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Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tordotcom - September 10th, 2019

Gideon the Ninth is the first book in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Locked Tomb Trilogy, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle!

WINNER of the 2020 Locus Award and Crawford Award


The Armored Saint (The Sacred Throne #1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250199676
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Published: Tor.com - September 18th, 2018

Myke Cole, star of CBS's Hunted and author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy with The Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.


We Sold Our Souls: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781683691242
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Published: Quirk Books - June 25th, 2019

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires comes a hard-rocking, spine-tingling horror novel about a washed-up guitarist of a ’90s heavy metal band who embarks on an epic road-trip across America and deep into the web of a sinister conspiracy.


Into the Drowning Deep Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316379373
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Published: Orbit - May 29th, 2018

New York Times bestselling author Mira Grant, author of the renowned Newsflesh series, returns with a novel that takes us to a new world of ancient mysteries and mythological dangers come to life.

The ocean is home to many myths,

But some are deadly. . .


Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time

2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL

2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL

Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel

One of Bustle’s Top 20 “landmark sci-fi and fantasy novels” of the decade

“Someone please cancel Supernatural alre


Recursion: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524759797
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 10th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most mind-boggling, irresistible work to date, and the inspiration for Shondaland’s upcoming Netflix film.


Dragon Teeth: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062473363
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Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

Not since Jurassic Park has digging up the past been so dangerous

The legendary #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel. . . .


Jurassic Park: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316029186
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2008

Now a Netflix original series!

Geralt the Witcher -- revered and hated -- holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures, the first chapter in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games.

Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long tra


The Girl With All the Gifts Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316334754
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Published: Orbit - April 28th, 2015

In the ruins of civilization, a young girl's kindness and capacity for love will either save humanity -- or wipe it out in this USA Today bestselling thriller Joss Whedon calls "heartfelt, remorseless, and painfully human."

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756407919
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Published: DAW - April 2nd, 2013

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy series, The Kingkiller Chronicle.
 
“I just love the world of Patrick Rothfuss.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda • “He’s bloody good, this Rothfuss guy.” —George R. R. Martin • “Rothfuss has real talent.” —Terry Brooks


The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Kingkiller Chronicle) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756411329
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Published: DAW - November 17th, 2015

Discover #1 New York Times-bestselling Patrick Rothfuss’ epic fantasy universe of The Kingkiller Chronicle, in this illustrated companion novella, The Slow Regard of Silent Things.
 


Shadow's Edge (Night Angel #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316033657
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Published: Orbit - November 1st, 2008

Kylar Stern has given up the way of shadows for a life of peace, but when an old ally returns, Kylar must make a deadly choice in the second novel of the Night Angel Trilogy by NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks.


The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1) Cover Image
$9.00
ISBN: 9780316033671
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2008

From NYT bestselling author Brent Weeks comes the first novel in his breakout fantasy trilogy in which a young boy trains under the city's most legendary and feared assassin, Durzo Blint.

For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art -- and he is the city's most accomplished artist.


Kings of the Wyld (The Band) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316362474
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Published: Orbit - February 21st, 2017

A retired group of legendary mercenaries get the band back together for one last impossible mission in this award-winning debut epic fantasy.

"Fantastic, funny, ferocious." -- Sam Sykes


Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.


Dune Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780441172719
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Published: Ace - September 1st, 1990

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.


Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM ALEX GARLAND, STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAAC

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).


Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374104108
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Published: FSG Originals - May 6th, 2014

After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach.


Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374104115
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Published: FSG Originals - September 2nd, 2014

It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for thirty years, rebuffing expedition after expedition, refusing to reveal its secrets. As Area X expands, the agency tasked with investigating and overseeing it--the Southern Reach--has collapsed on itself in confusion.


The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By H. P. Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi (Introduction by), S. T. Joshi (Notes by), Travis Louie (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143106487
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Published: Penguin Classics - September 27th, 2011

A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror in a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition with cover art by Travis Louie


Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It's filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.” —USA Today
 


To Rouse Leviathan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781614982708
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Published: Hippocampus Press - August 1st, 2019

Since the early years of the twenty-first century, Matt Cardin has distinguished himself by writing weird fiction with a distinctively cosmic and spiritual focus, publishing two short story collections that have now become rare collector's items.


Hark! The Herald Angels Scream (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
By Christopher Golden (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525433163
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Published: Anchor - October 23rd, 2018

Eighteen stories of Christmas horror from bestselling, acclaimed authors including Scott Smith, Seanan McGuire, Josh Malerman, Michael Koryta, Sarah Pinborough, and many more.


All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tor.com - May 2nd, 2017

Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller


Outriders Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780857664518
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Published: Angry Robot - May 3rd, 2016

The start of a Military SF series from imprint best-seller and Tom Clancy game series writer Jay Posey.

Captain Lincoln Suh died on a Wednesday. And things only got harder from there.


Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

The first book in the revolutionary New York Times bestselling Expanse series, a modern masterwork of science fiction. Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series.


