The Reading Life

How to Judge a Book by Its Cover

what it says on the tin

How to Judge a Book by Its Cover

You’re not supposed to do it, but judging a book by its cover is a skill we all employ from time to time; whether we’re standing in a busy Barnes...
Thanksgiving Eve Is the Busiest Reading Day of the Year, and We Know Why

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Thanksgiving Eve Is the Busiest Reading Day of the Year, and We Know Why

Being the world’s largest retail bookseller is a heavy responsibility—and Barnes and Noble takes this stuff seriously. We’re always trying to learn...
6 Novel Novels About Novelists

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6 Novel Novels About Novelists

Films-within-films (Tropic Thunder; Singin’ in the Rain), plays-within-plays (Shakespeare does this a lot), and songs referencing songs (“You...
15 of the Most Infamous Deleted Chapters in History

behind the scenes

15 of the Most Infamous Deleted Chapters in History

Revision is a vital aspect of creation; all authors delete, re-write, and occasionally burn entire manuscripts with tears streaming down their faces. Most...
How to Sell Your Favorite Book to Someone Who Doesn’t Read

read it or i will weep

How to Sell Your Favorite Book to Someone Who Doesn’t Read

As Gary Coleman once taught us, it takes different strokes to move this world, and that means that people who love to read must work hand-in-hand with...
These 20 Books Are Absolute Dorm Room Essentials

school daze

These 20 Books Are Absolute Dorm Room Essentials

So you’re headed off to college in the fall. Congratulations! It’s going to be both a lot of work and a tremendous karmic shift! You’ll...
7 Ways to Secretly Read on The Job

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7 Ways to Secretly Read on The Job

Employers can be so unreasonable; just because they pay you life-sustaining money they think you should devote a full eight hours a day to their needs. But...
The Introvert’s Guide to Being a Book Club for One

be the book club you wish to see in the world

The Introvert’s Guide to Being a Book Club for One

Reading is usually a solitary activity (unless you live in New York City and ride the subways, in which case you have been subjected to either some...
6 Fictional Dogs We Wish Were Our Dogs

who's a good boy?

6 Fictional Dogs We Wish Were Our Dogs

Dogs are like coffee—not exactly rare, but nonetheless incredibly wonderful and never tiresome. It is absolutely delightful to encounter a cute and...

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Remembering Edward Albee: 5 Plays to Read Now

the play's the thing

Remembering Edward Albee: 5 Plays to Read Now

Last September, Edward Albee passed away at the age of 88. Among the last great major American playwrights of the 20th century, he won three Pulitzer...
The Book Nerd’s Guide to Non-Readers

the book nerd's guide to life

The Book Nerd’s Guide to Non-Readers

Welcome to the Book Nerd’s Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose...
Book Nerd Tweets of the Week: Born to Run Edition

tweets of the week

Book Nerd Tweets of the Week: Born to Run Edition

go more places. read more books. talk to more people. expand your mind. learn. grow. — Bryana Holly (@bryanaholly) September 22, 2016 One of the most...

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