In fact, I currently I have my nose in an Amazon pick from last September, The […]

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What Are Librarians Reading?

When it comes to voracious readers, we know no better example than librarians. These are the people steeped in the day-to-day curating, maintenance and knowledge of the collections in the stacks of our local libraries. We couldn’t help but wonder – when immersed in endless books day after day, how do you choose what to […]

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10 Beautiful Bookshops That Will Stop You in Your Tracks

A bibliophile cannot walk past a bookshop without slowing their step. We will linger at the window, gazing through the glass at stacks of books we have not yet read. We hover, telling ourselves we must read the pile on the nightstand before buying another. But we can’t resist the lure. Before long, we open […]

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The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014

And now for a list as different as possible from Beth’s Best Reads of 2014, I give you The 5 Best Books Bill Gates Read In 2014. I was surprised to see there was a novel included. I’m curious to see what kind of fiction Bill Gates reads. I also think Making the Modern World […]

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Beth’s Best Reads of 2014

Every single year around this time, I find myself reflecting back on the books I’ve read since January 1st, and feeling: 1) mad at myself for not reading more; 2) mad at myself for wasting my life finishing that one really dreadful book; 3) delighted that I kept going through the hard bits of that […]

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Bill Murray’s Favorite Book (and Others)

One thing about readers – we love to share our passion for books. Whether it’s an amazing find of a first edition, a fantastic new author discovery, or a reissued edition of a childhood favorite, it’s just not as good if you can’t share it. And learning which books we have in common with other […]

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Nine Literary Elizabeths

Here are nine characters named Elizabeth, found in popular literary fiction. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is an obvious place to start. Occasionally Lizzy or Eliza (never Liz or Beth), Bennet is an intelligent, witty and independent woman, known to be a critical thinker with a strong moral compass. In screen […]

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Banned Books Week 2014

It’s Banned Books Week again. If you’re not familiar, Banned Books Week is an annual week-long series of events that celebrate our freedom to read, and call attention to how often that freedom is threatened and quashed. This year the promotions run September 21st – 27th. The American Library Association is the brains behind the […]

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