Caliban's War (The Expanse #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316129060
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Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2012

The second book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Caliban's War shows a solar system on the brink of war, and the only hope of peace rests on James Holden and the crew of the Rocinante's shoulders. Now a Prime Original series.

We are not alone.


Abaddon's Gate (The Expanse #3) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316129077
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Published: Orbit - June 4th, 2013

The third book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Abaddon's Gate opens the door to the ruins of an alien gate network, and the crew of the Rocinante may hold the key to unlocking its secrets.


Cibola Burn (The Expanse #4) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316334686
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Published: Orbit - May 5th, 2015

The fourth book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Cibola Burn sees the crew of the Rocinante on a new frontier, as the rush to colonize the new planets threatens to outrun law and order and give way to war and chaos. Now a Prime Original series.

Enter a new frontier.


Nemesis Games (The Expanse #5) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316334716
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Published: Orbit - May 10th, 2016

The fifth book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Nemesis Games drives the crew of the Rocinante apart, and as they struggle to survive, the inner planets fall victim to an enemy's catastrophic plan.


Babylon's Ashes (The Expanse #6) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316217644
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Published: Orbit - October 24th, 2017

The sixth book in the NYT bestselling Expanse series, Babylon's Ashes has the galaxy in full revolution, and it's up to the crew of the Rocinante to make a desperate mission to the gate network and thin hope of victory. Now a Prime Original series.

A revolution brewing for generations has begun in fire. It will end in blood.


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration for the films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345404473
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Published: Del Rey - May 28th, 1996

A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner


Barry Sonnenfeld's Dinosaurs Vs Aliens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606903452
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Published: Dynamite Entertainment - July 10th, 2012

  • From the minds of acclaimed filmmaker, Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black), and superstar graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison (Batman, The Invisibles, Action Comics, 18 Days), comes Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens, by Liquid Comics. The story focuses on a secret world war battle that was never recorded in our history books.


Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn (Text by), Dalibor Talajic (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780785164036
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Published: Marvel - November 14th, 2012

What if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing? What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you? The Merc with a Mouth takes a turn for the twisted in a horror comic like no other! Collecting DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1-4.



Ex-Heroes: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804136570
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Published: Crown - February 26th, 2013

The Avengers meets The Walking Dead with a large order of epic served on the side. . . . I loved it!”—Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One

The first novel in Peter Clines' bestselling Ex series.


John Dies at the End Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312659141
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 14th, 2010

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don't put it down. It's too late.

They're watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.


Plight of the Living Dead: What Real-Life Zombies Reveal About Our World--and Ourselves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143131410
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Published: Penguin Books - October 2nd, 2018

A brain-bending exploration of real-life zombies and mind controllers, and what they reveal to us about nature—and ourselves

Zombieism isn’t just the stuff of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead. It’s real, and it’s happening in the world around us, from wasps and worms to dogs and moose—and even humans.


The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143128687
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2016

“A bizarre collection of evolution tales . . . the weirder, the better.” —Entertainment Weekly

A fascinating exploration of the awe-inspiring, unsettling ingenuity of evolution from Wired writer Matt Simon, author of Plight of the Living Dead (coming soon from Penguin Books)


The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781472911285
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Published: Bloomsbury Sigma - June 20th, 2017

Tyrannosaurs are, by some margin, the most famous dinosaurs in the world. Popular among children and adults alike, it is the only dinosaur many people can name. The Tyrannosaurus was an impressive beast, it topped ten tons, was more than forty feet (fifteen meters) long, and had the largest head and most powerful bite of any land animal, ever.


Dinosaur Empire! (Earth Before Us #1): Journey through the Mesozoic Era Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781419723063
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 1st, 2017

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307473332
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Published: Anchor - February 21st, 2012

Space elevators. Internet-enabled contact lenses. Cars that fly by floating on magnetic fields. This is the stuff of science fiction—it’s also daily life in the year 2100.


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060731335
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 25th, 2009

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.


SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060889586
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 24th, 2011

Freakonomics lived on the New York Times bestseller list for an astonishing two years. Now authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J.


The Wealth of Nations Cover Image
By Adam Smith, Alan B. Krueger (Introduction by)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553585971
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Published: Bantam Classics - March 4th, 2003

The Wealth of Nations
by Adam Smith

It is symbolic that Adam Smith’s masterpiece of economic analysis, The Wealth of Nations, was first published in 1776, the same year as the Declaration of Independence.


Basic Economics Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780465060733
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Published: Basic Books - December 2nd, 2014

The bestselling citizen's guide to economics


Milton Friedman on Economics: Selected Papers Cover Image
By Milton Friedman, Gary S. Becker (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780226263496
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Published: University of Chicago Press Journals - February 1st, 2008

On his death in the autumn of 2006, Milton Friedman was lauded as “the grandmaster of free-market economic theory in the postwar era” by the New York Times and “the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century” by the Economist.


The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143113201
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Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2008

An extraordinary mythology has grown up around the Third Reich that hovers over political and moral debate even today.


The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465062980
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Published: Basic Books - December 2nd, 2014

An acclaimed portrait of Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the origins of modern conservatism and liberalism


How to read more

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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