Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2016 Cover Wide Range of Genres

As Americans, the First Amendment guarantees our freedom to read, and yet to this day, some books are banned. The American Library Association’s (ALA) top ten most challenged books in 2016 covered a wide range of genres: fiction, memoir, picture books, and graphic novels. (more…)

Why Do We Buy Books? Let Me Count 8 Reasons

Jellybooks founder Andrew Rhomberg identified eight common reasons why people buy books. Instant gratification is at the top of the list. Compare these book-buying motivations with yours. (more…)

11 Things Only Bookworms Will Understand

fairoaks-libraryreaders-1-17-cindyfazzipicThe word bookworm, dating back to 1592, refers to “a person unusually devoted to reading,” according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. It also means the larva of any wood-boring insect that feeds on paper in books. We avid readers are indeed a special kind of tribe! (more…)

Five of the World’s Biggest Publishers Stay at the Top

fairoakslibrary-bookshelf-cindyfazzipicFive of the world’s biggest publishers, led by Pearson, the U.K.-based educational publishing company, maintained their positions on the Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly  annual ranking for 2015. (more…)

Why Do We Need Literature? Four Unexpected Benefits

fairoaks-3books1-cindyfazzipicDid you know that reading “Ulysses” or “To Kill a Mockingbird” helps you save time? Reading “The Grapes of Wrath” will make you nicer. A video by The School of Life explains some of the unexpected benefits of reading literature. (more…)

13 Nuggets of Wisdom from Novels

fairoaks-alchemist-cindyfazzipicI read novels for pleasure. I consider it a bonus when a book also enlightens or offers advice. Indeed literature can empower readers to take positive actions, according to a recent study.  (more…)

Want to Live Longer? Reading a Book Will Help

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe keys to healthy living and longevity may soon include read more books, judging by the results of a recent study. (more…)

Almond, Vanilla or Nutmeg? Let’s Talk about Book Smells!

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New books smell crisp and very different from old books.

Professor Faber, the bibliophile in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” sniffs a book and says: “Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land?” His simple observation embodies our love affair with traditional books, which endures because of how they feel in our hands and also how they smell. (more…)

Do You Know What Makes a Book a Book?

Books-WhiteRoses-CindyFazziPhotoThe increasing popularity of e-books has some people asking what makes a book a book? Is it the physical qualities of paper, ink, and binding or the content? (more…)

Seattle is America’s Most Well-Read City—Again

Books Sign-CindyFazziPicSeattle is America’s most well-read city for two years in a row, according to Amazon. Texas is the most well-read state with four of its cities making the top 20 list. (more…)