Che Guevara’s Reading List

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…

1. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda



6. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

Last Year, Teenage Vandals Were Sentenced to Reading Books. Here’s What One Learned

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Last year, we reported the news that five teenage vandals, who defaced an historic black schoolhouse with the phrases “white power”, “black power”, and swastikas, were sentenced by Judge Avelina Jacob to read books that would make them realise the error of their ways and then write reports on them. The children were given a list of relevant books and had to select a few each. The books covered some of the most divisive periods of history and included topics such as the Holocaust and slavery in the US.

A year has gone by since the sentence was passed and the teenagers have read their books and handed in their reports. Alejandra Rueda, a deputy commonwealth attorney who suggested the sentence, said “I hope that they learned the lesson that I hoped that they would learn, which was tolerance.” So have they?
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Kindle Storyteller Award Back for Second Year

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Last year Kindle announced its first ever Storyteller Award for authors who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing in the UK. Last year the thriller, The Relic Hunters won the first ever award and now it’s announced that the award is back for a second year.

On 10th April Amazon UK opened this year’s awards, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by self published authors. To qualify for the 2018 award you must have published your book via Kindle Direct Publishing, between 1st May 2018 and 31st August 2018. Read More

Private Lives of Authors: Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen lead a life almost as full of intrigue and romance as his fairy tales. In perhaps unsurprising comparisons to Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Doctor Alfred Charles Kinsey of the Institute for Sex Research noted:

“Andersen could not tell the world of his own homosexual love for the people of the world, but the original manuscripts showed his feelings clearly.”

 

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New Twitter game hilariously shames bad male authors

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A new Twitter game has taken the internet by storm!

Many women have noticed how female characters can be so badly written, especially by men. It is almost as if those male writers don’t see women as people, with complex personalities and 3-dimensional lives. The strange and often nonsensical over-description of women’s bodies  can be most irritating, and when a male writer has a female character narrating, it often becomes embarrassing for everyone involved.

Writer Gwen C. Katz noticed this happening again and again until one day, when faced with yet another ridiculous passage in a book she had begun reading, she tweeted a snippet from the book.

The discussion that followed prompted her fellow women readers and writers on Twitter to join in a game… Describe yourself as a male writer would. 

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Dystopian or Speculative Fiction Category for 2018 Challenge

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This year’s reading challenge is a bit different and as promised each month we’ll give you a list of suggested books for each category. For April I asked the Cwts Discussion Group to recommend their favourite Dystopian or Speculative fiction novel. We already have several blogs on For Reading Addicts with great suggestions (links at the end) so these are just a few different books that don’t already appear. Read More

Are you in the Introvert Doodles Support Group?

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Introvert Doodles is the brainchild of artist Maureen Wilson who needed a way to express her thoughts and feelings about being a ‘quieter’ type of person. Known as Marzi, the face behind Introvert Doodles shows her followers all her relatable quirks and interests through fun cartoons in comic strip or doodle form.

Like many introverts, Marzi started feeling like she didn’t belong, and felt awkward and weird in certain situations. After expressing how she felt through her doodles, and received lots of supportive feedback, she soon realised she wasn’t alone with these experiences, which brought some relief.

Marzi also runs an online shop where she sells quirky jewellery pieces, cross stitch, and pins- if you enjoy her doodles take a look at her other work!

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