Tag Archives: Literature

Book-Lovers: 21 Modern Masterpieces You Probably Don’t Know About


Looking for your next great book to read?

If you’re looking for something beyond the current best-seller lists then I have just what you need.

In a new article from GQ, twenty-one acclaimed authors recommend forgotten masterpieces you might’ve missed.

Have a look at the list via the link below and let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Source: 21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of | GQ

Why Middlemarch is the greatest British novel – BBC


“George Eliot’s sprawling tale of provincial life has triumphed in BBC Culture’s poll of the greatest British novels as voted by the rest of the world. Michael Gorra explains why.” – BBC

Source: BBC – Culture – Why Middlemarch is the greatest British novel

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28 Tips for Writing Stories from Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald | Open Culture

More inspiration to start that novel you’ve been thinking about writing.

“Most writers find their individual voice only after they sojourn through periods of imitation. Though it’s an excellent way to appropriate experimental techniques and move out of comfortable ruts, imitation can only take us so far. But more prescriptive guidelines from famous authors can offer ways to refine our individual styles and visions. Advice, for example, from such a clear and succinct theorist as Kurt Vonnegut can go a very long way indeed for aspiring fiction writers.” – Josh Jones

Source: 28 Tips for Writing Stories from Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald | Open Culture

5 Websites That Can Make You Smarter

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The quest for self-improvement never ends, and we’re always searching for resources that can help us along that path. Thankfully, the internet allows us to access the most brilliant and mind-expanding thinkers and creators who ever lived.

Today, I want to share five of my favorite places on the web for intellectually stimulating and inspiring ideas. Please feel free to share your own favorite resources in the comments.

Five Wonderfully Intelligent Websites

Brain Pickings – Essential for anyone interested in art, literature, philosophy, and science.

Open Culture – As the name implies, this is a treasure trove of culturally important resources – all free and open to anyone with an inquisitive mind.

National Geographic – Yes, the legendary magazine of  world culture is still going strong in the 21st Century.

Mental Floss – Consistently excellent articles on a variety of subjects.

Atlas Obscura A surprising source of little-known cultural facts.

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Book-Lovers: 5 Websites You Should Check Out


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Are you the type of person who always has a book on the nightstand (or queued up on your eReader)?

If you’re a book-lover, you’ll want to scroll down for a special list I curated just for you.

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite places on the web for book reviews, author interviews, and anything book-related.

Have a look at my list of book websites below, and feel free to add your favorites in the comments.

5 Great Websites for Readers

NPR Books – National Public Radio’s (USA) book review site publishes new reviews several times a week.

Book Riot – This New York-based site offers many different sections dealing with books – reviews, publishing news, and special interest articles.

The Guardian – Books – This is a great place to keep up with the literary side of the book world – also features interviews with award-winning authors.

The Amazon Book Review – The official Amazon book blog updates frequently with new book info and author interviews.

Books – Slate – The long-time web magazine offers an eclectic mix of book reviews and news.

That’s my list of book sites, now it’s your turn – drop your favorite site in the comments.

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100 Interesting Facts about Famous Authors | Interesting Literature

Want to amaze your book-loving friends with your knowledge of literary trivia?

Well, here’s a great place to start.

“On Twitter we recently reached the 100,000 followers milestone. (Hurrah! And do follow us @InterestingLit if you’re also a tweeter.) To celebrate the occasion, we’ve gathered together one hundred of our favourite facts about famous authors. We hope you enjoy them! Where there’s a link on an author’s name, we’ve linked to our post about that particular author (usually part of our five fascinating facts series – indeed, if you like these facts, check out that series).” – Interesting Literature

Source: 100 Interesting Facts about Famous Authors | Interesting Literature

2015 National Book Award Fiction Long List


My “to-read” list just got a bit longer.

The Man Booker Prize announced its short list just a few days ago, which means it’s time for its Yankee brethren, the National Book Award, to jump into the game with its long list. The one book that made it on both? A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara, who spoke to Vulture about the process of writing the book. The NBA fiction short list will be released October 14, with the winners themselves announced on November 18. Good luck to all these nominees, and better luck to their frustrated, less-famous friends. – Nate Jones

Source: 2015’s National Book Award Fiction Long List — Vulture

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