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20 Recommended Books with an Unreliable Narrator

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I read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro recently and until page 108 I didn’t have the faintest idea what was going on and it got me thinking about books told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. We’ve noticed a trend for this type of narration recently, Gone Girl, Room, Girl on the Train, and it got us thinking about recommendations, if you love stories that unfurl slowly and often lie to you along the way. Read More

Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – January

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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. For the first month of 2017 we received over 400 replies with over 200 different boos being 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

Read Your Way Around the Muslim Ban Countries

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PotUS 45’s current travel restrictions, dubbed the ‘Muslim travel ban’ have been little out of the news all week as restrictions are put on all travellers, as opposed to those involved in criminality. If you’re outraged by this movement that has left both foreign travellers and Green Card holders stranded, then you may be looking to show some support, and as always we’re doing that in a bookish way, recommending authors from the Muslim ban countries. Read More

10 Important Holocaust Books with Lessons for Today

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During World War II, the extermination of Jews was like nothing much of the world had seen before, a holocaust so awful it became known simply as The Holocaust. The world swore it would never happen again, and maybe for that reason it’s good that it’s also one of the most documented atrocities in human history with survivor stories and holocaust fiction spanning the decades since. Read More

Bill Gates Names His Favourite Reads of 2016

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Bill Gates is an avid reader and reading advocate, he says he reads about 50 books a year. He’s worth a whopping $75 billion, and is clearly a busy man, yet he obviously realises the importance of being well read.

Every summer Bill Gates releases his summer reading list and it’s always an interesting list but on his blog this week he’s released a list of his favourite books of 2016. He says reading books is his favourite way of finding out about a new topic, and since childhood, he’s read on average a book a week. Read More

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

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