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11 Books About Science Bill Gates Recommends

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This week the UK Business Insider put together a list of eleven books with a science theme that Bill Gates that recommends. Gates is often seen recommending books on his blog and we’ve twice featured his summer reading lists, he often reads within the nonfiction and science genres so if you’re a fan then these recommendations should be good.

In typical Gates reading style, many of the books are nonfiction, but not all. Here are eleven books about science that Bill Gates Recommends: Read More

Che Guevara’s Reading List

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Ernesto “Che” Guevara (14th of June 1928 to 9th of October 1967) was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution, and has since become a pervasive symbol of counterculture and rebellion in popular culture. He became radicalised by the poverty and unfair treatment he witnessed as he travelled Latin America. Che has since become a polarised figure in the collective imagination in a multitude of biographies, songs, and films.

Che was a well read and well travelled, intelligent man who often found mental refuge in literature. His reading list offers an insight into the deep thinking man he was, and reflects much of his ideals.

His choice of reading material influenced him greatly and makes for a fascinating list. We have compiled 10 of the most interesting of Che Guevara’s choices for your enjoyment and interest…

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FRA Admin Reads: June 2017

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The best bit about being part of any reading group is getting recommendations, and so our admin reads section serves a double purpose. You get to know us a little better, and you get to find out what we’re reading and get some recommendations too.

Another month has whizzed by and the weather is getting warmer here in the UK, so we’re all looking forward to some long and hazy reading days! And without further ado, here are the books that we’ve loved over the past month. Read More

FRA Admin Reads: May 2017

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The best bit about being part of any reading group is getting recommendations, and so our admin reads section serves a double purpose. You get to know us a little better, and you get to find out what we’re reading and get some recommendations too.

April has just flown by but summer will soon be upon us and lazy days reading sound just perfect! Despite a busy month we did manage to read a few books between us, and so without further ado here are the books we loved over the last month. Read More

Speed Reading: Words Per Minute

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Ever wondered how much we read each day? From the newspaper to work mails, study material to invoices and books- all this amounts to reading being a huge part of our life ever since we learnt to read. All this reading material obviously takes up a lot of our time too. And in today’s high speed world, most people are looking for a way to save time and increase their reading speed so they can get more work done in a short span.

Speed Reading, as the name suggests, is a technique used to improve our pace of reading. You look at a word or several words. This is known as fixation. You move your eye to the next word. This is called a saccade. Then, you pause to comprehend the entire sentence you just looked at. Adding all these fixations, saccades and comprehension pauses together, the average human reading speed would amount to about 250-350 words per minute. So it would take about a minute or two to read a regular document. Read More

FRA Admin Reads: April 2017

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We’re into a new month, and now it’s time for that feature where you learn a little about us, as we feature our admin reads from the last month. When we’re not busy writing articles and reviews, we’re all usually found with our noses in a book, and here we round up what we’ve all been reading each month.

We love hearing about your reads too, and we’ll bring you the Hit of the Lits readers’ chart very soon, but for now here are our admin reads, the books we’ve loved (and hated) from the last month. Read More

The History of the Bookmark: No More Dog Ears!

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Being die-hard book lovers, we generally hate dog-eared pages or overturned books left flat open to keep us from losing the page we paused reading on. This obviously causes damage to the book spine. And though we are really optimistic about remembering page numbers, we may fail to recollect whether we were to begin reading again from page 112 or 121. No wonder the bookmark is a bookworm’s partner in crime. Read More