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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: April 2016

It’s that time again. Every month, members of the Books team at Amazon read, rate and vote on the best books of the month, and release a list of their top 10 recommended best books. Here’s this month’s list, including April’s Amazon debut book of the month, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren Lab Girl by Hope Jahren […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: February 2016

It’s that time again when we get to see Amazon’s list of the top ten books to read this month – which books are going on your must read pile? A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells […]

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AbeBooks Literary Link Lineup

1. Marlon James – this year’s Man Booker winner, says that Toni Morrison is his hero 2. Hotel Cocktail Books 3. 3 Crime Novels about Kidnapping 4. Margaret Atwood talks about her new book and Canadian politics 5. Library books returned after 52 years 6. The Wall Street Journal lists books every geek should read this fall […]

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Defining a Literary President

Interesting commentary from the Chicago Tribune‘s Cultural Critic, Julia Keller. Keller takes a closer look at what is meant when people refer to Obama as a “literary president”. It is true that President Barack Obama writes books. So, of course, did previous presidents. If you want a real treat, read Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Rough Riders“—or […]

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In the Mood to Read? But What Mood and What Book?

I came across a book this morning that I thought was a brilliant idea. 1001 Books for Every Mood: A Bibliophile’s Guide to Unwinding, Misbehaving, Forgiving, Celebrating, Commiserating by Hallie Ephron, PH.D. is a comprehenisive guide to books categorized by moods rather than subject or genre. For instance, chapters include”…for a Wallow in a Slough […]

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American Adults Reading More Fiction

“Reading on the Rise: A New Chapter in American Literacy“,  a report issued yesterday by the National Endowment for the Arts, indicates that the number of adults (18 years +)  reading at least one novel, short story, poem or play within the previous 12 months, has increased. While the proportion of adult literary readers is […]

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Reading fairytales to children

I’m going to take today’s story in the Daily Telegraph, about how parents no longer read old-fashioned fairytales to their children, with a grain of salt. Firstly, the Telegraph loves to lambast political correctness and, secondly, it was a PR-generated survey (and being a PR person I know all about those). A third of parents […]

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Resolving to Read and Random Reads

I don’t read nearly enough. That bothers me because I thoroughly enjoy it, there are hundreds of books I’d love to read and I come from a family of readers – I’m letting the side down for heaven’s sake! I am determined to read more (maybe I should consider learning to speed read) and part […]

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Four types of Harry Potter readers

A professor at Ulster University claims there are four types of Harry Potter readers, one for each of the four houses at Hogwarts His research found ‘Hufflepuff’ readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over. “People will look back and say ‘Why did we […]

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