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Obama Names the Books of His Presidency

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As Obama’s eight-year presidency comes to an end we’re seeing quite a bit from the whole family as in one way or another, they sum up the last eight years. One thing that we note about Obama’s presidency is that he’s released reading lists, and we do love a reader.

And now Obama has chatted with the New York Times about how being a reader has shaped his presidency, the books he’s read and loved while he’s been in office and his relationship with books as a reader. He even goes so far as to say that books are his secret to surviving the White House years. Read More

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Best Books of 2016 as Voted for by You

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2017 has begun and we have a whole new year’s worth of books to look forward to over the course of the coming months. 2016 may have a tough year for many reasons, but we did at least get some good books out of it.

As always we count your opinions highest as you are the readers and so here are the best books of 2016, as voted for by you. Read More

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Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – December

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Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we run a poll on site asking you for your favourite reads for the previous month, a kind of bookish top of the pops. This month we received almost 500 replies with over 250 different book titles mentioned. As we always do, and according to your votes we’ve whittled that list down to a Top 40 Hit of the Lits, and we have that here for you now! Read More

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Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – November

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Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we run a poll on site asking you for your favourite reads for the previous month, a kind of bookish top of the pops. This month we received almost 200 replies with almost 100 different book titles mentioned. As we always do, according to your votes we’ve whittled that list down to a Top 40 Hit of the Lits, and we have that here for you now! Read More

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A Taste of Havana: 5 Books about Cuba

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We’ve been hearing a lot about Cuba in the news over the last few years and after many years of communist rule the country is somewhat a mystery to many. If you’re curious to find out more about the country, there’s a stack of literature set in Cuba, or about Cuba and today we’re going to recommend some great books. Read More

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30 Must-Read Politically Charged Novels

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Last week we hosted a new poll on our Facebook page, asking you for your favourite novels with a political theme. I added the results today and at times it was like a ‘choose your favourite Orwell novel’ list, but there were plenty of other suggests too. Unsurprisingly dystopia reigned supreme but there was plenty of real life stuff too, and much of it just as scary. Read More

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Five Crafty Books for Gift Givers

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I love making things, really I think it’s so satisfying to see a lump of nothing, or a collection of scraps evolving into something beautiful (or at least reasonably recognisable) in my hands. I’ve sewn and knitted, folded, glued and stapled things into submission and then given them all away; oh apart from a macrame owl I made when I was 11 – no one gets the owl! I also love to receive gifts that have been handmade, I love nothing more than getting something that has taken someone time rather than money to give to me. Read More

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Five Books to Help You Escape the Rat Race

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With the state the world is in today Off Grid living has never been so alluring; the thought of being able to leave the craziness of today’s urban lifestyle behind becomes more and more appealing with each news bulletin and I find myself willing to give up hot showers and chocolate if it means that I no longer have to deal with the cruelties and intolerances of humankind that are becoming more and more evident and more and more acceptable each day. Read More