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66 bookstores on Route 66 – the ultimate road trip for bibliophiles

Some years ago, a man called Larry Portzline introduced me to something called Bookstore Tourism – vacations planned around bookstore visits. His goal was to support independent bookstores by promoting them as travel destinations. A most worthy goal. Larry organized bookstore tourism trips where bibliophiles piled onto buses and visited bookstores in New York and […]

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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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A Visual Quiz: 30 Classic Children’s Books

Do you think you know children’s books? How well? Would you say the images of book covers from childhood are embedded in your brain? Well, here’s a chance to find out. Test your mettle with this quiz of 30 classic childhood book covers. We chose the most iconic kids’ books we could think of, took […]

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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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