Reading Through the Genres from a Muslim Perspective

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If you read to learn about the lives of others and you enjoy reading about other cultures, then we have some new recommendations for you today. We’ve picked a book through several genres, and the only one each has in common is that the book is portrayed through Muslim characters, portraying the Islamic life alongside the book’s central themes. Read More

10 Brilliant Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity

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For many of us 2016 feels like it’s been a divisive year, a year of ‘me’ and not of ‘us’, a year of divisions and dark rhetoric. If like me, you are a parent you may be worrying how all this is affecting your children and their outlook on the world.

Books are always great teachers and the books we read as children help to form our personality so if you’re looking for some diverse ideas for your children’s library, we have some suggestions for you. Read More

Eclipsed in Death: The Day Aldous Huxley (and C. S Lewis) Died

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A few years ago I heard a quote from Elvis Presley’s manager where he stated that he always hoped he’d never die in an aeroplane with Elvis. When asked why he stated ‘I don’t like the billing.’.

C. S Lewis was one of the greatest British authors to have ever lived, and similarly across the pond Aldous Huxley was celebrated at around the same time. On any ordinary day, the death of either author would make headline news but the 22nd November 1963 wasn’t an ordinary day.

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Harry Potter Yoga for Relaxed Wizards and Witches.

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In Austin, Texas two sisters Isabel Beltran and Ximena Larkin came up with the spectacular idea of combining Isabel’s expertise in yoga with people’s love for Harry Potter. Already heading up the Pints & Poses Yoga Class (which sounds ridiculously fun) at the Circle Brewery Co, they decided to commemorate the deaths of Lily and James Potter through yoga. The yoga special was held on the 30th of October, the day before the anniversary of the Lily and James’ deaths, and also when the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations start. Read More

Bahati Books Featuring Short Story Anthology for Black History Month

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Bahati Books is a small digital publishing house showcasing the world of African authors. The popularity of eReading has allowed us to really broaden our literary horizons and work from African authors has never been so popular.

To celebrate Black History Month this October, the publishing house is featuring an anthology of short stories, showcasing African talent, and you can read it all for free!

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Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan: Thoughts from the Readers

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So the furore has died down now and we’ve all got over the shock of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature Award. The mainstream media has had its say and the general consensus is that Dylan is a genius (with a few notable exceptions from some outlets).

However, what we care about is what you readers think, after all it’s the general public who buy books, keep the book market buoyant and even to some extent decide the classics of the future, and so we asked our reading addicts in our group what they thought of the whole thing. Read More

Vending Machines in France Give Short Stories to People Waiting for Trains

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Those of us who have to commute to work all know the boredom of having to wait for a late train or bus. This may still be a problem for most people around the world, but no longer do the people of France need to put up with such an annoyance. Vending machines have been introduced at train stations which give out free short stories for passengers to read as they wait.

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