Polls and Discussion

8 Bio-Punk Books to Try if you Love Orphan Black

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Have you been watching Orphan Black on Netflix? The fifth and final series airs on 11th June and I’m going to miss it so much when it’s over. I’ll loved watching the escapades of Sarah Manning and her sestras as they unlock the secrets of their own clone biology. Read More

Hit of the Lits: FRA Top 40 – May

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Hit of the Lits – FRA Top 40

Every month we collate your reading habits to create a Top 40 chart of your reads from the previous month. Last month’s list was totally dominated with television and movie adaptations as many of you rushed to read the book before you read the adaptation, and this month is also thoroughly influenced by things coming to the big screen pretty soon!

Thanks so much to the 500 people who voted on their favourite reads, giving us a list of over 150 books and a top 40 that we’ll share with you now!

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9 Toxic Men from Literature

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To us, the literary characters we read are read people who live inside our heads. We want to be some of them, we want to be with others, then there are the ones that are absolutely vile and truly toxic. So today we’re going in for a little literary man-bashing as we look at the most toxic men from literature.

These are my personal suggestions, and we’re sure you’ll have a few of your own too. Let’s see if you agree with my top ten creeps from the pages of our favourite novels. Read More

10 Literary Badasses You’d Want Backing You up in a Bar Fight

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Picture the scene: You’re in a quiet pub or bar, catching up with your friends and telling one another about the latest books you’ve been reading. Suddenly a group of rowdy drunkards come over and start hassling you. Being the good natured bibliophile you are, you try to politely brush them off, but they’re just not getting the hint. Suddenly the unthinkable happens. One of the goons picks up a book from your bag, creases the spine and then, to your horror, tears out a page. Patrons rush to leave the bar as fast as they can as you flip the table and snatch your book back. It’s only then that the thugs realise your friends happen to be 10 of the most badass characters from fiction. As fisticuffs ensue, you feel reassured to know you’re being covered by the following tough cookies…

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40 Reads for Canine Lovers

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If you are a die-hard dog lover like me, you surely know what I am talking about when I say Lassie or Marley. We hardly ever miss any dog movie or novel. I often go for such movies with a packet of tissues for nobody seems to be able to tug at our heart strings the way these four-pawed furry friends do.

Here is a list of novels canine lovers will enjoy. Many have been adapted into films but the written word is always special for us! Read More

5 Enthralling YA Fantasy Series You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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When YA Fantasy does well, it does very well indeed (I’m looking at you, Harry Potter), and with such a lot of competition in the genre, fantasy fans can miss some hidden gems. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been talking with friends who love the genre and I’ve come up with five fantasy series that I suspect you won’t have heard of, but are well worth a read! Read More

5 Must Read Books about Nurses and Nursing

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“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription”

Nurses are the backbone of any health services and often some of the most undervalued and taken for granted members of any medical team. Today we’re showing our appreciation for all the world’s nurses by dedicating a blog to books about nurses, or nursing. Read More

Desert Island Books – Top 48

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You’ve heard of desert island discs, and we’ve adapted that idea to get a definitive desert island books list, made up of the books you have chosen as the books you’d want if you found yourself stranded on a deserted island. It’s not an easy question and many of you couldn’t narrow it down to a single book. Don’t worry we counted all your books and from your votes we have a list.

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12 Novels to Make you Fall in Love with Paris

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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” Ernest Hemingway

From the booksellers of the Seine, to the romantic portrayals in literature, there’s no denying Paris is an artistic and literary city. Gothic architecture, a poetic language and the most romantic city river in the world make Paris the perfect backdrop for any author and so it’s little wonder the city is the location for so many well known novels.

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