Books

Review: Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

In 2013, Rainbow Rowell released the book Fangirl, a book about a college student who writes fanfiction about her favorite characters – Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Grimm-Pitch – in her favorite book series. From there, Rowell must have seen the desire her fans had of reading the character’s fanfictions to be able to come up with the idea of writing them herself and releasing them as a three-part series. The title of the first book, Carry On, was picked straight out of its book of origination, Fangirl, and with its success after its release in 2015, she subsequently released Wayward Son in 2019. Now, in 2021, Rowell released the final installment to the series, which is titled Any Way the Wind Blows.

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Quentin Tarantino Recommends Some of His Favorite Books

Director Quentin Tarantino has shared some of his favorite books while promoting his debut novel, adapted from his movie of the same name, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. While on The Big Picture Podcast, Tarantino expressed some interest in turning his breakthrough film, Reservoir Dogs into a novel.

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Take a Book, Leave a Book!

After being away at school for a few months, things looked a lot different at my local park. They redid the pavement, updated the playgrounds, and most intriguingly, added small wooden boxes throughout the path. Next to each box was a small friendly sign that read: “Take a book, leave a book!” This stopped me in my tracks. When I went to look a little closer at the boxes, I found a small door, which opened to a stack of about five or six books.

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Kiera Cass Releases Second Book in ‘The Betrothed’ Series, ‘The Betrayed’

Kiera Cass, bestselling author of ‘The Selection’ series, has released the second and final installment in her ‘The Betrothed’ series. ‘The Betrothed’ takes place in the fictional realm of Coroa, where a young noble woman, Hollis, fights to secure the hand of the king — only to realize her feelings for another.

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All the Literary References in Taylor Swift Songs

There’s no doubt that Taylor Swift is one of the greatest songwriters in pop music, but how many pop stars can say that they incorporate English literature into their songs? From William Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, here’s a list of all the literary work that Taylor Swift references in her songs.

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What Makes a Book “Good?”

An afternoon months ago, one of my peers asked me what I was currently reading. I happened to be reading two books at the time: a classic novel, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, and a high-fantasy novel, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I only told her about the Dickens novel, although now, I am unsure why.

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U.K. Bookseller publishes books for dyslexic readers

Alistair Sims, owner of a Clevedon bookshop, aims to publish books that are more accessible to readers with dyslexia. He uses a darker, cream colored paper and Verdana font when he prints his new series and preserves the content of the book, altering the format – spacing words and letters differently so that they are easier to read for those with dyslexia.

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Recently, more writers have been self-publishing their work

As a writer, finding a publisher can be a difficult process. Not every creator has the means to have their work published and many publishers are highly selective about the work that they choose to represent. Some writers avoid this challenge by self-publishing their work, which can be a tedious process because the writer must produce, publish, and market their own work without the aid or resources of a publishing company. Publishing companies can also help with self-publishing, but the creator must finance the project on their own.

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Kick back and relax on the beach with these books this summer

Whenever I think of the summer, I think of a clear, sunny day on the beach, a foam fridge next to me filled to the brim with ice and cold drinks, and a great book to immerse myself in. With this in mind, here is a book list to enjoy along with the sand this summer.

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Has Reading Vanished?

I hear “kids just don’t read anymore” all too often, mostly from teachers or parents. In a sense, this is definitely true. I certainly can say that I don’t fly through books the way I did all the way through grade school. This is partly because I don’t have as much time as I used to. I also must admit that there is a small part of me that lost interest. I spent so much time reading for school or for work that I forgot that it’s okay to pick up a book for leisure.

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U.S. Book Show Adds Oprah Winfrey and Keanu Reeves to its list of Speakers

Publishers Weekly is hosting a new virtual book trade fair later this month called the U.S. Book Show. The event has added two notable names to its list of speakers: legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey, and award-winning actor Keanu Reeves.

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Assigned, Classic Readings in High School that You Didn’t Read, but Should Have

We’ve all been given readings in high school that we didn’t want to read, despite the possibility of our enjoyment of reading, and ended up looking up book summaries to pass exams. However, there are some books that, as adults, you might be able to enjoy.

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