Can reading books make you a better person?

Reading a good novel can be an intensely personal experience, as the characters, settings, and plots stir our minds and, at times, our hearts. Over the years, psychologists have found ways to quantify these subjective events to see how they affect our minds. We know that the more people read, …

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Stop Pushing the Same “Classic” Children’s Books and Trust Modern Writing | Children and teenagers

I will start by saying: the BBC’s #LoveToRead campaign looks fantastic and I love that it ‘celebrates reading for pleasure’, and aims to start ‘a unique national conversation about books’. Nevertheless, among all the dramatizations, documentaries and live events planned, one aspect of the campaign is oddly unadventurous – its …

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Why Moby Dick and Other Classic Books Can Be a Cure for Insomnia

Remember how easy it was in high school to fall asleep reading classic novels like “Tess of the D’ubervilles” and “Moby Dick”? For many of us, just seeing the name Steinbeck on the spine of a book causes more yawns than Ambien. Is there something about reading literary classics that …

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100 Classic Books Every High School Student Should Read: The DfE’s Definitive List

Erica Wagner, author and literary critic, read 50. Mick Connell, director of the National Association for the Teaching of English, read 34. And EST editor Ann Mroz read 41. (Read the full list and vote for your favorites here.) But, according to the Ministry of Education, these are the 100 …

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Rediscovering the magic of reading books – Technique

When I was little, I read all the time. Everywhere I went, I had a book under my arm. I vividly remember getting in trouble for reading ahead during English class in elementary school, but in my defense people were just too slow when reading out loud. For me, books …

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This is what classic books without words look like

by Herman Melville Moby-Dick is a story told in 212,507 words. These words, considered among the most classic in the history of literature, are important. But just as important as “Call Me Ishmael” is the period that follows. Without punctuation, the first two lines of the book would read something …

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15 classic books to finally read this new year

A few years ago, a list of popular books was circulating online with this subtitle: “The BBC thinks most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books below. How many have you read? The list was not actually published by the BBC, but was probably inspired by the …

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11 classic books to read by the fire this holiday season

Every year, as the holiday season approaches, there are a million seasonal movie marathons. There are many Christmas specials for your favorite TV shows. Stores are exploding with red and gold merchandise that just screams “festive.” However, despite all that holiday cheer, in my opinion, the best holiday books to …

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What are the best stories and sequels to classic children’s books? | Children’s books

I love classic stories but I’ve read most of them and some are a bit too old fashioned both in the writing and in the attitude of the characters! What do you think are the best modern sequels and rewrites of classic children’s books? Many children’s authors were inspired to …

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Teenage Opinion: Why Read Classic Books | Children’s books

A long, dreary Victorian novel full of endless British countryside and submissive wives who adore their contemptuous husbands. What could possibly be interesting in a long and tedious text, full of difficult language and repetitive intrigue? Well, surprisingly, a lot. After around the age of 10, when I tried unsuccessfully …

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The best vlog reimaginings of classic books | fiction

Judging by the reactions to the rising stars of Zoe Suggs and Alfie Deyes, vlogs are the end of civilization as we know it and – like Zoella’s ghost-written novel – they certainly have no place in Literature. But the fresh-faced teens and twenties don’t just vlog about their own …

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What are the children reading? Books like “Hunger Games”, but also classics.

What do green eggs, stick figures navigating college perils, and post-apocalyptic teenage battles have in common? They are all found in the books most read by American children and adolescents. The reading habits of 9.8 million students in grades 1-12 are detailed in the new “What children read” report from …

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Reviews | Reading books is essential

It’s no exaggeration to say that these books saved me: from a life of poverty, stress, depression and isolation. James Baldwin, one of the authors who spoke to my mind the most, once said it this way: “You think your pain and grief is unparalleled in the history of the …

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10 classic books you read in high school that you should read again

In Classic Practices: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School, Kevin Smokler takes you on a trip down memory lane in high school, when you couldn’t stand reading As I died Where Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Or maybe you could, you bookworm. Either way, Smokler …

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Choose good classic books to read

Every July, my book club meets to choose the books for the following year. We make categories – biography, fiction, non-fiction, women’s issues, religion. Two of the toughest categories seem to be Mystery and Classics. In the classics we did most of the best known – “Jane Eyre”, an Edith …

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