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★★★★★★= This amazing book changed my life in some way.

★★★★★= I loved this book.

★★★★☆= This book was great.

★★★☆☆= It was alright.

★★☆☆☆= A seriously flawed literary endeavor.

★☆☆☆☆= Unable to finish.

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harpercollinschildrens:

Reading: It’s good for their heath.

The facts illustrated on this WHY READING AT A YOUNG AGES MATTERS graphic, paints only a small picture of what books can do for your little one.

Download a printable version of this inforgraphic HERE.

(via bookpillows)

Tagged with: #reading 
5 Stories You Should Read Before the New Yorker Archives Close

mattywrites:

  1. Referential" by Lorrie Moore
  2. Find the Bad Guy" by Jeffrey Eugenides
  3. Samsa in Love" by Haruki Murakami
  4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" by Nathan Englander
  5. The Fountain House" by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

(via bluestockingbookworm)

17 Ominous Opening Lines in YA Books | Blog | Epic Reads

Although many more good sentences have to be written after the first, this is a good lesson for writers wanting to get their books published: Start interesting.

books-cupcakes:

Book Photo Challenge hosted by : Books & Cupcakes

Month: August
If you have any questions about the challenge please check the FAQ! Thank you and happy reading!! 
xoxo Jessica from Books and Cupcakes

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livingthroughbooks:

i’ve been wanting to do one of these for a long long time as a thank you to my followers because ya’ll are so lovely and i love you all sooooooo here it is!

there will be TWO winners who will be able to choose ANY BOOK/S they want, as long as the total cost amounts to $25 or less. once again, for the sake of clarity, two winners, each gets to choose something that costs no more than $25 e.g. one hardcover or two paperbacks

might make it four winners depending on my financial situation after i pay my tuition

so these are the rules / guidelines / things to know:

  • you must be following me
  • reblog this post however much times you want I guess just try not to be annoying with it
  • likes don’t count sorry (you can like the post for bookmark purposes but otherwise, likes don’t count)
  • this giveaway is open internationally (as long as the book depository ships to your country)
  • you must be willing to give me your address so you can get the book
  • winners will be chosen using a random generator
  • your ask box must be open, if it’s not then i’ll be picking another winner
  • if the winner/s doesn’t/don’t respond within 24 hours I’ll be choosing someone else
  • NO GIVEAWAY BLOGS ALLOWED AT ALL
  • giveaway ends on august 29th
  • any questions, just ask me here

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Tagged with: #book giveaway 

bookslooks:

I finally found a pretty looking edition of Watership Down, one of my favourites. And in paperback!

(via theclassicreader)

Tagged with: #gorgeous #Watership Down 

bibliomatic:

Currently reading The Master and Margarita at a creepy empty laundromat.

Sounds like the perfect place to be reading that.

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Reading on the beach.

Book Review: Contact

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Every now and then I go through a general-love-for-astronomy-and-aliens-in-particular phase, and it’s going on now. I’m glad that this time around I finally got to one of Carl Sagan’s books.

Contact is surprisingly theological. While I was looking for a more scientifically-concrete work on extraterrestrial life, Sagan instead spends most of the 430 pages investigating why we all – atheists included – experience the ‘numinous.’ Our protagonist Ellie says: ‘In the presence of the misterium tremendum, people feel utterly insignificant…but not personally alienated.’ She describes the numinous as something ‘wholly other,’ which leaves humans in a state of astonishment.

I’m surprised that Sagan took so seriously those who experience the numinous in the form of the Christian God, as opposed to the numinous in the form of scientific discovery. So this book, while it is a good, fun alien tale at times, also peers deeply into the human psyche and the core of our damaged, backwards civilization and its conflicting ideologies.

Also, Sagan’s protagonist is a woman. A woman astronomer. And the President of the United States? A woman. It’s sad this should delight me, but there it is.

The plot, while a little lacking in on-screen aliens, kept me riveted. The writing is surprisingly good for someone’s apparent first attempt at fiction (as far as I know). But I must admit I was left disappointed: While as scientifically sound as possible, Sagan must, eventually, approach speculation. This is obvious. We do not know who is out there in our vast, vast universe. But Sagan’s work really drove home that even a renowned astronomer is, in the end, as clueless as me. It’s a tad depressing.

The book isn’t depressing, though. It’s loving and hope-filled and offers – on top of interesting speculations regarding alien life forms – compassionate insights into humanity.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

 Amazon link: Contact

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