This Summer, Read More Books for Fun—and Good Health

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Summer is here—stretching out as far as the eye could see. It’s a great time to catch up with our reading, not just for fun but also for our health. Multiple research studies have shown the many benefits of reading, from reducing stress to increasing empathy. The greatest benefit of all? Reading will help you live longer! (more…)

Two Chinese-American Novels Redefine the American Dream

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All the political talk about the place of immigrants in America under the present political climate got me on an immigrant-saga kick in my readings. I was happy to discover two excellent debut novels:  Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You” and Jade Chang’s “Wangs vs. the World.” (more…)

Study: Reading Completion Rate Correlates with Reader’s Age

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Finishing a book depends a great deal on a reader’s age, according to a study by Jellybooks. In most cases, completion rates were higher for readers under 35 and those older than 45. Readers between those two groups had the lowest completion rate. (more…)

Top 10 Opening Sentences of Novels

fairoaksbooks-reliablewifeA novel’s first sentence is so important that Poets & Writers magazine devotes a section to the first lines of notable new books. In the same vein, I rounded up 10 of my favorite opening sentences. Each one is powerful, and the rest of the book delivers what the first sentence promises.  (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…)

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…)

Which of These Banned Classic Books Have You Read?

greatgatsbycover-simonschusterForty-six out of the top 100 novels of the 20th century chosen by the esteemed Radcliffe Publishing Course at Columbia University have been banned or challenged, according to the American Library Association (ALA). (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…)

NEA Survey: More Women and Older Americans Read Literature for Pleasure

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Women and adults belonging to the 65-74 age bracket are the most active readers of literature in America, according to a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). (more…)

Pew Study: Most Readers Prefer Print over Digital Books

folsom-library-malereader1-cindyfazzipicMore people are using smartphones and tablets to read books, but a majority of readers prefer traditional print books over digital formats, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. (more…)