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15 Books Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read

As an avid reader, Bill Gates has his fair share of book recommendations. During the summer months, Gates reading list increases significantly. Reflecting on his childhood he says, “I’d check out so many books that the librarians wouldn’t give me new ones until I returned some.” As funny as that is, it is the one […]

Exceptionally Long Sentences in Literature and Why They Work

We learn in grammar school about run-on sentences and how to avoid them. In general, the thought about long sentences is that they make the text harder to read.  A long sentence is difficult to read as the writer keeps the reader waiting for the main idea until the middle or end of the sentence […]

Destinations Every Book Lover Needs to Visit at Least Once

Ahhh, summer vacations. Time to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and discover new places. Best of all, it is time to catch up on reading! What better place to do so than in a city known for its love and support for books. For any literary lover looking for a new destination to explore, […]

Funniest Fiction Books Guaranteed to Make You Laugh Out Loud

Who doesn’t love a good read that has you rolling on the floor laughing? Funny books can be hard to come by, but with this list, you’ll have a whole bunch of fun reads to enjoy this summer. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis (1954) Lucky Jim is the story of Jim Dixon, a lecturer in […]

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55 Common Phrases You Might Not Realize Came from Books

You don’t need to be a Shakespeare aficionado to fit a fancy literary quote into a conversation. You probably already used a common phrase that came from a book today without even knowing it.  Authors have a gift of making up a word or a phrase and getting it to catch on. This happens so […]