Stephen King Recommends

By March 4, 2017 Reading Habits

A best selling author known world wide for his many novels Stephen King is also well known for his voracious reading habits (he is often pictured at his local baseball stadium with a book in hand) and his Twitter account (you really do need to go and take a look at his Tweets about Molly AKA The Thing of Evil).

Often sharing with us his latest reads King is generous in his praise of fellow authors and after seeing a list on a website recently I decided to scour his Twitter account to see just how many books the man has read; answer – lots! Here are the latest sixteen books that Stephen King recommends we should all read.

Which book topped the New York Times Bestseller list the year you were born?

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In time for World Book Day, Wordery has released a new interactive tool allowing you to find out which book was at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list the year you were born along with how long each book spent at number one.

The New York Times Bestseller List is one of the most widely respected sources for bestsellers and has been regarded as the authority list on bestselling books since the 1950s. Read More

Data Reveals the Most Popular Books are Written by Men

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Many people just pick up a book, read it and decide from there whether they love it or not, for others the gender of the author is important. The gender gap in literature has been present for years, perpetuated through history by male nom de plumes and lack of respect generally for female literature.

Some bookshops have even gone so far as to create visual experiments to show how many of the shelves are dominated by male authors.

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How Many Books Can You Read in a Year? Take the Test

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We all know reading is about quality not quantity but with so many books on the TBR it’s great to be able to power through them quicker than most. According to the Pew Research Center, the average American who reads gets through twelve books a year, and now you can find out your reading speed with this new test.

Lenstore has devised a test to measure your individual reading skills and see how long it will take you to tackle the world’s most popular novels. Take the rest below and see how you fare!
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Four Tips to Help You Read More

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Reading is one of the best ways to relax, de-stress and lose yourself in a world of your choosing. Whether you enjoy thrillers, romances or non-fiction, reading is something we should all do more of. Many of us are guilty of spending too much time looking at our screens when we could be spending our time more wisely finishing that book that’s been collecting dust at our bedside. If you are losing touch with the reading bug, here are four tips to help you read more.
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18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

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Strange questions people asked the librarian

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Librarians are quiet heroes, guardians of the books, and underrated alternative to a search engine. They used to be our one stop for all our general knowledge needs however Google (other search engines are apparently available…) have slowly but surely taken that responsibility away from the libraries.

Librarians used to deal with all the strange, creepy, interesting, and outrageous questions the general public had to ask- and you will not believe some of the stuff people are willing to ask a stranger.

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