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A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

Winner of the Man Booker Prize

One of Entertainment Weekly's Top 10 Books of the Decade

One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times


Blindness Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780156007757
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Published: Mariner Books - October 4th, 1999

A stunningly powerful novel of humanity's will to survive against all odds during an epidemic by a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

An International Bestseller  • "This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—Boston Globe

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one.


The Round House: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062065254
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

The Round House won the National Book Award for fiction.


Hamlet (Modern Library Classics) Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780812969092
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Published: Modern Library - August 12th, 2008

A continuation of the major series of individual Shakespeare plays from the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by two brilliant, younger generation Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric RasmussenIncorporating definitive text and cutting-edge notes from William Shakespeare: Complete Works-the first authoritative, modernized edition of Shakespeare's First Folio in


The Things They Carried Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - October 13th, 2009

“O'Brien has written a vital, important book—a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well.”Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Thing


The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

NATIONAL BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive.


No Country for Old Men (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780375706677
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Published: Vintage - July 11th, 2006

In his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. One day, a good old boy named Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard of dead men.


The Autobiography of Malcolm X Cover Image
By MALCOLM X, Alex Haley (With)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345376718
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 15th, 1992

ONE OF TIME’S TEN MOST IMPORTANT NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review


Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

"Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." --New York Times


The Monkey Wrench Gang Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061129766
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - December 12th, 2006

“A thing of beauty. . . . A wildly funny, infinitely wise, near to tragic tale of man against the bog god machine.” —Houston Chronicle

Edward Abbey's classic comic gem of destructive mayhem and outrageous civil disobedience—the novel that sparked the environmental activism movement.


Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804170567
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Published: Anchor - January 12th, 2016

Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.


Shatterday Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781892391483
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Published: Tachyon Publications - September 1st, 2007

Shatterday is a revolutionary classic from Harlan Ellison, science fiction's most controversial author. This collection of sixteen visionary stories remains as scathing and influential today as when it was initially published.


Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780393351552
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 20th, 2014

“A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson


Trainspotting Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393314809
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 17th, 1996

Trainspotting is the novel that first launched Irvine Welsh's spectacular career—an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives.


The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Selected for common reading at North Lake College 

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


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.


On Chesil Beach Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307386175
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Published: Anchor - June 10th, 2008

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Saoirse Ronan

The bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Atonement brilliantly illuminates the collision of sexual longing, deep-seated fears, and romantic fantasy on a young couple’s wedding night.


Fever Pitch Cover Image
Not in stock.
ISBN: 9781573226882
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 1998

A brilliant memoir from the beloved, bestselling author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity and About A Boy. 

In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. And that’s before the players even take the field.


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.


In Cold Blood (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679745587
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Published: Vintage - February 1st, 1994

The most famous true crime novel of all time and one of the first non-fiction novels ever written; In Cold Blood is the bestseller that haunted its author long after he finished writing it.


The Hobbit Cover Image
By Peter Sis (Illustrator), J.R.R. Tolkien
$10.99
ISBN: 9780618150823
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2001

J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children’s book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans.


A Canticle for Leibowitz Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553273816
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Published: Spectra -

In the depths of the Utah desert, long after the Flame Deluge has scoured the earth clean, a monk of the Order of Saint Leibowitz has made a miraculous discovery: holy relics from the life of the great saint himself, including the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list, and the hallowed shrine of the Fallout Shelter.


The Feast of All Saints Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780345334534
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 12th, 1986

In the days before the Civil War, there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern histroy. Though descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them.


American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062472106
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Published: William Morrow - August 16th, 2016

Now a STARZ® Original Series – Season 3 premiere in January 2021

“Pointed, occasionally comic, often scary, consistently moving and provocative….American Gods is strewn with secrets and magical visions.”—USA Today


Beowulf Cover Image
By Seamus Heaney (Editor)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393320978
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 17th, 2001

New York Times bestseller and winner of the Costa Book Award.


The Children of Men Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307275431
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2006

The inspiration for director Alfonso Cuarón's modern masterpiece of a film: The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction.


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
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Published: Pantheon - June 1st, 2004

A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.


Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400032808
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Published: Anchor - June 8th, 2004

This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594483295
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 2nd, 2008

Winner of:
The Pulitzer Prize
The National Book Critics Circle Award
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award
The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize
Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year


Between the World and Me Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812993547
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Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • ONE OF OPRAH’S “BOOKS THAT HELP ME THROUGH” • NOW AN HBO ORIGINAL SPECIAL EVENT


Mischling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316308090
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Published: Lee Boudreaux / Back Bay Books - May 30th, 2017

Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past.

Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad.

It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood.


Lyrical Ballads Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780140424621
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 30th, 2007

Twenty-three poems that transformed English poetry

Wordsworth and Coleridge composed this powerful selection of poetry during their youthful and intimate friendship. Reproducing the first edition of 1798, this edition of Lyrical Ballads allows modern readers to recapture the book’s original impact.


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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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