Books are timeless, it doesn’t matter if they were written over a hundred years ago or just yesterday, if they are written well then the story is just as vibrant and beautiful as the day it was first penned. Books don’t rely on special effects or owning a compatible device all you need to be able to do to enjoy a book from any era is read and I don’t know about you but I think I am pretty good at reading.
I’ve read classics written 300 years ago and books that will stay with me forever that still have wet ink and loved them all but have I read the most popular book from the year I was born? I had no idea but thanks to Good Housekeeping I can find out and (as long as you were born after 1930) now so can you.
The years 1976 -2016 are in this list, a link to the books from 1930 to 1975 can be found on the link at the bottom of this page.
1989 – The Satanic Verses
It may have won critical acclaim but it also brought its author to the attention of the Ayatollah Khomeini who was so incensed by Rushdie’s examination of a controversial passage from the Quran that he immediately placed a Fatwa on Rushdie causing the author to go into hiding.
2009 – My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult tugs at the heartstrings with this story of a daughter’s battle with her parents to have the right to do with her body what she wishes, including donating parts of it to her older sister who has cancer.
And that’s the lot, some of the titles on this list really have surprised me and many are books I have never heard of before but you can be certain I will be adding a few (including the book from my birth year) to my TBR list.
The Biloxi school board this week decided that the novel should be removed from the curriculum, though it will still be available in the school’s library. The vice-president of the school board told the Sun Herald newspaper that they had received several complaints about the book because the language it uses makes people feel uncomfortable.
It can be worrying for any online shopper to purchase something without recommendation, and many of us look to reviews to help determine whether the purchase worth our money.
Sometimes it is not obvious at first glance that a review is fake, and bought or planted by promoters of the product. Floship have provided a useful guide to spotting fakery in reviews, particularly Amazon reviews, besides the usual ‘Verified Reviewer’ clue.
Follow the link below to see the full article and save yourself a lot of bother with fake reviews online!
The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.
493 million (two-thirds) of those illiterate adults are women. This discrepancy is shocking to many of us but it is one that needs to be addressed.
Back in 2010 the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation director-general, Irina Bokova, said: “newly literate women have a positive ripple effect on all development indicators”. Teaching women to read has a great positive affect on the development of themselves, their family and their community.
Katy Newell-Jones of Feed the Minds supports Bokova’s comments by adding: “On its own, literacy neither saves lives nor fills hungry mouths. However, we encounter women’s literacy time and time again as a valuable component in women’s empowerment. A woman who is able to keep her own business records is more likely to be able to manage her income and expenditure; and the children of a literate mother are more likely to complete their education.”
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education report on women’s right to literacy insists on an holistic approach to literacy education. It is more effective to teach reading and writing while linking it to practical and useful skills: “Literacy learning is particularly effective when it is linked to, integrated with or embedded in other learning. Such approaches produce stronger outcomes in both literacy and vocational education and training. Women who want to be successful traders, efficient farmers, contribute to school governance and rear healthy children must be equipped with the necessary, associated literacy skills.”
Check out the BBC video below for further insight into the global literacy problem.