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.
Inspired by moments in his own life where fans have been unhappy with his work- King wrote his protagonist, Paul Sheldon, as a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels. After a nasty car crash the author is rescued by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who takes him to her house and forces him to write a new book in order to modify the story to her own tastes.
The reissue of the novel will be music to King’s fans’ ears, giving them an opportunity to own something truly special.
The two books will still be available to read in the school’s libraries but, as of next year, they will be replaced by other books that tackle the same topics in the ninth- and 11th-grade English classes. The news has been announced by the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, Michael Cary. Read More
Animals have such a positive influence on people, and Reading Addicts are no exception. We love to read about animals in both fiction and non-fiction, and books that feature animals have proven to be so popular that they’ve inspired EIGHT of For Reading Addicts’ quizzes!
Having a furry friend by our side can be comforting and, at times, relaxing despite cats being so obsessed with sitting on books and papers… The pleasure of having your furry hot water bottle right with you releases all the right chemicals in your brain so you can relax and disappear into a book properly.
Quotes are often misattributed to him because of his well known wit and humour, so people tend to hear a good quip and assume it was his. Or Winston Churchill.
Growing up in the early 1900s wasn’t easy; young Sam Clemens lost many of his siblings before adulthood, and his father died of pneumonia when he was 11. This meant he had to leave school and work to support the family, however being one of the original Reading Addicts, Samuel Clemens knew he could keep learning thanks to the local library, and through invaluable life experiences.
The dysfunctional family consists of Peter (father), Lois (mother), Chris (son), Meg (daughter), Stewie (baby son), and Brian their anthropomorphised dog.The show is known for its non-sequitur cutaway scenes, and musical numbers; each episode is a whirlwind of popular culture references, borderline offensive (and at times absolutely offensive) jokes, and toilet humour. It is often subversive, at times intelligent, but mostly puerile nonsense (which is totally fine- no judgement!)
Having sat through quite a few Family Guy episodes myself, I have noticed its inclusion of literary references in amongst the pop culture. Here are some of what we could find on our travels through Quahog with the Family Guy gang…